October 21, 2019
On Saturday, November 16th, at 10 a.m., His Excellency the Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by the Benedict XVI Institute as part of a tour introducing the Mass of the Americas, a newly-composed Mass setting in the sacred music tradition of the Church. A free conference comprised of workshops and discussions with the composer and other Catholic artists will follow the Mass.
Archbishop Cordileone is a great friend of the Latin Mass and will be conferring our diaconate ordinations on March 28th, 2020 at the chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. We encourage you to attend the DC Mass if you can – it’s not often that you get to experience a Solemn Pontifical Mass, let alone at the high altar of a church that is a minor basilica, the largest Catholic church in North America and a place of particular importance to the Faith in this country. Even if you cannot attend, perhaps take a moment on that day to pray for our country, which is entrusted to Our Lady under her title of the Immaculate Conception, that America’s holy Patroness will guide her in the truth and make the Faith flourish here more strongly than ever.
The upcoming Mass brings back memories from April of last year, when the Most Reverend Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Basilica in honor of the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. The Fraternity was greatly involved with the planning of that Mass and several of our priests assisted at it. We posted about it here. +