Yesterday in the Cathedral of Camden (NJ) a Solemn High Mass using the 1962 Missale Romanum was celebrated for the feast of the Assumption. The cathedral was full and many clergy were present in proper choir dress. The sacred ministers were from Mater Ecclesiae, a canonically established mission of the diocese which functions as a parish having use exclusively of the older liturgical books. Fr. Robert Pasley is the rector of Mater Ecclesiae and was celebrant of the Mass. The altar boys were both in great quantity and quality, serving with reserve, attention and precision. You could tell they truly enjoyed doing what they were doing.
The music was in Gregorian chant and the ordinary of the Mass was an instrumental/choral setting by Antonio Caldara (+1736). There were motets and other pieces by Palestrina, Corelli, and the world premier of an Ave Maria by Harold Boatrite. The later was at the offertory and was very fine. Yours truly was the homilist for the Mass. I made a connection between the Magnificat (the Gospel for the Mass) and the proper understanding of "active participation". At the end, a fine setting of Hail Holy Queen for the choir, orchestra and congregation raised the roof, I am sure, several inches off its mooring.
I had the great pleasure of meeting many readers of my weekly columns in The Wanderer as well as a few participants and readers of this blog project. It was a wonderful occasion and I extend both my gratitude and congratulations to all involved.