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    The Immaculate Conception, by Peter Paul Rubens, ca 1628
    The Virgin is the stainless lily, which begot a rose that fadeth not, even Christ. O Holy Mother of God! Ewe without blemish, who bore Christ the Lamb incarnate of thee! O Virgin most holy, who brought the very armies of the Angels to astonishment! Wondrous is the marvel in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, bearing the Light in her arms; wondrous is the marvel in heaven, the Virgin’s chamber that holdeth the Son of God; wondrous is the marvel in heaven, the Lord of the Angels is become the Virgin’s child. The Angels accused Eve, but now they attend Mary in glory, who raised fallen Eve, and brought Adam, who was banished from Paradise, into heaven. For She is the bridge between heaven and earth, who by Her childbirth brought about their union.
    (From the homily of St Epiphanius for the Octave Day of the Immaculate Conception, in the Office promulgated by Blessed Pius IX in 1863. According to Dom Suitbert Bäumer, in his History of the Breviary, this is not a work of the 4th-century Church Father Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis on the island of Cyprus, but a 9th-century successor of his in that see, with the same name.)

    Our good friends in the Schola Sainte Cécile recommend this lovely Mass composed in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Missa Ave Virgo Sanctissima by Géry de Ghersem (1573-1630).

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    We are happy to share the following communiqué issued yesterday by the Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum.


    December 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    Holy Year of Mercy
    Populus Summorum Pontificum in Norcia and Rome
    With The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Abp. of Portland
    October 27-30, 2016

    The Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum Roman pilgrimage keeps the ancient Roman liturgy alive in the Church. - 2015 message from Pope Francis

    “On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which ushers in the Jubilee Year, the Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum (CISP) gladly confirms the dates and general organization of the fifth Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to the tombs of the Holy Apostles.

    The pilgrimage will get on its way on Thursday 27 October at about 3 p.m., with a bus ride from Rome to Norcia, the birthplace of Saint Benedict. In Norcia the pilgrims will be greeted by the Benedictine monks, as well as by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Oregon, who will serve as their guide throughout the pilgrimage.

    On the morning of Friday, October 28, Abp. Sample will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of Norcia.

    That Friday evening, the pilgrims will have returned to Rome and are invited to join in a torch-lit procession to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

    On Saturday, October 29, the Populus Summorum Pontificum will follow in His Excellency’s footsteps across the threshold of the Holy Door and attend the pontifical Mass celebrated at noon in Saint Peter’s Basilica (celebrant to be announced).

    Lastly, on Sunday, October 30, Archbishop Sample will bring this fifth international pilgrimage to a close by celebrating the Feast of Christ the King at the FSSP’s Roman church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini.

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    Concerning the daytrip to Norcia: the logistics of that exceptional day in Saint Benedict’s birthplace have been entrusted to the Via Sacra agency. For information and enrolment (including the Rome-Norcia round trip, dinner Thursday evening, and the stay in Norcia,) please contact Marie Perrin at info@viasacra.it, or by telephone at +33 (0)6 28 73 77 79.

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    Follow us: www.populussummorumpontificum.com; Populus Summorum Pontificum on facebook; #sumpont2016 on twitter

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    There will be a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Thursday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz, located at 378 Broome Street in Manhattan. This Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Dr. Joseph G. Marabe JCD, Moderator and Director of San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel and the Filipino Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New York; the chapel and the Filipino Apostolate were established by the late Edward Cardinal Egan in 2005. The church was originally dedicated to the Most Holy Crucifix, designed by Robert J. Reily and consecrated in 1926. The first Traditional Latin Mass in this chapel after the post-Conciliar liturgical reforms took place on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

    The best way to get there is to take the 6 Train to Spring Street, walk one block east on Spring Street, walk two blocks south on Mulberry Street and finally making a left onto Broome Street. You can also reach the chapel by taking the N/R Trains to Prince Street, B/D Trains to Grand Street, as well as the M103 Bus running along 3rd Avenue into Bowery Street.



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    The Holy Year presents a challenge to mankind, for never has the Church faced greater problems. Persecuted in the East, its priests driven underground, its prelates jailed, the Church’s authority opposes the materialistic atheist teachings of Communism. May the new year bring about a change in the hearts of men!”


    From the youtube archive of British Pathé, which also has this video with just over nine minutes of outtakes from various events of the Jubilee. (no sound)



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    Christ Healing the Two Blind Men
    Our liturgy is so familiar, so well established, that we can forget to seek out the scriptural source for the texts. With the recent English translation of the Latin Rite a few years ago, some of us had a minor epiphany when we discovered “Lord, I am not worthy…” were the words of faith uttered by the centurion in Matthew 8. These words form a minor penitential act of sorts, but understood in the context of Scripture they are also a confession of faith in what one is soon to receive.

    The Kyrie “Lord, Have Mercy, Christ Have Mercy, Lord Have Mercy” is a difficult text to attribute to any particular Biblical source, because it appears so many times. Psalm 41 speaks to our familiar Liturgical understanding: “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.” We appropriately sing the Kyrie after confessing our sins.

    This Advent, I would like to suggest another possible source for the Kyrie: Matthew 20. The story is simple: Two blind men by the roadside in Jericho call out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” Jesus stops and asks “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.

    The blind men lacked sight not through any fault of their own; the experience of darkness, confusion, and blindness was for them a fact of human condition. However, they knew that Jesus could help. The light of Christ is an inexhaustible solution for the ignorance and stubbornness of our humanity, whether that ignorance and stubbornness is culpable or not.  In fact, “every good thing… is from above, coming down from [God] the Father of lights” (James 1).

    Praying for solutions, for understanding, for help, for strength, and for wisdom is asking for God’s mercy, too, not just asking for forgiveness. We do not necessarily have to be guilty to ask for mercy. More often than not, mercy is demonstrated in ways other than forgiveness: the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, for example. In other words, the Kyrie -- a cry for mercy -- can be penitential, however it can also be a prayer that God help us with daily challenges and work, with complex political situations, with broken relationships and lost hopes.

    Mercy in the Scholastic tradition is akin to justice, because it is "ad alterum," meaning it necessarily involves two persons. One party sees some sort of misery in another, and generously offers a solution to that misery of their own means. Asking God for mercy establishes this sort of relationship. This Advent, in the Year of Mercy, let us cry out “Lord, Have Mercy,” whether asking for forgiveness or asking for wisdom and illumination for the needs of our families, our Church, and our world. Maybe then we will have special reason to sing the Gloria, when Christ the Light comes at Christmas.

    “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11).

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    The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Mexico announces the opening of the St. Junipero Serra Spanish Institute for priests and seminarians in June, 2016.


    The St. Junipero Serra Institute offers 6 or 8 weeks of Spanish immersion during the summer in beautiful Guadalajara, Mexico. Participants will live and study in the new Casa Cristo Rey of the FSSP (www.fsspmexico.com) and will be immersed, not only in the language, but also in the religious and cultural traditions of Latin America.

    Highlights:

    -   4 hours of language instruction daily and private tutoring with profesional language professors.
    -   Presentations in Hispanic culture and history
    -   Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form and common recitation of the Divine Office
    -   Optional training in the rites of the Extraordinary Form.
    -   Participation in the life of the apostolate
    -   Seminars in Hispanic Ministry
    -   Optional 9th week mission experience
    -   Pilgrimages to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cristero Shrines, and other places of interest

    For more information see the embedded brochure (click pages to enlarge) or visit: http://fsspmexico.com/st-junipero-serra-spanish-institute/, or contact us at FSSPGuadalajara@gmail.com.




    For more information on Casa Cristo Rey and the development of the Traditional Latin Mass in Latin America, please visit the website, www.fsspmexico.com, or their facebook page. You can also sign up for their newsletter by clicking here, and follow them

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    On December 8, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf celebrated Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception in the presence of a Greater Prelate, His Excellency Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin. There was a very good turnout, and the bishop preached about true mercy. In addition to the propers of the day, the music included:
    • Missa secunda, Michael Haller (1840–1915)
    • Magnificat octavi toni, Ciro Grassi (1868–1952)
    • Ave Maria, Jacob Handl (1550–1591
    Here are some photos of the Mass, taken by myself and Roland Scott. More photos and a video can be found at the facebook page of the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison.




















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    In the previous two discussions about the nature of sacred images appropriate for a church, Prof. McNamara spoke of how liturgical art should portray those aspects of the liturgy that are present but invisible to us. This concerns predominantly the saints and angels in heaven participating in the heavenly liturgy. Here, he turns his attention to the church building as a manifestation of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem as described in the Book of Revelation. He connects this future ideal with the temple of Solomon as described in the Old Testament; we, the people of the church, are the living stones that constitute the Church, transformed symbolically into the 12 gemstones that are at the gates of the Heavenly City.



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    The Personal Parish of Saint Luke, part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, will hold their annual Advent Lessons and Carols this coming Sunday, 13 December, at 7.30 p.m. in the church of the Immaculate Conception, 1315 8th Street NW, Washington DC. Music will include The Matin Responsory by Palestrina, Quæramus cum pastoribus by Jean Mouton (d. 1522), O magnum mysterium by Francis Poulenc (d. 1963), Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock (d. 1930), and O Radiant Dawn and I am your Mother (written in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast falls the previous day) by Sir James Macmillan.

    More details are available by following this link.


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    On Monday December 7, a pilgrimage to the Ark of Saint Dominic was held in in Bologna, culminating with the celebration of a sung Mass in the Dominican rite, as part of the Jubilee of eight-hundred years from the establishment of the Order of the Preachers (November 7, 2015 - January 21, 2017). The Mass was preceded by a conference on Dominican rite given by Fr. Riccardo Aimone Barile OP, Prior of the Convento Patriarcale in Bologna, and followed by a reception.

    The pilgrimage was intended first of all a time of prayer and thanksgiving to God for having given the Church the Holy Father Dominic, founder of the Order of the Preachers. It also served as an occasion for the the study and promotion of the rite that for seven hundred and fifty-years characterized the liturgical life of the Order, and which since 2007, thanks to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI and the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae of the Pontificial Commission Ecclesia Dei, may again be celebrated and promoted without any limit in the Church and in the Dominican Order.

    Below the break there is also a video in Italian with some footage of the Mass, from the youtube channel of the Archdiocese of Bologna, with commentary by the Prior. He and the whole community are much to be commended for their hospitality to the traditional Rite, (and note how young the celebrant is!)









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    Dominican Liturgy Publications is happy to announce the publication of the Ordo for The Dominican Rite in 2016, which is the work of the editor of Breviarium S.O.P.  This booklet is intended for use by anyone who prays the 1962 Dominican Rite Breviary. It includes a complete calendar for the Dominican Rite liturgical year for 2016.

    In addition, it includes the collects for the Dominican blesseds who are not on the calendar (so that a votive commemoration can be made of their feast), obits of the deceased masters of the Order, and announcements of days when Lay Dominicans can obtain plenary indulgences.  Finally, it contains an English translation of the Office of Prime, which was omitted from the 1967 English translation of the Dominican Breviary.

    This new 2016 edition also includes prayers for the coming General Chapter at Bologna and those for the 15 Tuesdays devotion to St. Dominic.

    It can be purchased here.

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    I would like to draw our readers’ attention to the latest edition of the Adoremus Bulletin, which has recent got a new lease on life under a new editor, Christopher Carstens.


    December 8th marked the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, and to mark that occasion, this edition has a long article by Fr Douglas Martis, the outgoing director of the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein, in which he assesses the impact of the council on the liturgy. Fr Martis is clearly very active at the moment - his videos on the Mass have been featured on this site too.

    You can see  the bulletin online by following the link: http://adoremus.org/issues/Adoremus_Bulletin_2015_November.pdf. The Adoremus website is adoremus.org.



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    Readers have probably noticed a few changes to the masthead of New Liturgical Movement in recent weeks.  They began when our friend Jeffrey Tucker made it official to us that his absence from the duties of Editor was changing to a retirement, while he carries on his work in other spheres as a publisher, writer, and entrepreneur.

    This week Managing Editor Greg DiPippo has stepped up into the role of Editor, invited by our Publisher William Mahrt, president of the Church Music Association of America, which is the sponsor of NLM.

    All of us on the NLM team are grateful for these two fine writers and the energy they have brought to building this site.

    As it happens, today Shawn Tribe, the founder of the site, was inspired to write his own salute to his first two successors; we present it as a guest article.


    A Tribute to Jeffrey Tucker and Gregory DiPippo

    Shawn Tribe

    Transitions can be great times for reflection and during this moment of transition I would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to two men: Jeffrey Tucker and Gregory DiPippo.

    Many of you will know that recently Jeffrey Tucker stepped down as editor of NLM and Gregory DiPippo has now moved into that role. Anyone who has run a site will know how time consuming a project it can be, especially if it is a project of any seriousness or size. Between writing articles, sourcing out photographs and images, not to mention managing comboxes and private correspondence, time is at a premium -- never mind all of the other things that need to be done to maintain a site, from its coding to other administrative tasks like renewing domains and dealing with broken links and otherwise. All of this comes in addition to editorial tasks when such a site has more than one writer and, what's more, this is not even one's day job in instances such as these; it all happens in one's "spare time" -- whatever that is. Fortunately NLM has now evolved to include people who specifically take care of these different aspects rather than having them fall upon one person's shoulders, nonetheless the burden of an editor should never be underestimated. It is no small commitment of time or energy.

    When the NLM project began in 2005, my philosophy then, as well as for the rest of my tenure at NLM, was that the NLM project was multi-disciplinary and if it were to succeed and be relevant, there needed to be good and knowledgeable writers to represent and speak to those various disciplines to a level and quality that would not be attainable -- or sustainable -- by any single person. Accordingly, I sought out writers who I felt were amongst the best in their particular areas. Both Jeffrey and Gregory certainly fit into this category.

    Jeffrey was involved from the earliest days of the project back in 2005 and what always amazed me about him, aside from his copious practical and theoretical knowledge of sacred music, was his ability to toss off a quality article seemingly at will. The prodigious volume of his work has always amazed me. To this day I have no idea how he does it and it hardly comes as a shock that in his affairs outside of NLM he is wildly successful. From the earliest get-go Jeffrey was one of the strongest supporters of and advocates for the ideals and goals of the New Liturgical Movement and given his tenacity, when the time came for me to move on, I certainly felt assured that the project would continue under his steadfast watch -- as it indeed did. Now that Jeffrey has himself retired from NLM, it seems only fitting that I should thank him on both counts.

    Gregory: I first met Gregory in 2008 when I was travelling to Rome and Milan. This trip had a dual purpose. One was to be present for the inaugural activities associated with Ss. Trinita being assigned to the FSSP in Rome. The second was to attend an event which afforded a rare opportunity to observe the usus antiquior Ambrosianus. Gregory was present for both events and so there was ample opportunity for conversation. I can recall the specific moment when we were sitting in a Roman restaurant enjoying a glass of Limoncello after dinner when the thought crossed my mind that Gregory, with his fluent knowledge of Latin, his immense knowledge of Roman history, his ceremonial knowledge of the Roman rite and general knowledge of Roman liturgical history, would make an excellent addition to the NLM team. Over that same glass of Limoncello I casually tossed out the idea to measure what his reaction would be and, as it was not received with any sort of obvious distaste, a few weeks after I had returned home I contacted Gregory by email and noted that I was actually quite serious in my proposal that he consider joining the team of NLM writers. The rest is, as they say, history -- and what an addition he likewise made.

    As I look back, I can say that the NLM project would not be the same without all those writers who have participated in the project over the years and each of them is deserving of their own tribute -- something that I hope I will have the pleasure of doing in the future for each and every one of them. As for Jeffrey and Gregory, both have been key figures and components in the success of the project and I wish to personally thank them for their commitment to it over the years as writers and eventually also as editors. Your efforts, gentlemen, have been of inestimable value. Thank you.

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  • 12/13/15--09:46: Gaudete Sunday 2015

  • Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte. Modestia vestra nota sit ómnibus homínibus: Dóminus enim prope est. Nihil sollíciti sitis: sed in omni oratióne petitiónes vestrae innotescant apud Deum. Ps. 84 Benedixisti, Dómine, terram tuam: avertisti captivitátem Jacob. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculórum. Amen. Gaudéte...

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men, for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous; but in every prayer, let your petitions be made known to God. Ps. 84 Lord, thou hast blessed thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father. As it was. Rejoice in the Lord.

    Fr Edmund Waldstein, O. Cist., of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, who also has a blog of his own, Sancrucensis, sent us these pictures of a particularly beautiful rose-colored vestment at the local parish of Pfaffstätten where he serves.



    I also happened to find today, via a friend’s facebook page, this video of some of the ceremonies for the opening of the Holy Doors at St John in the Lateran and St Paul outside-the-Walls, as part of the extraordinary Jubilee Year of 1933.



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    Our thanks to all those who sent in their photographs of liturgies celebrated on the Immaculate Conception. These are posted in the order received; the last entry, from Santiago, Chile, has some blue vestments, in accordance with the famous Spanish indult for the use of blue on this feast. Our next photopost will be of Rorate Masses, and Masses for Gaudete Sunday; please send your photos in by the 24th.

    Église de la Mission de France - Marseilles, France
    The chasuble shown here is the work of an independent professional vestment maker, Genevieve Gomi, who sent in these photos, and was used for the first time at the Mass of the Immaculate Conception. She calls this vestment “Ephesus” in honor of the Ecumenical Council that defined the Virgin Mary’s title of “Mother of God.”




    St Anthony’s Catholic Church - Des Moines, Iowa




    Church of the Holy Ghost - Tiverton, Rhode Island
    Celebrated by Fr Jay Finelli, aka the iPadre, with our own Fr Thomas Kocik serving as deacon.







    The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon - North Jackson, Ohio
    Mass celebrated by the Rector, Mons. Anthony Spinosa, Rector, with music by the Basilica Mens Schola and the St. Cecilia Chorale. The Porta Sancta was incensed, blessed and then opened after the tapping with the crosier, after which the faithful processed into the basilica, as the Litany of Saints was chanted. The Schola sang the propers of the Mass, and the choir sang the mass of Saint Joan of Arc.




    The Shrine of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed - Warfhuizen, the Netherlands
    Mass celebrated entirely by candlelight, in the manner of a Rorate Mass




    The Oratory of St Philip Neri - Toronto, Ontario






    Holy Innocents - New York City









    Our Lady of Victory - Santiago, Chile







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    Before the construction of the current cathedral, which began in the late 14th century, the city of Milan had two cathedrals, on opposite sides of what is now the great Piazza del Duomo. One was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but also known as “the winter church”, since it was used from the third Sunday of October, the day of its dedication feast, until Easter; the other was dedicated to the Virgin Martyr St Thecla, and used in the summer. For this reason, the Ambrosian Rite occasionally has two different Masses assigned to the same day, one to be said in each of the two cathedrals; the days in question are Easter and Pentecost, their respective vigils and octaves, and the Sixth Sunday of Advent. The two Masses of the last share five of the seven chant Propers, but have different Ingressae and Psalmelli (the equivalents of the Introit and Gradual); the prayers, Scriptural readings and prefaces are also different. The Mass at St Thecla is called “the Mass of Advent”, celebrated in violet vestments, and the Gospel of the Visitation is read. The Mass at St Mary is called “of the Incarnation” in the Ambrosian Breviary (although not in the Missal), and is celebrated in white vestments; the Gospel is that of the Annunciation.

    The current cathedral of Milan is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, as marked by a plaque over the central door with the words “Mariae Nascenti - to Mary as She is born.” The ancient summer church of St Thecla was destroyed in the mid-16th century; its memory is preserved by the presence of this altar dedicated to her in the cathedral’s left transept, and by the fact that the cathedral parish as a corporate entity is named for her. The sculpture of St Thecla in the Lions’ Den is by Carlo Beretta, 1754. (Photo from wikipedia by Giovanni Dall’Orto.)
    We continue, therefore, our series of the Ambrosian Prefaces of Advent, with those of the two Masses for the Sixth Sunday, and that of the vigil of Christmas. The second of these is particularly beautiful, a text of the 5th century to which no translation can really do justice. (Click the following links to read part one and part two.)

    The opening formula of the Ambrosian Preface is the same as that of the Roman, except that the word “quia” is added after “Vere”. In manuscript sacramentaries and missals, this formula was usually abbreviated to a highly stylized V and D joined together, a custom which carried over into some early printed editions; I have used it below from a printed Ambrosian Missal of 1522. The concluding formula “Per quem majestatem tuam” is longer than it is in the Roman Rite, including the names of all nine choirs of Angels. “Per quem maiestatem tuam laudant Angeli, venerantur Archangeli, Throni, Dominationes, Virtutes, Principates, et Potestates adorant. Quem Cherubim et Seraphim socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti iubeas, deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes.” When Christ is mentioned near the end of the Preface, the first part of the conclusion is changed as follows: “Quem una tecum, omnipotens Pater, et cum Spiritu Sancto laudant Angeli etc. - whom together with Thee, almighty Father, and with the Holy Spirit, the Angels praise etc.”

    The Mass of Advent
    ... et salutáre: nos beátae semperque Vírginis Maríae solemnia celebráre. Quae parvo útero Dóminum caeli portávit, et Angelo praenunciante, Verbum carne mortáli édidit Salvatórem. Quem castis concépit viscéribus, clausa ingrediens et clausa relinquens. Quem una tecum…

    Truly … profitable to salvation, that we celebrate the solemn feasts of the blessed and ever-Virgin Mary. Who in the smallness of Her womb bore the Lord of heaven, and, as the Angel foretold, brought forth the Word in mortal flesh, [our Savior, whom she conceived] in her chaste womb, that was closed as He entered and as He came forth. Whom together with Thee etc.

    The Latin text contains what grammarians and rhetoricians call an “anacolouthon”, a discontinuity in the grammatical structure, which other people call “a mistake”. The phrase “that was closed as He entered and as He came forth” is literally “entering closed things and going out of closed things.” The participles “ingrediens” and “egrediens” modify the word “quem – whom”, and should be in the accusative case to agree with it grammatically, (“ingredientem” and “egredientem.”) This mistake is the reading found in the early manuscripts and first printed editions of the Ambrosian Missal. In an edition of 1712, however, we find “Quem castis concépit viscéribus” changed to “Hic est mundi Redemptor, castis conceptus viscéribus, clausa ingrediens etc. – He is the Redeemer of the world, conceived in (Her) chaste womb, that was closed as He entered etc.” Printed editions of the 20th century then return to the original reading.

    The Mass of the Incarnation
    ... et salutáre: nos tibi Dómine, Deus omnípotens, gratias ágere, et cum tuae invocatióne virtútis, beátae Maríae Vírginis festa celebráre. De cuius ventre fructus efflóruit, qui panis angélici múnere nos replévit. Quod Eva vorávit in crímine, María restítuit in salúte. Distat opus Serpentis et Vírginis; inde fusa sunt venéna discríminis, hinc egressa mysteria Salvatóris. Inde se práebuit tentantis iníquitas, hinc Redemptóris est opituláta maiestas. Inde partus occúbuit, hic Cónditor resurrexit, a quo humána natúra, non iam captíva, sed líbera restitúitur. Quod Adam pérdidit in parente, Christo recépit auctóre. Quem una tecum…

    Truly...profitable to salvation, that we should always give Thee thanks, Lord God almighty, and with the invocation of Thy might, celebrate the feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From whose womb came forth the fruit, who has filled us with the gift of the bread of Angels. What Eve consumed in offense, Mary restored in salvation. The Virgin’s deed differs thus from the serpent’s; from the one were brought forth dangerous poisons, from the other the mysteries of the Savior. On the one side, the tempter’s iniquity showed itself; on the other, the majesty of the Redeemer came to our aid. On the one side, the offspring (of Eve) came to die; on the other, the Creator rose from death, and restored human nature, no longer captive, but free, regaining what it lost in its father Adam by the work of Christ. Whom together with Thee etc.

    The Vigil of Christmas
    Per Christum, Dóminum nostrum: Cuius hodie faciem in confessióne praevenímus, et voce súpplici exorámus, ut superventúrae noctis officiis nos ita pervígiles reddat: ut sincéris méntibus eius percípere mereámur Natále ventúrum. In quo invisíbilis ex substantia tua, visíbilis per carnem appáruit in nostra. Tecumque unus non témpore génitus, non natúra inferior, ad nos venit ex témpore natus. Per quem maiestátem tuam…

    Truly...Through Christ our Lord. Before whose presence we come today in thanksgiving, and pray with humble voice, that by the offices of the coming night, He may make us ever watchful, such that we may merit to receive the feast of His Birth that is to come with all our heart. On which feast, though of Thy substance invisible, through the flesh He appeared as one visible in ours; and being one with Thee, begotten, but not in time, nor less than Thee in nature, was born in time and came to us. Through whom the Angels praise Thy majesty etc.

    “the offices of the coming night”
    The Ambrosian Liturgy celebrates the vigil of Christmas by a particular ritual which combines Vespers with the Mass. The first part of Vespers is sung, consisting of a responsory for the lighting of the lamps known as a Lucernarium, a hymn and another responsory. There are then read four prophecies from the Old Testament, each followed by a Psalmellus (gradual), and a prayer; the priest comes to say the prayers at the foot of the altar during the fourth Psalmellus. The Mass then continues in a special form which has no chants, except a very brief one between the Epistle and Gospel. After the Mass, Vespers resumes with two psalms and the Magnificat, each followed by a prayer. (If the vigil of Christmas falls on a Sunday, certain other elements from Sunday Vespers are added.)

    As in the Roman Rite, Christmas Matins was traditionally sung before Midnight Mass, and Lauds after. Normally, on a feast of the Lord, Ambrosian Matins is at its shortest, since in place of the psalms, three canticles from the Old Testament are sung, and there is only one nocturn of three readings with two responsories. Christmas, however, is a very notable exceptions; there are three nocturns, each of which has six psalms and an Old Testament canticle (a total of 21), followed by three readings with two responsories.

    The Lauds which follow the Mass begin with the very long canticle of Moses in Deuteronomy (32, 1-43), followed by a processional antiphon which is repeated seven times (with three Kyrie eleisons or the doxology between the repetitions), the canticle of Moses in Exodus, the Benedicite, the Laudate psalms, a short responsory, a psalm, a hymn, an antiphon called a “Psallendum”, another responsory, the first part of the Benedictus with one antiphon, the second part with another, and various prayers interspersed. In an Ambrosian Breviary of 1830, the Matins alone covers over 17 pages, so there shall be no complaining from any Romans that Matins and Lauds are too long to add to the celebration of Midnight Mass! (The vigil, Matins and Lauds of Epiphany are very similar to those of Christmas.)

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    The Friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC have released a beautiful album entitled Gaudeamus: Celebrating 800 Years of Dominican Life. The recording is available here and includes Gregorian Chant and Polyphony as well as original compositions by some of the Friars themselves. This would make a lovely Christmas present and is an ideal means of supporting the Dominican House of Studies in DC. The full track listing is below, and the YouTube clip features an extract from Mark Nowakowski's O sacrum convivium. Further information is available here and here.

    1. O Sacred Banquet — Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (b. 1983)
    2. O sacrum convivium (chant)
    3. O sacrum convivium — Mark Nowakowski (b. 1978)
    4. Anima Christi — Justin Mary Bolger, O.P. (b. 1979)
    5 & 6. Ave, Regina Caelorum — Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)
    7. All Hail to Thee, O Virgin Bright — arr. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. (b. 1982)
    8. The Dream of Saint Joseph — Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. (b. 1987)
    9. In caelesti hierarchia (chant)
    10. Hear the Voice and Prayer — Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
    11. O spem miram (chant)
    12. Pie Pater (chant)
    13. Magne Pater (chant)
    14. Protect Thy People, O Lord — Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (b. 1983)
    15. Adoramus te, Christe — Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657–1743)
    16. The Right Hand of the Lord — Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (b. 1983)
    17. In omnem terram (chant)
    18. In omnem terram — Giovanni Andrea Draconio (1550–1599)
    19. Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord — traditional Irish, text by Andrew Hofer, O.P. (b. 1972)
    20. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (chant)
    21. O quam gloriosum — Carl Jaspers (1835–1882)
    22. Requiem aeternam (chant)
    23. Lux aeterna (chant)
    24. Beati mortui — Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)


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    It's been a while since we've offered any books for sale. Here are a few from my collection, a mixture of rubrics, rituals, monasticism, and music. Many of these books are out-of-print. I will start with a list of titles, and if you're interested in seeing photos and details, click "Read more..." below.
    • Wapelhorst, Compendium Sacrae Liturgiae, Juxta Ritum Romanum (1931). (sold)
    • Mueller, Handbook of Ceremonies for Priests and Seminarians (1950). (sold)
    • Fortescue, O'Connell, and Reid, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described (2009). (sold)
    • Angrisani, Daily Breviary Meditations: Meditations for Every Day on the Scriptural Lessons of the Roman Breviary (1954). (sold)
    • The Priest's New Ritual for the Convenience of the Reverend Clergy in the Administration of the Sacraments and Various Blessings (1927/1941).
    • Officium Parvum Beatae Mariae Virginis, Breviario Romano Excerptum, cum Litaniis Sanctorum (1944).
    • The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Confraternity edition (1947). (sold)
    • Nicholson, Liturgical Music in Benedictine Monasticism: A Post-Vatican II Survey (1986).
    • To Prefer Nothing to Christ: Saint Meinrad Archabbey 1854-2004 (2004).
    • Hood, From Repatriation to Revival: Continuity and Change in the English Benedictine Congregation, 1795-1850 (2014).
    • The (Old) St. Basil's Hymnal (1935). (sold)
    • The New Saint Basil Hymnal, Accompaniment Edition (1958). (sold)
    • The Pius X Hymnal (1956), large format edition. (sold)
    • The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book, Complete Edition (1947).
    To purchase any of these or to ask me a question, please use my NLM address (pkwasniewski@newliturgicalmovement.org).

    [SOLD] Wapelhorst, Innocentius, O.F.M. Compendium Sacrae Liturgiae, Juxta Ritum Romanum. New York: Benziger Brothers, 1931. xii + Signed by a seminarian, 1938. [One thing I find very interesting are the three notes penciled into the front title page, in the early 40s: "Rubrics growing too formalistic: two blocks up, two over, straight ahead. They were cut down after Trent. About time for another shearing. Till then we are strictly held." And: "Every young priest ought to give himself five years training in these matters. 1940 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44 - 45." And: "Three 'Bone' Rules of Liturgy. Know what to do. Understand what you do. Mean what you do." Pencil notes of the same author neatly found on a number of pages. Cover not in the best condition but the binding is still secure. $50 or best offer + s/h.

    [SOLD] Mueller, John Baptist. Handbook of Ceremonies for Priests and Seminarians. 14th English ed. St. Louis: B. Herder, 1950. xiv + 460. Excellent condition. Fold-out in the back. $20 or best offer + s/h.

    [SOLD] Fortescue, Adrian, J. B. O'Connell, and Alcuin Reid. The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described. 15th edition. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. 498 + index. This book, of course, is very much in print, but I can sell this copy cheaper. Selling at Amazon for $70. This one, which is brand new, for $50 + s/h.


    [SOLD] Angrisani, Most Rev. Joseph. Daily Breviary Meditations: Meditations for Every Day on the Scriptural Lessons of the Roman Breviary. 4 vols, with ribbons. New York: Benziger Brothers, 1954. Each volume ca. 550 pages, total of over 2,200 pages. In a burgundy case. As far as I can tell, this is an extremely rare set. (E.g., Loome is asking $90 for a single volume.) The pages are whiter than these evening photos make them appear. $140 or best, + s/h.


    The Priest's New Ritual for the Convenience of the Reverend Clergy in the Administration of the Sacraments and Various Blessings. Compiled by the Rev. Paul Griffith. Baltimore: John Murphy, 1927, repr. 1941. 340 pp. This book, also very rare, is TINY (see photos) and yet has a lengthy appendix containing short rites of baptism and matrimony in French, German, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, Bohemian, and Spanish (pp. 310-40). Alas, a former clerical owner has struck through with pencil all the exorcisms in the rite of baptism, probably in response to some confusing instruction in the 1960s, but it looks like these could be erased carefully. The binding is failing but the book still holds together. $40 or best + s/h.

    Officium Parvum Beatae Mariae Virginis, Breviario Romano Excerptum, cum Litaniis Sanctorum. Ed. Rev. J. M. Lelen. New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1944. A compact edition of the Little Office of the BVM, entirely in Latin, with the long (traditional) Litany of Saints in the back, together with the brief sacramental formulas. Text inside in good shape; cover worn; somewhat fragile condition. $15 + s/h.

    [SOLD] The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A Revision of the Challoner-Rheims Version, under the patronage of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Paterson, NJ: St. Anthony Guild Press, 1947. viii + 762 pp. Ex-library. This is the "Confraternity" version that was much used prior to the Second Vatican Council. Good notes on the text; appendix with chart of Epistles and Gospels for Sundays and Holy Days in the usus antiquior, and color maps. $5 + s/h.

    Nicholson, Dom David, O.S.B. Liturgical Music in Benedictine Monasticism: A Post-Vatican II Survey. 3 hardcover volumes (the third being Liturgical Music in Cistercian Monasticism). St. Benedict, OR: Mount Angel Abbey, 1986. x + 188; ix + 170; x + 142. A beautiful and rare set that brings together research on the way in which hundreds of monasteries responded to the Council and the liturgical reform, as regards the manner of celebrating the Mass, the language, the music, the retention of Gregorian chant, etc. A crucial research tool for someone working on the decline and revival of monasticism in the past 50 years. The first vol. has marbled endpapers. $120 for the set, or best offer, plus s/h.

    To Prefer Nothing to Christ: Saint Meinrad Archabbey 1854-2004. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., ed. St. Meinrad, IN: Abbey Press, 2004. xi + 520 pp. Paper. This is a collection of essays on the history of the Archabbey: its founder, its preconciliar days, its missionary work with Indians, its foundations, its buildings and artwork, etc. Hard to find. $40 + s/h.


    Hood, Alban, O.S.B. From Repatriation to Revival: Continuity and Change in the English Benedictine Congregation, 1795-1850. Farnborough, Hampshire: St. Michael's Abbey Press, 2014. xiv + 246 pp. A highly detailed study of this period of English monasticism. List price £24.95; price for this copy, $18 + s/h.


    [SOLD] The (Old) St. Basil's Hymnal. Detroit: The Basilian Press, 1935. 289 pp. + index. Most people are familiar with The New Saint Basil Hymnal, but few have seen the granddaddy from 1925, with Healey Willan as musical editor. Interior in great condition, binding delicate. $25 + s/h. 

    [SOLD] The New Saint Basil Hymnal, Accompaniment Edition. Cincinnati: Ralph Jusko Publications, 1958. xv + 335. Hardcover. Excellent condition. Note that this is not the "Singer's Edition" but the much larger Accompaniment Edition, which is relatively rare. $50 + s/h.

    [SOLD] The Pius X Hymnal. Boston: McLaughlin & Reilly, 1953, rev. 1956. xxviii + 511 pp. Deluxe hardcover edition, large format, three ribbons. excellent condition, a little creasing on the corner and top spine. This once-popular hymnal, which contains a fine selection not only of English and Latin hymns but of easier 3- and 4-part polyphony, was printed in many versions, including a slim melody-only edition and a complete edition in smaller format. This, however, is the large format edition, 7.5" x 10.5", that would be especially good for an organist or director. In all my years of collecting, I have only come across this twice. (I'm keeping the other one!) $75 + s/h.

    The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book -- Complete Edition. Ed. Nicola A. Montani. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1947. Hardcover. xviii + 621 pp. This classic hymnal has been reprinted in cheap facsimiles, but this is a mint condition copy from 1947. It's true that there's some schlock in here (as can be expected from the period), but just as with The Pius X Hymnal, the St. Gregory has a remarkable number of good SATB Latin pieces (e.g., the Schubert and Haydn Holy Week music), including some polyphony. $20 or best, s/h.

    To purchase any of these or to ask me a question, please use my NLM address (pkwasniewski@newliturgicalmovement.org).


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    Nanci Keatley has just sent me photographs of these updated versions of her pocket oratory. They are handmade, and are a great portable aid to contemplative prayer, engaging the sight and the imagination, and directing our thoughts to heavenly things. I have one and use it daily.

    Some will remember my extended essay on the connection between the New Evangelization and the Domestic Church, and how the core imagery is chosen specifically to open us up to the supernatural. For those who did not read it, the first time you can read it here. The three key images are the suffering Christ, Christ glorified, and Our Lady.

    Now at any moment you can use this visual aid for prayer and pray the office (if you have your smartphone), or personal prayer (if you don’t). When folded they are about three inches by four inches, and fit easily into the inside pocket of a jacket.

     If you are interested in getting hold of one, Nanci’s email is fencing_mama@comcast.net.




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    As I take over the position of editor of NLM, I just want to take a moment to offer some overdue words of gratitude, first of all to outgoing editor Jeffrey Tucker, and his predecessor Shawn Tribe, our founder and original editor; not just for all of the help and support I have received from them over these last several years, but also for the many years of work which they have put into this project. I also wish to thank our publisher, CMAA President William Mahrt, our editorial assistant, Ben Yanke, all of our writers, and the many people who keep the site running behind the scenes. Since the transition was announced, I have received a number of messages of congratulation and encouragement, for which I am also very grateful, but in a particular way, I wish to thank Shawn for the very kind words which published about this here on Saturday. My best wishes and prayers also go to all our readers for the keeping of a holy Advent, and a truly joyful Christmas!

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