Sixth annual Nellie Gray Mass set for Friday afternoon at Chinatown Old St. Mary’s

The Paulus Institute will sponsor the sixth annual Nellie Gray Mass at 4:00 pm this Friday, January 19, 2017, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, which was the late Miss Gray’s place of Sunday worship. Friday afternoon’s Mass will come at the conclusion of the annual March for Life in Washington. This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

Very Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, Moderator of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Washington, will offer a Solemn High Mass for Forgiveness of Sins. Choral accompaniment for the Mass on behalf of the vulnerable unborn, in whose defense Miss Gray worked tirelessly for many years until her death in 2012, will be provided by the St. Mary’s Schola under the direction of David Sullivan.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

Oratorians, FSSP seminarians to celebrate Vespers and Benediction Sunday at St. Thomas Apostle

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, will conduct their weekly service of Solemn Vespers and Benediction in the Extraordinary Form this Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 pm.

The liturgy will be conducted by Oratorian and secular associate clergy led by community Moderator Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, accompanied this week by visiting seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Assistance to the clergy and seminarians will be provided by 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 directed by Vincent Bury. The public is encouraged to attend and to join in the singing of the traditional evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office.

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.

A first-century witness for Roman Catholic unity

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon that was preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Pope St. Clement I, November 23, 2015.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

Pray the Rosary every day for victory and peace

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon that was preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2014.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

Our Lady’s sorrows: a participation in salvation

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 2015.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

The spiritual journey of Holy Week

The following excerpt from the writings of St. Andrew of Crete, the theme of a spiritual conference given by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth at the Oratorian Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington on March 28, 2015, is offered as a meditation for Holy Week as we prepare to commemorate the Passion of Our Lord and to renew our baptismal promises at the Vigil Mass of Easter.

Come, together let us ascend Mount Olivet and meet Christ as He returns today from Bethany and advances of His own free choice to His Passion, thus completing the mystery of our salvation. For He comes freely to Jerusalem as He once came from Heaven in order to exalt us with Himself. But He does not come with pomp and circumstance, like a man ascending a throne: He shall not dispute or shout aloud, nor shall anyone hear His voice upraised. He is meek and humble, and goes poorly clad.

Therefore, let us now devote ourselves to the Passion mystery and imitate those who went to meet Him. Ours is not to strew the way with palms but with ourselves, humbled in spirit, upright in mind and will.

Thus we shall receive the Word when He comes, and shall have God for our Guest.

The Word rejoices to come to us as our familiar Friend and to draw us to Himself. He has indeed ascended beyond the heavens and entered into the glory of His Godhead, but His love for mankind does not permit Him to depart from us, for He seeks to make us sharers of His exaltation.

Let us put on His grace, then, or, rather, His very self: As many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. Then we can make of ourselves a path for His feet to tread, and shout each day what the children sang: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord: the King of Israel.

Juventutem DC to host Holy Saturday Tenebrae

Via New Liturgical Movement, we are informed that on Saturday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m., the traditional Holy Saturday Offices of Matins and Lauds will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Washington.  Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri will lead the chanting of the Office according to the 1962 Breviary.

The event is sponsored by Juventutem DC.  St. Thomas the Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road NW in Woodley Park.