The Mass of the Americas is a newly composed Mass in the great sacred music tradition of the Catholic Church by award-winning composer Frank La Rocca. It is an intertwined tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe (patroness of Mexico and all the Americas) and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (patroness of the United States).
It is written for a 20-voice choir (plus organ, string quartet, bells and marimba). The extraordinary form version is of course entirely in Latin. In both forms, it elevates traditional Mexican folk hymns to Mary into the highest sacred music traditions of the Church.
There is the option of using some of the beautiful music created for the ordinary form in Spanish and Nahuatl (the language in which Our Lady spoke to San Juan Diego) as part of the vesting and de-vesting service before and after the Mass proper.
“The great Catholic tradition is alive and well, and is only waiting for courageous pastoral leadership and visionary patronage to continue its great story where it most belongs: in the bosom of the Church.”
Kent State Professor and composer Mark Nowakowski
“Perhaps the most significant Catholic composition of our lifetime.”
Michael Olbash, Music Director, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
December, 8 2018 / Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption / San Francisco, California
November 16, 2019 / Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception / Washington, DC
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