The Paulus Institute
for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy
MASS TO COMMEMORATE
ST. MARY MOTHER OF GOD
5th and H Sts. NW, Washington, DC
FRI. JAN. 25, 8:00 A.M.
the morning of the 2013 March for Life
OPEN TO ALL
MASS IN REMEMBRANCE AND FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF NELLIE GRAY
St. Mary Mother of God Church
5th and H Sts. NW, Washington, DC,
Fri. Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m., the Day of the 2013 March for Life
The Paulus Institute, an association of the Catholic faithful dedicated to the propagation of the Sacred Liturgy, is pleased to
sponsor a Mass in remembrance of Nellie Gray, the ardent prolife advocate and architect of the annual March for Life. Fr. Alfred J. Harris, pastor of St. Mary’s, has graciously scheduled the Mass for the convenience of all who can attend.
Fr. Harris celebrated Nellie’s Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s in the traditional form, a Missa Cantata, with Sean Cardinal O’Malley and Donald Cardinal Wuerl participating in choir. The Mass will be in the extraordinary form (traditional Latin Mass), dear to Nellie’s heart. For years, she was a regular figure in the third row pew of St. Mary’s at the Sunday 9 a.m. traditional Mass. Recently, Nellie had desired a Mass for March participants to be arranged by The Paulus Institute at St. Mary’s.
The Mass will be that of the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, patron of The Paulus Institute, providentially occurring on the date of this year's March. The celebrant will be Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, F.S.S.P. St. Mary’s schola will sing the propers. A professional choir will sing a prelude of the Stanford "Beati Quorum Via" and Offertory Bruckner "Os Justi" and Communion "Justorum animae" by Saint-Saens. The ordinary will be the Rhineberger Mass in G.
“Nellie Gray was a saint right in our midst,” said Jonathan Terrell, a member of the Institute’s board of directors. “As a lawyer in her prime years, she answered Christ’s call, just as St. Paul did. Nellie left her career and devoted herself to correcting the gross injustice of Roe vs. Wade, and she unfailingly attended the traditional Mass. May she be an inspiration to us all.” Fittingly, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Christian vocation, so clearly demonstrated by Nellie Gray:
“‘Come, follow me.’ (Mk 10:21) This is the Christian vocation which is born from the Lord's proposal of love and can only be fulfilled in our loving response. Jesus invites his disciples to give their lives completely, without calculation or personal interest, with unreserved trust in God. Saints accept this demanding invitation and set out with humble docility in the following of the Crucified and Risen Christ. Their perfection, in the logic of faith sometimes humanly incomprehensible consists in no longer putting themselves at the centre but in choosing to go against the tide, living in line with the gospel. … [W]e contemplate the Apostle Peter's words fulfilled: ‘Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee’ (v. 28), and Jesus’ comforting reassurance: ‘there is no man who has left house or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who shall not receive a hundred times as much, now in this time ... with persecutions, and in the world
to come life everlasting.’” (vv. 29-30).
Homily Of His Holiness Benedict XVI
Vatican Basilica, Sunday, 11 October 2009
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