Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tomorrow's Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great

How appropriate that a church in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the USA would be named for Pope St. Gregory the Great who sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to England! This church, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, is celebrating their third anniversary tomorrow with a Solemn High Mass in the Ordinariate, AKA Anglican Use. Continuing the appropriateness of this festivity, they have selected Palestrina's Missa Tu Es Petrus as the music for the Mass, and will also include William Byrd's setting of Tu Es Petrus.

Matthew 16:18-19:

Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram
Aedificabo Ecclesiam meam,
Et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam:
Et tibi dabo claves
Regni coelorum.
Quodcumque ligaveris super terram,
Erit ligatum et in coelis;
Et quodcumque solveris super terram
Erit solutum et in coelis.

Happy Anniversary!

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