Liturgical Roundup

February 18, 2009

Courtesy of writer Matthew Alderman at the New Liturgical Movement

No doubt our readers have already heard of the upcoming Gregorian chant workshop being put on by Musica Sacra Florida at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, the local chapter of the Church Music Association of America, but just in case you haven’t, here is a bit of info on this upcoming conference and also some of the other exciting liturgical events that have been occurring in the Sunshine State in recent months.

First, the chant conference is being held from March 6 to March 7, 2009, and will include sessions on the history of Gregorian chant, the liturgy and the Gregorian repertoire, Gregorian chant since Vatican II a choice of chant classes for beginning and advanced chanters. Vespers will be sung Friday, and the conference will close the following evening with a missa cantata at St. Michael’s Church in neighboring Miami. For more information, visit this site or contact Dr. Jennifer Donelson at jd1120 (at) nsu (dot) nova (dot) edu. Other presenters include Dr. Susan Treacy (Ave Maria), Dr. Michael O’Connor (Palm Beach Atlantic) and Mary Jane Ballou (St. Augustine Schola Cantorae). Registration is $35.00 and includes materials and insruction. The deadline is Friday, February 27, 2009.

This conference comes as the culmination of a long series of Tridentine masses, chant workshops, and more in Florida, enlivening a region that has in my experience been largely moribund in liturgical matters. This is extremely promising, and let us hope we can expect more in the future. A sampling:

In the Miami/Ft. Lauterdale area, September saw a Gregorian chant workshop at St. Michael’s in Miami, and December the first known Tridentine mass at the same parish since 1970. St. Michael’s, incidentally, is now the home of the priest who instigated a simple but handsome renovation at Visitation Catholic Church while he was pastor there, and which we chronicled here some time back. I am glad to see he is still doing exemplary work for the church’s liturgy.

In the West Palm Beach area, solemn vespers were sung at St. Patrick Catholic Church for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last year, as we reported previously here. This March, a missa cantata is planned for the same parish, on the first Sunday of Lent, sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Palm Beaches at 2:00 pm. Another will be on the Third Sunday of Lent at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, also at 2:00. I am told one may become a solemn high mass, but this will depend on the availability of clergy to assist. For more information, see here.

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