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High Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi

June 2nd, 2010, Promulgated by Choir



The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, more commonly known by its Latin name the Feast of Corpus Christi, is celebrated in honor of Christ?s institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday. The feast is observed in the United States on the Sunday following Holy Trinity Sunday.

In honor of this feast, there will be a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, June 6th at St. Stanislaus, at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. The celebrant will be the Reverend Dennis Bonsignore. After Mass and following Catholic tradition, there will be a procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the church, followed by Benediction.

The Latin Mass choir will sing Missa Phrygia. The Mass was written by Pompeo Cannicciari, an Italian Baroque composer. The choir director and organist is Eastman School of Music student, John Morabito. Also, our “Schola Roffensis” will sing the Gregorian propers and the Sequence, Lauda Sion Salvatorem. The schola is directed by the very capable, Joel Morehouse.

Saint Stanislaus is one of the few churches in the Diocese of Rochester that has not been “renovated”. Restored, yes; but not renovated.

Often I am asked who are the saints in the niches on the high altar. From left to right, they are St. Methodius, St. Adalbert, in the center is St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Jadwiga (Hedwig) and finally St. Cyril. All of these saints are of the Eastern European tradition.

There is plenty of parking in the lot across the street from the Church, or behind the Church, or on Hudson Avenue. We have two security guards, a handicapped elevator and facilities for men and women at the back of church. There is also a very well stocked Catholic book table in the narthex at very reasonable prices. In addition, there is a “discount” table full of traditional Catholic readings.

If you or your family has never attended “The Mass of the Ages”, please bring them with you to this timeless ritual of Roman Catholicism. Holy Communion is received on the tongue only and kneeling (if you can) at the Communion rail. You must be a practicing Catholic and spiritually prepare to receive Communion.

There will be no liturgical “aberrations”. No parade of Eucharistic ministers, no wonkiness from the pulpit and no “I’m-a-woman-and-want-to-be-a-priest types.” Everything will be, as they say, “according to Hoyle”. Everything is solidly and unabashedly Catholic.

If you have a desire for the sacred, then this is the Mass you need to be at.

This is the last High Mass of the year. As typical, even the choir needs a summer break. See you at the Communion rail!

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7 Responses to “High Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi”

  1. avatar Gen says:

    I hope that the CF hordes descend on St. Stanislaus for this. I may or may not be there – trying to shift some work duties around to enable me to be present.

    Anyone else planning on coming?

  2. I hope that not only hordes of CF'ers descend, but hordes of all Catholics come to the Mass of the Ages. It is all Catholic's birthright and heritage. C'mon and see how your ancestors worshipped. Who knows you might like it.

  3. avatar Gen says:

    God forbid!

  4. avatar CPT Tom says:

    I won't be able to come as I'm singing with my schola that day,at our monthly OF mass, but I will let my son and his wife know. I really wish I could be there, the high mass at St Stanislav is exceptionally beautiful!

  5. avatar Sister Emily says:

    I will be there. The mass is lovely. The music is just beautiful! At the end of Mass the organist plays a little diddy that makes me want to jump up and down and yell BRAVO!!!He is magnificent!!

    It is always emotional for me.I 'm so happy I found my faith!

  6. avatar Scott/Mary says:

    We will be there as well. Thank you tons "choir" for posting who the statues are of the saints. Maybe you could also instruct us who the saints are on the dome. I was wondering who they represent as well.
    The CF writers are incredibly wise.(not wise guys, I mean filled with wisdom):)

  7. avatar Gen says:

    We're a little bit of both.

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