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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SAINT MATTHIAS, APOSTLE; TUESDAY FIRST WEEK IN LENT




SAINT MATTHIAS


Apostle

DOUBLE, SECOND CLASS / RED

After the Ascension of Jesus, St. Peter proposed to the assembled faithful that they choose a disciple of Christ to fill the place of the traitor Judas in the first missionary band. Lots were drawn, with the result in favor of Matthias. According to one ancient tradition, this missioner labored in Ethiopia and was martyred there. Thus did St. Matthias receive "the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:12).


INTROIT (Ps. 138:17)
Your friends are greatly honored by me, O God; their pre-eminence is definitely established.
Ps. 138:1. O Lord, You have proved me and You know me; You know when I sit and when I stand.
V. Glory be . . .


COLLECT
O God, You made blessed Matthias one of the group of Your apostles. May his intercession enable us to feel the effects of Your mercy. Through Our Lord . . .


Commemoration of  TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT

O Lord, help us keep the holy lenten fast. Teach us our duties and assist us with Your grace to perform them. Through Our Lord . . .


LESSON (Acts 1:15-26)
In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said (now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty): "Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus: Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms: 'Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein.' And 'His bishopric let another take.'
" Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection."
And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying, they said: "Thou, Lord, who knowest the heart of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place." And they gave them lot, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


GRADUAL (Ps. 138:17-18)
Your friends are greatly honored, O God; their pre-eminence is definitely established.
V
. Were I to try to number them, they would be more numerous than the sands.


TRACT (Ps. 20:3-4)
You have granted him his heart's desire; You have not refused him the wish of his lips.
V.
You have made him excel by Your choicest blessings.
V. You have placed on his head a crown of precious stones.


GOSPEL (Matt. 11:25-30)
At that time Jesus answered and said: "I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father: for so hath it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him. Come to me all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: And you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light."


OFFERTORY ANTIPHON (Ps. 44:17-18)
You shall make them princes through all the land; they shall remember Your name, O Lord, in every generation and age.


SECRET
May Your blessed apostle Matthias join his prayers to the sacrifice we offer to Your name, O Lord, so that it may win Your pardon and protection for us. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of  TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, sanctify us by this sacred rite so that we may be cleansed from earthly sinfulness and come to our eternal reward. Through Our Lord . . . 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON (Matt. 19:28)
You who have followed Me shall sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


POSTCOMMUNION
O Almighty God, may our reception of Your Holy Sacrament and the intercession of Your blessed apostle Matthias bring us Your pardon and peace. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of  TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, make us ever obedient to Your commandments so that we may be deserving of Your heavenly gifts. Through Our Lord . . .



English: Niederaltaich abbey church ( Lower Ba...
English: Niederaltaich abbey church ( Lower Bavaria ). Fresco at ceiling of the nave: Saint Matthias ( apostle ). Deutsch: Klosterkirche Niederaltaich ( Niederbayern ). Deckenfresco im Langhaus: Apostel Matthias. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 - Schedule of Events

New Liturgical Movement: Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 - Schedule of Events



The organizers of Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 are very pleased to announce the schedule of events for Sacra Liturgia USA 2015. The conference features beautiful liturgies, prominent speakers on topics of interest, working session lunches lead by conference speakers on liturgy in Catholic higher education, and ample time for fellowship and prayer.

Registration is now open: sacraliturgiausa.org/conference/  

Stay tuned to the conference website and facebook page for upcoming announcements about liturgical details (celebrants, preachers, music, choirs) and other special events in conjunction with the conference. We will publish these details as they become available.

*All liturgies take place at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena (411 E 68th Street)
**All addresses take place at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Aves.)

Read more here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2015/02/sacra-liturgia-usa-2015-schedule-of.html#.VOuYekrivk8

Hunter College
Hunter College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In Brooklyn Diocese: Confirmation in the Traditional Form

The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny » Post Topic » In Brooklyn Diocese: Confirmation in the Traditional Form



Mr. Arrys Ortanez reports:
“The Rite of Confirmation in the “traditional” form (EF) was celebrated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, His Excellency, The Most Rev. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, at the chapel in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, NY. Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass) preceded the Confirmation Rite. Fr. James Massa, Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens was present in Choir and assisted at the Confirmations. Also assisting His Excellency, were Frs. Daniel Champoli and Joseph Wilson, who said Mass, both also priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. The Ceremony was amazing and moving. 26 young people were confirmed by His Excellency.” 1)
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FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT; SAINT PETER'S CHAIR AT ANTIOCH



FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT


[Commemoration]
SAINT PETER'S CHAIR AT ANTIOCH


DOUBLE, FIRST CLASS / PURPLE
After our first brave efforts of Lent, our natural inclinations tend to reassert themselves. Temptations may increase their strength or their frequency. Hence the danger of discouragement and of slackening in the observance of generous lenten resolutions. It is the critical hour, in which temptation may surprise us, turn our thoughts inward upon personal problems, and make us forget the sufferings of other men. Brother to all men, Jesus showed that temptation can be a way of redeeming souls--our own and those of others. "In that He Himself has suffered and has been tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted" (Heb. 2:18)

INTROIT Ps. 90:15-16
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him, I will deliver him and glorify him with length of days.
Ps. 90:1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide in the protection of the God of heaven.
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
O God, each year You purify the Church through the lenten observance. May the good works of Your Church obtain for us the grace we ask for through our self-denial. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and rules with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.



Commemoration of SAINT PETERS CHAIR AT ANTIOCH
This feast commemorates the seven years during which Pope Peter ruled the Church from Antioch before he went to Rome. Since the majority of the Jews had rejected Christianity, Peter left Jerusalem and founded the see of Antioch among the Gentiles. In that large Eastern city, Christianity took deep root, and it was there that the faithful were first called by the name of Christians. After seven years the Vicar of Christ transferred his see to Rome, the very center of the ancient world, so that from it the messengers of salvation might radiate to the uttermost ends of the earth.

O God, You have entrusted the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Your blessed apostle Peter and have given him the power of bishop to bind or to loose. May his intercession free us from the slavery of sin.

Commemoration of SAINT PAUL
O God, you have instructed many nations through the preaching of the blessed apostle Paul. Let the power of his intercession with You help us who venerate his memory this day. Through our Lord . . .
 
EPISTLE II Cor. 6:1-10
Brethren: We do exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time: behold, now is the day of salvation. Giving no offense to any man, that our ministry be not blamed. But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, In the word of truth, in the power of God: by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left: By honour and dishonour: by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true: as unknown and yet known: As dying and behold we live: as chastised and not killed: As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having nothing and possessing all things.

GRADUAL Ps. 90:11-12
God has given his angels charge over you, that they guard you in all your ways.
V. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

TRACT Ps. 90:1-7; 11-16
He who dwells inm the shelter of the Most High shall abide in the protection of the God of heaven. 
V
. He shall say to the Lord, "You are my support and my refuge; my God, in You I trust."
V. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.
V. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust.
V. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.
V. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.
V. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.
V. For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.
V. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
V. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
V. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name. 
V
. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation,
V. I will deliver him, and I will glorify him. I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my salvation.

GOSPEL Matt. 4:1-11
At that time, Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And the tempter coming said to him: "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." Who answered and said: "It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from themouth of God."
Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, And said to him: "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Jesus said to him: "It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, And said to him: "All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me." Then Jesus saith to him: "Begone, Satan: for it is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve."

Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 90:4-5
The Lord will cover you with His shoulders, and under His wings you shall find refuge. His truth shall surround you with a shield.

SECRET
O Lord, we solemnly offer You our sacrifice at the beginning of Lent, and pray that by observing abstinence we may also learn to avoid sinful pleasures. Through our Lord . . .


Commemoration of SAINT PETER'S CHAIR AT ANTIOCHO Lord, we offer You the prayers and sacrifice of Your Church through the intercession of Your apostle Peter. May this Mass, which we celebrate in his honor, win pardon for us.

Commemoration of SAINT PAUL
O Lord, sanctify the offerings of Your people through the intercession of the blessed apostle Paul. The sacrifice we offer is already acceptable to You because You instituted it; may it become even more pleasing to You through the prayers of Your saint. Through our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 90:4-5
The Lord will cover you with His shoulders, and under His wings you shall find refuge. His truth shall surround you with a shield.

POSTCOMMUNION
May the worthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament give us new strength, O Lord. May it cleanse us from our old selves and bring us closer to our salvation. Through our Lord . . .

 Commemoration of SAINT PETER'S CHAIR AT ANTIOCHMay our offering bring us happiness, O Lord. We praise You for the wondrous things You accomplished through Your apostle Peter and ask forgiveness through his intercession.
Commemoration of SAINT PAUL
We have been made holy by this life-giving Sacrifice, O Lord. May we always be aided by the prayers of Your saint, whom You gave us as a protector and a guide. Through our Lord . . .

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: Votive Vespers (EF), Chair of St. Peter

New Liturgical Movement: Votive Vespers (EF), Chair of St. Peter



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Votive Vespers (EF), Chair of St. Peter




Readers living in or near New York City may be interested to know that the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
(263 Mulberry Street, Manhattan) will celebrate its bicentennial with
votive Vespers (Extraordinary Form) for the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair
on Sunday, February 22nd, at 4:00 pm. The music dates from
approximately 200 years before the basilica was founded; composers
include Viadana, Anerio, and other great innovators who enriched the
western Church with artistic output fitting the reforms of the Council
of Trent. The schola will be supported by continuo played on organ and
theorbo, making for a unique and gorgeous sound. Father Peter
Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., will be the celebrant. More details are
provided HERE.
 

When I worked in Manhattan, years ago, I sometimes attended Mass at Old St. Pat's. Mulberry Street is separated by Canal Street, with China Town on the south side and Little Italy on the north. I loved walking through those streets and eating in the fine restaurants on either side! Shopping on Canal Street was a plus too! Lots of sidewalk venders. Take your pick, Lo mien or spaghetti!
 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: A Sermon by Cardinal Burke: On the Marriage of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph

New Liturgical Movement: A Sermon by Cardinal Burke: On the Marriage of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph







January 23rd is the traditional day of the feast called “The
Espousal of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph.” Although never on the
general Calendar, it was kept by many religious orders, especially those
with a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary, and on many local
calendars. On January 10th, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke celebrated a Votive Mass
of the Espousal of the Virgin in the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere
in Rome, as part of a recent conference of the Confraternity of Catholic
Clergy; this Mass was chosen because marriage and the family, and
issues related to them, were the topic of the conference. His Eminence
has very kindly allowed New Liturgical Movement to share the full text
of his sermon with our readers, for which we offer him our gratitude.
(The Scriptural readings of this Mass are Proverbs 8, 22-35, and Matthew
1, 18-21.)




 Read the sermon here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2015/01/a-sermon-by-cardinal-burke-on-marriage.html

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal « Archdiocese of Washington

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This is a great article that helped me understand some of the changes that were made to the Holy Mass in the late 60's. Click on the link below to read the whole thing.




A couple of weeks ago I wrote a
cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying,
among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the
Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of
Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:


1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican Council was called.
2. The Second Vatican Council considered many issues, of which the liturgy was only one.
The liturgical norms issued by the council were of a general nature and
contained proposals that were far more modest than the substantial
changes that happened in 1970 and beyond.
3. The Missal published in
1965 (of which I have a copy) incorporated many, if not most, of the
insights from the council. The changes included in the 1965 Missal are
more truly to be seen as those envisioned by the council
than
the far more sweeping changes incorporated in the Missal of 1970, a
Missal that was designed by a smaller consilium of liturgists and
actually surprised many of the bishops who attended the council.

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY; ST IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (107 A.D.); ST BRIGID OF IRELAND (525 A.D.)



SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY





[Commemoration]
SAINT IGNATIUS
OF ANTIOCH


Bishop and Martyr







 DOUBLE, SECOND CLASS / PURPLE

The emphasis today has ceased to be upon the joys of Christ's coming or upon the peace and wonder of possessing Him. Now the stress is on what it cost Our Lord to atone for the sins of men, on how much everyone needs His atoning death, and on what everyone can do to have a part in atoning for sin.
Every Christian without exception must enter into the warfare between Christ and Satan -- the warfare that begins to be dramatized and lived anew in these weeks.


INTROIT Ps. 17:5, 6, 7
The moaning of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell enveloped me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and from His holy temple He heard my voice.
Ps. 17:2, 3. I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my support, my refuge, and my deliverer.
V. Glory be . . .


COLLECT
O Lord, we beg You to kindly hear the prayers of Your people. We are being justly punished for our sins, but be merciful and free us for the glory of Your name. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT IGNATIUS 
Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. When Emperor Trajan tried to force the Christians of that region to worship the Roman gods, the greatest obstacle to his purpose proved to be the aged bishop of Antioch. Trajan ordered that the intrepid prelate be taken to Rome in the year 107 and then thrown to the lions in the arena. The magnificent letters Ignatius sent to several Christian communities during his journey recall the mysticism of St. Paul's Epistles. "My yearning is for death. My love has been crucified, and I am not on fire with the love of earthly things. I desire incorruptible love," he wrote.

Almight God, look upon our weakness and the heavy burden we carry because of our own deeds. Let the prayers of Your blessed martyr bishop Ignatius in heaven be our protection. Through Our Lord . . .
 
EPISTLE I Cor. 9:24-27; 10:1-5
Brethren: Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize. So run that you may obtain. And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air. But I chastise my body and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud: and all passed through the sea. And all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea: And did all eat the same spiritual food: And all drank the same spiritual drink: (And they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.) But with most of them God was not well pleased.


GRADUAL Ps. 9:10-11, 19-20
You are a helper to those in need, in time of distress. Let those who know You trust in You, O Lord, for You do not forsake those who seek You. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor shall the patience of the poor forever perish. Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail.


TRACT Ps. 129:1-4
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the prayer of Your servant. 
V
. If You, O Lord, shall mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
V. But with You there is merciful forgiveness, and because of Your law I have waited for You, O Lord.


GOSPEL Matt. 20:1-16
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable:"The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the marketplace idle. And he said to them: 'Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just.' And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: 'Why stand you here all the day idle?' They say to him: 'Because no man hath hired us.' He saith to them: 'Go ye also into my vineyard.' And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: 'Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.' When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: And they also received every man a penny. And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, Saying: 'These last have worked but one hour. and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.' But he answering said to one of them: 'friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil, because I am good?' So shall the last be first and the first last. For many are called but few chosen."


OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 91:2
It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing to Your name, O Most High.


SECRET
Accept our offerings and prayers, O Lord. Cleanse us by this heavenly rite, and in Your mercy hear our petitions. Through Our Lord . . .


Commemoration of SAINT IGNATIUS
 O Lord, graciously accept the gifts we offer You in honor of Your blessed martyr bishop Ignatius and grant us Your unending assistance through these offerings. Through Our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 30:17-18
Let Your face shine upon Your servant, and save me in Your kindness. Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I call upon You.


POSTCOMMUNION
O Lord, may the faithful be strengthened by the reception of Your Sacramental Gifts. And having received them, may they hunger after them still; and through hungering may they come constantly to be nourished by them. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT IGNATIUS
We are refreshed by the reception of Your Sacred Gift, O Lord. May the prayers of Your blessed martyr bishop Ignatius make us feel the benefit of the sacred rite we have performed. Through Our Lord . . .



Other Saints: St Brigid (451? - 525)
Virgin

She was born in 451 or 452 at Faughart, near Dundalk, in Ireland. Her name is that of the pagan goddess of fire. She converted to Christianity, inspired by the preaching of St Patrick. She founded a double monastery, of monks and nuns, at Kildare, the first women’s monastic community in Ireland, and she died there in 525. See the articles in Wikipedia and the Catholic Encyclopaedia.