This morning I picked up my impedimenta and moved the castra from Manhattan to Detroit. What’s the old saw? I just flew in and, boy, are my arms tired.
Tomorrow, Sunday 17 Oct at 12 Noon at Assumption Grotto parish in Detroit there will be a Solemn TLM (Extraordinary Form). The setting of the Mass is by Igor Stravinsky. I, the undersigned, will be celebrant for the Mass and I will preach.
Assumption Grotto’s annual benefit dinner is also tomorrow after the Mass. See their site for details. I hear there is a raffle. Shall I win?
I am eager to hearing the Stravinsky Mass in the setting for which it was intended! It was written to be a Mass and not a concert piece.
Additional music for the Mass will be by J.S. Bach. That’s not a contrast, is it?
Stravinsky was Orthodox but effectively Catholic in spirit. He wrote his Mass setting from real piety and not for a commission. I was told a story by Fr. Perrone that when Stravinsky was at a concert of his music in the 1970′s in Los Angeles, in the old cathedral, whereas everyone was yaking it up in church as in a concert hall, the elderly Stravinsky genuflected to the Lord in the tabernacle when he would pass by.
PS: No gunfire yet.