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.

Solemn Vespers to mark St. Philip Neri quincentenary Wednesday

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.

After July 19 hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume July 26 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break on Sunday, July 19, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, July 26.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

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.

After Trinity hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume June 7 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break for Trinity Sunday, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on Trinity Sunday, May 31, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, June 7.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

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.

After Ascension hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume May 24 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break for the Sunday after the Ascension, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on the Sunday after the Ascension, May 17, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, May 24.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

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.

After Easter hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume April 12 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break for Easter, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on Easter Sunday, April 5, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, April 12.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

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.

Sunday Solemn Vespers, Benediction continue at D.C. Oratory

A weekly celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction that was initiated last October at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church will continue through the Lenten season and beyond. The Sunday afternoon Vespers service is an integral part of the Woodley Park parish’s liturgical program, which is administered by the Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at St. Thomas Apostle.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, is offered each Sunday at 4:00 pm.  The service is sung entirely in Gregorian chant; those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, who will be visiting Washington this coming weekend, will be among the attendees on Quinquagesima Sunday, February 15.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park.

After Christmas hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume January 4 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break during the octave of Christmas, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons beginning in January 2015.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be scheduled for Sunday, December 28, the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, January 4.  The service is sung entirely in Gregorian chant; those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

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.

Sunday Solemn Vespers, Benediction to begin in October at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that the Community will begin celebrating Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons beginning in October.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will begin each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, October 5.  The service is sung entirely in Gregorian chant; those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park.