Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mass Setting in Honor of St. Ralph Sherwin

From the New Liturgical Movement comes the news that Jeffrey Ostrowski has written a Mass in honor of St. Ralph Sherwin. More here, including videos and downloads.

Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), where he also did graduate work in Musicology. A theorist, pianist, organist, music editor, conductor, and singer, Jeff is the director of Liturgical initiatives at Corpus Christi Watershed.

St. Ralph Sherwin was born on 19 October 1550 and received his M.A. from Exeter College, Oxford in 1574; became a Catholic in 1575 and studied for the priesthood at Douai, being ordained a priest on 23 March 1577. He went to England as a missionary priest in April, 1580; was arrest in November, 1580. Tortured in the Tower of London, he was tried in Westminster Hall with St. Edmund Campion on 20 November 1581. He, Campion and St. Alexander Briant were hung, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn Tree on 1 December 1581. His last words were "Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, Esto Mihi Jesus"--Jesus, Jesus, Jesus--be to me a Jesus (a Saviour!).

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