Sunday, 15 November 2009

Msgr. T. Barrett Armstrong, Requiescat in pace

Monsignor T. Barrett Armstrong
Requiescat in pace

I have just received news that Msgr T. Barrett Armstrong passed away yesterday, Saturday, November 14, 2009. Any Catholic in Toronto and anyone in the broader community should be mourning the passing of this holy priest. Msgr. Armstrong was Director of Music at St. Michael's Choir School and Cathedral for many years. He attended the world-famous school as a child founded by Msgr. John Edward Ronan.
He was a talented musician and a good and holy priest with an inbiding love for the beauty of Gregorian chant and sacred choral music for the Glory of God and the edification of His people. The Church in Canada owes a debt of gratitude to Monsignor. He kept alive in the cathedral when it was not popular Gregorian chant and Palestrina and the works of Msgr. Ronan. I can remember my return to the Church and Msgr. Armstrong standing at the Ambo teaching the congregation the Missa de Angelis Gloria and Credo III.
I pray he knows now what he did to inspire this writer to undertake his current work.
May he rest in peace.

1 comment:

Teresa B. said...

Wednesday, November 18th 2pm - 4pm Rite of Reception and Office of Readings, St. Michael's Cathedral, followed by visitation. 7pm Vespers and visitation.
Thursday, November 19th 10am - Funeral Mass, St. Michael's Cathedral.

Picked this up from St. Michael's Choir school Facebook.
Pax Christi,
Teresa B.