HARTFORD – The faithful in the Archdiocese of Hartford will celebrate the Year of Faith together at a Mass at 3 p.m. June 2, the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant.
“The date was chosen because the central point of our lives as Christians is the Eucharist. It’s the source and summit of our lives,” said Father Jeffrey V. Romans, who chairs a committee that suggests and organizes Year of Faith events.
He added, “What better day to celebrate the Year of Faith than the day that we celebrate the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?”
A reception will follow the Mass in the lower cathedral. There will be a slide show and static display of photos of people in the Archdiocese of Hartford reflecting and spreading their faith through their actions, Father Romans said, “so people can see the Gospel story, the story of how we as the family of the archdiocese live out our faith on a daily basis.”
The choir for the Year of Faith Mass will be led by Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, music director for the cathedral, and Dr. Edward Bolkovac, director of vocal studies at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School.
Although music for the Mass was not finalized as the Transcript went to press, Father Romans said it and parts of the liturgy likely would reflect the diversity in the archdiocese’s parishes.
Rosaries blessed by Pope Francis will be given to attendees. They were blessed when Archbishop Mansell and 80 others attended a papal audience May 22 at the Vatican. The archbishop led a Year of Faith pilgrimage to Italy that ended May 29.
The Mass will coincide with a solemn, worldwide eucharistic adoration announced for that day by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Pope Francis will preside over it beginning at 5 p.m. Rome time in observance of the Year of Faith.