My last visit stateside before I concluded that transatlantic travel was too much for my aging frame, was to Fr Cipolla's church in Connecticutt ... during a magical Connecticutt autumn ... the trees such wonderful colours as we drove along that gracious highway with the Art Deco bridges; all superb; all different. I was so lucky to make Fr Cipolla's acquaintance while he was still running that marvellous set-up! And to meet, in the flesh, the great Mgr Barreiros not long before he died. The music was as superb as it always is whenever David Hughes is in charge of it. Thank you, Stuart and Jill Chessman, for enabling my visit, and for your hospitality!
That same team (with the Monsignore participating in Heaven) is collaborating in a Solemn Mass at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st Street, New York, on Wednesday October 9 at 7pm.. Jill has suggested that I give it this little puff, kindly reminding me that a Latin hymn I was commissioned to write for Newman's own church, the Birmingham Oratory, will be performed to a setting by David. First performance in the New World! How could anybody miss it!
That day, of course, is the last Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman before, Deo volente, he is canonised on the following Sunday. Great Days for true Catholics!! Forget the Sin-odd and join Blessed John Henry!
I notice that the final hymn is to be Praise to the Holiest. I am sure it will be the Cardinal's authentic text, and not the anti-Catholic corruption so impertinently intruded in some Protestant quarters. (The heretics replace Newman's own words "a higher gift than grace" with their own "God's highest gift of grace". Modern Protestants don't really believe that the Man from Nazareth is ... God!! Burn the lot of them!!!!)
Those last five words are merely jocular hilarity.