Franz Schubert's Deutsche Messe. Sung by the Moscow Oratorio, Directed by Alexander Tsaliuk
Today, we found ourselves at Saint Michael's Church for the annual “German Mass” (Novus Ordo Missae, obviously) at a parish that is now 90% Nuyorican. It is their classical musical ministry with students from the Eastman School of Music that draws us there.
There were two intentions at today's Mass, one for the German founders of the parish in the 1800's and the other for a boricua parishioner who just died. “This is Catholicism!” acclaimed the priest. Behind us was the elderly lesbian couple I see there every time I go, who sit apart from each other in the pew at a distance suggesting that lesbian bed death had set in some time in the 1970's.