I had the privilege of attending one of the most beautiful liturgies last evening at Ave Maria University, Florida. The Feast of All Souls was celebrated in the Extraordinary Form and it was fabulous. Fr. Robert Tatman, pastor of the Quasi-parish of Ave Maria, and Fr. Brian Austin, FSSP from Christ the King in Sarasota, put together an incredible liturgy with a full choir and orchestra which delivered Gabriel Faure's requiem Mass beautifully. Fr. James Fryar, FSSP from Christ the King, Sarasota, assisted as sub deacon.
The liturgy, which lasted about one hour and forty five minutes, lifted our hearts to contemplate not only our earthly mortality, but also of the eternal life that awaits us if we live our lives in the light of Christ. Fr. Austin's sermon neatly tied together the three Feasts we celebrated over the past week, that of Christ the King, All Saints, and the day's Feast of All Souls, shedding light on the reality of death, heaven, hell and purgatory. Today's society is so wound up in the ordinary affairs of the day that we often forget to stop and think about where we are in our walk with the Lord. Although most of us conjure up ideas of our eternal reward, we sometimes forget the reality of purgatory, and our obligation as Christians to pray for the dead. It is a rare occasion to attend such a beautiful liturgy and I am blessed that I was able to make the trip. Here are some of the photos that I took during the liturgy. The lighting in the Oratory is quite low so it took some editing to bring them to life. Enjoy!