Liturgy

All Souls' Day Memorial Mass

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Each year we celebrate a mass at Holy Cross for our loved ones who have died including those for whom we have prayed a Mass of Christian Burial here at Holy Cross. After the homily, a candle is lit from the Easter candle on the prayer tree for each person we remember.

Each family in attendance is given a small votive candle, crafted from the previous year's Easter Candle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Book of Remembrance is available all during the month of November beginning with All Souls Day. In it we inscribe the names of all the deceased for whom we wish the church to pray. This year, the book is located in front of St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death. 


Living Rosary 2017

It has been a tradition at Holy Cross to pray a rosary outdoors during the month of October, Mary's month. This year's Living Rosary was prayed in our prayer garden during a beautiful, sunny, summer-like afternoon. The children were reverent and well prepared. The support of their teachers and parents helped make the day especially prayerful. Thanks to the photos from Teresa Makin, our school's Director of Public Relations.

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Blessed Feast Day Everyone!

With great respect for Pierro della Francesca I've repaired his beautiful fresco of the Proving of the Holy Cross, the portion of his fresco series in Arezzo that most closely mirrors our Holy Cross Window, now in the choir loft.

This weekend would be a great time to read a little about the origin of the feastday and the history of St. Helena's pilgrimages to the Holy Land. 

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An Imaginary "Repaired" Version of the Death of Adam



Certain of the panels have more deterioration than others. In many of them the blue sky has flaked and disappeared, and in the Death of Adam, above, many of the greens have faded and disappeared. Looking at della Francesca's other paintings, it isn't too hard to either copy or modify the trees from his intact paintings to fill in the background of the trees in "Death of Adam." The Tree of Life is taken from a the panel of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon. Some have argued that half of the tree was dead and half living. I'm not sure, but here's what it might look like if it were intact. Trees figure prominently in some of his other panels in this series and in his Baptism of Jesus by John, for instance. 

As we pray what kind of art to put in our reredos, it is well to consider the history of the iconography of the "Invention of the True Cross" in art.

 


Mass For the Opening of the School Year

Thank you to our teachers who took the lead as Liturgical Ministers this morning at our opening mass for the academic year. It was great to see both the returning students and so many new faces as they prayed reverently for the Holy Cross School family which gathered today for the first time in church.

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8th Graders and Their 1st Grade Prayer Buddies Head Back to Their Classrooms

 

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Students Gather Under Jesus Calming The Storm Statue. We prayed for the intensity of the storms to lessen and for the generosity of those who can help alleviate the storm's impact.

Patriotic Hymns Sing-Along

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We tried something different after the 10:30 AM mass last Sunday. Parishioners love singing patriotic hymns and several are in our hymnal. Even if one is selected for the recessional hymn on a patriotic holiday weekend, that leaves a few favorites unsung. So, after America the Beautiful as a recessional hymn, most parishioners stayed on to sing the entire repertoire of patriotic hymns in our hymnal!

Before the mass, we prayed the Prayer For Religious Liberty from the USCCB. We have a lot to be thankful for and as much to be vigilant about on this national celebration of freedom.

 


School Getting Ready To Dive Into Summer Vacation!

Diving_board_131981Today is a half-day of school and many classes will take the time not only to clean up their classrooms, but also to bid goodbye to our principal Mr. Bill Belluzzi. 

Our new principal, Dr. Mark DeMareo, will have his formal meeting with our faculty tomorrow on the last day of school.

Tomorrow is the official last-day-of-school starting off with our the last school mass of this academic year at 9:00 AM in the church. All parishioners are invited and we hope to see many parents there to give thanks to God for the blessings we received this past year and to ask God's protective care during the summer months.

 


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

For the weekend masses we had our icon of Rublev's Trinity in the sanctuary. It used to hang in the atrium to the chapel over the baptismal font while the new church was under construction.

It's a beautiful meditation on the mystery of the Trinity, including even the simple identification of which of the figures represents Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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Community Heroes Gather for Mass

   

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RUMSON – On Friday, May 25th, Holy Cross School PTA’s Faith in Action Committee invited neighboring police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to Holy Cross Church for Mass and a special blessing. The Community Heroes Mass was offered on the Feast of Ascension Thursday, in which the entire school community gathered for Mass to celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation.

The guests received handmade thank-you cards from the students and were given extra to take back to their coworkers who were unable to attend. They also received wallet-size cards bearing the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel and a photo of the church’s stained glass window honoring him. The prayer asks the saint to protect us against evil in the world. Fr. Michael Manning, Pastor of Holy Cross Church, offered a special blessing for the protection of those who protect us.

A spontaneous standing ovation accompanied the officers as they exited the church.

 


Ascension Mass With First Responders

It was so wonderful to celebrate mass with so many of Rumson's Police Officers in attendance yesterday morning as the Holy Cross School children and parishioners of Holy Cross welcomed area First Responders to join in our celebration of prayer and Eucharist.

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defend us in battle,


be our protection

against the wickedness and snares of the devil;

may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;


and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,

cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.


Amen.


Second Reredos Study

Artist Zu Sheng Yu has completed work on a second study for the reredos at Holy Cross Church. The scene more clearly represents The Triumph of the Holy Cross: Christ in Heaven with the Holy Cross along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  We were delighted with the beauty of the composition and the spirituality and sensitivity of the faces. Some adjustments will be made to the heavenly congregation surrounding Christ.

Take a look at the panels on display in the church and let us know what you think!

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It's Spring!

Holy Cross School Class of 3B unwraps our Prayer Garden Fountain from its Winter Sleep and strips off its protective covering. This class had nearly perfect mass attendance last weekend and so was invited to participate in what has become an annual rite of Spring for Holy Cross.

 

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The children write their names and prayers on the fountain covering.
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The plastic covering was wet with dew, but the children found a way to use the markers nonetheless.
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Faure's Gift of Heaven

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It was an amazing experience to sit in our church, the place many of us customarily pray, and be treated to the sounds of a composer's invitation to enjoy something of what "eternal rest" may feel like. 

The concert, featuring, Faure's  Requiem took us through each of the parts of the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass in music from beginning to end. For me the highlights were the Pie Jesu and the Benedictus, the first a plea to grant the deceased eternal rest and the latter an invitation to all the saints in heaven to greet them at their coming.

Attendance was a little disappointing, but we hope that as we continue to hold such concerts of sacred music, the interest and attendance grows. At this point, we would be quite grateful for a person or group to underwrite the cost of such concerts so that we can continue to keep them free for a good will offering only.

Don't tell our music director I'm already working on plans for another event in the Fall to be held in conjunction with our parish feast day, the dedication of our new church and the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It is possible our new organ pipes will be installed by then, and who know, perhaps even some of the art on our reredos - coincidentally entitled "The Exaltation of the Holy Cross."

That should be spectacular!

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for enlivening the arts at Holy Cross Church.

 


Tomorrow is a Day of Rest

Spend a time of relaxing beauty and prayer in church on Sunday afternoon and join us for a performance of Faure's Requiem by guest soloists and member of the Holy Cross Choir. 

Faure's Requiem is noted for its quiet beauty. The composer wanted the composition to help people imagine the restful bliss of heaven itself. 

Your free will donation for the concert enables us to continue to offer fine classical music in our beautiful church setting performed as a vehicle for prayer.



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Faure's Requiem - April 2nd at 3:00 PM At Holy Cross Church

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Take a musical retreat during Lent! On April 2d at 3:00 PM at Holy Cross Church we will host a performance of Fauré's Requiem.

The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin, composed between 1887 - 1890, is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation.  The composer himself noted that

 Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

In place of the somber nature of many requiems that had gone before, Fauré’s is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Anyone looking for morose themes is searching in the wrong place. Instead, here we find musical solace in a work that focuses not on the morbid, but on the supposedly restful and fear-free nature of death.(1) He described death as “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience”, and the Requiem encapsulates this feeling in a way that continues to hold audiences spellbound.(2)