April 23, 2018
On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, at 1 p.m., His Excellency the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass is being celebrated in honor of the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the 2007 Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, which encouraged the wider celebration of the ancient form of the Mass, proclaiming that it is “to be considered an extraordinary expression of the same lex orandi of the Church and duly honoured for its venerable and ancient usage.” (SP Art. 1)
Four priests from the Fraternity will assist at the Mass: Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, pastor of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in Allentown, as deacon; Fr. Zachary Akers, the FSSP’s Director of Development, as 1st Master of Ceremonies; Fr. Gregory Eichman, Chaplain of Mater Dei Latin Mass Community in Harrisburg, as 2nd Master of Ceremonies; and Fr. Josef Bisig, Rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, as one of the two Deacons at the Throne. The Basilica choir will sing the Missa Salve Regina by Victoria as well as several Renaissance motets, and the Propers will be sung by the schola of the nearby parish of St. Mary Mother of God, which has for many years offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the Mass on EWTN, which will be broadcasting it live and worldwide.
You can view and download the flyer for the event here.