Sunday, April 19, 2009
A very special Divine Mercy Sunday
2008 Sacred Heart Major Seminary graduate, Fr. Lee Acervo, celebrated an Extraordinary Form Mass with orchestral accompaniment at St. Joseph Church for Low Sunday, today, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. St. Joseph Catholic Church, a traditionally German parish in urban Detroit, is renown for their outstanding music program, with the St. Joseph Parish Choir and Orchestra under the current direction of Michael Semaan, Music Director & Conductor. The Propers were sung in Gregorian chant, and the Ordinaries were sung to the orchestral setting of Mozart's "Coronation" Mass in C. As grace perfects nature, so the earthen vessel of men's voices were joined aloft by those of angels to make heaven and nature resound, for a timeless moment, with praise of the Sacrifice of Divine Mercy. The Mass was preceded by Benediction and followed by the Divine Mercy Novena. St. Joseph is where the novena began in Detroit.