The students were well-prepared to assist at the Mass, being prepped about the Liturgy itself by Aquinas teacher and blogger over at Cream City Catholic, James Berry. Mr. Berry helped the students to have a better understanding of the differences in the Extraordinary Form and Ordinary Form, as well as to read the Mass readings ahead of time, and sat in the front row so students were more comfortable about exactly when to stand, sit, and kneel.
The Schola was well prepared by Mrs. Martha Ebent, Aquinas music teacher and well-known soloist in the area, for the sung Mass.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered beautifully by Canon Benoit Jayr from St. Stanislaus Parish in Milwaukee with the assistance of others from the parish, including Aquinas students. Canon Jayr's reverence at the altar, combined with his patience with the altar boys and his powerful but age-appropriate homily was truly a thing of beauty, especially to those who might have preconceived notions about the "rigidity" of the Ancient Rite and those who celebrate it.
|The Altar, following Mass at Aquinas Academy- March 20, 2015.|