Saturday, February 25, 2012


On Monday, March 19th at 7:00 PM for our Patronal Feast of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the combined choirs of Saint Joseph Church will sing the Schubert Mass in G as a Solemn Sung (High) Mass in the Ordinary Form with the following enrichment from the Extraordinary Form:

1. The Propers including the Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons chanted in Latin
2. The Confiteor in English ad orientem
3. The Collect, Prayer over the Offerings, Preface and Prayer After Holy Communion chanted in English
4. The Liturgy of the Word with chanted English Epistle and Latin Gradual and chanted English Gospel at the ambo
5. The Second Eucharistic Prayer chanted in English
6. The Pater Noster chanted in Latin
7. The Mass celebrated Ad Orientem

Then on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 PM, for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred) the combined choirs of Saint Joseph Church will again Sing the Schubert Mass in G as an Extraordinary Form Solemn Sung High Mass with deacon and sub deacon.

This is the Gloria of this Mass (at the end are the other parts that will be sung, Kyrie,Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus
Agnus Dei):

MY COMMENT: Be there or be square, not to be missed!


Templar said...

I confess I am most eagerly awaiting the "extraordinary" way in which Father shall deliver the OF Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph.

pinanv525 said...

Me, too, Templar. I have already put people on notice that I will be unavailable on the 19th and that they will all probably burn in Hell if they do not also attend this Mass.

Gregorian Mass said...

Ad Orientem Mass should be used in every Church. Allowing one Mass per Sunday Versus Populum could be used as an instructional Mass so people could attend, if they really need this, and see what goes on at the Altar with a frontal view. After a few times attending the Versus Populum Mass and once they have "gotten it" they could return to the other Masses on the schedule being fully equipped with the knowledge with what goes on and participate fully in Mass said Ad Orientem. Use Versus Populum Masses as an educational tool. AO will return the atmosphere to a much more Sacred one and many other abuses and/or inopportune gestures and expressions of a Priest will dissappear once AO returns. So many other things will just fix themselves without the need for legislation. In fact the legislation is there. Just read the GIRM and you will see it directs the Priest to turn around and face the people in several parts during the Mass, because it is assumed that he is facing East, or towards God, not the people.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Gregorian, #299 of the General instruction of the Roman Missal states rather clearly and succinctly:
"The altar should be built separate from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible..."

I have no problem with ad orientem, but the preference in the missal is not that, so the missal's preference should be changed, but we shouldn't change the norm until the Holy Father changes the missal. I don't think that will happen any time soon, but I could be wrong.

Henry Edwards said...

Of course you know, Fr. McDonald, that the version you cite is a deliberately incorrect English translation of the Latin original GIRM 299. In short, what the Latin says is that a free-standing altar is preferable where possible, NOT that Mass versus populum is preferable where possible.

Fortunately the dicastery in whose purview the interpretation lies, has answered the question. On 25 September 2000 the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments issued a clarification (Prot. No. 2036/00/L) regarding no. 299 in the new Latin GIRM. That clarification says:

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has been asked whether the expression in no. 299 of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani constitutes a norm according to which the position of the priest versus absidem [facing the apse] is to be excluded. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, after mature reflection and in light of liturgical precedents, responds:

“Negatively, and in accordance with the following explanation.

“The explanation includes different elements which must be taken into account. First, the word expedit does not constitute a strict obligation but a suggestion that refers to the construction of the altar a pariete sejunctum (detached from the wall). It does not require, for example, that existing altars be pulled away from the wall. The phrase ubi possibile sit (where it is possible) refers to, for example, the topography of the place, the availability of space, the artistic value of the existing altar, the sensibility of the people participating in the celebrations in a particular church, etc.”

+wordphan said...

I am champing at the bit; St. Joseph Cathedral, I mean, Church, will make the "extraordinary" exceedingly exceptional! <><