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Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians By: Richard Connolly
Mass of Our Lady Help of Christians by Richard Connolly


 
By: Richard Connolly
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The title of this Mass is appropriate to its origins, where it has garnered considerably notoriety. The composer, Richard Connolly, is Australian, and the Blessed Mother, under her title "Help of Christians," is patroness of Australia.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference solicited musical settings of the new English text of the Ordinary of the Mass. Dr. Connolly's Mass is one of six they recommend. From their website:

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The announcement of the selected Mass settings follows a review of over 50 new Mass settings, which were submitted in response to the invitation of the National Liturgical Council to compose settings which could be used in the Catholic Church in Australia. Each of the Mass settings was evaluated by a panel of three external music reviewers, the members of the National Liturgical Music Board, as well as the members of the National Liturgical Council.

It is the hope of the NLC that these new Mass settings, composed by Australian composers, will be

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