Wednesday, May 29, 2013

THIS SUNDAY'S SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRIST, THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, AT SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH WE WILL BE IN SYNC WITH THE HOLY FATHER'S SOLEMN EXPOSITION AND ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT! WILL YOUR PARISH???????

Yes, Virginia, this is a Saint Joseph Church Sunday Ordinary Form Mass at 12:10 PM:

SOLEMN PROCESSION AND EXPOSITION AND ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT FOR CORPUS CHRISTI:


Since Fr. Dawid, our parochial vicar is on vacation, and I am alone with four Sunday Masses as is, we will not have our normal 2:00 PM Extraordinary Form of the Mass which normally is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.

However, our 12:10 PM Mass which is now celebrated ad orientem (for the past year) just for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, will be a hybrid of Latin and English.

Our Men's Schola will chant the official Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons and the Kyrie will be in Greek, followed by the Jubilatio Deo Gloria. The Gradual is chanted in Latin will substitute for the Responsorial Psalm and the schola will chant the short version of the Sequence in Gregorian Chant.

The Credo #3, Santus (Orbis Factor), Pater Noster and Agnus Dei will be chanted in Latin. The rest of the Mass will be in English. The Introductory and Concluding Rites are at the chair, the Liturgy of the Eucharist Ad Orientem.

Following both the 9:30 AM and 12:10 PM Mass and after the Prayer after Holy Communion, we will have an "in-church" Eucharistic procession with the Sacred Host in the monstrance. Afterward the Most Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the altar for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration from 10:45 to 11:45 and then after the 12:10 PM Mass until 4:30 PM when Solemn Exposition will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Beginning this Sunday we are asking parishioners each and every Sunday to maintain sacred silence in the church proper before Mass (as we already do,) but now after Mass also. We are asking people to respect the House of God as a House of Prayer and Contemplation, one of the few places in the world where silence is expected. We ask that people visit each other outside or in our social hall after Mass.

The Solemn Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament following our 9:30 AM Mass should coincide with the Holy Father's worldwide Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica which is 6 hours ahead of us. So when it is 5:00 PM there when it begins, it will be will be 11:00 AM here and thus we will be in sync with the Holy Father's wishes during this Year of Faith in fact beating him by a few minutes!

20 comments:

Marc said...

Isn't Corpus Christi tomorrow in Rome?

This morning's VIS said they wouldn't broadcast tomorrow because of it...

Nice changes, by the way. Silence after Mass will be a very welcome change for your parishioners, I'm sure.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

It is on Thursday, but the Year of Faith Solemn Exposition is on Sunday evening and they are asking every Cathedral in the world to participate and as you know many think St. Joesph Church is a suburb cathedral. Of course for some churches this adoration would be falling during Mass time, in fact, we will be concluding the Holy Communion portion of the Mass and preparing for Solemn Exposition after the Holy Father has begun his.

Marc said...

Oh, I see. The Year of Faith celebration slipped past my attention. And I take this opportunity to again state that transferred Feast days are a terrible thing - if the Pope is universal bishop, shouldn't we celebrate the feasts on the same day he does.

I think "Diocese of Macon" has a nice ring to it. If you keep converting all the Protestants in the middle Georgia area there at St. Joseph, maybe it'll come to fruition.

Henry said...

Marc, the New Order suffers from fuzzy thinking in liturgical matters. Transferal of a feast from one day to another literally makes no sense. For instance, it's literally non-sensical to say that the 40th day after Easter (the Ascension) is now the 43rd day (the following Sunday). Not to speak of the alleged USCCB staff proposal one year to transfer Holy Thursday to the following Sunday.

However it's perfectly legitimate under the TLM rubrics to celebrate the Mass of Corpus Christi as an external solemnity on the following Sunday for the benefit of the people who could not otherwise attend it. Indeed, in 1885 Pope Leo XIII gave a U.S. indult to this effect (and still in effect). And the Sacred Heart by a specific rubric can be celebrated as an external solemnity on the Sunday following its proper Friday. In the case of Sunday-only TLM communities, these external solemnities are of great benefit to the faithful who would otherwise be deprived of these great Masses.

But the feast itself remains on its proper date, no ifs, ands, buts, the EF Feast of Corpus Christi is the Thursday following Trinity Sunday, period. For instance, one who says the 1962 Divine Office says tomorrow (Thursday) the great office of Corpus Christi composed by St. Thomas Aquinas even if he only attends the Mass of Corpus Christi this Sunday, and a TLM priest says tomorrow the Mass of Corpus Christi, even if he repeats it as an external solemnity on Sunday.

Pater Ignotus said...

The pope is not "Universal Bishop" and diocesan bishops are not merely extensions of the papal office, either.

Marc said...

Yes, good point, Henry. I'd forgotten about that. Isn't it rather complicated in that the priest's office is affected as well? I remember reading about that, but have forgotten now.

I've even been to such transferred feasts before. In fact, one of my two visits to an SSPX chapel was on a transferred feast day! I don't recall the circumstances of that other than it was particularly transferred beside the relationship between the archdiocese of Atlanta and the particular feast day in the 1962 Missal. And it happened at an ICRSS oratory I visited too when their dedication feast was transferred.

My memory is starting to go out on me. I'm going to have to give up the fight because I can't remember anything anymore! But, both occurred some time ago...

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

But the pope is the Universal Pastor (bishop?) and the bishops in union with him, and not independently, form the Magisterium and the College of bishops. I'm not sure what PI is saying here in terms of his heterodoxy?

Marc said...

The pope has immediate episcopal authority over every person. Hence, he is universal bishop.

I never claimed individual bishops were merely extensions of the papal office as that is clearly incorrect according to Vatican I, which goes out of its way to clarify that point.

Carol H. said...

The Bishops swear loyalty to the Pope, not the other way around. The Pope likes things to be kept simple and this is about as simple as it gets.

Pater Ignotus said...

Good Father - The pope is not "universal bishop." He may well be "universal pastor," but you should know the difference between bishop and pastor...

If you don't, you'll fall into heterodoxy real fast.

Henry said...

Marc, I would assume that the Masses you mention in an SSPX chapel and an ICRSS oratory were NOT of transferred feasts--there being NO SUCH THING in the traditional rite--but instead Masses celebrated as "external solemnities" on days other their proper feast days (which remain as such, Mass and Office). Nothing complicated about it--feasts simply CANNOT be transferred in the traditional rite.

The distinction is between a feast--which includes the Office and Mass and any devotions proper to the feast, the totality of its observance and spirituality--and the Mass prescribed for that feast.

The Mass (alone) of any 1st class feast can--under conditions prescribed in 1962 rubrics 356-361--be celebrated as an "external solemnity" for the good of the faithful on another day which it outranks. There is nothing exotic about this, so long as it is not confused with the nonsensical concept of transferring the feast itself (with all it entails in addition to its Mass) to another day.

Of course, most Catholics identify the feastday with its Mass, but the Mass is time-wise only a rather small part for one who observes feasts in their liturgical entirety, such as a priest or religious under obedience or a layman who voluntarily says the entire Office daily.

Marc said...

Thank you, Henry. You have now sufficiently jogged my memory about external solemnities. That is, indeed, what happened. And you have filled in my memory gap about the office on such days!

I'm too young to be losing my mind, but alas...

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

When the Vatican uses the term "pastors of the Church" this refers to bishops. Bishops are pastors of the Church, and thus the terms are interchangeable and the pope is the universal bishop. I rest my case.

Marc said...

You know, I just remembered I was at an FSSP parish in Virginia last year for the external solemnity of Corpus Christi... There was a procession and everything! I can't believe I forgot that too...

I was joking about my memory before, but now I'm legitimately concerned.

Carol H. said...

Marc,

Maybe it is because you didn't take 30 days vacation!

Gene said...

Idle Thoughts of a Priest

I really, really wishop,
That I could be a Bishop.
I'd get things done much faster
Than I can as just a Pastor.
And do I dare to hope,
That one day I might be Pope?
I'd really throw a rope
Around those silly Cardinals
And their ideas that are for the birds...

qwikness said...

What happened to the procession outside? That was cooly Catholic.

Pater Ignotus said...

Good Father, If the terms are interchangeable, then you are the bishop of St. Joseph parish.

I rest my case.

Marc said...

Carol, you are absolutely correct!

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I rest my case PI, I am the bishop of Saint Joseph Cathedral and I have a lovely cathedra!