Archbishop Will Celebrate March 7 Campus Lenten Mass
By Mark Sullivan
Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., is to celebrate Mass in St. Mary's Chapel on March 7 as part of the annual Lenten liturgy series on campus.
University Masses are sung each Sunday in Lent at 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel, with music provided by the St. Mary's Schola directed by organist Timothy Zimmerman, a part-time member of the Music faculty.
The series begins Feb. 29 with Mass for the First Sunday of Lent offered by Prof. James Bernauer, SJ (Philosophy).
Archbishop Sean, scheduled to preside on the Second Sunday, March 7, would be the latest Boston prelate to offer Mass in the Lenten series at BC, following Cardinal Bernard Law and Bishops Richard Lennon and John Boles.
The archbishop's participation came about "almost by accident," said St. Mary's Prefect James O'Brien, SJ. A priest who serves as secretary to Archbishop Sean had visited St. Mary's to say a memorial Mass, and in a conversation afterward, Fr. O'Brien had mentioned the upcoming Lenten series.
"I asked, 'You don't suppose the boss would be available, do you?'" Fr. O'Brien said. It turned out the archbishop was.
The Lenten series, like its Advent counterpart, is distinguished by the music of the St. Mary's Schola led by St. Ignatius Church organist Zimmerman.
"There is a good deal of congregational singing," said Fr. O'Brien. "The Schola sings the Credo in Latin, the only Latin in the Mass, and they'll do Palestrina or Mozart at Communion. It's quite well received, and the music is quite wonderful."
The complete schedule is:
First Sunday, Feb. 29: Prof. James W. Bernauer, SJ (Philosophy)
Second Sunday, March 7: Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Third Sunday, March 14: University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ
Fourth Sunday, March 21: Rev. Kenneth Himes, OFM, professor and chairman of Theology
Fifth Sunday, March 28: Rev. Michael J. Himes, professor of Theology
Sixth (Passion) Sunday, April 4: Walsh Professor of Bioethics John J. Paris, SJ (Theology).