From a reader about St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macon, GA where Fr. Allan McDonald is building brick by brick. You will remember Fr. McDonald from his rodent wars and his efforts at true continuity in liturgical worship. Fr. McDonald has a blog called Southern Orders where you can see photos of the Mass described below.
This is to alert you to the solemn high TLM celebrated for the solemnity of St. Joseph by occasional WDTPRS commenter “southernorders” (Fr. Allan McDonald) who is the pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, GA.
- Full deal with choir singing Schubert’s Mass in G Major, not in some fancy cultural center like London or NY or Chicago or Washington, but just an ordinary parish church in Georgia. No fancy professional musicians, just an ordinary parish choir.
- Not some special one-shot occasion, rather the parish’s principal celebration of its patronal feast of St. Joseph.
Maybe an example of the use of the extraordinary form for the most special and solemn liturgical occasions in ordinary parish life.
Fr. McDonald is perhaps doing the most thorough job of parish liturgical reform that I personally know about, anywhere in the country. Monthly TLM, with all the principal parish Masses (OF and EF) sung and chanted throughout (including the Canon in the OF). His people take the roof off, both OF and EF. True Vatican II participation?
WDTPRS KUDOS to Fr. McDonald.