The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Oratory founder St. Philip Neri with Solemn Vespers and Benediction in the Extraordinary Form this Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 pm.
The liturgy will be conducted by the Oratorian Fathers and secular associate clergy led by community Moderator Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, with the assistance of the Brothers of the Little Oratory led by Brother Rector Jeff Bedia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by the Vespers schola of St. Thomas Apostle Church (Dr. Candy Bartoldus, director), along with the men’s schola of Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church directed by David Sullivan. The public is encouraged to attend and to join in the singing of the traditional evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.