My wife and I truly appreciated the opportunity to be with the St. Andrew Music Ministry as we participated in the Mass on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando Florida.
The morning started on a good note by attending the 9:00am Mass. The celebrant of the Mass had a very ‘enthusiastic’ approach to the Mass and his homily. The music sung by the Basilica’s choir, under the direction of William Picher, DMA, AAGO, added to the overall experience of the celebration of the Mass. The St. Andrew Music Ministry was able to work with Dr. Picher that afternoon and then sing at the 6:00pm Mass that evening. This was really the highlight of the weekend.
Being one with God in the celebration of the Mass, whether at St. Andrew Church in Milford or the Basilica in Orlando is a joy unto itself, but the majesty, art, and grandeur of the Basilica certainly added to the overall experience of joining with God, the St. Andrew Music Ministry, and the congregation in the celebration. The Basilica itself is a facility anyone visiting the Orlando area should take the time to tour and stop in to attend Mass while on vacation. This National Shrine of Mary is a facility that all should experience, if given the opportunity. We look forward to our next visit to Orlando and being able to go back to the Basilica again.
Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Cor. 10:17
Keith Janning is a member of the St. Andrew Choir and his wife, Sharon participates on the Worship Commission.