25 Jan. – Washington DC – Mass for Nellie Gray – R.I.P.

I received a press release from the nice people who organized the Pontifical Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception a few years ago, the Paulus Institute:

St. Mary Mother of God Church to host Mass in honor of Nellie Gray

Washington, D.C. – St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic church here is scheduled to host a sung Mass in the extraordinary form Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. to commemorate Nellie Gray, the ardent pro-life advocate and architect of the annual March for Life.

Miss Gray died in August at the age of 88. Fr. Alfred J. Harris, pastor of St. Mary’s, celebrated her Requiem Mass.

The Paulus Institute, a Catholic organization dedicated to the propagation of the Sacred Liturgy, will sponsor the Mass. The day of the Mass and this year’s March for Life is providentially the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the patron saint of the institute.

“Nellie Gray was a saint right in our midst,” said Jonathan Terrell, a member of the institute’s board of directors. “As a lawyer in her prime years, she answered Christ’s call, just as St. Paul did. Nellie left her career and devoted herself to correcting the gross injustice of Roe vs. Wade, and she unfailingly attended the traditional Mass. May she be an inspiration to us all.”

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  1. Paul_S says:

    Excellent – two public TLMs at Old St. Mary on the day of the March for Life! Thank you to The Paulus Institute for getting this 8:00 a.m. Mass scheduled!

    Go to the commemoration Missa Cantata in the morning and then join Juventutem Michigan for the 6:00 p.m. Sung Pontifical Mass (Bp. Joseph Perry) and young adult social in the evening = Best March for Life, ever.
    Links: Website / Facebook (133 “yeses” have RSVP’d so far)

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  3. Mike says:

    My sister’s Nuptial Low Mass was at this church. It was beautiful. My first Mass in the extraordinary form.

  4. Mike says:

    Requiem aeternam dona ea, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ea.

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  6. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Meaning to remove not one iota from the work she did, nor from her reputed devotion to her Catholic faith, I recoiled at this:

    “Nellie Gray was a saint right in our midst,”

    Grrrr. Please pray for her soul.

  7. restoration says:

    This is a major positive change! Back in the dark days of 2003 when my wife and I were married at Old St. Mary’s in a solemn high Traditional Latin Mass, there were no Latin Masses dedicated to the pro-life pilgrims. They merely packed the regular 9 a.m. Sunday Mass before the march.

    The official “youth” Mass for the March for Life was at the MCI Center (now known as the Verizon Center) and was exactly the kind of Mass one would expect to see in a sporting arena…use your imagination and I’m sure it won’t be as bad as what occurs there annually with diocesan “liturgists” inventing new ways to entertain the kids. Now the “kids” can vote with their feet and walk one block away to Old St. Mary’s for a dignified and holy sacrifice.

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