Saturday, March 31, 2012

THE UNREFORMED MASS IN ALL ITS SPLENDOR, THE APEX OF ORGANIC DEVELOPMENT BEFORE IT WAS SMASHED AND ON EASTER SUNDAY AT 1:00 PM OUR MEN'S SCHOLA WILL SING A REFORM OF THE REFORM, ORDINARY FORM LATIN HIGH MASS CELEBRATED AD ORIENTEM!

Once again, many thanks to Dr.Buck Melton for taking these grand pictures of our Solemn Sung EF Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with our combined choirs once again singing Shubert's Mass in G.

The vestment I'm wearing was a Christmas gift to me about 15 years ago. It comes from Mexico and had the maniple, burse and veil. I wondered why in the world anyone would give me a gift like this as I didn't particularly like Roman vestments and knew that I would never wear it, use the burse or veil and certianly never wear the maniple. God confounds the proud!


Heads up, on Easter Sunday at 1:00 PM, we will celebrate a High Latin Mass as a reform of the reform of the Ordinary Form Mass. Our men's schola will chant the Gregorian Propers and the Gregorian Chants of the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Santus, Mysterium Fidei, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei. I will chant the Gospel in English. The Responsorial Psalm will be replaced with the Latin Gradual for Easter Day and the Sequence will be chanted in Latin after the second reading and prior to the normal singing of the Gospel Allelua, with English verse.
The Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons will be chanted in Latin according to the EF form. The Asperges will be chanted in the EF form but as a prelude to the actual Ordinary Form Mass, with the Vidi Aquam chanted by the schola. I will say the Roman Canon in Latin, but chant beginning with the Epiclesis through the institution narratives. (By the way I have a 2003 Ordinary Form Latin Missal). However, the Collect, Prayer over the Offerings, Preface and Post Communion Prayers will be chanted in English from the 2012 Missal. Oh, and the Mass will be ad orientem. All the greetings and preface dialogue will be in Latin but the Confiteor and Lord I am not worthy will be in English. Be there or be square!

Asperges Me...
Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
Father Dawid refused to kiss my hand! Such insolence
At least he bows to me as parochial vicars should!
The Kyrie
The Gloria
The Collect
Father Dawid Chanting the Gospel in impeccable Latin and Roman style!
The Credo
Deacon Dawid, I mean Fr. Dawid preparing the altar, why does he have a nicer alb than me?
Ecce Agnus Dei
The Last Gospel










6 comments:

Joseph Johnson said...

Now, if only more priests in our Diocese would take the time to learn and offer the EF. You have admitted the effect it has had on you, Father. Just think of the effect it could have on your brother priests and on the laity. Think of how its effect could foster vocations and help engage and retain young people . . .

To help bring this about, maybe our Bishop should do as some other bishops have done and have a workshop to train his priests to celebrate the EF, maybe as a part of the priests' retreat. Maybe some of our local priests (like yourself, Fr. Firmin, Fr. Dawid) could put in on or, maybe,
the Bishop could have a priest from St. John Cantius (in Chicago) or an FSSP priest come in to do a workshop.

Such a workshop would not only serve a practical need--it would also be a strong signal that it's now "OK" to offer the EF in our Diocese. I fear that we are still in that mode where, for most, to like the EF is considered "extreme" and is "bad" for a priest's "career." This needs to change!

By the way, I like the vestment! You just need an alb more like Fr. Dawid's and you also need a biretta!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely sublime.

Seeker said...

Simply awesome. We are Blessed.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, please Father, BUY SOME BIRETTAS. That would complete this. And a nice lacey alb.

Templar said...

Joseph, the FSSP at Mableton are more than willing to come and do work shops at Diocesan Parishes. If you ever find a Parish Priest interested or at least willing to permit it, you should contact them and arrange it.

father, my youngest daughter positively LOVES that Vestment. She wishes there were more Marian Feasts since she knows she will get to see the Vestment on those days. Whoever gave you that gift 15 years ago clearly had more clairvoyance than thee :)

Gene W. (formerly Pin) said...

It is a marvelous vestment. Please continue to bless us by such acts of devotion and liturgical passion.