The Fifth Sunday after Easter will be celebrated in a Solemn High Mass in the traditional Latin form at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, in New Haven on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 pm. The celebrant will be The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk; the Deacon will be The Reverend Peter Lenox, Director of Liturgy, the Diocese of Bridgeport; and the Subdeacon will be Mr. James Onofrio.
The proper texts of the liturgy for this Sunday’s Mass continue to sing of Christ’s victory and of the salvation of Christian people whom He has redeemed. During the Rogation Days that follow, the Church exhorts us to pray in “His name” and ask for what is necessary for us, salvation first and foremost; these prayers will unfailingly be granted us “that our joy may be full.”
We must ask, too, that we may be worthy to enter with Him into His Father’s kingdom, while acknowledging that prayer that is sincere implies generosity: St. Jame’s Epistle reminds us that it is not enough merely to pray; we must also be “doers of the Word.”
Music for the service, sung by the Schola Cantorum of The Saint Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary for Eastertide (Vatican Edition I: “Lux et origo,”) the antiphon “Regina caeli laetare,” the hymn “Ad regias agni dapes,” the proper Gregorian chants, and organ music by J. S. Bach and Herbert Howells.
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated in a High Mass in the traditional Latin form at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, in New Haven, on Sunday, 5 September, at 2:00 pm. The celebrant will be The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus, St Mary’s Church, Norwalk.
The proper Gospel for this Sunday’s Mass remind us that Christ has rescued us from eternal death, as He once raised the son of the Widow at Naim from natural death. In doing so He shows the compassion that He feels for our mother, the Catholic Church, lamenting over sinners, just as He was moved by pity for the poor widow lamenting over her son.
In the Epistle for this Mass, St. Paul exhorts us to show anxious care for those who are in need of the life of faith. We succeed in this through prayer and acts of charity.
Music for the service, sung by the Schola Cantorum of The Saint Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (Vatican Edition I: “Orbis factor,” the motets “Ave Maria” and “Ave verum Corpus” by Camille Saint-Saëns, the proper Gregorian chants and organ music by César Franck and Alexandre Guilmant.
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 15 August, at 2:00 p.m. Father Robert Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the celebrant and homilist, and the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
Belief in the Assumption of our Lady goes back to early Christian tradition, having found expression in the writings of the Church Fathers as well as in various liturgies in the East as well as the West. In the 18th century Pope Benedict XIV declared the Assumption to be a truth that no one is permitted to doubt, but it was not then defined as a dogma. Finally, on 1 November 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed solemnly ex cathedra that “the Immaculate Mother of God, at the close of her earthly career, was taken up into heaven, body and soul.”
The texts for the Mass on this feast present the glorified Virgin as the person of the Woman clothed with the sun (Introit, Apoc. 12.1), as the King’s Daughter in golden robes (Gradual, Ps. 44), and as the Woman, who, with her Son, will be the victorious enemy of the serpent (Offertory, Gen. 3.15). The various collects of the Mass exhort us to follow Mary’s example in longing for heaven, obtaining the glorious resurrection, and enjoying everlasting bliss.
Music for the service will include the Missa Marialis Ordinary (Vatican ed. IX/X), the proper Gregorian chants of the feast, motets by Orlando di Lasso and Ludovico Viadana, and organ music Organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Girolamo Cavazzoni.
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, July 11, at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Richard Cipolla, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, will be the celebrant, and members of the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
The texts for the Epistle and Gospel on this day remind us that that “not everyone that saith to Me: Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father…” True wisdom guides us fidelity in our service to God.
We should implore God to keep us in the way of His commandments by removing from our lives all that may hurt us and by bestowing upon us all the is for our good.
Music for the liturgy will include the Gregorian chant ordinary “Missa Orbis factor (Mass XI), the proper Gregorian chants for the day, motets by Orlando di Lasso and Ludovico Viadana, and organ Music by Claudio Merulo and Girolamo Frescobaldi.
Pentecost, or Whit Sunday, will be celebrated in a High Mass in the traditional Latin form at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 pm. The celebrant will be Father Michael Novajosky, who serves as a special assistant to the Bishop of Bridgeport for the Eucharistic Ambassador’s initiative.
We read in the Gospel at the Mass on this great feast that our Lord foretold the coming of the Paraclete to his disciples, and the Epistle shows us the realization of that promise. God descended upon the Cenacle, and a mighty wind which blew suddenly upon the house, together with the appearance of tongues of fire within, were the wonderful tokens of His coming.
Taught by the “Light of Thy Holy Spirit” (Collect at Mass), and filled by the gifts of the same Spirit poured out upon them (Sequence), the apostles became new men to go forth and renew the whole world (Introit). In the words of the Alleluia: “Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love,” let us fervently pray that the Holy Ghost will come down upon us.
Music for the service, sung by members of the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society, will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary I, “Lux et origo,” motets by Claudio Monteverdi and Lorenzo Perosi, the proper Gregorian chants, and organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi.