NYC: 26 March – Extraordinary Form Pontifical Mass for Life and Confirmations

If you are in the NYC area, you might mark your calendar for 26 March. There will be a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan (on 37th between Broadway and 7th).

The Knights of Columbus (New York’s Agnus Dei and Regina Coeli councils) are sponsoring the Mass which is for the intention of promoting respect for life.

His Excellency Most Rev. James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton, will be celebrant. He will administer the Sacrament of Confirmationaccording to the older, traditional form, before Mass.  If I am not mistaken this will be the first “traditional” administration of Confirmations in New York City since the rite was “reformed”.

This Pontifical Mass is one event in the Knights of Columbus’ international observance of “The Day of the Unborn Child” on the Feast of the Annunciation.

In 2012, the Feast of the Annunciation is observed on Monday, 26 March 26 because the traditional date of the feast falls on a Sunday.

The schola and choir will sing Missa O soberana luz by Portugese composer Filipe de Magalhães (+1652). Singers from both councils will join the schola and men from the Regina Coeli council will serve the Mass. This may be the first time this Mass has being sung at Mass in centuries. It will be great to hear it! Here is the Kyrie of the Mass.


WHAT: Pontifical Mass for Life
WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: Monday, 26 March at 6:00 PM (Rosary for Life at 5:45 PM)
Reception to follow in the Church Hall

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  1. boko fittleworth says:

    If you’re spending money to travel there, make sure your tickets aren’t nonrefundable. Cardinal Wuerl might forbid it after all the arrangements have been made.

  2. boko: Cardinal Wuerl might forbid it

    That would be quite a feat, given that Card. Wuerl, as Archbishop of Washington DC, has no authority in New York.

  3. Father, there’s a Dominican rite Missa Cantata in NYC next Wednesday:

  4. And another EF event later in the week at Holy Innocents:

    Thursday, March 29th – Holy Innocents Church in New York NY:
    Benediction at 5:45 PM, followed by Mass,
    and a conference introducing the Confraternity of St. Peter

    With Fr. James Fryar, FSSP, English-speaking chaplain of the Confraternity (lay associates of the FSSP).

  5. irishgirl says:

    Henry Edwards: if I had the money (and a place to ‘crash’ in NYC), I’d be down at that FSSP event in a trice!
    I’m a member of the Confraternity of St. Peter.

  6. jeffreyquick says:

    There’s a Magalhaes mass (not this one) that makes a fairly regular appearance at Immaculate Conception in Cleveland. He’s not exactly a household name though.

  7. Manhattan Trid says:

    For those visiting New York:
    Leo House For German Catholic Emigrants
    332 West 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: (212) 929-1010
    Fax: (212) 366-6801
    Executive Director: Frank Castro
    The Leo House was founded under the auspices of the Saint Raphael Society in New York, in 1889 to assist immigrants from Germany in making the transition to the USA. Through the passage of a century, immigrants are now arriving at airports rather than at steamship piers. This changes our mission to assisting more travelers and persons accompanying the sick for treatment here. The Leo House is a not-for-profit organization adapting its role to reflect the changing needs of immigrants, to offer low cost Catholic housing to clergy and religious, persons visiting the sick, students and travelers.

  8. Giuseppe says:

    Bishop Timlin confirmed me.

    It was on an April 15th. When he was asking us questions about the faith and our patron saints, one kid said “My saint’s name is Matthew.” Without a pause, Bishop Timlin said, “Ah, Matthew, the tax collector — today should be his feast day.” None of us kids got it, but the adults ate it up.

    He’s a good man. In his younger days, you could often find him jogging around Lake Scranton, a gorgeous reservoir north of the city. When Cardinal O’Connor was bishop of Scranton, Timlin was his deputy and then his successor.

  9. NoraLee9 says:

    HE Richard Williamson confirmed folks from the NYC area in 2003 at the Marriott on Lex and 49th Street.

    I have met HE Timlin too. I can’t wait until Monday. Hope to see you all there.

  10. irishgirl says:

    Bishop Timlin, when in Scranton, was known as ‘The Flying Bishop’. He had a private pilot’s license, and many times flew a small private plane to reach the out-of-the-way ‘sticks’ parishes in his diocese.
    I saw his official portrait in a rectory back in 2002, when I attended a Silver Jubilee for a priest I knew here in Upstate NY (he was in Scranton at the time, but is now back in New York). To me, he bore more than a passing resemblance to the late Christopher Reeve from the ‘Superman’ movies!
    @ Giuseppe: Ha, that’s a funny one about St. Matthew the tax collector and April 15th! If I had been there, I would have definitely pulled a grin!

  11. Liturgy says:

    Sorry, Father, not sure where to post this, because the relevant posts appear to have the comments closed.

    This coming Sunday the collect, as you know, is composed of two separate sentences. The second being:

    “Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

    This IMO is not a complete, formal sentence.
    Am I missing something?



    [No, this isn’t really the best place. I’ll probably post on the Collect during the week.. But, I think this is more a convention. Punctuation in ancient texts, and next week’s post-procession Collect is ancient, is a more modern convention. Don’t put too much stock in mere punctuation now that, in the Ordinary Form, it is no longer used to indicate how we sing the prayers. The Sanctus is an exception, as you know. Clearly, the qui in the Collect will refer back to an antecedent in the Collect. There are pronouns which are just… out there at the front. The same thing occurs in other liturgical prayers. Which it’s fairly common in the 19th c. language you will read in, say, the Patrick O’Brian books. Furthermore, the Collect is one sentence, while it’s conclusion is another matter.]

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