Traditional Mass

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New York, Feb. 28, 2012 – New York's Agnus Dei and Regina Coeli councils of the Knights of Columbus announced today that they will sponsor a Pontifical Mass for Life on the Feast of the Annunciation at Manhattan's Church of the Holy Innocents. His Excellency, James C. Timlin, bishop emeritus of Scranton, will celebrate the Pontifical Mass and administer Confirmations in a separate ceremony beforehand.
This Pontifical Mass is one event in the Knights of Columbus' international observance of "The Day of the Unborn Child" on the Feast of the Annunciation. Throughout the world, Knights of Columbus councils mark the day by attending Mass, praying the Rosary, and speaking out against the evil of abortion and in favor of all unborn children and their mothers.
According to council spokesman Richard Janniello, this is the fourth year the New York Knights have sponsored a special Mass that celebrates not only the archangel Gabriel's Annunciation to Mary but also the Incarnation of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
"Even more than Christmas," explained the Rev. Thomas Kallumady, pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents, "the Feast of the Annunciation and Incarnation is the preeminent pro-life feast in the Catholic calendar." "It reminds us every year," he added "that just as Our Lord's human life was sacred — nine months before His birth — at the very moment of His conception in Mary's womb, so too is all human life."
In 2012, the Feast of the Annunciation is observed on Monday, March 26, because the traditional date of the feast falls on a Sunday. Before Mass, there will be a Rosary for Life at 5:45 PM. Confirmations will be at 6:00 PM. The Pontifical Mass begins immediately after Confirmations. The Church of the Holy Innocents, home to New York City's Shrine of the Unborn, is located at 128 W. 37th Street.
Bishop Timlin will celebrate the Pontifical Mass at the faldstool according to the Roman Missal of 1962, the form of the Catholic Church's Mass in Latin before the Second Vatican Council. Organist and choirmaster, Pedro d'Aquino, will lead the schola and choir singing Missa O soberana luz by Portugese composer Filipe de Magalhães (c1571-1652). Singers from both councils will join the schola and men from the Regina Coeli council will serve the Mass.
WHAT: Pontifical Mass for Life
WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: Monday, March 26th at 6:00 PM (Rosary for Life at 5:45 PM)
Reception to follow in the Church Hall
For more information, call (212) 279-5861 or visit or
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Monday, February 27, 2012

A Pontifical Sung Mass at the close of the Mid...Image via Wikipedia

February 27


Mass of preceding Sunday
is celebrated
[Purple Vestments]

Sunday, February 26, 2012



(The translation of the Psalms and the brief introductory comments on the Psalms of this Little Office of the Blessed Virgin are taken largly from: The Psalms and Canticles by George O'Neill, S.J. [Bruce Publishing Co. 1937.] The late Father O'Neill's work has long been out of print.)



"The Psalms of the Holy Bible are rightly considered the most perfect specimens of lyric poetry. What a privilege for us so frequently to have these sublime songs in our hands and on our lips."
(Fillion, S.S. The New Psalter).

[To be continued]

Though rare, Latin Masses can be a major draw for parishioners who appreciate the majesty and ceremony

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 AM 

Monetta Harr | Jackson Citizen Patriot

CITIZEN PATRIOT - SCOTT STONER Matri Hendrickson, of Jackson, wears a mantilla, lace or silk veil, during the noon Latin Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Matri Hendrickson and her children, from left, Ashley Hendrickson, 16, Austin Hendrickson, 14 and Anjuli Hendrickson, 9, attend the Latin Mass on a regular basis. 

JACKSON — The first thing one notices is the bright shades of blue, red, yellow and green from the stained glass windows around the top of the sanctuary on a cold, but sunny February Sunday. 

The second thing is more surprising: women wearing dresses and skirts, their heads covered with lacy veils or wool hats. 

It is part of what some call a reverence and respect for God at a Latin Mass held at noon each Sunday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 705 N. Waterloo St. Parishioners step back in time, before Vatican II in the 1960s changed the spoken word to the vernacular, in this case English. 

"I don't follow along, but I can tell you where we are in Mass," said Karen Cichon, 28, of Jackson, who attends each week with her four daughters who range in age from 1 to 7 years old. 

"I love a Latin Mass because it shows more respect, more reverence to God," said Cichon, comparing it to the English version. She wore a long black dress covered with a white sweater, a black lacy veil on her head. Her daughters were in dresses, the older ones with veils on their heads. 

In a glassed-off room nearby, Micki Blunt, 43, stood holding her 2-year-old son, Anthony, as her husband, Chris, sat with the older three children in a pew. Blunt explained they are members of Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Jackson only because the Latin Mass is at noon, not a good time for four children. 

"We come here two or three times a year," said Blunt, who said she wears a skirt and brimmed hat to church no matter if it is here or at Queen's. "My children would like to wear jeans but I won't let them. You wear your Sunday best to church." 

The homily is spoken in English, this week by the Rev. Fortunato Turati from Pious Union of St. Joseph, a Catholic chapel and meditation facility in Grass Lake for the sick and dying built and staffed by priests from Italy. 

After the service, Turati said saying the Mass in Latin took some adjustment after saying it for so long in Italian or English. "It's the same Mass just said in a different way," he said, adding that it is a more silent service than the English version, which is nice in such a fast-paced society with many distractions, from televisions to cell phones. 

It is one of three weekly Latin Masses in the Diocese of Lansing, said Michael Diebold, director of communications for the 10-county area that includes Jackson. The others are in Flint and Lansing. 

Another Latin Mass is offered at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at St. Joseph Shrine, 8743 US-12 in Brooklyn 

The Jackson service began about 12 years ago. 

For Gerald Gauthier, 84, who has been attending since it started in Jackson, a Latin Mass appeals because of "the majesty of it, the beauty of it. Especially at a high Mass at big holidays such as Christmas and Easter." 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Mass of preceding Sunday
is celebrated
[Purple Vestments]

France Soldiers Mass in a bombed chapel WWI

Friday, February 17, 2012

English: Ite missa est - High tridentine mass ...Image via Wikipedia
Vatican Diary / The ancient rite reappears in Lourdes

Vatican Diary / The ancient rite reappears in Lourdes

In the showcase diocese of the Church of France, the new bishop is a lover of tradition and a disciple of the theologian von Balthasar. He has been chosen personally by the pope, together with Cardinal Ouellet

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VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2012 – Following the "personal" appointment of Bishop Francis Moraglia as patriarch of Venice, Benedict XVI has hit a similar shot with the Church of France.

He did so last Saturday, February 11, the feast of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes, when he appointed the new bishop of the diocese in which the famous Marian shrine stands, that of Tarbes and Lourdes. Pope Joseph Ratzinger has called to this post Nicolas Brouwet, who will turn 50 next August 31, since April of 2008 the auxiliary bishop of Nanterre, the diocese in which he was born and was ordained a priest in 1992.

The appointment came earlier than expected, since Brouwet's predecessor, Bishop Jacques Perrier, in office since 1997, passed the retirement age of 75 last December 4, and has therefore had just a couple of months of "prorogatio."

The choice of Brouwet, like that of Moraglia, did not go through the scrutiny of the cardinals and bishops of the relevant congregation in one of their regular Thursday meetings. Both will take possession of their respective dioceses on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation.

Bishop Brouwet, however, although he is young, is recognized as having a liturgical sensibility that is particularly faithful to tradition. Last December 25, he celebrated Christmas Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, according to the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum." He has also participated in the traditionalist pilgrimages from Paris to Chartres on Pentecost. His stance on moral issues is also in keeping with tradition.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012



(The translation of the Psalms and the brief introductory comments on the Psalms of this Little Office of the Blessed Virgin are taken largly from: The Psalms and Canticles by George O'Neill, S.J. [Bruce Publishing Co. 1937.] The late Father O'Neill's work has long been out of print.)


"St. Thomas More repeated his favorite Psalm, the Miserere, on the scaffold;

 St. John Fisher wrote a treatise on the Penitential Psalms, and he, too, died repeating verse after verse from Psalms. So, almost at the same time, did St. Francis Xavier. So did St. Theresa; So did St. Francis de Sales. St. Vincent de Paul escaped from imprisonment in Africa by means of a Psalm."
(Towards Loving the Psalms, by Father C. C. Martindale, S.J.). 
[To be continued]

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Saint Romuald (detail of Crucifixion and Saint...                                 Image via Wikipedia


Romuald (c. 951-1027) was born of the family of the Onesti, dukes of Ravenna Italy. He grew up a worldly youth, but turned to God in horror when a murder was committed by his own father. Romuald later founded the order of the Camaldolese Benedictines, and some of his early disciples were apostles and martyrs in Russia and Poland.

Mass of an ABBOT

Let the blessed Abbot Romuald intercede for us, O Lord. May his prayers win us Your help, since our own actions cannot merit it. Through Our Lord . . .

May the offerings we lay upon Your sacred altar, O Lord, bring us closer to our salvation through the intercession of the blessed abbot Romuald. Through Our Lord . . .

May the Sacrament we have received and the prayers of the blessed abbot Romuald protect us, O Lord. Grant also that we may imitate the virtues of this saint who is our intercessor with You in heaven. Through Our Lord . . .

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Tridentine Mass in Miami

From  Fr. John Zuhlsdor's blog: 

On 2 February, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there was a Pontifical Mass in Miami, celebrated by His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Wenski.

Before I get to the liturgical eye-candy and some commentary on the meaning of this Mass, Archbp. Wenski said in his sermon:

Today, the witness of the Church on behalf of the dignity and right to life of the human person from the first moment of conception till natural death is itself a "sign that will be contradicted" – and is in fact contradicted in the present mandate of the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services' mandate to deny a religious exemption to Catholic institutions and thus force us to violate our consciences and to make us accomplices in evil.

WDTPRS kudos!

A couple shots from the website of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Archbp. Wenski


Archdiocese of Miami

On the Archdiocesan website, there is some commentary from Father Chris Marino, pastor of St. Michael Church in Miami. Among the helpful things he said is this:

"What's happening tonight should give us an indication of what should be happening in our parishes every Sunday — the dignity, the solemnity, the pageantry, if you will. But it's not about entertaining people, it's about worshiping God, along with the tradition and continuity of the faith throughout the ages."

Spot on.

In a "liturgical aid" issued to clerics participating "in choir" there is an interesting note which touches on something I have been talking about ever since Summorum Pontificum was issued in 2007.

""All priests are welcome to attend. This wonderful celebration is an opportunity to experience beautiful music in its intended spiritual setting, but also to be immersed in the rich symbolism of the Tridentine Mass. It is the Archbishop's hope that this event will serve as a means for "mutual enrichment," as Pope Benedict XVI has noted, between the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. By becoming more familiar with and deeply rooted in the Mass of the 1962 Missale Romanum, we can better understand the Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI and its accompanying ars celebrandi."

The provisions of Summorum Pontificum are needed today not just to promote the wide-spread use of the pre-Conciliar forms, but also to teach those who use mainly the Novus Ordo something about a proper ars celebrandi consistent with our Roman tradition, our Catholic identity.

In other words, as one of my correspondents put it, "the last sentence (in the quote above) crystallizes Pope Benedict's primary reason Summorum Pontificum — to rescue the Mass of Paul VI from the 'deformations' to which it has almost universally been subjected."

Receiving Holy Communion

Thursday, February 02, 2012

[video] Candlemas

Today, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the last day of the Christmas Season in the Traditional calendar. In praying the 'Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary' I will switch back to the prayers said before Lent and then this Sunday we celebrate Septuagesima Sunday [The 17-day period beginning on Septuagesima Sunday was intended to be observed as a preparation for the season of Lent, which is itself a period of spiritual preparation (for Easter). In many countries, however, Septuagesima Sunday still marks the traditional start of the carnival season, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as Mardi Gras.

In the pre-1970 Roman Catholic liturgy, the Alleluia ceases to be said during the liturgy. At first Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, two alleluias are added to the closing verse ofBenedicamus Domino and its response, Deo gratias, as during the Easter Octave, and, starting at Compline, it is no longer used until Easter. Likewise, violet vestments are worn, except on feasts, from Septuagesima Sunday until Holy Thursday. As during Advent and Lent, the Gloria and Te Deum are no longer said on Sundays. The readings at Matins for this week are the first few chapters of Genesis, telling of the creation of the world, of Adam and Eve, the fall of man and resulting expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and the story of Cain and Abel. In the following weeks before and during Lent, the readings continue to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. The Gospel reading for Septuagesima week is the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16).]