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Stranded Pro-Life Group Holds Ad Orientem High Mass in Motel Bar. You’ve probably already heard of the Great Turnpike Mass of 2016, but they weren’t the only ones to have Mass while stranded. Anothe…More
Stranded Pro-Life Group Holds Ad Orientem High Mass in Motel Bar.

You’ve probably already heard of the Great Turnpike Mass of 2016, but they weren’t the only ones to have Mass while stranded. Another pro-life group stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was able to make it to a nearby motel where 250 kneeling students sang Gregorian chant and celebrated an ad orientem high Mass in the motel’s bar room!

“They knelt on the floor for the duration of the Mass,” Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC, one of the group’s leaders, told ChurchPOP. “Tears could be seen on many faces—tears of gratitude, I think.” He added: “I have never seen a more reverent scene.”

Fr. Caswell is a priest at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, IL. The parish is famous for its spectacular beauty and traditional liturgical renewal. They send a Crusaders for Lifestudent group to the March for Life each year (they all wear yellow; if you’ve attended the March for Life, you can’t miss them; learn more about them here). This year, he and his brother Fr. Nathan Caswell (yes, biological brothers who are both priests!) led 165 middle and high school students to the March for Life!

Like many groups, their buses got stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Thankfully, they were near a small town and were able to all walk to a nearby motel. It was the students who got the idea to try to have Mass at the motel. “I doubted if it were possible,” Fr. Caswell said, “but I promised I would look into it.”

Read the full article here: churchpop.com/…/stranded-pro-li…