Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Yes, Virginia, this is an Ordinary Form Mass at St. Joseph and this Sunday's 12:10 PM Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist will be this way:

Because I am all by myself this summer with two of my parochial vicars living it up in their homelands of Ghana and Poland renewing work visas,(so they say) I haven't been able to celebrate the monthly 2:00 PM EF Sung High Mass, but don't despair.

This Sunday, June 24th is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and is one of the rare saint's feasts that is maintained on Sunday when it falls on a Sunday. This just points to the importance of Saint John the Baptist as heralding Jesus Christ.

Our EF Men's Schola will sing our 12:10 PM Ordinary Form Mass but singing the chanted parts of the Mass in Latin for the Asperges (done as a prelude to the Mass rather than as a part of the Mass and thus in the EF form). Then the Latin EF Introit will be sung for the incensation of the altar, the Mass of the Angels Kyrie after the English Confiteor and the Jubilato Deo Gloria.

The schola will chant the offertory antiphon in Latin after the Credo is Sung in Latin using the Jubilato Deo Credo. The Sanctus will be the Orbis Factor setting.

The Introductory Rite and Concluding Rite will be celebrated at the chair, but the Liturgy of the Eucharist will be ad orientem.

Apart from the chanted parts of the Schola, the Mass will be in English.

Be there or be square! (Oh, and for the "Fortnight of Freedom" that our bishops are asking us to observe from June 21 to July 4th) we are praying the Leonine Prayers following the blessing and dismissal of all our weekday and Sunday Masses these two weeks. It doesn't get any better than that!


Templar said...

What an awesome Birthday gift that will be. Father, I'm honored, but now everyone will want one for their Birthdays :)

ytc said...


Anonymous said...

Enjoy your Happy Birthday gift Templar....but I can top you.

I get the EF Requiem Mass on All Soul's Day. So there!
A funeral Mass for my birthday...can't beat that.

Try not covet...;-)


Andrew Berrigan said...

This is terrific news! That's not our usual Mass time (come to think of it, I'm not sure we have one), but we'll be making the trek out to Macon attend this Mass.

While I was traveling, I had the opportunity to attend Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Alabama. This may have already been discussed on your blog, but I'll talk about it anyway as I found the experience so moving. In all the pews were booklets entitled "The Mass of Vatican II.". That alone clued me into the fact that I was attending an OF Mass. As it turned out though, the Mass was celebrated in a way that to me wasn't exactly typical (though I'm of the mind it should be!).

The Mass was chanted with parts in Latin and parts in English. Much of the Mass was celebrated ad orientem (in fact, I think all of OF parts that logically could be celebrated ad orientem were). Everyone in the congregation who received communion did so kneeling at the altar rail. It was a wonderful experience!

By the way, sorry we didn't get a chance to say hi at Mass last Sunday. I tried to catch you afterwards, but I went to the wrong entrance. Look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Henry Edwards said...


"The Mass of Vatican II booklet features Latin texts of the Church's Liturgy, but it also includes an unofficial English translation as an aid to understanding the Latin. The Latin prayers and responses of the booklet require no special permission to be used in the Liturgy--they are the already-approved Latin text of the Mass."

Contains only EP I (the Roman Canon)

"This booklet is entitled The Mass of Vatican II because it contains the Novus Ordo Missae as promulgated by Pope Paul II on Holy Thursday, 1969--but in the form clearly envisioned by the Fathers of the Council in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosantum Concilium)."

Henry Edwards said...

"That alone clued me into the fact that I was attending an OF Mass."

The last time I visited Mother Angelica's Shrine, after the largely Latin ad orientem OF Mass, I heard an elderly visitor outside say (essentially) ... I always loved the old Latin Mass, it's so good to see it again.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Henry, I've had many people over the years when I've celebrated the OF Mass in Latin, say that to me, that they thought it was the old Mass of their "youth." This past Easter, one of our Masses was an OF Latin Mass facing Ad Orientem and with the EF's Rite of Sprinkling as a prelude to the Mass. I had several parishioners who had not yet attended a true EF Mass say that they really loved this Mass that they hadn't been to since childhood! Cardinal Ratzinger said the same about the OF Mass celebrated in Latin Ad Orientem that the typical lay person would not be able to tell the difference and that there is more differences between various OF Mass in the vernacular than the EF and OF in Latin!