Monday, March 31, 2008

Zenit: Opus Dei Opens Its Doors to Everyone

Miriam Díez i Bosch of Zenit.org has an interesting interview with the Vicar General of the personal prelature, Opus Dei, Rev. Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz. Here is a small portion of that interview:

Q: Opus Dei was born to help laypeople in their ordinary life. Are laypeople truly a part of the prelature of Opus Dei, or is the prelature only for the relatively few priests of Opus Dei?

Monsignor Ocáriz: Opus Dei was born precisely to remind everyone, both priests and laypersons, of the universal call to holiness. As [the founder] St. Josemaría taught since 1928, the fact that this call is universal and that God calls each person, means that all upright human realities -- professional work, family and social relations -- can and should be a sanctified and sanctifying reality.

As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said when the founder of Opus Dei was canonized, the message of St. Josemaría Escrivá has helped to correct an erroneous idea of sanctity, as thought it were reserved only for the "great." Sanctity means becoming a friend of God, letting the Other act, the only one who can make this world good and joyful.

The laypeople of Opus Dei, both women and men, married or single, are an integral part of the prelature, just as much as the priests who constitute its clergy. The relationship between these sacred ministers and the lay faithful is that proper to the Church.

At the same time, each layperson also belongs to the diocese where he or she lives, just like any other Catholic. As John Paul II said on a number of occasions, referring specifically to Opus Dei, the ministerial priesthood of the clergy and the common priesthood of the lay faithful are united and linked in a unity of vocation and governance to fulfill the prelature's mission of evangelization under the guidance of its prelate.
Please read the entire interview here.

Catholic Review Online: Archdiocese to mark bicentennial with special events

George Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review Online follows up his story on the Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Baltimore with a list of the special events to take place.

A special display of historical documents will be unveiled in Laubacher Hall at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Roland Park, on April 12 at 2 p.m. The exhibit will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday from April 14 through May 14.

[...]

A series of 7 p.m. lectures named in honor of America’s founding archbishop, John Carroll, will be launched April 22 at the Baltimore Basilica. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee will deliver the first lecture April 22, speaking about John Carroll. George Weigel, a Baltimore native and biographer of Pope John Paul II, who serves as a distinguished senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will speak May 12. His topic will be “Popes, power and world politics: from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI.”

Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of “The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy,” will speak about young adults and Catholicism June 9.

As part of its spring concert series, the Baltimore Basilica will present an April 13 concert by ‘An die Musik Live!’ The concert will feature works by George Frederic Handel from his time in Italy. The same group will also present a concert of music by Antonio Vivaldi June 1 at the basilica.

Read the full story here.

Ignatius Insight Scoop: The Church Betrayed? The bishops need to investigate CRS

Update: An update to this story was posted by Carl Olson on his blog on April 1st. The posted email and ensuing discussion can be found here.

The April 2008 edition of Catholic World News carries an important story by Professor Germain Grisez on CRS. Here is just a small snippet from the Carl Olson blog:

The Church never acts on her own in carrying on Jesus’ mission. Jesus is always with her when she preaches and teaches, administers the sacraments, and does charitable works. Thus, she fulfills his command to spread the Gospel and makes him really present, manifesting his love to each of his brothers and sisters in every nation until the end of time. When Catholic charitable agencies properly feed the hungry or provide health care, those who receive help meet Jesus, learn how much he offers, and are given a new opportunity—perhaps a unique one—to respond to his love and share in his kingdom.In 1943, the bishops of the United States established Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help suffering people overseas, regardless of their race, creed, or nationality. Acting faithfully as the Church’s agent, CRS served Jesus well for many years, during which its charitable works helped many suffering people experience his love, and surely helped him lead some of them all the way home.
Read the entire important story linked here
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Monasteries and Abbeys Online

I am often "searched" for the location of a particular Abbey or Monastery online (and usually within the United States). I have just located two delightful websites! Both links have been added to the Favorites Sites in the right menu!

Chiesa.com: Two stories from Sandro Magister on Magdi Cristiano Allam

  • WWW.Chiesa Online published two stories relating to the Baptism of Magdi Cristiano Allam by Sandro Magister. The first is here and the second, published today, is here.

Early Roundup - Feast of the Annunciation, March 31st, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Catholic Review Online: two stories of interest

The Catholic Review is the Archdiocesan newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The online edition carries two stories of interest:



Evening Roundup-Divine Mercy Sunday or "Low Sunday"

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WDTPRS: IMPORTANT: tracking statistics for the Extraordinary Use is neccesary

Father Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say?" has a good post today on the necessity of tracking statistics for the Extraordinary Form. Read his post here.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

New: Saint James the Greater Parish, Charles Town, WVA

I received this update from a colleague about the TLM at Saint James the Greater Parish in Charles Town, WVA:

Sarge,

We had a beautiful Easter High Mass at St. James. The Schola, although newly formed, did a marvelous job, thanks to our Liturgy and Music Director (who had worked in Rome before coming to our Parish).

The next two TLM Masses at St. James will be on:

Saturday, April 12 at 9:00 am
Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 pm

Also, EWTN is announcing to televise a TLM Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Easter. From EWTN's web site:

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
MASS IN EXTRAORDINARY FORM LIVE
2 hrs

Solemn High Mass of the Third Sunday of Easter in the Extraordinary Form. The Traditional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
4/6/2008 8:00 AM ET & 5:00 AM PT


Feedback is the life blood of any blog. Please contact me if you have information on new Masses, photos of your liturgy or any news of interest to the TLM community in our region.


WDTPRS: Mass of Ages: Ignacio Barreiro on implementing Summorum Pontificum

Father Zuhlsdorf has a long post on an article taken from the magazine,"Mass of the Ages," written by Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro. The long "point by point" discussion is well worth reading. In short, what is allowed and what is proscribed now that the TLM is again freely available?
[...] The strongest of them, and the one I have to ponder a while, is the argument that whoever wishes the principal also desires what is accessory. It seems to me that we can’t just leap to the assumption that all those old decrees and so forth from the Sacred Congregation of Rites are all revived with Summorum Pontificum or that canons in the old Code are still in force, for example obliging women to wear chapel veils, etc.
True, true...

Adoremus: Jubilate Deo Latin Chants

I am saddened that more Catholics are unaware of or do not actively support Adoremus. This site strives for beauty in our Masses and liturgy and is readily available on the web. The organization publishes a monthly newsletter and asks only for donations for support. Sadly, the questions/answers on the back page concerning routine "irregularities at Mass" or violations of the GIRMs is one of its most popular features.

I have noted "seekers" who wish to find basic Latin hymns or even a "smattering of Chant" and want to know where to find it? Well, here is a link to a vital page that is a beginning. This is to what the Second Vatican Council considered to be the barest minimum of traditional Chants and Hymns taken from the Graduale Romanum. It came to be known as the Jubilate Deo and is published here by Adoremus. Note it is linked to an MP3 format.

Here is a link to their full Table of Contents on music articles. Please join!

In the Light of the Law: Proposal: Impose excommunication for euthanasia

Dr. Edward N. Peters of In the Light of the Law puts forth the proposal that those who commit euthanasia should be excommunicated.

For some months I have been researching and writing an article on euthanasia in canon law. I hoped against hope that it might remain an academic exercise, but (to judge from, say, this report on the practice of euthanasia in Belgium) the speed with which the Western, specifically Christian, protection of innocent life is collapsing suggests that one of my projected canonical recommendations deserves an earlier hearing than appearance in a peer-reviewed journal can afford.

Simply put, I recommend that euthanasia be made an excommunicable offense under the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
I hope his proposal is given serious consideration in light of his arguments.

Update: Saint John the Baptist Parish, Front Royal, VA

I received an email with some news on a local TLM Parish, Saint John the Baptist in Front Royal, VA:

There is a very well established community in Front Royal, VA for the Traditional Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. We attend this Mass every once in a while. In addition to their Sunday Tridentine Mass at 12:30, their new Pastor, Fr. Fassano, has recently added two weekly masses: On Fridays at 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays at 8:30 am (except on 1st Saturdays). This is not in their website yet, but I called the Parish office and they confirmed this information.

Thanks for the news tip!

WDTPRS: More Curia Rumors

Father Zuhlsdorf adds more information on what appears to be some shuffling imminent within the Curia.

Early Roundup - Easter Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Latin Propers for "Low Sunday" or Missa Quasi Modo

I am indebted to the Tridentine Latin Rite Missal Project for the Latin translations. Note that only a Missal such as the Baronius (F.S.S.P. edition, Summorum Pontificum) will have all the Latin text.

This Sunday is called from the first words of the Introit, the Sunday of Quasimodo, or Sunday in Albis (deponendis), because the neophytes on that day put aside their white garments. In English the term Low Sunday is in contrast with Easter or High Sunday. Another Latin name Pascha clausum is preserved in the French: Paques closes and in the Dutch or Flemish: Beloken Pasen: close of Easter, this Sunday ending the Octave. -- Let us proclaim our faith in the risen Lord, and in His divine Presence in the Holy Eucharist.

INTROIT ¤ I. Peter 2. 2

Quasi modo geniti infantes, alleluia: rationabiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- Exsultate Deo adjutori nostro: jubilate Deo Jacob. V.: Gloria Patri . . . Quasi modo . . .

As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- (Ps. 80. 2). Rejoice to God our Helper; sing aloud to the God of Jacob. V.: Glory to the Father . . . -- As newborn babes . . .


Changes coming in two key Curial posts?

AmericanPapist:: Pope trip: Friday Mar 28 Roundup

Thomas Peters of AmericanPapist does a really nice job of gathering five stories germane to the Holy Father's visit in April. One is the story posted below from The New Liturgical Movement. Highly recommended!


Traditional Vocations Blog: Vocations and the Traditional Latin Liturgy

A new blog called Traditional Vocations Blog is now linked to the Blogroll on the right menu. The blog concentrates on vocations to both men's and women's traditional Religious Orders. One recent post featured a link to Monasteries, for example.

Have a look!

NLM: Brace yourself for the Pope's Mass in D.C.

Jeffrey Tucker of The New Liturgical Movement is not encouraged by what he has discovered...

Archdioce of Baltimore Website: Archdiocese Announces Bicentennial Events

This article was posted today on the Archdiocesan website:

Pope Benedict XVI Will Recognize Baltimore’s Anniversary During Historic Visit April 15-20



Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, unveiled the official logo and program commemorating the Premier See of Baltimore’s 200th anniversary as an Archdiocese at a press conference at the Baltimore Basilica earlier today.

The program of events kicks off the weekend preceding Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival to the United States with a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at the future site of the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, located at Charles and Franklin Streets. On Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. an exhibit commemorating the anniversary will be unveiled at St. Mary’s Seminary’s Laubacher Hall. The weekend culminates on Sunday with two events: The Anniversary Mass at the Basilica at 10:45 a.m., followed by the dedication of a bust honoring Cardinal William H. Keeler, the 14th Archbishop of Baltimore.

"The roots of the Catholic Church in the United States are deeply planted here in Baltimore," Archbishop O'Brien said. "We are so very proud of our important role in our Church’s history and look forward to celebrating this historic anniversary with the greater Baltimore community."

During his first visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will recognize the 200th anniversary of the expansion of the Catholic Church in the United States at events in Washington, D.C. and New York, culminating with a Mass at Yankee Stadium. The archbishops of Baltimore, Boston, Louisville, New York and Philadelphia will take part in the Mass.

Baltimore was established as the first Catholic diocese in the United States in 1789, serving the original 13 states. By 1804, its boundaries stretched north to Maine, west to Idaho and south to the Florida Panhandle. On April 8, 1808, Baltimore was elevated to the status of an Archdiocese, with the creation of four new dioceses: Bardstown (now Louisville), Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

Additional events include two concerts and a lecture series featuring Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee, well-known Catholic author and scholar Mr. George Weigel, and Ms. Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of "The New Faithful: Why Young Adults are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy."

The logo features the official crest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore encircled with a red and blue circular band and a sash across it. The circular band contains the text: "The Archdiocese of Baltimore Established 1789 Elevated 1808." The sash has “Bicentennial Celebration” emblazoned on it.

For more information about the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Bicentennial, visit www.archbalt.org.

For more information about Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States April 15-20, visit www.uspapalvisit.org.

National Catholic Register: Vindicated. The Courageous Man Who Saw How Faith Gave Birth to Science

Donald DeMarco has a fascinating story in the latest issue of the National Catholic Register. It is an essay on Pierre Duhem. Here is just a small snippet:

[...]

Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem was born June 10, 1861, in Paris. He distinguished himself as one of the most brilliant students ever to attend the highly prestigious Ecole Normal Supérieure. Of the 800 or so graduates in France in 1882, he was and remained throughout his years at Ecole, first in his class in the science department. His doctoral thesis on thermodynamics, unfortunately, contradicted the position of the chemist Marcelin Berthelot, who was a powerful figure in the French academic establishment at the time.

Though Duhem’s position was later vindicated, Bertholet ensured not only that the thesis would be rejected, but that Duhem would never teach in Paris. Duhem wrote another thesis, of a more mathematical nature, that three examiners accepted. But his career was permanently hampered as a result of his clash with Bertholet.

Duhem, ostracized by his own peers, never did teach in Paris. He spent the last 22 years of his life as a professor of theoretical physics at a provincial school, the University of Bordeaux. His magnum opus is his Le Système du monde: les doctrines cosmolologiques de Platon à Copernicus (The Structure of the World: Teachings on Cosmology from Plato to Copernicus).

This is an incredible story of a brilliant man. It is a MUST read!

Early Roundup - Easter Friday, March 28th, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday after Easter)

The Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of May 5, 2000, which added this title to the Sunday after Easter ("Low Sunday" or "Quasi Modo Sunday"), did not intend to leave this as an optional title. The requirements for this Feast of Divine Mercy are recounted here. Additional information can be found here on personal preparations.

It is impossible to assemble a complete listing of Parishes which have the Divine Mercy liturgy. In most cases, the Divine Mercy liturgy is held after the last Mass on Sunday and is followed by Benediction. For that purpose, you will need to go to the Parish closest to you and to see the Bulletin for this coming Sunday for times. There are Divine Mercy Sunday liturgies scheduled at most major Cathedrals including that in Washington, DC and Baltimore. The National Shrine of the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD also has a liturgy scheduled.

Evening Roundup - Easter Thursday, March 27th, 2008

NLM: Interview with Cardinal Castrillón carries some important comments

Gregor Kollmorgen of The New Liturgical Movement carries an interview from L'Osservatore Romano with Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos with some fascinating disclosures. Here is just one:

[...]

"The pope offers to the Church a treasure which is spiritual, cultural, religious and catholic. We have received letters of agreement also from prelates of the orthodox churches, from anglican and protestant faithtful. Lastly there are some priests of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X who, exceptionally, are searching to regularize their position. Some of them have already signed the formula of adhesion. We are informed that there are traditionalist lay faithful, close to the Fraternity, who have begun to frequent Masses in the older rite offered in the churches of the dioceses."
His full translation is here.

Further update: TLM Mass at Saint Lawrence Chapel in Harrisburg, PA

The TLM Mass in Saint Lawrence Chapel at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA has also been added to the menu. The Mass is celebrated each Sunday at 10:00 AM. I can find no TLM Masses in either York or Southern Lancaster County.

Another New TLM Parish added in McLean, Virginia!

After consulting the Diocese of Arlington's website under "Celebrations of the Extraordinary Form," I have added Saint John the Beloved Parish in McLean, VA which has a Solemn High Mass (or Sung Mass) each Sunday at Noon. The Parish is also linked in the TLM menu to the right.

Laus Deo!

Jimmy Akin.org: NewsWeak - "Well, That About Wraps It Up For God"

Tim Jones of "Old World Swine" posted this story on the Jimmy Akin blog. His comments are perfect:

Her problem is this; How does she expect scientists to mathematically disprove the existence of God, when they can't prove the existence of mathematics? I'm puzzled how she hopes Science will go about proving that faith is unreasonable, when it can't begin to demonstrate even that reason is reasonable. All Ms. Azpurua's faith is in Scientism, her chosen religion, and she is on the verge of a religious ecstacy, overtaken by mysterious utterances that sound a great deal like gibberish;

"At some point will it be possible to find proof that God or the Ultimate Designer does not exist?" or, "What about possible contributions toward finding a final theory? Would that upset religious believers?"

I don't care how many theories and equations you stack on one another, explain "2+2=4". For that matter, explain why "2" is not just a private concept to which you have some inexplicable sentimental attachment. Face it, madame, the first and fundamental action of Reason is an unreflective leap of blind faith. Faith in our senses, first, and in our ability to rely on reasonable guesses after that. You (and your interview guest) are as thoroughly religious, in your fashion, as any cloistered nun.

It's all about "String Theory" you see and 10 (or is it 11 dimensions?). Then, we'll show Him!

New TLM Mass location added in Virginia

I have added a new TLM Mass to the right menu. The Mass is celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Parish in Front Royal, VA on Sundays at 12:30 PM. Saint John's is in the Diocese of Arlington and it is a TLM Mass as is the one at St. Lawrence. You will find both now listed in the menu bar.

I have also specified which Masses are Latin Novus Ordo. If the Mass location does not stipulate "Latin Novus Ordo," the Mass location is celebrating the Usus Antiquior. I may have erred, but I believe the menu is accurate.

If one of the Parishes is now holding a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or if you know of one not listed, please contact me
! I am particularly interested in adding TLM Masses in West Virginia or Southern PA. I also wish to update the Saint James the Greater website when it is complete.

Early Roundup - Easter Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Two New Novus Ordo Latin Mass Locations Added to Mass Directory Menu

Tulsa World: Inside Clear Creek Monastery

I am indebted to Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement for the link to this story on Clear Creek Monastery. It is absolutely beautiful!

"By some estimates, more people have climbed Mount Everest than have slept inside these cloistered walls..."

Don't miss it!


Catholic Review Online: Chrism Mass a privileged moment

His Excellency Archbishop Edwin O'Brien has posted his homily from the Chrism Mass in his weekly column entitled, "Thoughts on Our Church," in the Catholic Review Online. Here is a part of his homily:

Good Catholic people – and I humbly address all of you and all whom you represent – deacons and consecrated sisters and brothers, seminarians and laity at every level of diocesan and parish leadership: I know that I speak for your priests, here in such impressive numbers, in expressing our thanks for your indispensible collaboration in preaching the love of Christ and promoting the life of the Church in this great Archdiocese.

And I pray that you will see in this Mass a significant opportunity to demonstrate your love and appreciation of your priests. If it be God’s will, may the intended priestly focus of this Chrism Mass stress the uniqueness of ordained priesthood and generate the graces so necessary to encourage many more priestly vocations of the kind we see here.

And to you priests – priests whom I am now privileged and humbled to call “my priests” on this sacred evening – the Liturgy says it all, or almost all. Fathers, I speak personally in thanking you for welcoming me into your midst. I want to tell you how much I treasure our bonds of fraternity, and am inspired by your priestly zeal for and commitment to our people. I depend upon your ongoing counsel and friendship and pray you will forgive my shortcomings.

As I have made pastoral visits thus far to most of the parishes in the city and in six of our nine counties, I have had the opportunity to catch just a glimpse of the work that you and those who collaborate with you do on daily basis. I have sought to listen and will continue to do so. The task of ministering to God’s people in the countless ways that you do is a monumental one. Know of my support, my gratitude, and my prayers for you and for all who work so tirelessly serving our Lord in the Church.

May the sacred oils of healing and strengthening which I will soon bless, and may the bread and wine and Chrism of sanctification which we will soon consecrate in concelebration, flow in abundance from the heart of Christ, through us, to enrich the hearts and souls of all his priestly people all through the year ahead.

Read the full homily here...

WDTPRS: Status quaestionis about liturgy by Fr. Blake

Father Zuhlsdorf has an interesting discussion going on about a post by Fr. Ray Blake of the Saint Mary Magadalen Blog. "Retro liturgy...?"

University of Maryland, College Park--Catholic Terps

One of the largest "small cities" in the state of Maryland is the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. (I don't know how often the Sitemeter read "Masses, Univ. Md., College Park"). Finally, the Catholic Terps website is up again and I have posted it on the Blogroll and Favorite Website menu to the right.

Check it out! It has a full Mass schedule and a nice activities calendar as well with links to a number of great sites. Special activities are also listed!

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, TX

I have had a number of visitors searching for information on Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. This is an "Anglican Use" Parish. By using the helpful locator of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and by stipulating "Latin" as the language, I found the Church website. The Mass schedule is here. Note the description of the Solemn High Mass for this Parish:

Worship at Our Lady of the Atonement is a spiritually enriching experience, in which the faithful are called to holiness by both the form and substance of the liturgical action.

A Solemn High Mass involves the traditional use of incense, bells, a full procession, and Sacred Music from both the traditional Latin and English Catholic heritage. The Gloria, Credo and a number of hymns are always sung by the entire congregation, encouraging active participation by the laity. Other movements such as the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei are more often reserved for the choir and organ accompaniment alone, providing an atmosphere of reverence for God which prompts an interior renewal .

Biblically based sermons are preached every Sunday, challenging the faithful to be strong and knowledgeable in their Catholic Faith. In keeping with St. Paul's command that "all things be done for edification"(1 Cor. 14:26), the readings from Holy Scripture are explained and applied to our walk as Christians in the world.

Many members of the parish are converts from different forms of Protestantism, while others have found their life-long faith renewed and strengthened. We welcome all who seek God with a pure heart to join us as we worship the God of All Creation, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The full schedule of Masses is at the bottom of the page and organized well. Perhaps you might wish to visit this vibrant Parish on your next trip to Texas? The liturgy sounds beautiful!

Saint Alphonsus Church News: Divine Mercy Sunday and A Special Mass

The Saint Alphonsus online bulletin has some news of interest from Monsignor Bastress.


On March 30th, Divine Mercy Sunday (Low Sunday), the Tridentine Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM.

Also:

Reverend Mr. Jonathan Romanoski invites you to:

His ordination on Friday, May 30th at the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Lincoln, NE

His Solemn High Mass on Sunday, June 8th, will be held at St. Alphonsus Church

Reception in our Courtyard, following the Solemn High Mass

Early Roundup - Easter Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Graduale Romanum Online

I have had numerous searches for such things as "sacred music for Lent" or "Latin hymns for Easter." This is a hard subject for me to broach as I am not a musician and I am not sure what the individual is searching for.

I suspect that a great "all around" Church hymnal for the Novus Ordo Mass is the Adoremus Hymnal. It is respected by many for fidelity and beauty. For those who wish to tackle the entire gamut of sacred music, Sancta Missa has a copy of the 1961 Graduale Romanum online for download in a PDF version of over 60 MB. That is "as good as it gets." The MusicaSacra website is probably the closest thing I can think of for being THE FIRST stop for those involved in music liturgy. It has an entire library of music available in the right menu and publishes "Sacred Music." The website includes the aforesaid Graduale Romanum with a search function.

I hope that proves helpful.
I don't know of any online resources other than those. The New Liturgical Movement is famous for covering such things as Chant, however.


Evening Roundup - Easter Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Dignare Me: Easter Vigil at St. Alphonsus, Baltimore

I am indebted to The New Liturgical Movement for pointing me to this beautiful blog, Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata. "Matthew" has a beautiful photoessay on the Easter Vigil at Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore. The celebrant was Monsignor Arthur W. Bastress. Matthew also included this comment:

For the third time in four years, I traveled up to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland for the Easter Vigil according to the 1962 Roman Missal (Traditional Latin Mass). This church is a favorite of mine, not merely because of the beautiful Gothic architecture and decoration, but also because of its connection to St. John Neumann, who was pastor there before becoming Bishop of Philadelphia. He was also consecrated a bishop in this church.
By "travel up," I assume he means from Arlington, VA which is to the south. It is a gorgeous Church as these photos show. Thanks, Matthew!

He also posts photos from the Easter Sunday Mass at Georgetown University.

Jimmy Akin.org: An Actor for All Seasons

Lest I forget, Steven D. Greydanus posted the news that the gifted British actor, Paul Scofield, has died. Mr. Scofield had many memorable roles as this post notes, but he is best known for his depiction of Saint Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, under King Henry VIII. The film was an adaptation of a stage play by Robert Bolt and Mr Scofield had played the part on stage. Mr. Greydanus reviewed the film which is listed on the Vatican's best films list.

One of my favorite lines of the film mentioned by several of those who commented is a part of an exchange between St. Thomas More and the Duke of Norfolk:

And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?
Please read the post, see the movie, and marvel at Scofield's craft in bringing this saint to life...

Early Roundup - Easter Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Black Biretta: PRIESTHOOD

Father John Trigilio who posts "The Black Biretta" has an important essay this morning about the priesthood. It is addressed to Bishops, Priests, Deacons and the laity. Here is just a small portion:
[...]

A growing concern, however, is for the orthodox, devout, parish priest who literally says the black
and does the red is that he may inadvertently neglect his spiritual NEEDS. Too many good and doctrinely sound priests and deacons burn out or become discouraged, disenchanted and disillusioned. These men have NOT lost their faith, but they are very close to losing HOPE. These men do not leave the priesthood, but they can lose their zeal and their love of what they do IF they do not take care of their own spiritual needs.

Secular progressive bishops who use a corporate business paradigm to run the diocese instill a dangerous mindset among the presbyterate. If BEING a priest becomes less important than DOING priestly things, trouble is not far behind. As B16 (and Fr Z) have pointed out, Catholicism is the religion of the great et ... et (BOTH ... AND) as opposed to the aut ... aut (EITHER ... OR). Hence, the Church needs men to BOTH BE priests AND to DO priestly things (i.e., ACT like priests).

American pragmatism has infiltrated priestly formation, both seminary and ongoing. Many priests convince themselves that they are good priests as long as they spend their entire day, week, month, year, etc., DOING priestly things. Certainly, no one can argue that men are ordained deacon, priest or bishop to serve the Church in that particular ministry. Priests are ordained to celebrate Mass, to hear confessions, to anoint the sick, to marry couples, to baptize babies, to preach and teach the truths of our faith, to solace the sick and dying, et al. YES, YES, YES. We are ordained to do these sacerdotal works of mercy (spiritual and coporal). Each priest is ordained to be an ALTER CHRISTUS so that he can act IN PERSONA CHRISTI when he administers and celebrates the Sacraments. The Sacred Liturgy is the zenith of what a priest DOES.

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This is a must read article. He is elegant in his analysis.

Monday, March 24, 2008

studiObrien: Sign of Contradiction and the New World Order

Michael D. O'Brien, the noted author of such books as "Father Elijah," has posted a fascinating essay on his website. As always, he evaluates the "mega-trends" in modern Catholic life and helps us to interpret them. Here is just a glance:

“If God is dead, then everything is permissible,” says one of the characters in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. But what if a person still believes in God and goes to church, perhaps even devotedly, yet his instinctive feelings and his choices remain those of a practical materialist? For such a person, “everything” is still permissible, but it is considered an unfortunate unavoidable necessity. Thus, he will need to find a self-justifying political philosophy, without which he could not live with himself. His philosophy may be brilliantly articulated or hardly articulate at all, but in its various degrees of sophistication it will do a common thing: It will deny that moral absolutes are authoritative in every sphere of human endeavor. He may bow to those absolutes when practiced in private life, but will negotiate them away in the realm of public life. The negotiations may be argued in sublime language, the moral questions sliced to molecular thinness, the compromises justified by impressive reasoning, but the end effect will be the same. The “liberal” and “neo-liberal,” the “conservative” and “neo-conservative” alike, will enclose the moral order of the universe in a ghetto, and he will do it in the name of freedom.
This is a must read article. It is fascinating...just as his books are fascinating!

A treasure trove for information on all things Catholic

I have just added another item to the Blogroll and Favorite Websites to the right side. The site is New Advent. It is listed in menu as a Catholic Encyclopedia but it is far, far more. New Advent is a compilation of encyclopedia, the Summa Theologica, the Church Fathers, the Douay-Rheims Holy Bible (Challoner) and a Library.

If you want to find out about the Council of Chalcedon, it is there. If you want to look up Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, a particular saint, Church history, whatever--it is here.

This is a treasure trove and I find myself browsing on it from time to time. I just wanted you to know it is here.


Afternoon Roundup - Easter Monday, March 24th, 2008

BostonHerald.com: Boys step up to altar, en Mass

Laura Crimaldi of the BostonHerald.com has a great article on the new generation of altar boys coming forward for the TLM. This is a must read!


Morning Roundup - Easter Monday, March 24th, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Catholic Review Online: Pallium pilgrimage a ‘sign of unity’

George P. Matysek, Jr. of Catholic Review Online has a summary of the upcoming trip to Rome by Archbishop Edwin O'Brien to receive his pallium. Here is a snippet from the article:

As Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien prepares to travel to Rome to receive his pallium, he views the occasion not so much as a personal honor, but as a way of celebrating what the Archdiocese of Baltimore represents.

Pope Benedict XVI will confer the pallium, a white woolen vestment worn over the chasuble, on Archbishop O’Brien June 29 at St. Peter’s Basilica.

In the Latin rite, the pallium symbolizes the office of a metropolitan archbishop. As archbishop of Baltimore, Archbishop O’Brien is the metropolitan of the Province of Baltimore, made up of the Baltimore archdiocese and the suffragan sees of the dioceses of Richmond, Va.; Wilmington, Del.; Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va.; and Arlington, Va.

“It will be a great privilege for me to represent the great people of this archdiocese,” said Archbishop O’Brien. “It’s a sign of our unity as an archdiocese with the Holy Father and with all the other archdioceses and dioceses of the world.”
See the rest of the story here for news on pilgrimages to Rome to view the conferral.

New Link Added to Blogroll: "TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS PROPERS IN ENGLISH"

A new link has been added to the "Blogroll and Favorite Websites." The site is called "TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS PROPERS IN ENGLISH." RomanCatholic Deacon hopes to post English Propers each day for the TLM. For Latin Propers, the site under construction, Tridentine Latin Rite Missal Project is still the best bet.

Hat Tip to both bloggers!

Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music: Music of Easter

This site contains music from the Vatican Easter Mass archived by the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (Vatican). This includes music from the Graduale Romanum and Graduale Simplex including the "Resurrexi."

RORATE CAELI: Motu Proprio miracles: Notre-Dame de Paris

New Catholic of RORATE CAELI has an eye-popping post: the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, has announced the return of the Usus Antiquior Mass to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris (Notre-Dame de Paris) sometime in June.

Laus Deo!

Easter Sunday Early Roundup

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Daily Mass Readings, Novus Ordo, USCCB Approved


Click on the figure to bring up the Lectionary Readings for the day!

MassTimes.org: Sunday (or Easter) Masses Worldwide

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Click the image to find Mass Times for any location in the world. Choose from ten languages plus English. The site is self explanatory.

Note: Novus Ordo Easter Masses are likely to follow the normal Sunday schedule. MassTimes.org is also to be found in the Blogroll and Favorite Menu to the right side of this window. Just scroll down.


WDTPRS: The Holy Father’s Vigil Sermon - theological starting points for liturgy, ad orientem worship

I listened to the Homily of His Holiness Pope Benedict at the Chrism Mass and I was enthralled by his thoughts. He had many "nuggets" for thought in his reflection. He ended by mentioning this sentence, "In the early Church there was a custom whereby the Bishop or the priest, after the homily, would cry out to the faithful: "Conversi ad Dominum" – turn now towards the Lord.

As many of you know, this subject of "ad orientem" worship has been discussed fairly often by Father John Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say?" He has an analysis of the Holy Father's Homily and it is a MUST read.

Gregorian Society of Baltimore

The Gregorian Society of Baltimore is dedicated to the return of the Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland and has a website called "Ad Altare Dei" ("to the altar of God"). You will find this site linked in my "Blogroll and Favorite Websites" and called "The Gregorian Society of Baltimore."

If you click on their home page, you'll find a "sign-up" link for a new TLM at Saint John's Church in Westminster, Maryland (Westminster, Maryland Latin Mass) and a "sign-up" link for the TLM in other locales within the State of Maryland (Latin Mass in Maryland).

Under "Links to Other Sites," you'll find a link to a "Yahoo Group" which will be used for information and discussion on beginning the Traditional Latin Mass at Saint John's in Westminster, MD. One must register to be included in any "Yahoo Group."

If you have information on events concerning the TLM in Maryland, my email address is listed on this blog. I am happy to post TLM news and have received reports on some interesting stories (such as the TLM now beginning at Saint James the Greater in WV).


Time for the Easter Vigil (USCCB)

Sitemeter is fascinating since the "search strings" show what people are searching for. Apparently, the term "Easter Vigil" is misunderstood since many Catholics have their routine Sunday "Vigil" Mass at 4:30 or 5:00 on Saturday.

This is taken from the USCCB website:

9. When should the Easter Vigil take place?

The Vigil, by its very nature, ought to take place at night. It is not begun before nightfall and should end before daybreak on Easter Sunday.
The celebration of the Easter Vigil takes the place of the Office of Readings. The Easter Vigil begins and ends in darkness. It is a nocturnal vigil, retaining its ancient character of vigilance, and expectation, as the Christian people await the resurrection of the Lord during the night. Fire is blessed and the paschal candle is lighted to illumine the night so that all may hear the Easter proclamation and listen to the word of God proclaimed in the Scriptures. For this reason the Service of Light takes place before the Service of the Word. Since sunset varies at different locations throughout the country, local weather stations can be consulted as to the time of sunset in the area.

Furthermore, the issue of sundown/sunset is not taken lightly. Here is a post from the Diocese of San Jose dated 2006 which takes this time issue quite literally. This is further updated for 2008. This Diocese is following the Rubrics of the Sacramentary "to the letter" which I commend. This explains why some Vigils are to be found at 7:30 or 8:00 depending on the Diocese.