Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Solemn High Mass at Holy Comforter/St. Cyprian's in DC

On 16 September 2008, in comemmoration of the feast day of their patron St. Cyprian, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC offered a Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass. Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of St. Cyprian's, offered the Mass. The parish choir assisted by singing some motets, along with a Gregorian chant schola from St. Mary, Mother of God parish, also in DC, where the Traditional Latin Mass is offered every Sunday and holy day. Another musical ensemble sang polyphany. It was the first Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass at the parish since the 1960s.

Msgr. Pope giving the homily.

St. Cyprian's parishoners are predominantly black, though for this Mass, there were people from many different races present. The statue of the Infant of Prague is near the center of the photograph.

Taken right before or during the Preface of the Mass.

The elevation of the Sacred Host.

The distribution of Communion -- there were nuns in attendance from the Institute of the Incarnate Word, some of whom are visible in this shot.

The sanctuary of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian's.

The columnade and the ceiling over the nave of the church.

Brass plaque the prayer in Latin said by priests as they wash their hands before Mass. It translates as, "Give strength to my hands, Lord, to wipe away all stain, so that I may be able to serve Thee in purity of mind and body."


Blogger J. R. Benedict said...

That's a beautiful sanctuary.

3:24 AM  

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