Notre Dame Cathedral Mass At St. Vincent Ferrer May 13

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In response to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Catholic Artists Society will sponsor a Votive Mass of Our Lady in thanksgiving for the cathedral’s preservation.

The liturgy will be offered Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 869 Lexington Ave. at East 66th St.

Father Sebastian White, O.P., editor-in-chief of Magnificat, will serve as principal celebrant. The homilist will be Father Darren Pierre, O.P., prior of St. Vincent Ferrer and vicar provincial.

A collection will be taken up to help fund the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral and the sacred objects therein. Proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Notre Dame de Paris.

The Schola Cantorum of St. Vincent Ferrer, directed by James D. Wetzel, will provide the music.

Choral music will include Guillaume de Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame,” the earliest complete polyphonic setting of the Mass Ordinary. It was composed for the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the birthplace of polyphony. Organ music will include compositions by Louis Vierne, organist of Notre Dame Cathedral from 1900 to 1937.

St. Vincent Ferrer Church, completed in 1918 by renowned American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, is an example of French Gothic-style architecture in North America.

A reception will be held afterward. Information: catholicartistssociety.org.

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