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MASS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany will be observed in a celebration of Solemn High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, January 23, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, will be the celebrant; The Reverend Robert L. Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford will be the decon; and members of the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chants for the service.

The texts of the liturgy for this day testify to our Lord’s universal royalty and divinity. The two miracles recounted in the Gospel have the same meaning.  The first was worked on behalf of a Jewish leper whom Jesus commanded to make known his cure to the priests “for a testimony unto them”; the second was on behalf of a Roman centurion who bore witness, by his words of humility and trust, of his faith in Christ.  All nations, then, are called to enter into the Kingdom to share in the heavenly feast at which the divinity of Christ will be the food of their souls.

As children in the kingdom of Heaven, let us renew our faith in Christ’s divinity, and let us give testimony to it by living by the rule of Christian charity, that great commandment which is emphasized by St. Paul in today’s Epistle. “Charity” says, St. Augustine, “is the effect of faith in Jesus Christ.”

Music for the liturgy to be sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will include the Missa “Orbis factor” (Vatican edition XI) chant ordinary, the Gregorian proper for the Epiphany: “Adorate Deum omnes angeli,” the motets “Confitemini Domino” by Nicholas Renouf and “Benedicam Dominum,” by Leon Leoni, and organ music by Girolamo Cavazzoni and Girolamo Frescobaldi.

MASS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, or “GAUDETE SUNDAY”

The Third Sunday of Advent, or “Gaudete Sunday,” will be observed in a celebration of Solemn High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, December 12, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, will be the celebrant and homilist, and The Reverend Robert Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford will serve as Deacon. The Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant for the service.

Gaudete Sunday marks the midpoint of Advent. As on Laetare Sunday, the midpoint of Lent, the penitential character of the liturgy is relaxed; the organ is played, flowers are permitted on the altar, and violet vestments are replaced with rose.  The Introit at Mass exhorts Christians to rejoice at the coming of Christ at Christmas in anticipation of His Second Coming at the end of time.

Saint John the Baptist preaches in the Gospel at today’s Mass, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord … the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.” Following John’s exhortation to prepare for the coming of the Lord, the Church urges her faithful in the Communion Antiphon to “take courage and fear not: behold our God will come and will save us.

Music for the liturgy to be sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will include the Missa Cum jubilo (Vatican edition IX) chant ordinary, the Gregorian proper for Advent Sunday: “Gaudete in Domino semper,” the motets “Ne timeas Maria” by Nicholas Renouf and “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina” and organ music by Jean Titelouze.

 

Mass for the First Sunday in Advent

The first Sunday in Advent will be observed in a celebration of High Mass in the traditional Latin form on Sunday, November 14, at 2:00 pm at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven.  The Reverend Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in North Branford, will be the celebrant.

During the season of Advent the Church reflects upon the twofold coming of our Savior: His birth at Bethlehem which will enlighten the world until the end of time, and His return at the last judgment when He comes to condemn the guilty to the flames and call the just with a loving voice to heaven.

Let us prepare for the Christmas feast by holy prayers and aspirations and by reforming our lives, that we may be ready for that last great assize upon which depends the fate of our soul for all eternity. And all this with confidence for those “who wait upon the Lord will never be confounded” as expressed in the Introit, Gradual and Offertory of the Mass on this day.

Music for this service will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (“Orbis factor”), the Gregorian chant proper for the first Sunday in Advent (“Ad te levavi,” the hymn “Conditor alme siderum” by Guillaume Dufay, and the motet“Alma Redemptoris mater” by Palestrina.

Mass for the XXVth Sunday after Pentecost

The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost will be observed in a celebration of High Mass in the traditional Latin form on Sunday, November 14, at 2:00 pm at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven.  The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk will be the celebrant.

In the Gospel for the Mass for this Mass Our Lord presents the parable of the mustard seed to show us how the tiny seed of our faith can grow into the mighty tree of a saintly life, and the parable of the leaven placed by a woman in a loaf exemplifies the effect His Word in calming our passions and bringing forth the marvels of faith, hope and charity of which we read in the Epistle.

Let us meditate on Our Lord’s teaching, that like leaven it may pervade and transform our hearts, and like the mustard seed it may grow into a great tree and bring forth fruits of holiness.

The music for the service, sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (“Orbis factor”), the Gregorian chant proper for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost (“Dicit Dominus,” the motets “Amen dico vobis” by Heinrich Isaac and “Ave verum Corpus” by Ludovico Viadana. The second offering will be for the benefit of the St. Gregory Society.