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.
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.
Faithful Catholics are exhorted to dedicate the month of November to remembrance and prayers for the Souls in Purgatory. We begin special observances on November 2, the Feast of All Souls, and continue and continue in our private devotions throughout the following days of the month. A particularly important observance for members and friends of the St. Gregory is the annual Requiem Mass offered for those souls enrolled in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society.
The annual Saint Gregory Purgatorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 11, at 7:30 pm, at St Stanislaus Church, New Haven. The traditional Gregorian chants for the Requiem will be sung., and he absolution will be prayed at the catafalque.
We encourage you to enroll your departed loved ones whom you would like remembered at the altar of the Lord on this occasion and at the 8:00 am First Friday Masses throughout the following year. The enrollment may be downloaded here: St Gregory Purgatorial Soc Form. This form may be printed out and mailed to the Society by November 6, or placed in the offering basket at the November 11 Mass .