Rorate Caeli

TLMs before and after the March for Life in D.C.

The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., will be held on Friday, 24 January 2020.  Several speakers will address the thousands upon thousands of attendees on the National Mall at 12 noon.  During the current U.S. presidential administration the March for Life has featured Vice President Mike Pence speaking in person (announced) in 2017 and (unannounced) in 2019, and President Donald Trump has addressed the March via video/audio.  After the speakers the March goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Saint Mary Mother of God church at 727 5th Street, NW

Many traditional Catholics come to the nation's capital for the March for Life.  To that end, there are numerous traditional Latin Masses offered in the District that day.  Here is a running list based on various sources for TLMs to be offered in churches in Washington, D.C. -- publicly or privately via public announcement, at main or side altars -- on Friday 24 January:

8 a.m. Low Mass, Saint Mary Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, NW.  The pastor of the parish, Father Vincent De Rosa, will offer this Mass on the feast of Saint Timothy.

8:30 a.m. Low Mass, Saint Mary Mother of God church church at 5th and H streets, NW.  Father John Zuhlsdorf will offer this Mass.

8:45 a.m. Low Mass, Saint Mary Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, NW. Father Ron Floyd of the Diocese of Fall River will offer this Mass.

9 a.m. pontifical Low Mass, Holy Comforter church at 1357 East Capitol Street, SE.  Raymond Cardinal Burke will offer this Mass assisted by the Institute of Christ the King. [ N.B. this is quite a welcome development in the Archdiocese of Washington compared to the Mr. McCarrick and Cardinal Wuerl years.]

There are usually several other private Low Masses said at side altars by visiting priests at Saint Mary Mother of God church on the morning of the March for Life, starting around 7 a.m.

3:30 p.m. (solemn) High Mass, Saint Mary Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, NW.  This is the annual Nellie Gray Mass, sponsored by the Paulus Institute.  Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter church in D.C.) will offer the Mass, with Father James Bradley (in-residence at Saint Mary's) serving as deacon and Father Ernest Cibelli (pastor of Saint Mary's in Hagerstown, Md.) serving as subdeacon.  It will be a votive Mass of the Holy Innocents, via indult for the occasion from the local ordinary, with a commemoration of Saint Timothy.  The men's schola of the parish will sing the Gregorian chant propers of the Mass, and sacred polyphony will be sung for the ordinary of the Mass by the choir of Saint John's in Allentown, N.J.