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?Please read the entire interview here.
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.
Monday, March 31, 2008
A special display of historical documents will be unveiled in Laubacher Hall at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Roland Park, on April 12 at 2 p.m. The exhibit will be open from 4 to 6 p.m.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.
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.
- This site is the official Order of Saint Benedict website which has a "search form" for locating Abbeys, Monasteries and Schools.
- This site is courtesy of Dr. Deborah Vess of Georgia College and State University. It has Monasteries located worldwide categorized by Religious Order and location. It is also marvelous!
- Patrick Archbold of Creative Minority Report feels that "It's Morning Again in the Catholic Church." I have to concur on this delightful take! Don't miss the YouTube clip!
- RORATE CAELI: Ave, Sancta Dei Genitrix! Classic Rorate Caeli! The Latin Collect for the Feast of the Annunciation.
- Traditional Latin Mass Propers in English: THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Sunday, March 30, 2008
- Cindy Wooden reports that the liberalization of the Tridentine Mass is bearing fruit. The story deals with the interview of Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos to L'Osservatore Romano widely reported on traditional blogs.
- George P. Matysek, Jr. reports on a tour by Archbishop O'Brien through the Carroll County area. His Excellency praised the Eucharistic Adoration that is prominent at some parishes such as Saint John's in Westminster and called for an increase in religious vocations.
- AmericanPapist has links to two YouTube segments on Saint John Vianney Seminary produced by the seminarians themselves
- Creative Minority Report says the Vatican confirms that Muslims now outnumber Roman Catholics worldwide
- The New Liturgical Movement carries a thoughtful post on community worship and the "golden calf" as gleaned from the Holy Father's writings
- The New Liturgical Movement carries a free "Compline" program offered for reprint
- TLM (Extraordinary Form) Masses in Maryland and Surrounding States, F.S.S.P Locations, N.O. Masses, N.O. Latin Masses, Shrines, Monasteries, Abbeys, Training in the TLM, Latin Propers
- Sacred Music, Chant, Chant Libraries (MP3s and text), Hymnals for Parishes
- Vestments and Other Items Needed for the TLM Mass
- Religious Orders: Benedictines, Carmelites, Dominicans, Search Forms
The Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine; Extraordinary Form; Usus Antiquior; Missal of 1962) or Finding Regional Novus Ordo Sunday Masses
- This blog is called "Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland." What are you trying to accomplish? [Answer: I am trying to assist people searching for the Traditional Latin Mass in the greater Maryland area to find a Sunday Mass which celebrates the Usus Antiquior or Extraordinary Form].
- Which States are covered? [Presently, I cover Maryland, the D.C. suburbs, Washington, D.C. itself, Northern Virginia, some of West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania].
- Where can I find this list of Parishes on your blog? [To the upper right of this particular pane is a menu bar. All Parishes which offer the TLM (that I know of from official sources or by personal contact) are listed on this page entitled "Local TLMs"]. Just click the link to take you there.
- Could you list the F.S.S.P. Tridentine Parishes? [Yes. Just go to this site]. Don't they have a Traditional Latin Rite Calendar online linked to their seminary? [Yes. Go here.]
- Could some Masses be missing? [Yes. The most widely accepted TLM "Clearinghouse" for the entire U.S. is the Ecclesia Dei Traditional Mass Directory. This is listed in the right menu also. I have found that some Masses have not been added and some are not offered any longer in our area so my list and their list may differ. Here is a new site that I found which is pretty good!].
- What if I want to find just a "Latin Mass." Where can I find those? [The Masses I have listed in the menu stipulate "Latin (Novus Ordo) if these are NOT TLMs. If they are NOT designated as Latin (Novus Ordo), they are TLM Masses].
- I am from another State and landed here! How can I find a TLM or Latin Mass in my area? [Well, you can begin here as stated above. Also, this site is very good as well. Or, the Diocesan or Archdiocesan websites are now extremely helpful in this regard. The AD of Baltimore and most others have a searchable "language discriminator" which helps one to find a Latin or TLM Mass. The AD of Washington or the Diocese of Arlington are similar. Check YOUR local Diocesan website to see if the Masses are listed as to "language"].
- I am from another Country or Province and landed here! How can I find a TLM or Latin Mass in my area? [One of the greatest secrets in the world is the magnificent search engine at MassTimes.org. This allows one to insert a locality, and search for Masses, languages, Monasteries, Universities and so on. Try it, it is unbelievable! Under "language," be sure to stipulate 'Latin." Also, check here as well].
- I am looking for a Marian Shrine, a Monastery, an Abbey or... [Marian Shrines, go HERE! For Monasteries, Abbeys or Schools run by Religious Orders, this is a GREAT treasure which should be of great help].
- I am looking for particular sites I believe to be in Maryland such as the Marian Shrine at Emmitsburg, MD or the Basilica in Washington, D.C. [Please check here first. I also have the National Shrine of the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. both listed among other sites such as the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore].
- How can I find TLM Latin Mass Propers online? [There is no substitute for a Missal such as the Baronius or the Angelus approved editions. I do post multiple links to the Propers of the Mass from various excellent sites and use the F.S.S.P. Ordo. Check the "Twitter Feed" to find these daily Masses. The Twitter Feed is shown in the right menu or one can use the Search Box].
- What is the best site to learn about the TLM? [That will depend on what you wish to find. The F.S.S.P. is now offering a DVD set with detailed instructions for priests and seminarians. The Sancta Missa site of the St. John Cantius Society is incredible and even has the Graduale Romanum online. The EWTN Summorum Pontificum resource library is astounding. And, the Ordinary of the Mass is available from the Santa Missa site or this site from Fordham University].
- I'm a looking for a good Hymnal containing Chant for our Parish [Go here then!]
- How does one plan the Music for a Mass? [An excellent place to start is here. The New Liturgical Movement is a superb site for Sacred Music. Also, try here. This is an archive of Masses with Sacred Music]
- Do you have other links that might be helpful? [Yes! Try each of these: Here, Here and Here. They should be of great help]
- Is there an archive site for Gregorian Chant online? [Yes, the Recovering Choir Director is simply suberb. This one is fairly extensive and this one is helpful as is this one]
- Congregation de Solesmes
Mass Vestments and Other Items Needed to Initiate the Traditional Latin Mass
- Vestments, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles
- Vestments, Susan Maria Liturgical Art Studio
- Saint Bede Vestments
- Items You Will Need to Celebrate the Extraordinary Form
- Aquinas and More [Click 1962 Liturgy and Select Vestments, Missals, etc.]
Religious Orders, Monasteries and Search Forms
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Sarge,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.
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
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
[...] 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...
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!
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.I hope his proposal is given serious consideration in light of his arguments.
Simply put, I recommend that euthanasia be made an excommunicable offense under the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Thanks for the news tip!
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.
- Amy Wellborn urges us to give "props where props are due." This is a really nice story!
- The NLM reports that a Justine Ward classic, "Advanced Studies in Gregorian Chant," is back in print.
- Here are the Traditional Latin Mass Propers in English for Easter Saturday.
- Rocco Palmo of "Whispers in the Loggia" has a beautiful story on the Archdiocese of Baltimore, William Cardinal Keeler and the restoration of the Basilica of the Assumption. This is a "local" must read and especially so for history buffs!
Friday, March 28, 2008
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 . . .
Have a look!
|Pope Benedict XVI Will Recognize Baltimore’s Anniversary During Historic Visit April 15-20|
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.
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!
- Traditional Latin Mass Propers in English, Easter Friday
- WDTPRS: Eucharistic fast before the TLM - how long?
- WDTPRS: Fr. Zuhlsdorf analzyes the interview by Cardinal Castrillon given to L'Osservatore Romano--very helpful!
- The Traditional Mass in Michiana has some beautiful photos of Fr. Gabet's first Mass at Saint John the Baptist Church in South Bend, IN
Thursday, March 27, 2008
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.
- RORATE CAELI: Castrillón speaks: On the SSPX: "Discussions may take place inside the Church." (New Catholic provides more information on the story reported earlier)
- WDTPRS: Father Zuhlsdorf responds to an earlier post today on "Shouts in the Piazza" concerning Confession on Good Friday by Fr. Selvester
[...]His full translation is here.
"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."
It's all about "String Theory" you see and 10 (or is it 11 dimensions?). Then, we'll show Him!
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.
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.
- Traditional Latin Propers in English, Easter Thursday
- The New Liturgical Movement: Church for Juventutem Celebrations during World Youth Day in Sydney announced
- RORATE CAELI: Brussels--From Merovingian to Mohammedan
- Charlotte Was Both: Is the Easter Vigil too long? (Amy doesn't think it is up for a vote!)
- WDTPRS: How do Americans view the Pope and the Church?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"By some estimates, more people have climbed Mount Everest than have slept inside these cloistered walls..."
Don't miss it!
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...
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!
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.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!
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.
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
- Traditional Latin Mass Propers in English for Easter Wednesday
- WDTPRS: Cistercian monks of Holy Cross sign Major Record Contract to Sing Gregorian Chant
- WDTPRS: Saint Dismas, the Good Thief
- AmericanPapist: New Legionary of Christ Director Meets with Pope
- Shouts in the Piazza: Benedictine Ain't the Word for It
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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.
- Amy Wellborn of Charlotte Was Both has an excellent post linked to the Papa Ratzinger Forum on the length of time it takes for faithful translations of the Holy Father's communications to happen. Teresa Benedetta is on a roll!
- Shawn Tribe of the New Liturgical Movement announces a Solemn High Mass to be televised on EWTN scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of Easter (April 6th).
- My good friend at DC Catholic posts a piece from someone at Georgetown University concerning the Pope's visit.
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.
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...
[...]This is a must read article. He is elegant in his analysis.
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.
Monday, March 24, 2008
“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!
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.
- Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement has a "point-counterpoint" article of an exchange between Fr. Pierre-Marie Gy, O.P. and Cardinal Ratzinger on The Spirit of the Liturgy!
- Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement has the first of many photoessays he will be posting from the Octave. Today's photos are from Saint John Cantius.
- Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report has a disturbing story of an abortionist who does "very late term abortions" who spoke at an NEA Conference and was applauded! The details are pretty disturbing!
- Amy Wellborn of Charlotte Was Both does a really nice essay on Pope Benedict, "Man of Mystery" and the befuddlement of the "main stream press." It's a delightful read!
- Patrick Archbold of the Creative Minority Report has a post in which "Bishop Williamson Responds." This refers to his earlier post on the Bishop which created "discussion."
- Father Selvester of "Shouts in the Piazza" (who was a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a time before going to Rome, by the way) loves the Papal mozetta which has returned for the Octave of Easter!
- The English Propers for Easter Monday from the TLM are to be found here.
- Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement has a historical photoessay of the Usus Antiquior celebrated by Pope Paul VI.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
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.See the rest of the story here for news on pilgrimages to Rome to view the conferral.
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.”
Hat Tip to both bloggers!
- Thomas Peters of the AmericanPapist has a link to the AP text of the Holy Father's "Urbi et Orbe" address.
- Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement has a link to the F.S.S.P.'s Easter Vigil from Rome.
- Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement re-caps highlights of the Triduum from Rome looking in terms of a liturgial perspective.
- Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report decries the attacks on Christian beliefs at this time of year. This year, the subject is "The Papacy is a Sham." Christ warned us of this stuff...
Saturday, March 22, 2008
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
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.
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).
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.