25 November 2008

100th Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Francis de Sales--Report‏


From St. Francis de Sales Oratory:

ST. LOUIS, MO - Over 1,000 faithful gathered in the church of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, to assist at the Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, Administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. From the powerful beginning of the “Premiere Symphonie” of Guilmant to the sweeping phrases of the Credo of the “Messe Solemnelle” of Charles Gounod to the soaring lines of the closing hymn of “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King,” sixty musicians filled the magnificent Gothic edifice of the St. Francis de Sales church. The splendor of the sacred liturgy was adorned fittingly by the majesty and richness of the music, directed by Mr. Nick Botkins, director of sacred music and master of the choirs at the Oratory.

His Excellency, Bishop Hermann gave a moving sermon. He invited all faithful of good will to reclaim the fullness of the sacraments. He impressed upon all present the “verticality of the architecture of the church” which corresponds so visibly with the theocentricity of the Mass.

The Holy Mass was then followed by a festive gathering in the Oratory Hall, celebrating St. Francis de Sales church’s German immigrant heritage. Complete with traditional German food and beer and even a German band, the afternoon was enjoyed by hundreds of families with children of all ages who crowded the church hall. This overwhelming turnout was a testament to the thriving youthful community of faithful at the Oratory.

On this 100th Anniversary, it was also announced that St. Francis de Sales is beginning a capital campaign called “Tradition for Tomorrow.” This campaign will raise the necessary funds to restore the church of St. Francis de Sales to its former glory and ensure that it remains a true landmark of South St. Louis. More information can be found at http://www.traditionfortomorrow.com/ .

8 comments:

Ken said...

It was beautiful. We arrived late so we had to sit by the side and could not see a thing. Like listening to a TLM on the radio! But I didn't feel the urge to check my watch the whole time and even the kids weren't too hyper. It was great to see such a crowd there.

patrick finley said...

I was there, it was truly magnificent. I have never seen a solemn mass in person (though I do try to go to an extraordinary form mass when I can).

Can someone answer me why the bishop doesnt carry his staff at these masses? If he is celebrating as a bishop, wouldnt the staff be part of the deal?

thetimman said...

I think (and any knowledgeable reader may correct me) that the lack of crozier is because he is not the ordinary of the archdiocese. Or is it a traditional rubrics thing...

Anonymous said...

I was there. I couldn't even get a seat in the huge church.

I hope the Oratory does something like this for Christmas-Midnight.

If they do I will gladly give up the piano at my parish and be at the Oratory.

thetimman said...

They are planning an orchestral type Mass for Midnight Mass-- smaller orchestra, but still to be beautiful.

Come on down!

Anonymous said...

Schubert's Messe in G, plus Carols before the mass.

patrick finley said...

Well I just found it odd... i wonder if its more a traditional thing. Because he came to St martin De Porres when we welcomed our pastor, with crozier , and this was after Burke had left. Maybe it all depends in the capacity he is operating in

Also another thing is the Long Capa either only for ordinaries/and or archbishops? He had sory of a mini capa.

Anonymous said...

I think the music and architecture were the central attractions for this event much more so than a very elitist homily that did nothing to welcome those who identify with non-Catholic ideologies. I was there, and I do not wish to be counted among "1,000 of the faithful." Does just being there make me a believer? How do I contest this?