PLEASE GO TO THE COMMENTS SECTION FOR A BLOW BY BLOW DESCRIPTION OF THIS EXQUISITE AD ORIENTEM REQUIEM WITH HOLY COMMUNION DISTRIBUTED TO KNEELING COMMUNICANTS AT THE FULL LENGTH OF THE GLORIOUS ALTAR RAILING! I AM SURE EVENTUALLY THIS MASS WILL BE PLACED ON YOU TUBE AND I WILL POST IT. IT IS A TEMPLATE FOR HOW AN ORDINARY FORM REQUIEM CAN AND SHOULD BE CELEBRATED!!!! AS WELL THE FIXED PARTS OF THE MASS ARE IN LATIN TO INCLUDE THE PROPER PROPERS. THIS IS AS IT SHOULD BE UNIVERSALLY BUT WE NEED BACKBONE TO RECOVER THIS BY RUBRICS!
I am running live comments now in the comment section of what is proving to be a stunning and truly Requiem for Mother Mary Angelica with Archbishop Charles Chaput. As I type this there is a beautiful chanted Proper Introit that is now shifted to Faure's Requiem Introit,just stunning!
AND THE ORDINARY FORM MASS IS AD ORIENTEM!!!!!!
Go to comment section for updates from me as the Mass progresses and I will eventually update this for the whole summary of what is a truly stunning Ordinary Form Ad Orientem Requiem!!!!!
Unfortunately no black vestments. The body had been received a few days ago at the monastery chapel, so no greeting and sprinkling with Holy Water.
Confiteor is then said with a traditional Kyrie chanted (which should never ever be omitted from the requiem (Kyrie that is).
So many bishops present for this AD ORIENTEM MASS! I hope they learn from this how exquisite it is to celebrate the OF like this and allow EWTN to televise Ad Orientem Masses once again--they were forced to turn to the congregation many years ago.
The First Reading is proclaimed from the Epistle Side Ambo!
Missed chance to chant the proper Gradual and Tract, but very exquisite chanted Responsorial Psalm chanted in English to a Gregorian Chant mode!
I have never liked the "bird's eye" or "God's eye" view of Mother's chapel--camera in the ceiling looking down.
Gospel Acclamation is Alleluia. Of course it is the Octave of Easter, but it would have been better for the Gospel Acclamation to have been non-Alleluia for Requiem, meaning that there could have easily been the Tract followed by the Dies Irae. But chanting is exquisite and if only all Requiems in the OF were like this!
The conclusion of all readings is a chanted "Verbum Domini" with the "Deo Gratia" according to the proper chant for the various readings. The Gospel was read from the Gospel Side Ambo!!!!!
Franciscan Priest preaching the homily. Would have preferred Archbishop Chaput. Missed his name, but everyone would be familiar with this priest.
Oh, just learned that during the Easter Octave, you can't pray the Office of the Dead and that omits the Alleluias.
I suspect too that at least in the Ordinary Form but maybe in the EF also, that black vestments can't be used during the Easter Octave, Friday in the Octave of Easter. Maybe John Nolan can fill us in...
Homily is good but too many anecdotes about Mother Angelica. I prefer Fr. Scalia's stunning homily for his dad that in no way eulogized him.
Six candles (don't appear to be bleached) flank Mother's casket with Paschal Candle at the head. No reason not to bring back the 6 candles!
No cardinals present! What's up with that. Cardinal Denardo should have at least been there.
Universal Prayer concluded. Ad Orientem Altar prepared with offerings--no offerings presentation (presentation of the Gifts).
Offertory Chant I think is the proper chant. Lovely setting!
I think the Offertory Chant is Farure's as well. I love Farue's Requiem!
Ad Orientem for the Liturgy of the Eucharist makes all the difference in the world and in the hereafter! Stunning, just stunning!
Archbishop Chaput checking ad orientem (he didn't know the camera is face on to him, the card he has for the Latin Orate Fratres.
The older longer Offertory Prayers would have been better as the Offertory Chant is long and the Archbishop is waiting for it to be concluded. Did I say the choir is spectacular?
MC holds card for Archbishop for the Orate Fratres which he says facing the people.
Only the main concelebrants flank the Archbishop. The other concelebrants stand at their places not behind the Archbishop. The Archbishop doesn't chant and his Latin is not too good. He turns to the congregation for the Preface Dialogue in Latin.
Will the communicants receive Holy Communion kneeling at the altar railing--stay tuned.
Roman Canon is prayed!
The Prayers of the Mass prayed ad orientem make clear that this is a priestly prayer to God by the power of the Holy Spirit (Jesus of course is the High Priest in this priestly prayer of which the ordain priests are merely a sacramental sign)
Beautiful high elevation of the newly consecrated Sacred Host with bells and incense!
Beautiful high elevation of the newly consecrated Precious Blood with bells and incense!
Pater Noster in Latin--lovely!
Will there be a sign of Peace, not often offered at EWTN Masses.....?.....Pax Domini si semper vobiscum... et cum spiritu tuo! AND NO SIGN OF PEACE IF OFFERED!
Faure's Agnus Dei, so lovely...beautiful, long but very contemplative...Archbishop faces congregation for "Ecce Agnus Dei"
Will Holy Communion be at the altar railing as we wait in hopeful expectation.....?
The altar railing, the extension of the altar itself, is prepared for communicants to kneel and receive. They have the altar cloth for the railing--not sure what this is called, but communicants are suppose to hold it up as they receive to advert particles from host falling on ground.
Proper Communion Antiphon chanted.
COMMUNICANTS APPROACH ALTAR RAILING TO KNEEL AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION!
OH WHAT A PITY, CATHOLICS WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO APPROACH THE ALTAR RAILING TO FILL IN, WHAT A LOSS OF OUR LITURGICAL PATRIMONY, BUT WITH SOME COAXING THEY ARE LEARNING HOW TO DO IT.
ARCHBISHOP VIGANO DISTRIBUTING HOLY COMMUNION TO KNEELING CATHOLICS!
So many priests witnessing Holy Communion being distributed at the altar railing, so many! Will they be converted and model it back at thier parishes. How many are watching this funeral near and far who are seeing this and saying, why did we abandon this?
LET'S MAKE THIS CLEAR--THE HOLY COMMUNION PROCESSION IS A TWO WAY PROCESSION, COMMUNICANTS APPROACHING THE ALTAR RAILING AS THEY AWAIT THE LORD TO APPROACH THEM WITH THE GREATEST GIFT WE RECEIVE AT HOLY COMMUNION, THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST! JESUS PROCESSION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, LIKE THE PRIEST CARRYING THE MONSTRANCE AT A CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION!!!!
Papal Nuncio reads words of condolences from Pope Francis.
And now we have come to The Final Commendation. Proper Chant after the Introduction in Latin Gregorian while Archbishop incenses the body of Mother after sprinkling with Easter Water first.
The Recessional in In Paradisum in Latin Gregorian Chant, so simple, so dignified, so liturgical!
After In Paradisium as the procession continues to depart, Faure's Requiem In Paradisum is sung--absolutely hauntingly beautiful and a tear jerker!
Mother Angelica is smiling!
PROCESSION TO THE PLACE OF COMMITTAL--PRIVATE! MOTHER WILL BE INTERRED IN THE CRYPT OF THE CHURCH WHERE MOTHER'S MOTHER WHO WAS A NUN TOO IS INTERRED.
BLACK BUNTING ON THE OUTSIDE DOORS OF THE CHURCH.
DIES IRAE FROM FAURE'S REQUIEM NOW BEING SUNG--BEAUTIFUL!
WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!
No cardinals.... hmm.... Could it be because she had falsely accused their brother cardinal of heresy?
I was lucky enough to watch almost this entire Mass! I was so full of joy at actually experiencing this absolutely exquisite Ad Orientem Mass! It brought me back to the beautiful TLM that I was lucky enough to grow up with until I was a young teen. Until they RIPPED OUT all the beautiful Communion Rails, Celebrants facing the people and not Our Lord, and started herding us up to receive Our Precious Lord in our hands, and generally watered down the beautiful Mass until it was almost an empty shell, not to mention the sometimes circus like atmosphere of the 'New Mass' in some Parishes. This Mass made me cry with joy. The Celebrant actually facing east as Mother has always wanted and actually FOUGHT FOR albeit unsuccessfully. I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Mother surely surely was orchestrating the entire Mass. Such a beautiful Mass I have not seen in almost 50 years.
One detail I was not aware of, however, was that Communicants are supposed to hold up the cloth covering the rail so no precious particles be lost? I always thought that was what the paten (sp?) that they used to hold under your chin was for. You learn something new every day, eh? Thank you Fr. for your insight and for your happy excitement for this magnificent Mass. I can tell you a lot of us are just as happy.
I think it is a housling cloth. Our ARS takes care of them.
Anonymous, was it false?
Mother's mother, who was a nun too....??
I, too, was able to watch the entire Mass even though I was keeping my young grandchildren, so had a few distractions. It was absolutely beautiful, and I am so glad they allowed it to be ad orientem. My daughter (raised in the 80's and 90's) came in during Communion and was struck by the reverence as well as efficiency of receiving Holy Communion kneeling and at the altar rail.
We just have lost so much, I agree completely with TLM. We must be about the same age!
Beautiful! I had planned to drive there this morning but the storms kept me home.
I've heard that Pope Francis believes that she went straight to heaven. I believe so too, but I continue to offer up my sufferings for the repose of her soul. I've learned from Mother not to be guilty of the sin of presumption. I now pray for her canonization and I ask for her intercession. I thank God for creating such a beautiful soul, and I thank Mother for teaching me what it means to be Catholic.
A beautiful Mass for a beautiful soul. Mother Angelica, rest in peace!
Anon at 3:27,
Mother Angelica brought her mother to Alabama to cook for the sisters. She later decided to join the order. Many people don't know that St. Clare's mother also joined her daughter's order as well. St. Clare is the patroness of television, and Mother Angelica founded the largest Catholic television network in the world. They are very connected.
Mass will be replayed tonight (April 1) on EWTN at 7 pm Eastern Time, 6 pm Central.
May the Good Lord inspire all churches to do this! I agree, the presence of bishops here is a ... hopeful sign.
I would think that possibly one would be able to buy a CD of the Mass at some point. I will tell you, I cannot get enough of that Mass. The NO Masses in my area are absolutely skeletons of what they should be.
These bishops had to have experienced a "Catholic moment" today which should have some effect on their thinking about Liturgy. The banal stuff most of them have been serving up the past 50 years hasn't worked. Who knows, maybe some of them will go home tonight and dust off their copies of the Conciliar documents to read what Sacrosanctum Concilium actually said about the Liturgy, rather than continue to rely on the left-wing loon liturgical establishment.
I wasn't able to watch the Mass (had an appointment this morning) and have been searching for the video online - but it's not out there yet.
Some priests and brothers from my parish, St. John Cantius in Chicago, were at Mother Angelica's Mass to sing and assist. Oh, how proud I am to be associated with them! And if you say the singing was outstanding, well, this is what happens each week at Mass where I attend (except, of course, for the Low Mass on Sunday morning). Even their Masses in the Ordinary Form use chant and the propers of the day. So I can guarantee the choices for the sung parts were all as the rubrics direct, because the priests and brothers at St. John Cantius don't do it any other way.
I've been present at a Traditional Latin Funeral Mass at St. John Cantius, and they use black candles and black vestments. However, one thing bad about it (at least the one I attended), is that the people in the pews were mystified, even with a Mass booklet to follow, as to what to do or what was going on. They sat through the whole Mass (except when asked to stand for the Gospel)!!! So the beauty seemed lost on them.
Anyway, thanks for your running commentary on the funeral Mass, Father. I can't wait to be able to watch it, and look forward to you posting it. God bless you.
The shot of the vulture wafting above the church right before the Pie Jesu began.....
Bishop emeritus Foley was one of the concelebrants.
He was the then bishop of Birmingham who issued a decree prohibiting priests in his diocese from celebrating Mass ad orientem, which resulted in the EWTN televised Masses to be celebrated ad populum.
Now, we see him there con-celebrating a televised Mass ad orientem!
Mother Angelica must be smiling.
No cardinals present. And some form letter signed by an under secretary working in the Vatican. Francis calls people all over the world and writes letters to everyone. He couldn't even bring himself to sign a letter with his own hand for such a great woman. Well I guess since Mother wasn't a member of the LCWR she didn't rate an acknowledgment of any depth. A one second "shout out" in a crowed square from a distance is all she got. Even that Italian politician who performed 10,000 abortions got more gratitude from this pope. A scandal. I mean ANOTHER scandal.
A PDF of the beautiful booklet for this Mass is posted:
Though the music was exceptional, this Mass was not so different in form and substance from the typical sung Mass at the Shrine--ad orientem, Latinate, smells and bells, communion on the tongue kneeling at the altar rail, etc. It's too bad that a properly celebrated OF Mass seems stunning to so many ordinary Catholics viewing it.
The Novus Ordo would seem to presume that at Funeral Masses the Alleluia is sung before the Gospel outside of Lent; in fact the rubrics are the same as in any other Mass. The Mass and Office of the Dead may not be used on the Sundays of Eastertide but are not prohibited during the Octave (this also applies to the EF, although the vestment colour should be black).
If it is decided to replace the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation of the Lectionary with the chants of the Graduale Romanum, there is a choice of six for the Gradual, five for the Alleluia which includes 'Ego vos elegi' for priests and religious, and four for the Tract. Using the 'traditional' chants of course means singing the Tract 'Absolve, Domine' outside of Lent and adding the Sequence. This would be decidedly incongruous with white vestments, despite the fact that they are normative in US dioceses. But it is equally incongruous to wear white vestments in Lent when the rubrics require that the Alleluia be dropped. As with many features of modern liturgy, one gets the impression that things have not been properly thought out.
Interesting that the MC was Fr Michael Weston from the Basicalla of the National Shrine in DC. I imagine a connection of Raymond Arroyo possibly?? I hope he takes this liturgy and music back to the shrine!!!
Are there any photos of Mother Angelica's funeral Mass which show Archbishop Chaput celebrating ad orientem? OR was that forbidden so faithful Catholics are not aware of this?
A couple of photos:
Anonymous, many thanks for sharing the photos!
(During the Roman Canon, EP I)
(Bishops distributing communion at altar rail)
(During the Roman Canon, EP I)
(Bishops distributing communion at altar rail)
EWTN video of funeral Mass now posted:
(scroll down to video thumbnail at top left)
Some screen shots:
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