22 Jan: Pontifical Mass (TLM) after March for Life!

On Thursday, 22 January in Washington DC, at 4:00 PM, after the March For Life, there will be a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool celebrated by His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois.

Mass is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm at St. Mary Mother of God Church (5th and H Sts. NW in downtown Washington DC).

  • Assistant Priest – Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
  • Deacon – Rev. Monsignor Charles Pope
  • Subdeacon – Rev. Paul Scalia

Choir: The Schola Cantorum of the The Lyceum School, South Euclid, Ohio.

The Mass is sponsored by the Paulus Institute.  These are the wonderful people who organized the stunning Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which Bp. Slattery of Tulsa celebrated.  HERE

The Mass is being offered for the repose of the soul of the long-time pro-life activist Nellie Gray.

I was sent a list of the music for the Pontifical Mass.  I sounds splendid.

  • Prelude: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos – Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Processional: Non Nobis – William Byrd
  • Introit: Chant proper (chant schola)
  • Kyrie: Missa Brevis – G.P. Palestrina
  • Graduale/Alleluia: Chant proper
  • Offertory: Chant proper
  • O Magnum Mysterium – Tomas Luis da Victoria
  • Sanctus: Missa Brevis – G.P. Palestrina
  • Benedictus: Missa Brevis – G.P. Palestrina
  • Agnus Dei: Missa Brevis – G.P. Palestrina
  • Communion Chant Proper
  • Ave Verum – Josquin de Prez
  • Sicut Cervus – G.P. Palestrina
  • Recessional: Laudate Nomen Domini – Christopher Tye

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  1. Emilio says:

    It’s wonderful to see so many good things happening in my home archdiocese (the veteran EF community at St. Mary’s, Msgr. Pope and his parish, the Oratory at St. Thomas, the Ordinariate at Immacualte Conception), and all the “reform of the reform” minded young priests bringing new life into their parishes in the city and suburban Maryland. This is especially meaningful because I wouldn’t think that the local Pastoral Center or the hierarchy is too enthusiastic about these signs of hope, but at least they are tolerant…some of the time. This pontifical Mass is great news.

  2. Robbie says:

    I hope EWTN will carry this live. I would love to watch it.

  3. jfk03 says:

    What a beautiful array of sacred music.

    I assume the Rachmaninov prelude (rejoice O Theotokos) will be sung in Slavonic? Aside from the Rachmaninov, this is the kind of line-up that we sang at Newman Hall, U. C. Berkeley, in the 60’s before the new mass was instituted. We had a very good choir, with a professor of music as director, and several very good, trained voices. We sang the Gregorian propers every Sunday. At some point, our choir was told that this kind of music was no longer welcome. I remember that day with sorrow.

  4. Mike says:

    A wonderful program for a Mass for a splendid intention. I’ll be away on an extended out-of-town trip but will keep the March and the Mass in my prayers.

  5. Jim of Bowie says:

    Hope to be there. What mass/propers will be used? [Holy Innocents, I think.]

  6. One of those TNCs says:

    Call me ignorant, but…
    I did not know a priest could be a deacon or a subdeacon. I thought a deacon was a deacon only, and a subdeacon was a subdeacon only. Please explain.
    Thanks. [Priests can take the functions of the lower orders.]

  7. Mike says:

    Excellent. God willing, a friend and I will be there.

  8. Siculum says:

    I hope to be there for this Nellie Gray Mass, and bring a family member. God willing. Pray for clear weather, everyone.

    Robbie: Call them [politely]. Beg them. Make them. (just kidding) They’ll be in town that day anyway. Call their EWTN viewer services department at 205-271-2900. I hope they know about this. It would just be a very nice icing on the cake after their coverage of the vigil and morning OF Masses at the BNSIC.

    One of Those TNCs: Just thought I’d chime in and help here: Once ordained a deacon, always ordained a deacon, so a priest can fulfill that role as well. There is no longer a specific subdeaconate in the Roman church, but the regular deaconate (either transitional or permanent) fulfills this obligation as well (give or take). Although I seem to recall Fr. Z having some further opinions on this some time ago.

  9. JARay says:

    I would love to be there but the distance from Australia to Washington rules it out!
    And @ “One of those TNCs” going from subdeacon to deacon does not mean that one cannot take a step back and act the role of subdeacon again for a particular occasion. When a man moves from corporal to sergeant in the army it does not prevent him from taking over the role of corporal again if the need arises.

  10. ppb says:

    One of those TNCs: In the Extraordinary Form, the rubrics allow for a priest to perform the role of Deacon or Subdeacon at Solemn Mass (or in this case Pontifical Mass). In the Ordinary Form, you’re right, only a Deacon can perform the role of Deacon.

  11. flyfree432 says:

    I’m trying to figure out the logistics of getting there on time, after the March. It typically takes 2 hours to get to the US Supreme Court, depending how many people you are behind. That puts us around 3:30 (the rally always runs late). I suppose you would take the capitol south metro to chinatown, or break off from the March early and walk over.

  12. Mrs. Bee says:

    I wouldn’t want to miss such a Mass! Let’s pray for decent weather: the day is often miserable…
    Fr. Scalia is one of the crown jewels of the Arlington Diocese, the finest priest I’ve ever met in person – what a splendid trio of “assistants” the good Bishop is going to have!

  13. PostCatholic says:

    Point of information: Is a Rev. different from a Rev. Fr.? I’m not very up on these terms. I know the difference between Most Rev and Rev Mons, and I could have a fairly accurate stab at the offices in which one is Very Rev, but Right Rev eludes me. And at seminary in Ireland if we wanted to make gentle mockery of a certain priest we’d call him “His Reverence,” the exaggerated formality serving as a sort of hyperbolic synechdoche.

  14. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Following on from Robbie & Siculum, what variety of prospects are there for audio/video-recording and posting this, somewhere, somehow?

  15. I hope to be at that Mass Father! Thanks for the heads-up. So happy to hear that you will once again be in town. Will we be able to all meet up afterwards?

  16. rdschreiner says:

    Yes, Father Z, I’m coming from Minnesota for the March for Life. Could we have a blognic afterwards in DC?

  17. Bea says:

    What a great roster:
    *His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki,
    *Assistant Priest – Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    *Deacon – Rev. Monsignor Charles Pope
    *Subdeacon – Rev. Paul Scalia
    To boot:
    Mass at St. Mary Mother of God Church.

    I wish I could be there. What a joy!
    My daughter was married there and still lives in Maryland.
    With 6 children ages 2-13, I don’t know if she can make it, but perhaps my son-in-law will, with his 5th grade students from an area Catholic School.

  18. benedetta says:

    This is great to hear. I have become convinced that reverencing human life and our Lord in the Holy Sacrifice are mutually supporting in our Catholic spirituality. They go together in the mystery of our communion as well as in the details of our actions and prayers.

  19. cdet1997 says:

    I’ll take a vacation day out of work to attend the march and this Mass. Very excited!

  20. JohnNYC says:

    I can’t wait ! This will be (Deo favente) my second March for Life and post-March-For-Life Pontifical Mass. Will there be another Fr. Z blognic after the 4pm Mass like there was two years ago at that Irish pub (“The Irish Channel” at 764 5th St NW) across the street from S. Mary Mother of God Church?


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