Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ecclesia Dei Clarification on the Liturgies and Rituals of Religious Orders

Recently, Catholic blogs have been reporting various clarifications from the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in regards to questions pertinent to the Extraordinary Form. It has all been good news, right? In fact, we found out last year that motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was extended to another Western Rite- The Abrosian Rite. But what about the rites and liturgical variations of religious orders and secular orders attached to them prior to the conciliar reforms? In late 2008, we received word that PCED allowed a community of Trappists in Germany to return to their rule of life and liturgical observance of the Cistercian liturgical books before 1965.

Recently, a letter was written to PCED asking if it was possible utilize the liturgical variations that were particular to a certain religious order as it was used before it adopted the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. In the same letter, the question was asked if it would be possible to use the ritual in use up to 1962 for the secular (third) order which is part of that same religious order.

For now, the name of the order will be omitted for reasons which our readers will likely understand.

Here is the text of the letter written to PCED with the necessary editions:

_____________________________

September 20, 2009



His Eminence
William Joseph Card. Levada
President of the Pontifical Commision “Ecclesia Dei”
Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio
00120 Vatican City


Your Eminence,

..........................

I would like to know if it is permissible use the ritual of the Third Order as it existed in 1962.

I would also like to know if priests of the order are permitted to use the Missal and Breviary proper to the Order as they existed in 1962.

Thank you for taking the time to receive my inquiries and I can assure you of my prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Sorrows as I await Your Eminence’s response.


______________________________

Here is the letter containing the response from PCED:



The question remains; what happens to those who wish to return to the liturgical traditions of their respective orders in which the superiors are opposed? What was unique about the Trappists in Germany that resulted in them being allowed to return to their own liturgical traditions through the intercession of Ecclesia Dei? According to this letter, members and communities of religious and secular orders that once enjoyed their own liturgical books, rituals and variations find themselves unaided by Summorum Pontificum.

As a reminder, the religious orders in the Western Church that had their own liturgical books before the conciliar reforms are:

Franciscans
Dominicans
Carmelites
Servites
Norbertines
Benedictines
Carthusians
Cistertians

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Traditional CATHOLIC Way of Celebrating Hallowe'en

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This evening is the eve of the Feast of All Saints (All Hallows). I've seen many good suggestions for to reclaim the evening as a a Catholic observance. I make the following suggestions:

Utilize the prayers of spiritual warfare that are approved by the Church as found in places such as the Raccolta and the Handbook of Indulgences. Especially prayers to St. Michael the Archangel Breastplate of St. Patrick and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

Pray for the souls of the faithful departed. Ghosts have appeared to saints and popes asking for their intercession. Let's not wait for them to ask us to pray for them! Ask Our Lady of Sorrows to intercede for them too.

In a world that is filled with empty lucky charms, supersitions, occult practices such as Wicca and fortune-telling. Learn more and talk with others about the sacramentals of the Church as found in the Rituale Romanum all of which bring us closer to God through their faithful use:

Holy water, blessed salt, blessed herbs, fruit and grains (which if blessed on the Assumption protect against spells of witches) - candles, blessed flowers, images of Our Lord and the saints, fire, incense, gold, blessed linen, blessed wine, waters and oils blessed waters, medals, rosaries, chaplets, cinctures, scapulars, ashes, palms and olive branches (to name a few).

Many people in the world today do not believe that evil exists, let alone those who do not believe that God exists. All Hallows Eve has a way in secular culture of having people think about these realities even if it is through such a fantastic means such as haunted houses and scary costumes. Also on this night, neo-pagans practice their ritual Sabats and cast spells with the barbaric ideas that this is the one night that the dead spirits are free to roam the earth. The ancient Celts and neo-pagans today call it Samhain. Talk with others about the reality and Catholic perspective of Hell, the devil, witchcraft and spells, evil and demons and how to avoid all of these things through faith.

Don't forget that the Church has also given lay catholics some rituals to uses as sacramentals in the Book of Blessings and Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (USCCB).

From the Liturgy


http://www.twb.catholic.edu.au/reled/all_saints_day.jpg

In understanding the Catholic history of All Hallows Eve, it is necessary to know that it was not an over-write of a pagan holiday. We read in the Martyrology of the Extraordinary Form for November 1:

The Festival of All the Saints, which Pope Boniface IV instituted in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy martyrs, after he had dedicated the temple called the Pantheon on May 13, and ordered to be celebrated annually in the City of Rome. But Gregory IV decreed later that the same festival, which was already celebrated in different ways in various Churches, should be solemnly observed on this day in the Universal Church for ever in honour of all the saints.

How many people realize that there is an official Hallowe'en liturgy of the Church? There is in the Divine Office; first vespers of the Feast of All Saints. Pray it with your friends and family and celebrate All Hallows Eve the authentically Catholic way:

Ad I Vesperas In Festo Omnium Sanctorum


V. Deus, in adiutorium meum intende.

R. Domine, ad adiuvandum me festina.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

Alleluia.


Antiphona I

Vidi turbam magnam, * quam dinumerare nemo poterat, ex omnibus gentibus stantes ante thronum.


Psalmus 109

Dixit Dominus Domino meo: * Sede a dextris meis:

Donec ponam inimicos tuos * scabellum pedum tuorum.

Virgam virtutis tuæ emittet Dominus ex Sion: * dominare in medio inimicorum tuorum.

Tecum principium in die virtutis tuæ in splendoribus sanctorum: * ex utero, ante luciferum, genui te.

Iuravit Dominus, et non pœnitebit eum: * Tu es sacerdos in æternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech.

Dominus a dextris tuis; * confregit in die iræ suæ reges.

Iudicabit in nationibus, implebit ruinas; * conquassabit capita in terra multorum.

De torrente in via bibet; * propterea exaltabit caput.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Antiphona I

Vidi turbam magnam, quam dinumerare nemo poterat, ex omnibus gentibus stantes ante thronum.


Antiphona II

Et omnes Angeli * stabant in circuitu throni, et ceciderunt in conspectu throni in facies suas et adoraverunt Deum.


Psalmus 110

Confitebor tibi, Domine, in toto corde meo, * in consilio iustorum, et congregatione.

Magna opera Domini: * exquisita in omnes voluntates eius.

Confessio et magnificentia opus eius, * et iustitia eius manet in sæculum sæculi.

Memoriam fecit mirabilium suorum, misericors et miserator Dominus: * escam dedit timentibus se.

Memor erit in sæculum testamenti sui: * virtutem operum suorum annuntiabit populo suo:

Ut det illis hæreditatem gentium: * opera manuum eius veritas et iudicium.

Fidelia omnia mandata eius, * confirmata in sæculum sæculi, facta in veritate et æquitate.

Redemptionem misit populo suo; * mandavit in æternum testamentum suum.

Sanctum et terribile nomen eius: * initium sapientiæ timor Domini.

Intellectus bonus omnibus facientibus eum: * laudatio eius manet in sæculum sæculi.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Antiphona II

Et omnes Angeli stabant in circuitu throni, et ceciderunt in conspectu throni in facies suas et adoraverunt Deum.


Antiphona III

Redemisti nos, * Domine Deus, in sanguine tuo ex omni tribu et lingua et populo et natione, et fecisti nos Deo nostro regnum.


Psalmus 111

Beatus vir qui timet Dominum: * in mandatis eius volet nimis.

Potens in terra erit semen eius; * generatio rectorum benedicetur.

Gloria et divitiæ in domo eius, * et iustitia eius manet in sæculum sæculi.

Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis: * misericors, et miserator, et iustus.

Iucundus homo qui miseretur et commodat; disponet sermones suos in iudicio: * quia in æternum non commovebitur.

In memoria æterna erit iustus; * ab auditione mala non timebit.

Paratum cor eius sperare in Domino, confirmatum est cor eius; * non commovebitur donec despiciat inimicos suos.

Dispersit, dedit pauperibus; iustitia eius manet in sæculum sæculi: * cornu eius exaltabitur in gloria.

Peccator videbit, et irascetur; dentibus suis fremet et tabescet: * desiderium peccatorum peribit.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Antiphona III

Redemisti nos, Domine Deus, in sanguine tuo ex omni tribu et lingua et populo et natione, et fecisti nos Deo nostro regnum.


Antiphona IV

Benedicite Dominum, * omnes electi eius: agite dies lætitiæ, et confitemini illi.


Psalmus 112

Laudate, pueri, Dominum; * laudate nomen Domini.

Sit nomen Domini benedictum * ex hoc nunc et usque in sæculum.

A solis ortu usque ad occasum * laudabile nomen Domini.

Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus, * et super cælos gloria eius.

Quis sicut Dominus Deus noster, qui in altis habitat, * et humilia respicit in cælo et in terra?

Suscitans a terra inopem, * et de stercore erigens pauperem:

Ut collocet eum cum principibus, * cum principibus populi sui.

Qui habitare facit sterilem in domo, * matrem filiorum lætantem.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Antiphona IV

Benedicite Dominum, omnes electi eius: agite dies lætitiæ, et confitemini illi.


Antiphona V

Hymnus * omnibus Sanctis eius: filiis Israël, populo appropinquanti sibi: gloria hæc est omnibus Sanctis eius.


Psalmus 116

Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes; * laudate eum, omnes populi.

Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia eius, * et veritas Domini manet in æternum.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Antiphona V

Hymnus omnibus Sanctis eius: filiis Israël, populo appropinquanti sibi: gloria hæc est omnibus Sanctis eius.


Capitulum

Apocalypsis Beati Joannis Apostoli 7: 2-3

Ecce ego Ioannes vidi alterum Angelum ascendentem ab ortu solis, habentem ab ortu solis, habentem signum Dei vivi; et clamavit voce magna quatuor Angelis, quibus datum est nocere terræ et mari, dicens: Nolite nocere terræ et mari neque arboribus, quoadusque signemus servos Dei nostri in frontibus eorum.

R. Deo gratias.



Hymnus

Placare, Christe, servulis,
Quibus Patris clementiam
Tuæ ad tribunal gratiæ
Patrona Virgo postulat.


Et vos, beata per novem
Distincta gyros agmina,
Antiqua cum præsentibus,
Futura damna pellite.


Apostoli cum Vatibus,
Apud severum Iudicem
Veris reorum fletibus
Exposcite indulgentiam.


Vos, purpurati Martyres,
Vos, candidati præmio
Confessionis, exsules
Vocate nos in patriam.


Chorea casta Virginum,
Et quos eremus incolas
Transmisit atris, cælitum
Locate nos in sedibus.


Auferte gentem perfidam
Credentium de finibus,
Ut unus omnes unicum
Ovile nos Pastor regat.


Deo Patri sit gloria,
Natoque Patris unico,
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sempiterna sæcula.


Amen.


Versus

V. Lætamini in Domino et exsultate, iusti.

R. Et gloriamini, omnes recti corde.


Ad Magnificat Antiphona

Angeli, * Archangeli, Throni et Dominationes, Principatus et Potestates, Virtutes cælorum, Cherubim atque Seraphim, Patriarch&aeilg; et Propetæ, sancti legis Doctores, Apostoli, omnes Christi Martyres, sancti Confessores, Virgines Domini, Anachoritæ, Sanctique omnes, intercedite pro nobis.


Canticum Beatæ Mariæ Virginis

Magnificat * anima mea Dominum.

Et exsultavit spiritus meus: * in Deo, salutari meo.

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillæ suæ: * ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

Quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est: * (Fit reverentia) et sanctum nomen eius.

Et misericordia eius, a progenie in progenies: * timentibus eum.

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo: * dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.

Deposuit potentes de sede: * et exaltavit humiles.

Esurientes implevit bonis: * et divites dimisit inanes.

Suscepit Israël puerum suum: * recordatus misericordiæ suæ.

Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros: * Abraham, et semini eius in sæcula.


Gloria Patri, et Filio, * et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Ad Magnificat Antiphona

Angeli, Archangeli, Throni et Dominationes, Principatus et Potestates, Virtutes cælorum, Cherubim atque Seraphim, Patriarch&aeilg; et Propetæ, sancti legis Doctores, Apostoli, omnes Christi Martyres, sancti Confessores, Virgines Domini, Anachoritæ, Sanctique omnes, intercedite pro nobis.


V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

Vel, in choro aut in communi:

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.


Oratio

Oremus.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui nos omnium Sanctorum tuorum merita sub una tribuisti celebritate venerari: quæsumus; ut desideratam nobis tuæ propitiationis abundantiam, multiplicatis intercessoribus, largiaris. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


Commemoratio Ad I Vesperas Dominica XX post Pentecosten

Ad Magnificat Antiphona

Vidi Dominum sedentem super solium excelsum, et plena erat omnis terra maiestate eius: et ea, quæ sub ipso erant, replebant templum.


Versus

V. Vespertina oratio ascendat ad te, Domine.

R. Et descendat super nos misericordia tua.


Oratio

Oremus.

Deus, refugium nostrum, et virtus: adesto piis Ecclesiæ tuæ precibus, auctor ipse pietatis, et præsta; ut, quod fideliter petimus, efficaciter consequamur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Amen.


V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

Vel, in choro aut in communi:

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.


V. Benedicamus Domino.

R. Deo gratias.

V. Fidelium animæ per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.

R. Amen.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

What Concord?







2 Corinthians Chapter 6:14-18:

Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: And I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Something tells me that the preceding passage will NOT be read at the upcoming Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. If some of these suggestions are implemented no doubt the road to Hell will be much broader leading from the steps of the parish Church to the gates of the wat.

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-inculturation-and-liturgical.html

Monday, May 18, 2009

St. Joseph's Catholic Church Jacksonville: New Home of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass)



Add one more church to the list of churches that offer the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Jacksonville, FL. Of the three churches in Jacksonville that offer the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, St. Joseph's Catholic Church (http://www.stjosephsjax.org/) will be the second diocesan church offering the ancient rite on the first and third Sunday of each month beginning in June in the historic church that's over 100 years old. Coincidentally, the church is adjacent to the diocesan Catholic Center (chancery offices). This is certainly a happy and blessed homecoming. Thank you Fr. Cody and all of those who have prayed so fervently for this intention! Here is the text of the Sunday bulletin in which this announcment was made to the parish (http://www3.catholicweb.com/bulletins/56784/may-17-2009.pdf) :

TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

The Traditional Latin mass will return to St. Joseph's on Trinity Sunday, June 7th, after an absence of more than 40 years. The Mass will be celebrated in our Historic Church on the first and third Sundays of each month at 11 a.m. by Father Darius Sleszynski. This traditional (Tridentine Mass) was never abolished after Vatican II and is now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It was recently made more available by Pope Benedict XVI as the alternative to the Novus Ordo (the Ordinary Form). There is no change in the schedule at St. Joseph's of the Novus Ordo in English and both forms satisfy the Sunday obligation.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Adult Education Meeting at St. Joseph's Parish in Jacksonville on the Two Forms of the Roman Rite




You may recall the disaster that was the public forum on the topic of the motu proprio here in Jacksonville, FL (Diocese of St. Augustine) in 2007. The same parish that sponsored the forum will now be graciously hosing an event to educate people on the differences between the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

http://www3.catholicweb.com/bulletins/56784/feb-15-2009.pdf

ADULT EDUCATION: THE NOVUS ORDO AND THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

The Adult Education Ministry will meet on Monday, February 23rd, at 7PM in the Cody Center. The topic is "The Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo- The Two Forms of the Roman Rite."

The alternative form of the Mass is now more widely available as a result of Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio (2007) to those who prefer the ancient usage. The two forms of the Roman Rite are: the Ordinary Form (the Mass of Paul VI, 1969) in English or Latin, and the Extraordinary Form (known as the Mass of John XXIII, the Traditional (Tridentine) Mass, in Latin only.

The basic differences and principal features will be contrasted in terms of prayers, music, vestments, mood, and rubrics. Both forms are equal, mutually enriching, and fulfill the Sunday obligation. "There is certainly a difference of emphasis, but a single fundamental identity that excludes any contradition or antagonism between a renewed liturgy and the preceding liturgy," Pope Benedict XVI. Come and enjoy a lively discussion.

Sunday, February 1, 2009