Catholic Church begins Year of Good Shepherd with Latin Mass



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His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith announced the third Latin Mass to be held on the 18th of February during a media briefing held at the Arch Bishop’s House in Colombo on Wednesday. Several prominent figures who are involved in organizing the event were present. From left to right are; Rev. Fr. Placidus de Silva, Hasini Halpe, His Eminence, Francis Almeida and Soundaree David Rodrigo. Pic by Saman Abesiriwardana


by Rex Clementine


With 2018 named as the Year of Good Shepherd, the Catholic Church’s first main event this year will be the annual Latin Choral Mass which will take take place at St. Lucia’s Cathedral in Kotahena on the 18th of February 2018.


His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith will celebrate the Mass alongside several other Bishops, priests, religious and lay persons.


Present at the occasion will be some of the outstanding musicians and singers from Sri Lanka and overseas.


The service will resonate with magnificent music of Franz Schubert’s ‘Mass in G Major’ presented by ninety singers of Chorus Sacrum and directed by Hasini Halpe and Soundaree David Rodrigo. They will be supported by 40 musicians from Colombo Chamber Orchestra, led by Lakshman de Saram. The British maestro Gregory Rose will also be present at the occasion.


A well balanced choir of 200 singers from four Colombo schools and the members of the Archdiocesan choir and Parish singers will be singing directed by veteran musician Francis de Almeida.


The congregation would be accommodated both within and outside the Church, and will be able to follow every detail of the service with the provision of adequate seating arrangements, large screens and excellent sound amplification.


Latin was the language of the Catholic Church since the fourth century until it was changed in 1962 after the 2nd Vatican Council where people were allowed to celebrate mass in native languages.


Like Pali for Buddhism and Sanskrit for Hinduism, Christianity roots goes back to Latin.


Cardinal Ranjith welcomed all music lovers to be present at the occasion irrespective of their religion.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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