Join us on Thursday, August 29 at 10am for a Mass to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris. The Schola Cantorumwill provide music using works from French sources throughout, including those of Maurice Duruflé, Francis Poulenc, Louis Bourgeois, Jacques Berthier, Michel Guimont, César Franck, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Villette, Lucien Deiss and a hymn from the Paris Antiphoner,1681.
The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris and Belgium; French: Libération de Paris) was a military battle that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944.
The Free French diplomatic mission to the USA in Washington DC held a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Matthew's on August 26,1944 to commemorate the liberation of Paris by Allied forces (including both American and French military units), Free French resistance organizations inside France and the people of Paris. General Charles de Gaulle, military leader of the Free French who became on August 26 the president of the Provisional French Government, held a Mass on that day at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
We are holding the commemorative 75th Anniversary Mass of the Liberation of Paris on August 29 because it was on that date in 1944 that American military marched on the Champs Elysees in support of the new French Provisional Government.