I was lucky enough to be in Memphis on a Sunday in late April. We attended the 11:30 mass on Sunday. It just happened to be Al's birthday that day. We were fortunate that he was there, but I think it would be an amazing experience if he's not even there.
First, I would like to say that this shouldn't be seen as a "tourist attraction." This is a church, and I hope that my review doesn't encourage the wrong people to go there. If you go, please dress nicely, and prepare to be friendly. Also, have an open mind. We read about the church in a fantastic guide called "kreature komforts" and they recommended dressing casually. I disagree. The parishoners were dressed literally in their Sunday best and were exchanging pleasantries when we arrived.
This particular mass lasted 3 hours! Be prepared to stay a while. There were quite a few lectures by Al, but they were very good. However, the real appeal of this mass was the music.
Rev. Green has gathered some of the finest musicians I'd ever encountered. His band was the tightest blues/gospel band, with about 7+ members. His choir was highly talented. There were maybe 20 folks in the choir, but one man sang a solo near the beginning. His solo was incredible - such a talented singer. The music was played from the heart for God. You can't see music like this in a concert. You could truly see these people were giving praises to the Lord through song. While these songs were going on, people were encouraged to dance and enjoy the music.
If this church was in my hometown, I would surely join. I've never felt more welcomed, and never seen people so devoted and celebratory. Again, please only go if you have an open mind, dress nicely, and can be friendly to this welcoming church. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did. IT was by far the best experience we had in Memphis (well, that and Jim Neely's barbecue).
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