Missa Cantata At 1205 St. Stephen’s Day OLQM

26 Dec

I decided to head to the 12:05 PM Mass of The Feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and 1st Martyr, @ Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs R C Church in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. While the Mass didn’t have the Crowd of Christmas Day, nevertheless, one is in Christmastime, within the Octave of Christmas. Fr Antonin Kocurek offered the Mass. He was aided by Acolyte David James, he who coordinates the OLQM Altar Servers.
This is something I did not expect, but Dr Robert Wilson was Organist and was most expert in singing the Prayers of this Mass, a Missa Cantata of Magnificent Plainsong. He even sang the Kyrie in English of the Old Form(3 Kyrie, 3 Christe, 3 Kyrie), which outside of The Tridentine Latin Mass, I haven’t heard in just a bit over 45 Years, since the change from Tridentine Form to the Ordinary Form of The Mass.
St. Stephen, a Deacon, was performing Signs. Then, a group of Jewish Men, lead by the Persecutor of Christians, Saul Of Tarsus, argued with Stephen, dragged him out of the City and stoned Stephen to Death. Stephen prayed mightily for his persecutor to join him in Heaven & then died.
In Saul’s Case, he would meet The Christ on the Road to Damascus. He became Paul The Apostle & St. Paul is the most Prolific of The Apostolic Writers of The New Testament. He went through Terrible Persecution for preaching the Gospel and was beheaded in Rome, while St. Peter was crucified upside down in Rome.
For the Blood of Martyrs planted One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in areas of Asia, Africa and Europe. It started with The Crucified Christ, began in earnest with St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, and continuing with The Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and beyond the Early Church.

Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Et In Terra Pax Hominibus!



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