December 21, 2010
Contact: Paul King


Solemn Pontifical Mass, Extraordinary Form,
April 9, 2011, at the Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, DC, Honoring Pope Benedict XVI

Celebrant is American Archbishop DiNoia of the Curial dicastery for Divine Liturgy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the gloriously reverent Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form last April 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Paulus Institute is pleased to announce a Pontifical Solemn High Mass, to be offered Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1 p.m., also in the Extraordinary Form at the High Altar of the Shrine, honoring Pope Benedict XVI on the 6th anniversary of his inauguration. All the Catholic Faithful are invited.

The celebrant, from the Vatican, will be the American Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Liturgy and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His Excellency holds four theology degrees or certificates. He taught theology for 25 years at the Dominican House of Studies and was executive director for 7 years of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the now United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“We are pleased to once again honor Pope Benedict XVI and to give to Our Lord the great glory offered by Holy Mass at the High Altar of the majestic National Shrine,” said Paulus Institute president Paul King. “The Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form, as His Holiness has encouraged in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum. We are grateful to have Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia to celebrate this Mass, who was suggested by His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Liturgy. Archbishop DiNoia is an eminent theologian and an instructor of seminarians. We especially invite seminarians and novitiates to participate in this Mass.”
We invite all the Catholic Faithful to a most beautiful—and unique—celebration of a Lenten Mass. As explained by Paulus Institute Director Jonathan Terrell, “This Mass will be a unique liturgical opportunity that the Catholic Faithful are unlikely to ever see again. Rarely is a pontifical Mass said in Lent, especially on a Saturday, let alone in the Extraordinary Form. The readings for this day, though Lenten and therefore usually penitential, are in this case inspirational, while the violet vestments and a cappella sacred music will provide us with an extremely rare celebration of the Mass, both solemn and glorious.”

All the Catholic Faithful are invited to again fill the Shrine to capacity. Please see our website at, where donations are accepted with our heartfelt thanks.

Please also see our Christmas present to the Catholic Faithful at for a YouTube montage of photography from the Pontifical Mass of April 24, 2010.


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Contact: Paul N. King

Mail: The Paulus Institute
PO Box 30172
Bethesda MD 20824