Archive | December, 2013

Gifts In The Octave Of Christmas

31 Dec

The 8AM Mass was offered at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills. The Gospel Reading was the same as it was on Sunday, 12/29/13 during the Tridentine Latin Mass of The Roman Missal of 1962. Usually the Gospel Reading of the Monday Morning Mass is the same one I hear on Sunday.
My Most Dear of Friends was present. After Mass which includes the Miraculous Medal Devotions, I met her outside of Church. We exchanged Christmas Gifts.
As she is a devout Convert, I gave her a copy of Dr. Scott Hahn’s Book, “Rome Sweet Home.” She likes Scott Hahn. She gave me a most interesting Catholic Book, “AmChurch Comes Out.” Paul Likoudis, Editor of “The Wanderer”, writes about Homosexuality being protected & pushed by various Bishops, who range from Naive to Gay & Apostate. We thanked each other.
The Book is intriguing. I can’t put it down.
It is a Matter Of Faith To Defend.
Even if She & I are The Only Ones Defending The Faith, It Will Be Done, but There Will also be Others Defending The Faith as well.

Happy New Year!
Gloria In Excelcis Deo!
Kyrie Elaison!

M

My Smartphone Is Proof That You Need Not Spend A Small Fortune

30 Dec

Why am I Writing this article? Perhaps you can save some beer money with it.
Funny, but it took an Owned/Operated Sprint Subsidiary called Virgin Mobile to bring Smartphones to the public without usurious rates. The same can also be said for that other Sprint Subsidiary called Boost Mobile. One can actually be useful & productive, using Android & now the iPhone on Virgin Mobile, without breaking the bank.

Have you ever seen those Two Year Contract Plans on AT&T or Verizon Wireless? If anything when dealing with these two behemoths, you are dealing with two outfits who, together as a monopoly, used to be The Bell Telephone Company, formerly known as AT&T. You think that you are getting a good plan until you see all of the extra fees you will pay such as the MTA Tax, The Universal Service charge, Sales Taxes. It saves no one anything. At least T Mobile only does yearly contracts. But when you can pay $35+Sales Tax for 300 Minutes plus unlimited data & text messaging, call it a bargain because you will text more than talk anyway. And since you have a Smartphone for a great price, the web is at your fingertips. Plus if you have Google Drive & Google Docs, you have a nice, small mobile office. And, of course, there is email.  You don’t need a Blackberry to do this.

T-Mobile has a Subsidiary called Metro PCS, with Reasonable Rates. T-Mobile also has good prepaid plans, month to month, though not as reasonable as on Sprint’s Virgin Mobile, but T Mobile has the larger network.

Why sign a contract? You actually pay more in the long run. That Contract is really no bargain. And if service sucks, you are stuck for the length of that contract.

It may be time to cut that cord.

M

A Traditional Latin Mass Gag Watch Phrase For MMXIV(2014)

29 Dec

“No NO” is our Gag Watch Phrase. NO is “Novus Ordo.” “No” simply means what it says.

Got That?

M

Closing 2013 & Opening MMXIV

29 Dec

I will close 2013 at Our Lady of Mercy R C Church at 5PM Mass(Ordinary Form), as the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God is celebrated.
I will open MMXIV at 9AM with The Feast of The Circumcision in The Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962, at St. John’s Cemetery Chapel.

Bonne Annee!
Happy New Year!
Gloria In Excelcis Deo!

M

1/1/MMXIV Feast Of The Circumcision(Octave Of Christmas)

29 Dec

Fifty Years after this Tridentine Latin Mass of the 1962 Roman Missal was the Ordinary Form of The Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass on this day in 1964, well it is now the Extraordinary Form & will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 AD, at 9AM at St. John’s Cemetery Chapel at 80-01 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Queens, NY, with the Chapel being inside of the Cemetery, just past the Administration Building.

There is more to New Years Day than a Secular Holiday. It is The Octave of Christmas & The Feast of The Circumcision, when The Christ Child was presented in The Temple. Now, in The Ordinary Form of Mass for this day, it is called The Solemnity Of Mary Mother Of God. The Gospel Reading is The Same in both Masses. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!

Gloria In Excelcis Deo!

M

One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church Has Many Churches

29 Dec

I am not talking about a number of erected edifices. Rather, The One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, is composed of various Ancient Traditions in many lands. I realize that for most readers, when you think of the Catholic Church, most of you think only about your local Latin(Roman) Rite Parishes. Then, again, the Latin Rite Parishes are the most visible Parishes in The Church.
I live in a two Diocese City called New York. I am in the smaller in area, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. In case you ever land at JFK or LaGuardia Airports, you land in the Brooklyn Diocese. It is composed of the Boroughs of Brooklyn & Queens.  The Brooklyn Diocese has an incredibly diverse population. And, yes, there are Catholics of the Eastern Traditions here. You often don’t think about it or hear much about these traditions.

Be prepared for a bit of a shock. For those of you in The Roman Rite in The Ordinary Form of the Mass, do not expect to jut your hands out to receive Holy Communion in the Byzantine Rite. You will be spotted as a Latin Novus Ordo Type from a mile away. I recently went to Ukrainian Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy, across the River in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The term in the Byzantine Rite is Divine Liturgy. The Byzantine Rite is the Rite of Constantinople & is Greek. The Parish called St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, comes under The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT. An Eparchy is the Byzantine way of saying Diocese.  It is on East 7th Street by 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, just across the street from a certain landmark called Mc Sorley’s Ale House.
This Parish does not have Clown Masses, so common to You Tube. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will not be making any guest appearances.  The Divine Liturgy is a Solemn & Majestic Occasion.
I went to a Divine Liturgy there. It was in English at 4PM. It was a Sung/Chanted Liturgy of the 23rd Sunday After Pentecost, according to the Julian Calendar. This is while at the Tridentine  Latin Mass which I go to & which I was at earlier in the day, that Mass was not only on the Gregorian Calendar, but it was the 1st Sunday of Advent and follows the Tridentine Latin Mass of The Roman Missal of 1962.
Like The Traditional Latin Mass, this is as if one is communing with Heaven. Both Liturgies are Trancendant Experiences.
But, back to the Divine Liturgy, as for those of The Latin Rite Novus Ordo Liturgy, this is different from what you are used to. Here, instead of a Table Altar, the Priest faces East.  Instead of Statues, there are icons.  Instead of syrupy muzak which my Most Dear Friend used to call Treacle, which she has downgraded to Vomit, prayers of this Liturgy are sung as what the prayer says & not some jazzed up version of Half English/Half Latin Agnus Dei(which I call Gagorian Chant, as one wants to barf after hearing it sung). The Human Voice is the only instrument used, not an organ, nor Guitar, nor Tambourines.
The Priest prepares the Eucharist on a Table of Preparation. He takes leavened bread & breaks it into pieces which he places in the Ciborium. He takes wine & pours it into the ciborium. This is behind the door and next to the altar. This is actually the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. He then comes out from behind the door & makes the Sign of The Cross with The Holy Book of The Divine Liturgy.
When one makes the Sign of The Cross, one Signs The Forehead, then the chest & then takes the right hand for Holy Spirit, going from Right Shoulder to Left Shoulder. This is the Eastern Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Way of doing & praying the Sign Of The Cross. Please note that the Byzantine Divine Lityrgy of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil The Martyr & St. James, are celebrated in both the Eastern Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Churches.
What are called Antiphons, those of the Latin Rite Novus Ordo Mass will recognize as Prayers of The Faithful. These are chanted. One you will recognize as the Doxology of The Lord’s Prayer, which is “For Thine is The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory, Forever & Ever”.
Now, when receiving The Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity Of Jesus Christ, you will stand in line. But, The Holy Eucharist is distributed by Priest & or Deacon, via Holy Communion Spoon. Just tip your head back. The Priest and Deacon will drop the Holy Communion into your mouth. The spoon never touches your lips. Priest or Deacon prays a small ejaculatuon as you receive Holy Communion. Make the Sign of The Cross & return to your pew. You will have received The Body and Blood of Christ.
There are several genuflections during The Divine Liturgy.
Note that the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church had Divine Liturgy in Local Languages before Vatican II.
As these Byzantine Rite Liturgies may actually be older than the Latin Liturgy, I am of the Belief that both Novus Ordo & Traditional Latin Mass Catholics of The Roman Rite will leave with a feeling that there is more to The Church than just their own Liturgical Practices.  They will go home with a sense of Awe. They will appreciate that in all this diversity, That The One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church is Truly ONE.

Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!

Gloria In Excelcis Deo!

M

Watch “AndroMedia Video Edit App Test” on YouTube

29 Dec