Solemn High Mass: The Shrine Of The Most Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, Maryland - March 8th, 2011
This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Shrine Of The Most Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Roman Catholic parish will celebrate one of the first of many Centennial events, on March 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with a Solemn High Mass in Latin. The Mass will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal of 1962, as authorized by Blessed Pope John XXIII.
David Gardiner, Chairman of the Liturgy Planning Committee for Blessed Sacrament, explains the importance of preparing for the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, “Monsignor Charles Pope, the liaison for celebrating the 1962 Missal in the Archdiocese of Washington, ensures that proper training and education take place before celebrating the Extraordinary Form in Archdiocesan churches. Great care will be taken so the rites are celebrated properly and with understanding of the elements that make up the liturgy. In other words, it is not something to enter into lightly and without preparation.”
Gardiner says, "...in celebrating our Centennial Year we recognize parts of our life, over the past 100 years and certainly one of the most significant, is the mass as it was offered through most of the period, the Mass in Extraordinary Form,” says Father Jim Boccabella of Blessed Sacrament.
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