Bicentennial Mass

Over 1,700 people were in attendance as the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated their bicentennial with an outdoor Mass at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, on August 15, 2015, the actual 200th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was the presider and Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., the moderator general, was the homilist.

Part 1 Bicentennial Mass - Introduction Before Mass

Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director, welcomes all to the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass at St. Charles Center on August 15, 2015. 


Part 2 Bicentennial Mass - Opening Procession

Dozens of Missionaries of the Precious Blood, four bishops, Knights of St. John and Knights of Columbus take part in the opening procession of the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass as the congregation sings the hymn commissioned for the bicentennial, "Of the Many, One."

Part 3 Bicentennial Mass - Gloria, First Reading & Responsorial Psalm

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr presides at the Precious Blood Bicentennial Mass at St. Charles Center on August 15. Br. Joseph Fisher, C.PP.S., proclaims the first reading from Exodus. 


Part 4 Bicentennial Mass - Second Reading, Gospel, Homily

Companion (lay associate) Margaret Saliga proclaims the second reading, from Hebrews. Deacon Daniel Lowery proclaims the gospel. Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., moderator general, preaches the homily. 


Part 5 Bicentennial Mass - Profession of Faith, Prayer of the Faithful, Offertory Procession

 General intercessions read by Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.; Amicus Fred Baumer; Companion Jean Borgert; Companion Mark Giesige; and Sr. Joyce Lehman, C.PP.S., president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Participating the the offertory procession: Sr. Martha Bertke, C.PP.S.; Fr. Leonard Kostka, C.PP.S., oldest living C.PP.S. member; Companions James and Patricia Large; Companion Al O'Dell.


Part 6 Bicentennial Mass - Eucharistic Prayer, Sign of Peace

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and concelebrants Fr. William Nordenbrock, C.PP.S.; and Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S. 


Part 7 Bicentennial Mass - Lamb of God

The combined choir leads the congregation in the Lamb of God from the Mass of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S., composer).


Part 8 Bicentennial Mass - Communion Reflection Hymn

 The combined choir sings one of the communion hymns, "The Supper of the Lord." The choir of the Church of the Resurrection, Cincinnati, sings the communion meditation hymn, "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus."

Part 9 Bicentennial Mass - Thanks and Closing Prayer

Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director, offers thanks and comments at the close of the bicentennial Mass. The combined choir leads the congregation in the closing hymn, "Glory Be to Jesus."


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