A Solemn High Mass for the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria, Emperor and King, will be offered at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, home of the first shrine dedicated to Blessed Karl in the Washington area.
The celebrant of the Mass will be Reverend Father James Bradley of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, assisted by deacon Reverend Father Lawrence Lew OP and subdeacon Brother Alexander Castorena of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Music will be provided by St. Mary’s Schola, by St. Benet’s Schola, and by the polyphonic choir Musikanten, directed by Kerry Krebill. A first-class relic of Blessed Karl will be displayed for veneration.
After the Mass a reception will be held at Market-to-Market Café across Fifth Street from St. Mary’s. Guests at the Mass and reception will include Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl.
St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.