The disciples of John the Baptist were waiting for the Messiah. But they would not believe their teacher when he told them that Jesus was the Christ. So they are sent to meet the Lord. He shows them His miracles, proofs of His divinity, and praises His Forerunner. The antiphon of the Magnificat canticle makes this present through Gregorian chant. Come and join us for Vespers of the 2nd Sunday of Advent!
America's Finest City is named after a XV century Franciscan lay-brother, Didacus (Diego in Spanish) of Alcalá, who was known during his life time for his great, piety, love for the destitute, and for several miracles, which continued also after his death. Come to St John the Cross in Lemon Grove on Sunday and to Immaculate Conception in Old Town on Monday to experience respectively sung Vespers and Traditional Latin Mass for the feast of our patron saint.
Tuesday, October 31, at St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove: Solemn (1962 Rite) Choral Vespers (with assistants in cope), featuring music by Festa, Soriano, and Gabrielli; followed by parish Mass (1970 Rite), featuring the Missa O Quam Gloriosum of Tomás Luis de Victoria; followed by a candle-light procession around the grounds of St. John's, chanting the Gregorian Litany of the Saints. A GLORIOUS way to "Reclaim All Hallow's Eve for Christ!" Kids in costumes are welcome, but NO GHOULS PLEASE. Instead, feel free to dress as a Catholic saint (even if the one you choose has already been martyred!). Thursday, November 2, at St. Charles Borromeo in Imperial Beach: Requiem Missa Cantata (1962 Rite) for the Commemoration of All Souls. Ordinary will feature the Requiem Mass of Clemens non Papa (ca. 1475) and full Gregorian propers.