Artists, patrons and friends of the arts filled the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Sunday, May 4th – Good Shepherd Sunday – for The Catholic Artists Society’s annual Mass for Artists. A Solemn Mass in the extraordinary form was offered for the intentions of the society’s members and the salvation of all artists. The Mass and reception marked the 15th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists.
The sacred ministers were all young ordained men of the NY archdiocese. Rev. Brian Taylor was the celebrant; Deacon Matthew MacDonald acted as deacon; Rev. Matthew Newcomb acted as sub-deacon.
In his homily, Monsignor Donald Sakano, pastor of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s, welcomed the society’s members, patrons and friends to the church that was New York’s first cathedral. Monsignor Sakano’s inspiring homily, which links the “astonishing” fact of the Incarnation with God’s call to artists, can be heard in its entirety via the link below.
Music for the Mass was provided by Mr. Jared Lamenzo, the basilica’s organist and music director, and choir director Mr. Joshua South. The setting for the Mass was Arvo Part’s Berliner Messe, composed in 1990. The program also included pieces by Distler, Perotin, Alain, Hassler and Waclaw of Szamotul.
The entire program for the Mass can be downloaded here.
A reception followed in the basilica courtyard…
(All photos by David Galalis)
Special thanks to:
The Reverend Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral and Homilist
The Reverend Brian Taylor, Celebrant
The Reverend Mr. Matthew MacDonald, Deacon
Rev. Matthew Newcomb, Subdeacon
Mr. Roberto Barrientos, Master of Ceremonies
The Schola Cantorum of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Mr. Jared Lamenzo, Organist & Choirmaster
Mr. Joshua South, Director
The Reverend Walter Wagner, O.P.
The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer
Mr. David Galalis, photography
Mr. Dan Donohue, poster
Mr. James D. Wetzel, Mass booklet
The Reverend Jean Paul Soler
Mr. Christopher Flatz, Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
The patrons and friends of the Society whose generous contributions made this Mass possible.