Liturgy

Patriotic Hymns Sing-Along

Hymn
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.

RublevTrinity1




Community Heroes Gather for Mass

   

Rumson
Rumson's Police Officers

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.

St Michael The Archangel Window at Holy Cross RumsonSaint Michael Archangel,
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!

Installed ReredosA scaled-up representation of the reredos art.


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.

 

IMG_5340
The children write their names and prayers on the fountain covering.
IMG_5339
The plastic covering was wet with dew, but the children found a way to use the markers nonetheless.
IMG_5340
Unbind the Fountain And Let It Go!









Faure's Gift of Heaven

IMG_3793
IMG_3793

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.



MomentMoment
ConductorPew


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

300px-Faure1907
Gabriel Faure c. 1900

Please note corrected date!


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)

 

 


Blessing of Throats Tomorrow Morning During And After the 9 AM Mass

BlaseThe blessing of throats on the feast of St. Blase with two candles has a long tradition in the church.

It comes one day after the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at which candles for sacramental use in the church have been blessed in honor of Jesus Christ, The Light of the World.

One tradition about Blase's life is that after his ministry of healing, he retreated to a cave to live and a local woman brought him two candles to dispel the darkness in the cave.

His reputation as a healer was widespread, especially for disorders of the throat. 

A sacramental blessing of the church for protection from diseases of the throat and illness of every kind is done on this day with crossed candles.


Don't Miss Thursday Evening's Advent Prayer Service and Christmas Tree Lighting

ChristmasTree2
A Christmas Tree of the Past

Join us tonight at 7 PM for the festive formal beginning of the Christmas season at Holy Cross.

Gather in the church for song, a Scripture reading and reflection, followed by the lighting of our Christmas tree on Ward Avenue and the blessing of the Manger at the pergola.

Every year the sheep and other live animals create extra interest for our younger children.

Enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshing goodies in our gymatorium immediately after the blessings.

(We'll adapt to the weather conditions if necessary and not spend too long in blustery winds or really cold temperatures.

 


First Friday Mass at 7:15 AM

Just a reminder (including to myself!) that there is an early morning Mass tomorrow in addition to the regularly scheduled 9 AM Mass.

The immediate purpose of the early morning mass is to allow families to attend mass together before the work and school day begins.

Its timing also follows in the strong tradition of the traditional First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart. This devotion was promoted by the private revelations of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque who spoke of twelve promises relayed to her by Jesus during apparitions. The tradition of  making nine First Fridays probably stems from the use of that number for special novena prayers.

  Sacredheart

 


The Root of Joy Is Gratefulness

Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk now associated with a group called Gratefulness.org, reminds us that 

    It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

We're guilty of thinking the other way around, especially when we expect gratitude to spontaneously well up from an unhappy heart. To be grateful we must be observant and focus more on what we already have than what we feel need.

May we experience the joy which comes from gratitude this Thanksgiving!

  Gratitude


Get Ready For The New Year

The new church liturgical year, that is. The new church liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent. Do you know the six seasons of the liturgical year? There are many online resources for those who would like to follow the year with a liturgical calendar. The USCCB has published a pdf version of the calendar available for download here

2017 Liturgical Calendar from USCCB

Capture


Holy Cross Mini Parish Office on Sundays After the 10:30 AM Mass

BzkidzlemonadestandBeginning in December, coincident with the opening of the mass intention book for the year, we would like to experiment having an outreach parish office in the North transept in the large, mostly unused "cry-room."

A volunteer would staff the desk after the 10:30 AM mass for approximately 30 minutes or so, to serve the people who have attended that mass. A wireless connection to the parish office computer system will allow us to schedule memorial masses, distribute Memorial Mass cards, reserve Memorial Candles in the Prayer Garden and distribute new parishioner registration forms.

If the experiment is successful, we'll consider expanding it to other masses.

We need volunteers to learn the mass scheduling software (easy) and be available by schedule from approx. 11:30 AM to noon. Please call the Parish Office