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- 01/16/16--01:40: _Sacra Liturgia UK, ...
- 01/16/16--07:02: _The Monastery of Sa...
- 01/17/16--02:03: _Epiphany in Munich
- 01/18/16--02:13: _Fourth Annual Nelli...
- 01/19/16--02:28: _The Balance Scale: ...
- 01/19/16--06:00: _Paschal Candles
- 01/20/16--03:01: _“Why Don't You Put ...
- 01/20/16--10:04: _World Premier of Ma...
- 01/21/16--03:06: _Nuptial Mass at the...
- 01/21/16--09:02: _Josep Obiols, An “O...
- 01/22/16--03:29: _Washing of the Feet...
- 01/22/16--05:00: _The Blessing of the...
- 01/22/16--09:00: _Lenten Retreat in A...
- 01/22/16--11:01: _Nellie Gray Mass in...
- 01/23/16--04:35: _A Note on Catalan R...
- 01/23/16--05:00: _An Essay on Beauty,...
- 01/24/16--04:42: _Summer Theology Pro...
- 01/24/16--04:45: _Septuagesima Sunday...
- 01/25/16--02:45: _Card. Zen to Offer ...
- 01/25/16--05:15: _The Conversion of S...
- 01/16/16--01:40: Sacra Liturgia UK, July 5-8 - Registration Now Open
- 01/16/16--07:02: The Monastery of Saint Benedict at Subiaco
- 01/17/16--02:03: Epiphany in Munich
- 01/18/16--02:13: Fourth Annual Nellie Gray Mass
- 01/19/16--02:28: The Balance Scale: Nineteen to One
- 01/19/16--06:00: Paschal Candles
- 01/20/16--03:01: “Why Don't You Put the Circumcision Back on the Calendar?”
- 01/21/16--03:06: Nuptial Mass at the Throne - Madison, Wisconsin
- 01/21/16--09:02: Josep Obiols, An “Other Modern” Artist from Catalonia
- 01/22/16--03:29: Washing of the Feet Officially Opened to Women
- 01/22/16--05:00: The Blessing of the Lambs on the Feast of St Agnes 2016
- 01/22/16--09:00: Lenten Retreat in Allentown, NJ, Feb. 19-21
- 01/22/16--11:01: Nellie Gray Mass in DC NOT Cancelled
- 01/24/16--04:45: Septuagesima Sunday: Burying the Alleluia
- 01/25/16--05:15: The Conversion of St Paul
“Continuing the work of Sacra Liturgia 2013 and Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 (both organized by Bishop Rey of Fréjus-Toulon), Sacra Liturgia UK 2016, an international conference on liturgical formation in light of the new evangelization, seeks to support the Church’s saving evangelistic and catechetical mission as well as the continued revitalisation of the liturgical life of the Church. Lectures will take place at Imperial College, London. Liturgies will be held at the London Oratory and the church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory (Warwick Street).
‘It is a singular honour that His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, will be present to address us. I hope that all who participate in Sacra Liturgia UK shall be enriched by the liturgical formation it will provide, profit from the new connections and friendships it will occasion and be strengthened by the beautiful liturgical celebrations in which we shall participate.’ ”
|From last year’s Sacra Liturgia Conference, a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of New York.|
The great Upper Church features frescoes in this section were painted by the Sienese school in the 13th and 14th centuries. Among the many fascinating pictures is a portrait of St. Francis of Assisi; labeled ‘Fr. Franciscus,’ the saint is shown without the stigmata or a halo, indicating that it was painted during his lifetime (before 1224).
Thanks to reader Dawid Patryk Szmigielski for sending in these photos and description of the Epiphany celebrations at the church of St Peter in Munich, Germany.
The parish is known for retaining the high altar without an additional freestanding altar in the sanctuary, and also for sacred music, art, liturgy, and a collection of relics, including the bejeweled skeletal remains of St. Munditia, a Roman martyr, exposed for all to venerate. The church is adjacent to City Hall and the Marianplatz Square, and minutes away from the Cathedral.
The 9:30 am weekly principal mass in the ordinary form, preceded by the Asperges, is said ad orientem in Latin, with the Liturgy of the Word in German. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monumental monstrance lowered mechanically from a niche above the tabernacle, below the Gothic and Baroque depiction of the Chair of St. Peter. The tiara atop St. Peter’s head is traditionally removed during an interregnum period, and crowned again upon the installation of the next successor of Peter.
Tradition dictates that the Archbishop visit the parish every Epiphany. This is in part due to the parish being home to the Corpus Christi Brotherhood, which celebrates its high feast on the Epiphany, following the example of the Adoration of the Magi. After the morning Masses, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed until 3pm, then temporarily reposed for a grand celebration of Vespers in Latin with the Archbishop. A Eucharistic procession through the church follows, with Benediction at the end. The last Mass of the day is at 6:30pm, with a blessing with the relics of the three magi as the final blessing. This year, unfortunately, His Eminence Cardinal Marx was unable to attend and was represented by the Vicar General of Munich and Freising.
Notably, the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, ministers in one of the parish’s affiliated churches, St. Anne’s Damenstiftskirche, in the Extraordinary Form. Mass at St. Peter’s in Munich is offered only in the Ordinary Form, ad orientem, by both diocesan and religious priests. His Holiness Pope Pius VI celebrated Pontifical High Mass here in 1782.
The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, Washington, DC, has announced that the Fourth Annual Nellie Gray Mass will take place after the 43rd March for Life, Friday, January 22, 2016. The Mass will be celebrated at 4pm in the Extraordinary Form (traditional Latin Mass) at St. Mary Mother of God Church at 5th and H Sts. NW in downtown Washington DC, where Nellie attended Mass. A Pontifical Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at the faldstool by The Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa. (His Excellency was the celebrant of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form arranged by The Paulus Institute at the High Altar of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in 2010.)
Assisting ministers will include Rev. Fr. James Bradley of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Master of Ceremonies, and Rev. Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, F.S.S.P., Director of Development for the North American District of the Fraternity, Deacon. The Mass will be the Missa Intret for Two or More Martyrs on the feast day of Saint Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr, and St. Anastasius of Persia, Martyr. The Vox in Rama Choir from the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City (Director Kirsten d'Aquino) and members of St Mary's Schola (Director David Sullivan) will sing the Missa Secunda by Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612), Ave Maria by Victoria (1548-1611), Ave Maria (Angelus Domini) by Franz Biebl (1906-2001) and O Sacrum Convivium by Luigi Molfino (1916-2012) as well as the Gregorian Propers. Further information is available here.
Before World War I, the major figures in the Liturgical Movement believed that instilling true devotion to the liturgy, and curing the neglect thereof, was principally a matter of education. The liturgy was seen as an inexhaustible treasure-trove for the spiritual life, and the goal of men such as Dom Guéranger and Fr. Romano Guardini was to raise both the clergy and the laity up to a greater appreciation of it. In the period between the wars, the attitude shifted towards the idea that if the run of the clergy and faithful were uninterested in the liturgy, the problem lay not with them, but with the liturgy. The cure for this neglect would then become, not to educate the faithful up to the level of the liturgy, but to alter the liturgy to suit the needs of “modern” man.DiPippo goes on to ask the logical questions that no progressive or liberal or modernist could ever answer without undermining his own position:
Since all of the architects of the post-Conciliar reforms were formed as churchmen in the aftermath of the two World Wars, the question should also be asked: how much of their era’s way of looking at the world, how many of their attitudes and ideas, are as perennially valuable as those of, say, Saints Augustine, Benedict, and Gregory the Great? If they could ask the question “how much longer must we live according to the ideas of the preceding centuries?”, and answer “no longer, starting from today”; can we not also ask “how much longer must we live according to the ideas of the preceding century?” (These questions are pertinent not only to the liturgy, of course, but to all of the aspects in which the Church struggles through the aftermath of the post-Conciliar reforms.)These questions could sound like an endorsement of perpetual revolt: each generation has to throw off that which came before. But he’s not saying that at all. Rather, he’s saying that there are two views: the one that chucked out tradition, arbitrarily mixing archaic and modernist elements (the decadent liturgical movement), and the one that honored and respected tradition in its slow development over time (the original liturgical movement). The former specializes in throwing the past overboard, or tinkering with it ad libitum and injecting modernity into it — Fr. Gelineau’s concept of the liturgy as “a permanent workshop” — while the latter wishes to hold firm to the received treasures and to live them with the understanding that comes from love. It is the essential difference between the revolutionary and the counter-revolutionary: one tears down and reconstructs on a new plan, the other maintains a sound identity by preserving, repairing, and enriching.
One might think of it this way. Let us say you have a balance scale for the history of the Church, and you want to determine what is heavier, weightier, worthier. In one dish is more than nineteen centuries of tradition (and with it, reverence for the given forms of worship); in the other dish, not even one century of theory-based experimentation (and with it, a notable lack of reverence for given forms). Which way will the balance tilt? Which way will you tilt? For each of us is, in a way, the balance scale, and how we tilt amounts to a small gain or loss in the renewal of the Church.
The traditional Catholic joins his lot with nineteen and a half centuries of organic development rather than half a century of inorganic innovation. He searches for the precious handmade works of great anonymous masters and values them above the lackluster assembly-line products of committee barons. He knows how to use — and how to be — a reliable balance scale.
 See here for the full quotation.
 See my article "Carrying Forward the Noble Work of the Liturgical Movement" for more on the contrast.
Gina Switzer of Columbus, Ohio. Her parish is St Patrick’s in Columbus, the Dominican church in the city.
The other reason for writing about this is that I hope it might inspire other artists to do the same. I am regularly asked by priests where they can get hold of Paschal candles, as they find the designs in the usual catalogs unsatisfactory. There seems to be a dearth in the market.
|The Circumcision of Christ, as depicted in the Menologion of Basil II, ca. 1000 A.D. The feast of the Circumcision is still kept in the Byzantine Rite, and in the post-conciliar reformed versions of the Ambrosian and Mozarabic liturgies.|
The 90-minute work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists was commissioned by Saint Rita Catholic Church (URL) in Dallas, and is the brainchild of Alfred Calabrese, director of music at the parish.
The church is organizing a three-day conference entitled High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression, which will take place on the three days prior to the performance, May 19 - 21. The conference is designed for musicians, artists, poets, theologians, and Catholic laity, and deals with the creation of sacred music and art, the promotion of beauty, and the quest for sainthood in everyday life. Masterclasses will be held for conductors, composers, and poets.
For more details, you can read a blog post on the Corpus Christi Watershed website written by Dr Calabrese, through the link here. We are told that a website with more details about the event and on how to register for the conference is coming soon. As soon as I have more information I will pass it on to you.
Ordinary: Messa da Cappella a quattro voci, 1641 (Monteverdi)
Propers: Deus Israel (Votive Mass Pro Sponsis)
Procession: O God Beyond All Praising (Tʜᴀxᴛᴇᴅ, arranged by Richard Proulx)
After Last Gospel: Alma Redemptoris Mater (sung by all)
Recession: How Shall I Sing that Majesty (Cᴏᴇ Fᴇɴ, arranged by Michael Mills)
|Wedding procession with|
the entrance of the bishop
|The bishop receives our vows as the MC holds the ritual book.|
|Nuptial blessing following the reception of vows|
|The sacred ministers bowing for the confiteor during the prayers|
at the foot of the altar
|The bishop, reading the introit and kyrie at the throne|
|Epistle chanted by the Subdeacon|
|The bishop, being approached by the deacon, about to give |
him a blessing for the proclamation of the gospel
|The gospel, chanted by the deacon|
|Homily delivered by Fr. Eric Bergman,|
of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
|Sacred ministers going to the altar for the offertory|
|Bishop praying at the offertory|
|Incensation of the altar at the offertory|
|Incensation of the seminarians in choro|
|Two cantors chanting the communion antiphon|
|Improvising at communion|
|The assistant priest distributing communion to the faithful|
|Final Pontifical blessing|
As I have said to you in conversation, for some time I have been reflecting on the rite of the washing of the feet, which forms part of the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, with the intention of improving the ways in which it is put into practice, so that they may fully express the significance of the gesture carried out by Jesus in the Upper Room, His giving of Himself ‘unto the very end’ for the salvation of the world, his charity without limits.
After due consideration, I have come to the decision to introduce a change to the rubrics of the Roman Missal. I order therefore that the rubric be modified according to which the person chosen to receive the Washing of the Feet must be men or boys, so that from now on, the pastors of the Church may choose the participants in the rite from among all the members of the People of God. It is furthermore recommended that to those who are so chosen, an adequate explanation of the meaning of the rite itself be provided.
This relevant portion of the CDW decree reads as follows.
At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, after the reading of the Gospel according to St John, to demonstrate the humility and charity of Christ towards His disciples as it were in a drama, the restoration of Holy Week, y the decree Maxima Redemptionis nostrae mysteria (November 30, 1955), gave the opportunity of performing the washing of the feet of twelve men, where pastoral reasons recommended this. This rite, in the Roman liturgy, had been handed down with the name of the Lord’s Mandatum (commandment) about fraterncal charity, from the words of Jesus (cf. John 13, 34) which were sung in an antiphon during the celebration.
Bishops and priests acting in this rite are intimately invited to conform themselves to Christ, who “came not to be served, but to serve,” and driven by charty “unto the end” (John 13, 1), to give His life for the salvation of the whole human race.
That this full significance of the rite may be expressed to those who participate in it, it seemed good to the Supreme Pontiff Francis to change the norm which is read in the rubrics of the Roman Missal Romani (p. 300 no. 11) legitur, “Chosen men (viri) are lead by the ministers…”, which therefore must be changed in the following manner, “Those who are chosen from the people of God are lead by the ministers…” (and consequenly in the Bishops’ Ceremonial no. 301 and no. 299 b: “seats for those designated”), so that pastors may choose a small group of the faithful to represent the variety and unity of each portion of the people of God. This group may consist of men and woman, and suitably (may consist) of young and old, the healthy and the sick, clergy, consecrated persons and laity.
This Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, with the force of the faculties given to it by the Supreme Pontiff, introdces this change in the liturgical books of the Roman Rite, reminding pastors of their duty to instruct with appropriate preparation both the faithful chosen (to have their feet washed) and others, so that they may participate in the rite knowledgably, actively and fruitfully.
In the crypt under the altar is a silver casket donated by Pope Paul V Borghese (1605-22), containing the relics of St Agnes, and also those of St Emerentiana, her “collactanea” or “foster-sister”, whose mother was Agnes’ wet-nurse. According to her legend, two days after Agnes’ martyrdom, Emerentiana was spied praying at her tomb by a gang of pagan thugs, and stoned to death by them on the very site. At the time of her death, she was only a catechumen; the veneration of her as a Saint from very ancient times is an important testimony to the Church’s belief in baptism by blood and by desire. Her feast is on January 23rd in the calendar of the Extraordinary Form.
The retreat will begin on the early afternoon of Friday, February 19 and finish on the afternoon of Sunday February 21.
The cost of the retreat to cover the expenses (Fr. Carlos’ travel from France, food, donation to the parish, etc) is $60. Also, please bring a sleeping bag.
In addition to the meditations, the traditional Mass will be each day, as well as parts of the Divine Office; there will also be plenty of opportunities for spiritual direction and Confession.
To confirm your attendance, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Wynne Kerridge at email@example.com. See the Facebook page for the event here. Feel free to forward this invitation to any else you reckon would be interested.
I was excited to get a preview of what Fr Renz has written. He discusses the importance of developing an authentic liturgical piety to the evangelization of the culture. He is thinking here of the creation of a Catholic culture in the widest sense of the word, what he calls an “everyday way of being Catholic.” He explains very well, I think, just how powerful an influence the liturgy is on the way we are as people, and how this is reflected in what we do. This is a topic close to my heart.
Fr Renz is the Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts and Science of Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (the DSPT) at UC Berkeley.
The faculty will include NLM’s own Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, as well as Fr. Thomas Crean, OP, Br. Evagrius Hayden, OSB. John Joy, Christopher Owens, and Daniel Lendman. Guest lectures will be delivered by monks from the monastery, including its prior, Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB. (It bears noting that, over the years, we have featured numerous items in connection with Fr. Cassian, such as this talk on sacred music, an article by Br. Evagrius, and the superb photography of Mr. Owens.)
The goal of the AMCSS is to offer a meaningful academic experience of scholastic theology in its original fullness: studying Sacred Scripture, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Fathers of the Church, in the peaceful and enchanting setting of a medieval Italian town, imbued with the spiritual and liturgical life of the traditional Benedictine monks (daily traditional Latin Masses, Low and High, and chanted monastic office), and all the culinary delights of the prosciutto and black truffle capital of Italy — in other words, an authentically Catholic feast for mind, soul, and body. This year the course dates include Norcia’s festive celebration of the feast of St. Benedict on July 11th. Pilgrimages to the nearby towns of Assisi and Cascia are included in the cost, with the option of participating in a weekend trip to Rome at the end.
The dates for the Summer program are July 10–24, 2016. Most remarkably, the cost for tuition, room, and half-board (a light breakfast and an authentic five-course Italian dinner every day) is 900 Euros. Tuition includes a hardcover bilingual edition of the Commentary on Hebrews as well as other course materials. A background in academic theology is not required. Students working towards degrees may request a summary of the program with faculty credentials and a certificate of completion that they may submit for possible course credit elsewhere.
For more information, please visit the AMCSS website.
|Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB|
|The old residence of the governor who represented the Papal States|
|Mass at the monastery|
|Dr. Kwasniewski and Br. Evagrius (Norcia, September 2015)|
One of the most popular was to write the word on a large piece of parchment, and then after Vespers bury it in the churchyard, so that it could be dug up again on Easter Sunday. Our friends from the Fraterity of St Joseph the Guardian in La Londe-les-Maures, France, have posted some pictures of their ritual burial of the Alleluia on their Facebook page, which they very kindly agreed to share with us.
R. A Christo de caelo vocátus, et in terra prostrátus, ex persecutóre effectus est vas electiónis: et plus ómnibus labórans, multo latius inter omnes verbi gratiam seminávit * atque doctrínam evangélicam sua praedicatióne complévit. V. Inter Apóstolos vocatióne novíssimus, praedicatióne primus, nomen Christi multárum manifestávit gentium pópulis. Atque. Gloria Patri et Filio, et Spirítui Sancto. Atque.