Friday, May 02, 2008

Solemn High Mass Returns to Fresno

A News Release from the Fresno Traditional Mass Society (via California Catholic Daily)

Even before Pope Paul VI approved a new form of the Catholic Mass in 1970, it was a rare privilege for Catholics to attend a Solemn High Mass. On Sunday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno will see the return of this ancient ceremony, which requires three clergy, incense, and Gregorian chant.

The Solemn High Mass is the full ceremonial form of the 1962 Missal, or extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. During the May 11 Mass, Fr. Matthew McNeely of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will be assisted by Fr. Angel Sotelo of St. Columba's Church in Chowchilla, as well as a subdeacon and several altar servers.

"Although we have a Latin Mass every Sunday, the Solemn High Mass is an even more beautiful and reverent liturgy," says Keven Smith, president of the Fresno Traditional Mass Society. "Pentecost is an ideal time for this Mass. We very much appreciate the extra effort of our priests and pastor in making this possible."

Much of the Gregorian chant will be performed by the St. Blaise Schola Cantorum. Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary, with printed English translations available.

St. Anthony of Padua Church is located at 5770 N. Maroa Avenue in Fresno.

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