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Farewell mass for Fr. Mottola: Ss. Philip and James

posted May 9, 2015, 5:44 AM by Rochester Ordinariate
As some of you are aware, friend of our group, Fr. Mottola, will be leaving the Rochester area for a time to study canon law.  Our music director, Aaron James has sent along this notice for a final farewell mass.  It looks like a great opportunity for many reasons, so try and make it if you can.

On Monday, May 11th, at 6pm, Fr Peter Mottola will celebrate a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Bridget's Church (15 Church St. in Bloomfield), for the feast of SS Philip and James. This will also double as a Mass of thanksgiving for Fr Mottola's ministry at St Benedict parish; he will be leaving the area later this week to begin full-time graduate studies in canon law in Washington.

The music for the Mass will feature the Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377). Written in the 1360s as a memorial for Machaut and his brother, this hypnotically beautiful setting is the first known polyphonic setting of the Mass Ordinary ever to be composed as a complete cycle. Aaron James will direct a small group of local early music experts in the Mass as well as Machaut's motet "Felix virgo." Opportunities to hear this music in live performance are very rare, and it is even more unusual to hear it sung within the context of the liturgy, so that this Monday's Mass will be a liturgico-musical event not to be missed.