24 April: Pontifical TLM at the National Shrine in Washington, DC

WDTPRSers… put out the word.  Fill the Shrine!

At 1:00 pm on 24 April at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC there is to be a Pontifical Mass celebrated by His Eminence Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, former President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.  This will be the 5th anniversary of the election of His Holiness Benedict XVI.
The Ordinary of the Mass will be a polyphonic Mass setting sung by a professional choir, while the Propers will be Gregorian chant, chanted by an experienced men’s schola.

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the United States’ patronal church, and for that reason this Mass is an event for all Americans.

Thethis Mass will be broadcast on EWTN.  The broadcast required additional funding.  Therefore, there is a kind request that people who are interested in seeing such a broadcast might give a donation of at least $5 through THIS PAGE.  $5 in honor of the 5th anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict seems reasonable.  Of course you could give more.  

It will be wonderful to have this Pontifical Mass in the National Shrine broadcast and thus made available to so many more… thus to further Pope Benedict’s vision to revitalize our Catholic identity especially through a true renewal of our liturgical worship in continuity with Tradition.

For a quick look at the latest on the Mass check out www.pontificalmass.org
Follow the planning of the Mass on twitter.
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Fill the Shrine!

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  1. Athelstan says:

    Done. And I’ll be there.

    Thanks for making this possible, Father.

  2. patergary says:

    It’s in my Archdiocese, I will be there,

  3. William of the Old says:

    Done, with pleasure

  4. Hamburglar says:

    I would like to go to this Mass so badly. If only I had the money to buy a plane ticket and hotel room, I’d be there in an instant.

  5. New Sister says:

    Praying Notre Maman for Hamburglar to go!

  6. lucy says:

    Done. Now I wish I could attend, but alas, it’s too far away.

  7. Supertradmom says:

    We do not have television, but we are donating. This is tremendous.

  8. patergary says:

    Fr. Z, two of the board of advisors are my brother
    priests in the Archdiocese. I’m sure they will be there.
    I will hand them my donation. ;-)

  9. Seattle Slough says:

    Donation done.

  10. wanda says:

    It will be interesting to see just how many folks will help with this project. So many here extol and praise the TLM – will they help get this Mass on the air for others to witness?

  11. wanda: RIGHT. I wonder. We are talking about $5 to help with this historic broadcast. $5. Will they step up?

  12. Catholicdude15 says:

    I’m a poor college student, but you better believe I just donated five bucks to see this Holy Mass broadcast on EWTN!

  13. bubba says:

    Done plus one for someone who can’t

  14. dimsum says:

    I’ve made a donation. I also plan to attend.

  15. wanda says:

    This doesn’t seem to be one of the posts that elicits 80-100 comments. Hmmm……

    Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love, send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created and You will renew the face of the earth. Amen.

  16. JMSinKY says:

    Deo volente, I will be driving from Kentucky to be in the congregation for this great and joyous event. Father Z, may I suggest that this would be a wonderful opportunity for a Super-Blognic if you will be in D.C. for the occasion. I hope that the Paulus Institute will invite the Apostolic Nuncio and members of the episcopate to participate in choro to show their support of the Holy Father’s love and pastoral care for those of us who love the Traditional Latin Mass. Laudetur Jesus Christus!

  17. irishgirl says:

    Oh, how I wish I could go!

    I hope to watch it on EWTN!

  18. chironomo says:

    Donating now…

    And for those of you near the SW Florida area…. Fr. Joseph Bisig, founder of the FSSP, will be speaking and celebrating a High Mass on Saturday April 17th at 9:00AM as part of the Latin Mass conference at Christ The King parish, Sarasota FL. His keynote address will follow the celebration of Mass on Saturday.

    Much is happening out here….

  19. Mario Bird says:

    Done. Wanda & Fr. Z, you win. Lk 18:5.

  20. deborah-anne says:

    This is joyous news! I am delighted to help.

  21. Semper Idem says:

    Fr. Z, will you be there?

  22. Bryan says:

    Done plus 1 for someone who can’t afford it.

    And, just sent out a message to my mail chain to try and put a pilgrimage together from central NJ.

  23. Rob in Maine says:

    Ooo! That’s my birthday!

    Unfortunately, I’m already comitted to the big Cub Scout Sleep-over at the Boston Musuem of Science. Hundreds of wound up cubbies and dozens of bleary eyed Dads.

  24. Rob in Maine says:

    Oh, one more thing, when you get tot he Mass, look UP. The Knights of Columbus (I am a 4th Degree) aid for the beutiful artwork on the domes.


    “At a Nov. 17 Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception dedicated its new Knights of Columbus Incarnation Dome.

    The 3,780 square-foot mosaic is located above the nave near the shrine’s main entrance. The Order committed $1 million in funding for the project, led by the efforts of the Fourth Degree.

    The dome depicts four biblical references relating to the incarnation of Jesus Christ: the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), the Nativity (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-21), the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), and the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-13 and Luke 9:28-36).

  25. I’m am happy to say I will be at the Mass. Question:

    What parts are proper for the people to participate vocally in such a Mass? e.g. Are we to chant along with the schola the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus…?

    Pius XII said in Mediator Dei:

    “This can be done in more than one way, when, for instance, the whole congregation, in accordance with the rules of the liturgy, either answer the priest in an orderly and fitting manner, or sing hymns suitable to the different parts of the Mass, or do both, or finally in high Masses when they answer the prayers of the minister of Jesus Christ and also sing the liturgical chant.”

    Yet I’ve heard some say we should largely just listen to and enter the chant of the schola in silence. What are “the rules of the liturgy” in this regard?

  26. wolfeken says:

    Louis Verrecchio — the shrine’s choir will sing a beautiful polyphonic setting of the Mass, and the propers will be sung by a men’s schola.

    So, interior participation is key here for the congregation. Come and hear the treasures of the Church sung from above while witnessing the unbloody sacrifice by a prince of the Church. What an awesome opportunity!

  27. Sandra_in_Severn says:

    I was originally planning on attending but… on Good Friday one of my aunts died. Because of the wide scattering of family it’s taken longer to make everyone’s travel arrangements, her Funeral Mass (NO) is scheduled for April 24th, up in Michigan.

    Attending the EFM is a “like to do.” Attending the funeral Mass with family is more along the lines of “ought to do.”

    A 30 minute trip before looking for parking or an all day trip the day before…

  28. Thanks wolfeken,

    Active participation in silence works just fine for me : ) but my question refers back to Mediator Dei which encourages vocal participation at High Mass “in accordance with the rules of the liturgy.” So what I’m really asking here is if there is anything about “the rules of the liturgy” for a Pontifical Mass that would in any way discourage such participation?

  29. wanda says:

    Mario Bird, Thank you! That’s great, I donated as well.

  30. Henry Belton says:

    This may be a dumb question. How much seating is available? I’d be traveling from a distance.

  31. wolfeken says:

    Louis Verrecchio — you would feel very out of place trying to sing a polyphonic ordinary and/or Gregorian chant propers from the pews. And you would be distracting to everyone around you. So, it depends how hard you want to push Mediator Dei.

    Henry Belton — no tickets are needed, there are large parking lots around (and street parking) and seating should not be a problem.

  32. Rob Cartusciello says:

    I am planning to attend, and have donated more than $5 to televise the event.

  33. wanda says:

    Oh and Mario Bird, I looked up the scripture reference..I wouldn’t dream of striking you!
    But this case is a particularly just suit!

    Thanks again.

  34. irishgirl says:

    I went on the ‘Donate’ site-it requires a credit card to make it.

    i don’t have a credit card-RATS!

  35. FranzJosf says:

    That this is happening is still amazing to me and a reason to give thanks to Almighty God for this Pontificate! I never thought that I would see anything like it in my lifetime. Unfortunately, I am unable to go, but I did go to Bishop Rifan’s Pontifical Mass in NYC a year ago! Glorious! This celebration will be too. And in the National Shrine. Thanks be to God!

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