All invited to Solemn Vespers
By Roxanne King
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila
Anyone who would like to celebrate the Denver Archdiocese’s new archbishop is invited to his Solemn Vespers service set for the night before his installation Mass.
Solemn Vespers to pray for and with Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is set for 7:15 p.m. July 17 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 11385 Grant Drive in Northglenn.
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
Bishop James D. Conley, apostolic administrator of the Denver Archdiocese, will lead the liturgy. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., the former archbishop of Denver, will give the homily.
“Solemn Vespers is an opportunity for all the faithful to gather around Archbishop Aquila for evening prayer,” said Deacon Chuck Parker, director of the Office of Liturgy. “In addition, the archbishop will meet the ecumenical and interfaith leaders of Colorado.”
Unlike the installation Mass, which due to limited seating at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is by-invitation-only, the vespers service will not be available for viewing on television at EWTN nor will it be Livestreamed on the Internet.
“We will have seating for up to 1,300 people, so we hope many faithful will come,” Deacon Parker said. “Archbishop Aquila plans to stay as long as it takes after the liturgy to greet everyone there.”
When: 7:15 p.m. July 17 (Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.)
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn
Who: Open to everyone
And for those who cannot attend Solemn Vespers, the new archbishop is seeing to it that they, too, have a chance to worship with him at a series of Masses he will celebrate around the archdiocese after his installation.
“Archbishop Aquila has asked us to schedule Masses throughout the archdiocese where he could meet the people in their local parishes and worship with them,” said J.D. Flynn, chancellor of the archdiocese. “He will be offering Masses on the Eastern Plains, in the Western Slope, up north and in the metro area. These regional Masses will give people a chance to celebrate the Eucharist with him and to meet him personally.”
Read the July 18 issue of the Denver Catholic Register for more information about the regional Masses to be celebrated by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.