The schedule of High Masses at Saint Stanislaus Church in New Haven will resume on Sunday, October 4, at 2:00 pm, with the observation of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Celebrant will be Father Richard G. Cipolla, Rector Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, and the Deacon will be Father Robert Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford. Members of the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will perform the Gregorian chants for the service.
Instituted by Pope Pius V as the feast of Our Lady of Victory to commemorate the defeat of the Ottoman Turks at Lepanto in 1571, which was attributed to the power of the Rosary, the title of the feast was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary by Pope Gregory XIII.
According to pious tradition the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic by the Blessed Virgin Mary during her apparition to him during the year 1214. He propagated this prayer in his campaign against the Albigensian heresy, and the devotion subsequently spread throughout Christendom over the centuries. In this time of great challenges to Christian faith and morals, let us have recourse to this most powerful defense against the snares and deceptions of the evil one.
Please bring family and friends to participate in this festive celebration. Music for the service performed by the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian chant Mass of Our Lady (“Cum jubilo, Vatican ed. IX), the chant propers of the feast, polyphonic motets, and organ music.