On Saturday November 16, 2019, I was enthralled when I viewed the video of the Mass of the Americas celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This Solemn Pontifical High Mass was the first time it was offered in the Extraordinary Form—that is, the Traditional Latin Mass.
The first celebration of the Mass of the Americas was in the Ordinary Form on December 6, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone had commissioned the new Mass setting in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the patroness of both Mexico and all the Americas).
I thought I’d gather links here for anyone interested. Of primary interest might be the links to the full Masses of both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form.
Articles for some background about the Mass
Article from the Benedict XVI Institute about how the Mass came about.
Article in New Liturgical Review by Roseanne Sullivan about the Mass with an interview with composer Frank LaRocca.
Videos and photos
Composer Frank LaRocca’s YouTube playlist of the individual pieces from the Ordinary Form Mass of the Americas in San Francisco.
An interview with Archbishop Cordileone ahead of the Mass of the Americas in Washington D.C.
A slideshow of photos from the Washington DC Mass from Aleteia.
The Mass was also offered at a liturgical conference in Tijuana, Mexico, but I could find only one video from that conference. It was the Aue Maria, composed for the Mass of the Americas in the Nahuatl language from a 1634 translation of the Hail Mary from Spanish into the native Nahuatl (which is still spoken today).
The Aue Maria
Here is the Aue Maria from the three Masses:
The Aue Maria from the Ordinary Form Mass in San Francisco where it “debuted” (if one can say that about something as solemn as a Mass).
Aue Maria from Mass in Tijuana Mexico. (This link goes to Facebook.)
Aue Maria from the Extraordinary Form Mass as the archbishop divests—a traditional part of a Pontifical Mass.
I suppose we could discuss the differences in the presentation of the two Masses but that’s not the main focus of this post. Of course this mantilla wearer is partial to the Extraordinary Form, but the closest parish church to me (one of three parish churches) offers Mass in the Ordinary Form in English. As a parishioner of a parish in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where every parish has at least one Spanish language Mass, I see the Mass of the Americas as celebrated in San Francisco in December of 2018 as the joyous culmination of an annual procession and the bringing together the Spanish and English speaking people of the archdiocese in honoring our mother as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the patroness of both Mexico and all the Americas.
Please take the time to watch both Masses if you can. Or plan to go to a Mass of the Americas in the future. According to the Benedict XVI Institute, upcoming Masses are slated for:
Tyler, Texas (Dates TBA), Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Dallas, Texas (Dates TBA) Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral
More cities are being added monthly.
You can always check out Benedict XVI Institute page for update on where Mass of the Americas will be offered.
The reviews are in
Professor William Mahrt’s review at New Liturgical Review
Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s review on his blog