On the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th, 2011, a Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church in Harvard Square. The Mass was co-sponsored by the Harvard Knights of Columbus and the Harvard Latin Mass Society.
According to the available information, this is the first Holy Mass in the usus antiquior at the high altar since the reform of the Roman Missal after Vatican II. Father Michael Drea, Pastor of St. Paul Parish and Senior Chaplain to the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy, assisted in choir and deserves many thanks for his generous support of this project. St. Paul Catholic Church is the home of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy.
Philippe de Champaigne, The Annunciation, ca. 1644
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
(Image courtesy of Michael Weinberg Photography.)
Importantly, this Mass was mentioned by several prominent Catholic sites including The New Liturgical Movement, Fr. Z's Blog - What Does the Prayer Really Say?, and Rorate Caeli. You can also read one Harvard KofC member's reflections in the Pilgrim, an international journal devoted to promoting Catholic culture and experience.
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(Holy Mass Photographs courtesy of Kathleen O'Connell-Salisbury.)