Demonstrators & Plan B Mass Of The Roman Rite

9 Mar

When Life gives you Lemons, if you’re in Manhattan, make Hard Lemonade.
As this was the 1st Day of Daylight Saving Time, which at this time of year is merely a transfer of 1 Hour of Darkness to the morning, I overslept. Also, my building owner decided to dry out my sneakers, I waited. So I made plans for Holy Mass in Manhattan.
The 1st Destination was St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The E Train at Jamaica Van Wyck was running smoothly and so I hopped on until arriving at E53rd Street Lexington Avenue. Then I walked over to E52nd Street to get on the M103 Bus.
Due to a Demonstration, the M103 Bus was rerouted down 2nd Avenue. I was late for the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, so at East 14th Street, I caught the M 101 Bus uptown.
Plan B was the 5:15PM Mass at St. Agnes on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place in Midtown(E43rd Street) between Lexington & 3rd Avenues.

Entrance Antiphon was sung in Latin. A stately Opening Hymn was sung. The Opening Prayers including the Confiteor were said while the Kyrie was chanted in Greek.
Then it was the Introit and the Readings.
The Nicene Creed was prayed.  The Offertory Chant was sung as the Collections were taken up. The Offertory Chant, in Latin, was sung. The Presentation of Gifts was made.
The Sursum Corda was said followed by the Preface to the Canon. The Sanctus was sung in Latin. The Consecration took place.
The Our Father was said. The Peace Sign returned. The Domine Non Sum Dignus was recited. The Communion Antiphon was sung in Latin. Holy Communion was received.
Post Communion Prayer was offered. Prayer & Dismissal was given with Final Blessing. Final Hymn was “I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say”(Written in 1740).

Homily done well in regards to the 10 Commandments & Idols, St. Paul to The Corinthians was about God’s Wisdom;
The Gospel with Jesus throwing the Moneychangers in The Synagogue, both a Curve & Out of the Place.

One thing about St. Agnes is that there is NO SUCH BIRD AS A “LITURGY COMMITTEE.”
To me, as well meaning as these committees are, these people are less trained than an Organ Grinder With his monkey. I think that few of these People have any idea about both Scripture and Music.

I prefer the Tridentine Latin Mass or the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. I am not one who likes the Novus Ordo Mass, except for the Vigil Mass & any Mass at St. Agnes E43 Street, where Gregorian Chant is King, which pleases Christ The King.
I can handle Daily Mass. It is Sunday which drives me crazy.

It is time to revert to the Traditional Mass on Sunday, with the Novus Ordo on the Weekday.

But the Novus Ordo Mass works nicely with Gregorian Chant. Otherwise it is silly or too dry.

And at St. Agnes in Midtown Manhattan, it is done the Right Way. If only other Parishes made the Effort instead of adding Entertainment, which is Distraction on a massive scale.

Gregorian Chant Preserves The Roman Rite.

Donine Non Sum Dignus!

M, Eh!


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