Archive | November, 2014

I Missed the “Misdirected Mass of A Short Time”

30 Nov

Instead, this morning, I went to “The Mass of All Time”(Tridentine Latin Mass), complete with Gregorian Chant, Glorious Hymns, Incense and Solid Preaching. It might make Mark Shea itch, but it was a packed house at St John’s Chapel, Middle Village, Queens.

I wasn’t in the mood for such Camp “Favorites” such as “All Are Welcome Except Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara” and  “Come & Have A Beer On Us”, as this is music that may cause old dogs to howl, setting off car alarms or inspire the local constabulary to call the Parish with the threat of sending a Special Terrorist Task Force.
The Contemporary and Contemptuous Music, Stuff which a Most Dear Friend has called “Vomit”, no doubt was given an Imprimatur by some Archbishop being hidden in some obscure Dicastery in The Vatican, with The name of Howard Cardinal Stern, whose favourite “Gagorian Chant” is “Wow” & Ecclesiastical Coat of Arms reads, allegedly in Latin, “Bababuis.”

Worship of The Lord and Beauty go together and are blessed by One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. So what are these Elements of Beauty and Where are they?
Beauty Attracts While Mediocrity Repels.

M

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1967-The 1st Guitars Are Played At Mass

30 Nov

It was 1967 & The Vietnam War was in full stride. The Tridentine Form Mass in Vulgar Tongue was in use. In fact, everything went to Vulgar Tongue in 1967, except for the Solemn High Mass. In some Parishes, Tables were being used as Altars.
So when I went into the 7th Grade in September, 1967, there were further changes on the Horizon. Two Nuns donned the 1st Novus Ordo Habits. Religion became a mixture of Sociology and Political Science. And at Mass on Sunday, the 1st Guitars were Strummed. The “I, Mine, Me” Muzak reached into The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass in the Roman Rite. Welcome to the World of “The Greenwich Village Coffee House”, only that the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass was the Saving Grace, as this so called “Folk Music” was syrupy dreck. Stately Hymns such as “O Sacrament Most Holy” & “Humbly We Adore Thee”, were being replaced with “Kumbaya”, “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Sons Of God, Hear His Holy Word”(Which was the 1st Quasi Folk Song to imply that the Novus Ordo Mass was coming, Table and All). And the Music was mostly “I Love Me.”
With the absence of the haunting silence during the Offertory and Consecration, here came the guitars. It was Preparation for what lie ahead, on Sunday, November 30th, 1969.
Then came the New Mass with Abridged Prayers, New Prayers and Modern, more syrupy Music. Fewer people came to Mass. Mass Schedules were cut at Parishes. Lines for The Sacrament of Penance were short. The young people, by and large, stopped going to Mass.

But with the Return of The Tridentine Latin Mass, young people started coming to Mass again.

Ahhh, But, Hope Springs Eternal!

Deo Gratias!

M

In The Double Liturgical Anniversary Weekend Pt II

29 Nov

On Saturday, November 29th, 1969, or back when the NY Jets and The Mets played at Shea Stadium, the Last Tridentine Form Mass was offered in Vulgar Tongues. By this time, the Folk and Hootenanny Masses, had begun assaulting Catholic Eardrums, which infuriated a certain NYC Firefighter named Arnold, who likened these Liturgies to something far less than Sacred(And In Retrospect, he was most certainly right about that, even likening these Liturgies to both a Circus and a Zoo). Some people likened Arnold to an old grump. But, I will say that Arnold in Brooklyn, was a Prophet in this regard. Things would get worse with Time.
On Sunday, November 30th, 1969, the “Misdirected Mass of A Short Time”,”Missae Paulum VI”(Novus Ordo Missae)made its’ Debut in Parishes, with People asking if they had stumbled into the Local Episcopalian  “Broad Church” Parish. No longer would the Priest be facing East, at least not in the Roman Rite. And the Folk and Hootenanny Masses came along for The “Novus Ordo Adventure.”
The Tridentine Latin Mass had gone underground, so to speak, being offered by certain Priests with Faculties to offer “The Mass of All Time”, where there was Prayerful Silence, instead of loud noise. Gregorian Chant was replaced by, what I call “Gagorian Chant”(Music which would cause for longer lines at Toilets where one may deposit their food from Nausea).

This is WHAT disappeared from the Tridentine Form Mass:
Reverence, Silence and Roman Catholic Form;
Since WHEN Did the Priest become a “Presider”or “President of The Assembly”? I, myself used to preside at Knights of Columbus Council Meetings as Grand Knight, which made me a “Presider”, or “President of The Assembly”, but since I did not graduate from The Seminary for The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, I was unable to “Preside” at “The Memorial Of The Lord”, called “The Lord’s Supper”, or Mass, which is what the Modernist “Novus Ordians” were calling “The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass”, equating it with The Liturgies of The(Invalidly Ordained) Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodist Ministers, Six of whom were Consultants with Modernist Jesuits and an Apostate, Reputed Freemason called Archbishop Hannibal Bugnini.

The Prayers at The Foot of The Altar were eliminated. The Confitior was said Collectively, following the Lutheran Liturgical Form, with ONE reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary & Two to the Congregation, with no specified Names of Saints and this prayer is only an Option. The Gloria is offered only on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The Prayers of The Faithful are offered at Every Mass.The Offertory Prayers are drawn from the Jewish Books called The Talmud, constituting a mere offering of bread and wine without any Propitiary Prayers of anticipating the Sacrifice, which are offered for the Faithful, both Living and Dead. The Canon of The Mass(Consecration), was edited, with “Mystery of Faith”, which the Priest prayed quietly, to signify the Miracle of Transubstantiation, moved to signify an Antiphon by St. Paul The Apostle, instead of The Transubstantiation Mystery and Miracle. “Pro Multis”(For Many)was “translated” as “For All”(Which is Pro Omnibus). The Translations were mere Interpretations. The “Domine Non Sum Dignus”, had a humanistic look and sound to it.
Kneeling went away at Holy Communion, as an alleged “Eastern” Practice of Standing in queue & Bowing as one receives the Sacrament at Separate Stations of both Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In the Actual Byzantine Rite Practice, which entails the reception of both Body and Blood, this is done by Intinction and one receives by tipping one’s head back with the Priest, after one is called to receive with the words “Approach With Fear of The Lord and With Faith”, with having the Sacrament dropped into one’s mouth via Gold Plated Holy Communion Spoon. The Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Byzantine Rite uses Unleavened Bread while the rest of The Byzantine Rite uses Leavened Bread. The Melkites dip the Consecrated Host into the Blood of Christ.

Nobody explained as to WHY when the “Our Father” was recited, that the Doxology “For The Kingdom, The Power and The Glory…” was added to the “Lord’s Prayer” in the Novus Ordo Mass. But, this too is a Byzantine Rite Practice, except that this Doxology is sung by the Priest. St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church and Patriarch of Constantinople, found this Doxology in a New Testament Codex, hence this is Catholic Practice, albeit Byzantine and not Roman Catholic. The Protestant way of The Lord’s Prayer, added the Doxology to the Bible and The Lord’s Prayer as an ending. For me, a Traditional Latin Mass Catholic who has been going to the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, this Ancient, Beautiful Divine Liturgy has answered my questions about Practices in the Roman Catholic Ordinary Form Mass.
Now, the form of Catechises today, teaches very little Doctrine regarding The Eucharist, especially the Schoolchildren. Often enough, the “Meal” theory is taught, instead of Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. And, beginning in the USA, June, 1977, Holy Communion In The Hand was permitted, leading to Less Reverence for The Sacrament.

Overall, Catechises was poor. Sin is not emphasized. Neither is Grace.
It is a Formula for Disaster.

Kyrie Elaison!

M

In The Double Liturgical Anniversary Weekend Pt I

28 Nov

On Saturday, November 28th, 1964, this was the last day of Regularly Tridentine Latin Masses of Daily Variety. The Gloria was offered in Latin. The Confitior was said by The Altar Boys and Response given by The Priest, just before Holy Communion.
And Corpus Christi+Amen was in Latin.
The Next Day, the Tridentine Form Mass on Sunday, November 29th, 1964 would premiere on the 1st Sunday Of Advent, without The Gloria. English was used except at the Offertory and Consecration. The “Judica Me Dei” of The Priest was eliminated, because the Confitior of The Priest was offered, followed by The Altar Server Response, then the Confitior was prayed by The Congregation, complete with the Saints and Blessed

Virgin Mary, with both The Saints and Blessed Virgin Mary being prayed Twice. Also, “You, Brethren”(Fratres)was prayed Twice. The Prayers at The Foot of The Altar, were retained. The Kyrie Litany was in the Tridentine Form(3 Kyrie, 3 Christe, 3 Kyrie). The Priest faced Liturgical East.  The  Readings of Epistle, Gradual , Alleluia(Tract), and Gospel were read in English as a matter of course for the 1st Time and not as an Afterthought after the Recitations in Latin. The Homily was preached. The Mass of The Catechumens was now called The Liturgy of The Word. The Mass of The Faithful was 1st called The Liturgy of The Eucharist.  The Nicene Creed was offered, as always on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The New Feature, originally for Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, was the Prayers of The Faithful, based on The Great Litany of The Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St Basil The Great and St John Chrysostom.
The Offertory Prayers of Sacrificial Nature, was now called The Presentation Of The Gifts, but these were still said in Latin, Quietly, by the Priest, and were still Propitiary in Practice, in that the Priest offered Prayers for The Remission of his Sins and for the Expiation of Sins of Faithful, borh Living and Dead.
Then, The Canon of The Mass, the Consecration followed in Latin.  The Our Father was recited by everyone in English for the 1st Time, followed by The Prayers For Peace. The “Kiss of Peace”, became an Optional Gesture, in what I call today “The Martyrs Wave”(There Is a Forest Hills, Queens Reference in this, at Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard at a Rather Large, You Can’t Miss It Parish). This Sign of Peace came from the Antiochian Rite Maronite Catholic Church, never seperated from Union with Rome.
Holy Communion was intact with Kneeling at the Altar Rail, with Priest reciting “The Body of Christ”, to which one responds “Amen.”
There were the Post Holy Communion Prayers. But, before receiving Holy Communion, which is on the Tongue, one chanted the “Domine Non Sum Dignus”, three times(Lord I am not Worthy), which the Priest said before receiving Holy Communion.
The Dismissal is given(Ite Missa Est), which response is “Deo Gratias(Thanks Be To God). The Priest recites his closing prayer, and then gives the Final Blessing, which we make the Sign of The Cross.
Eliminated from the Tridentine Form Mass is the Last Gospel(According to St. John, the Story of The Incarnation).

The Tridentine Latin Mass continued to be offered as the High Mass.
But, the Tridentine Form Mass carried on. What occurred 5 Years Later was(& to me, STILL IS) Radical and Protestantized but STILL Valid.

Kyrie Elaison!

M

The Music, And What Is Wrong With The Novus Ordo

28 Nov

Well Written! This Mass is as strange as when I 1st witnessed it 45 Years Ago on Sunday, November 30th, 1969.

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A new discussion has erupted regarding the limitations of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal concerning the music when the new missal comes into force. It appears very clear that these changes will be sweeping (no fantasy song at the Entrance and at Communion, say) and will be aimed at recovering some reverence and Catholic dignity to the Mass. I do not doubt that disobedience and pretending not to understand the instructions will be rampant at the beginning, but in time things will slowly adjust.

This is, though, another indication of what has happened in the last years:

1. A wonderful mass was available (the Tridentine);

2. V II and the “Spirit of V II” intervened and ravaged the Mass, protestantising it and reducing it to the travesty of the reverent, theologically sound celebration it was.

3. An attempt to recover the old, reverent way of celebrating Mass is…

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“Happy Thanksgiving”(USA, Eh)

27 Nov

I look at this day to be Grateful, with a Roof over my head. The Weather has been grey, cold and wet.
I am considering heading to Holy Innocents R C Church in Manhattan for a Tridentine Latin Mass at 6PM tomorrow evening, close to the World Famous Macy’s, as it is snowing, with the Weather letting up, later this afternoon.

But from the time in the 1960s in My Native Brooklyn,NY to Now, the Secular Holiday with Religious Overtones has now become, not a day of Rest and Celebration, but an Extra Day of SHOPPING. For US Thanksgiving is NOW a Snack Period for “The 48 Hours of Black Friday”, for Yanks of All Stripes, all about Materialism, NOT of The Triune Godhead, but of SELF.

It was 50 Years Ago, when the 1st Changes in The Mass took place.(Only The Offertory and Consecration were offered in Latin). English became the primary Language of The Roman Catholic Mass. The Beautiful Prayers of The Foot of The Altar were said. People and Priest faced Liturgical East(Not Staring at a Wall or turning one’s back on the Faithful).

But 45 Years Ago, a Fundamental Change occurred when a Portable Altar was erected in front the Main Altar and the Mass became as if a Lecture. People were distracted away from The Triune Godhead towards SELF. The Language is only the Vulgar Tongue. The sense of Mystery is Missing.

So, I am Thanking the Triune Godhead for Mystery and Memories as well as Life. For Without The Triune Godhead, all is naught. Prayers will be offered for Family, Past and Present and for Those Most Special Friends who aided me in the 2013 Rough Part of Life’s Journey.

Deo Gratias!

M, Eh!

“Archbishop Timothy Dolan – Witness”(Salt & Light.tv)

26 Nov

Archbishop Timothy Dolan – Witness: http://youtu.be/5wiia3ttceM

A most enjoyable programme with Fr Thomas Rossica interviewing Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan.

Fr Rossica is the Head of Salt and Light TV, based in Toronto, ON, CA. Fr is a native of Rochester, NY.

Do enjoy the Interview, even if it causes Indigestion for Michael Voris.

M, Eh!