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This Morning, I Went “West”

7 Jul

“Versus Populum” is NOT the former name of a Sports Network, now called NBC Sports Network. It is, however, where the Priest in the Latin(Roman)Rite Liturgy of the Ordinary Form, called The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, faces “Liturgical West”, hence, Facing the Congregation.
And so it was the case at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Queens Boulevard and Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens, that I was at Mass this morning. Continuing from Yesterday, I listened to this morning’s Reading of The Gospel According to St. Matthew Apostle, as Jesus Christ performed Miracles of The Curing of The Sick, such as the Woman who by Faith, touched Jesus’ Garment and was cured of her Hemorrhages and the Official, whose Daughter appeared to be Dead, but Jesus brought her back to Life.
Now in the Latin(Roman)Rite Ordinary Form Mass Calendar, it was 14th Sunday In Ordinary Time, a form only used by the Latin(Roman)Rite. In the Latin(Roman)Rite Extraordinary Form Tridentine Latin Mass, it is the 4th Sunday After Pentecost.
I prefer this Traditional Way of Time After Pentecost, Epiphany and Easter. The Anglicans and Lutherans still employ this. The 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel does not follow this path.
It is in the Latin(Roman)Rite Ordinary Form, where the Readings follow the Three Year “ABC” Cycle. The Daily Readings follow the “AB” Cycle.
Like the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, we stand for Holy Communion. Like in the same Liturgy, the General Intercessions-Prayers of The Faithful, they are from the Byzantine Rite Catholic Tradition.
The Doxology At The End of The Our Father is also Byzantine Rite Catholic in Origin, except it is the Priest who sings this part.
West is following The East Gospel Cycle. This looks to be a Traditionalist Summer.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Theotokos, Pray For Us Sinners, Now and at The Hour of Our Death, Amen.


I Went “East” & Faced East

7 Jul

Actually, I crossed what is actually a part of the Atlantic Ocean called the East River, into a part of NYC, called “D’ohLand.”
Okay, this is a Snarky way of going into the part of New York City, namely the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. For yes I was in Manhattan’s East Village on East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. I went to the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass in a Catholic Church.
And it was not of a Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It was of the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT. For I was at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Let it be known, during this Liturgy. If you think that you are going to hear music by Marty Haugen and Company, I will only be way too glad to disappoint you. This is a Liturgy of Chant and Antiphon.
The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom will make you aware of your sinfulness. This is a Liturgy which is NOT of “The Church of Nice.” You are crying to God for Forgiveness.
St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has the only known shrine ANYWHERE in NYC to St. John Paul II. It has been up since he was Blessed Pope John Paul II. His Holiness once offered the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

BTW, the Liturgy was offered in English and The Priest faces Liturgical East. This is the 4th Sunday After Pentecost, the Sunday of St. Matthew, Apostle.

In St. Matthew’s Gospel, the story of the Roman Centurion who sought out Jesus to cure his Servant. The Centurion speaks a Familiar Line which we pray at Holy Communion, which we pray in Latin at the Tridentine Latin Mass of St John XXIII.
“O Lord I Am Not Worthy That Thou Should Come Under My Roof But Only Say The Word and My Servant Shall Be Healed.”
Jesus said that Greater Faith He Had Not Seen in Israel. For this had come from a Heathen(Gentile).

We Should Have THAT Kind of Faith in Christ. Via The Eucharist He Feeds Us.

“Domine Non Sum Dignus(O Lord I Am Not Worthy)”.


For Being “Uplifted” At The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass

23 Jun

Whenever I write about The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, I no longer think in terms of just the Latin(Roman)Rite. Having experienced the Byzantine Rite Catholic Tradition, it has caused a “Sea Change” in me.
I grew up in the Latin(Roman)Rite, going to my 1st Mass, prior to the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. But, I came to know The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass more fully via the Missale Romanum of 1962. I do remember the Saint Joseph Sunday Missal, which carried the Imprimatur of Francis J. Cardinal Spellman. I do remember Gregorian Chant. I do remember “O Jesus We Adore Thee” being sung at Mass @ Holy Communion Time.There were No Hymns of Dubious Orthodoxy. In the case of The Modernistic “Do I Not Love Me” variety, which is a form of Narcissism, Church Songs, they may as well be approved of, via The Imprimatur of Howard Cardinal Stern, whose Ecclesiastical Coat of Arms will probably read “Babba Booey.”
I like how the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a Sui Juris Church in Communion with the Holy See, handles Sung Liturgy. The Antiphons are sung. The Human Voice is the Instrument. No Modernistic Hymns here as it is chanted prayer.
One can say “Fuggetibowdit”, as the Hauntingly Beautiful Byzantine Chant is not spoiled by Organ. You will not hear a Folk Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite. There are no “Glad Tambourines from the 99 Cents Store.” One will be utterly Awed by the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of The Catholic Church. He coined these phrases, “Is It Tradition, Ask No More” , & “The Road to Hell is Paved with the Skulls of Bishops.” If one remembers these phrases, one wouldn’t dare even contemplating adding any music from Marty Haugen, David Hass or Bob Hurd. I believe that you get the picture.
WHY are so many “Hymns” written in the Latin(Roman)Rite, in the form of “I, Mine, Me?” How many Hymns have us singing the Part of God, when HE is The One we are called to Worship. And how many hymns are sung, with US as the Ones to be adored?
I was at an Ordinary Form Mass, where Guitars were strummed, Tambourines from the 99 Cents Store were shaken and Kids sang an Alleged Version of “Gregorian Chant”(Perhaps Given The Imprimatur of Howard Cardinal Stern). This is when one verse is sung in Latin and one, with Rhyme, in English(Agnus Dei, Who Takes Away), in WHAT I refer to as “Gagorian Chant”, that is, one wants to walk up to the Perpetrator of this Novelty and, possibly, barf on his/her shoes, to remind him/her that this is not a form of Entertainment, but The Mass. The ONLY Thing Missing was the “Babba Booey” Chant.
So I went to the 7PM Mass at St Agnes on E 43rd Street(Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place). There was absolutely no Novelty. This is The Parish where the Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962 finally came out of “The Catacombs”, so to speak. Even in the Ordinary Form of The Mass, one can actually kneel at the Altar Rail and receive Our Lord on the Tongue, no questions asked & as it should be. This pays Homage to The Christ Himself, who was Sacrificed on The Cross.
We are truly Uplifted by actually Worshipping God In Three Persons.
For those of you who like this Narcissist Liturgical Muzak, Where you sing of self, I pose this question while you are trying to make yourself feel good:
Can Any of You Create a Tree from NOTHING?

Domine Non Sum Dignus!

M, Eh!

Michael Voris: EWTN & USCCB May Despise You, But I Don’t

11 Jun

The USCCB is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, they of the Latin(Roman)Rite. Collectively, this is a VERY LIBERAL Bench of Shepherds. They will take positions on Global Warming(Which, according to FOX Sports Leading Baseball Analyst, James Timothy Mc Carver, he with an Irish Sense of Humour, and taught by Irish Christian Brothers, that the man who is the actual cause of Global Warming is one Alex Rodriguez, because of his over-utilization of Steroids, and Mr Rodriguez is currently suspended, hence the weather is cooler, which may explain this past winter).

Now, in the Case of Michael Voris, whose “Real Catholic TV”, infuriated that “Hapless Bench of Bishops”, a phrase coined by one of my Favourite Bishops, Most Reverend Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of The R C Diocese of Lincoln, NE, and ordained in Rome for the R C Diocese of Milwaukee, WI, I will state that when it comes to orthodoxy in Catholic Faith, I put Michael Voris in a League with St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Basil The Great and St. John Chrysostom, all four being Doctors of The Catholic Church, the 1st Two being Latin Rite and the Next Two being Antiochan/Byzantine. Of these 5, in this time and place, NONE would get a Show on E W T N, in the Post Mother Mary Angelica Form, unless it was a Non Complimentary Show about any one of the 5. Add a 6th one, Blessed Fulton J Sheen, Bishop, whose TV Shows were Broadcast on E W T N.

“Is It Tradition; Ask No More” is a saying of St John Chrysostom, an Actual Reformer of The Catholic Church Mass in the Byzantine Catholic Church World. If anything is more Traditional than that Divine Liturgy, I don’t know. All I know is if he had met this “Hapless Bench of Bishops”, it might have been Utter War. Holy Communion In The Hand? What? Considering that the Byzantine Rite Catholic and Orthodox Churches utilize Intinction, so as to receive both the Body and Blood of Christ via Communion Spoon, in the Hand is both Liturgically Impractical, as well as insanitary. It would also Insult The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
I wonder just WHAT St John Chrysostom would think of the World Wide Web if he was here today? He might very well eschew THE CURRENT E W T N, in favour of Michael Voris and Church Michael brings much to the table. His is a True “Table of Plenty”, especially the Meat of Doctrine.

Michael Voris brought out a point about the Knights of Columbus, with their Supreme Council, kowtowing to Pro Abortion Politicians in their ranks. This is rather amazing for an Order in The Service of The Catholic Church.
A Voris Type who I personally knew, used to make signs to carry to protests. I actually remember this man actually appeared with his sign in Time Magazine. He was actually seen in a Time Magazine Ad on Television. And he was a Member of The Knights of Columbus, in a Queens Neighborhood called East Glendale. I do recall that in 1992, the Knights of Columbus International Supreme Council Convention was at the Marriot in Times Square, Manhattan, hence a Subway Ride away. My friend and I actually saw Blessed Mother Teresa in person, as well as witnessing the various Supreme Council Officials, including the Supreme Council Chaplain, The Most Reverend Thomas Vose Daily, who also was Bishop of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, located across the East River from Manhattan.
My friend, known as Jim Crockett, held up some signs. He was later approached by Bishop Daily, whose immortal words ring in my ears today. The words “You Should be Ashamed of Yourself” were told to Jim Crockett. Jim, in a snide, humorous way, said to Bishop Daily, “Oh, I am.”
Several years later, Bishop Daily actually declared St. Patrick’s Day, a meatless Day of Penance on the day of The Parade for Roman Catholics of the R C Diocese of Brooklyn. I wondered why he did this. It was a foretaste of things to come from 220 Miles away. For you see, the Priestly Homosexual Scandals of The R C Archdiocese of Boston, were to become Public Knowledge. And Bishop Daily, prior to his time as Bishop of Brooklyn, as well as Bishop of West Palm Beach, FL, had been Vicar General of The R C Archdiocese of Boston.  Bishop Daily, I believe, was having the People of The R C Diocese of Brooklyn, do Penance for his numerous sins of Complicity in the Massive Coverup in Boston. His words to Jim Crockett, backfired in his face.
Jim Crockett, you see, is the Michael Voris of his time.

There were Two of us who were Senior Investigators in the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, who doubled as Experts on the Laws of Vendors. Both of Us paid the Penalty for Failing to “Go With The Status Quo Flow.” You wonder WHY.
Now, by bringing in a System which actually brings in Fine Revenue instead of Sheer #s of Worthless Summonses, this put the “Status Quo Flow” Crowd on the Defensive. But, that Crowd was afraid of their system of Massive Failure being exposed to The World. Anytime either of us wrote a Summons, someone was actually convicted of The Offense. This sent the “Go With The Flow Crowd”into a rage. Both of us also knew the New York State Criminal Procedure Law Statute that a New York City Special Patrolman, under SE 2.10, Line 27, is a Peace Officer. New York City Administrative Code SE 14-106(e), backs this up. But the “Go With The Flow Crowd”, even knowing just how much lying they do, outnumber those who actually do the job properly, by 20 to 1.
Al Padilla was hoisted up by the “Go With The Flow Crowd”, only to be “Tossed Under the Proverbial Bus”, by this “Go With The Flow Crowd.” Al became gravely ill and died.
I went through with all this, lecturing NYPD Officers in the Station Houses. But, one time in the 19th Precinct, I gave the training, but then I was overruled by a Member of The “Go With The Flow Crowd.” The Summonses were tossed out in Court, because none of this followed the actual, proper procedure. That Boss told me that I had to be overridden because numbers on a page were more important than accuracy. “The Go With The Flow Crowd”, downtown, praised this a–h-l-, because of the Override, so no one would notice their criminal activity, due to their expertise in Falsifying Official Business Records. I protested this with intensity, saying “I teach Victory. I don’t play this game.”
I was later sent on Psychological Leave after speaking what is truth. This “Go With The Flow Crowd” play like they were trained in the Old Soviet Union.
Both of Us were given the “Michael Voris Treatment”, by their Version of “The Church of Nice”, in that these Mutts don’t like Controversy. In short, they hate the Truth. And since Truth hurts, shooting the messengers is their procedure.

As for Archbishop Fulton J Sheen-He was the Inspiration for Michael Voris. He told it as it was, no ifs ands or buts.

Yes, Michael Voris, The “Church of Nice” & The US Conference of Catholic Bishops may Hate You, but I Don’t. Neither does My Most Dear Friend, who got me into watching your shows.

M, Eh!

The Eastern Orthodox Churches & Catholic Unity

6 Jun

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, The Bride of Christ, is diverse in Her Unity in Her 22 Sui Juris Churches, both Eastern and Western.
The Eastern Catholic Churches are Orthodox by Tradition, but So Fully Catholic in Doctrine and Belief. They have different Disciplines, but believe the Same Doctrines as Western, Latin(Roman)Rite Church. Both the Eastern Churches and Latin Rite Catholic Churches have 7 Valid Sacraments and Holy Orders. The Priesthood is Valid.
But, there are Churches from the Line of The Apostles which are Not in Communion with the Holy See, called the Eastern Orthodox Churches. And, trust me on this one, there are a number of Doctrinal Differences which keep the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church from truly being United.
The Autocephelus(Self Governing)Eastern Orthodox Churches have no actual Vicar of Christ like that of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, though they do rule by Holy Synods. They have an Ecumenical Patriarch based in Constantinople(Present Day Istanbul, Turkey), who is only 1st Among Equals, which means he has all the power of The Queen of England(None). Think of him in terms of a Referee in the National Football League and you get the Picture.
These are the Doctrinal Differences which keep the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, pretty far apart:
Original Sin-The Catholic Church teaches that from the Time when Adam and Eve, the Sin of The First Parents is passed down to each person born. This is removed by The Sacrament of Baptism and Sanctifying Grace ensues. But, the Eastern Orthodox belief is that Original Sin did not pass beyond Adam and Eve and that Baptism is only performed as a Sacrament of Divine Grace, due to the consequences of Original Sin, though they preach that one was never born with the Sin. If it is confusing like some explanation of Practice at Vatican II, it most certainly is;
Purification After Death(Purgatory) is actually the Teaching of The Christ, when He said “Until Thou Hast Paid the Last Penny.”
The Eastern Orthodox Churches teach that Souls actually undergo Purification in Hades, the Place of all the Dead. Hades has both Purgatory and Hell of The Damned.
The above comes from the Old Testament. 
Catholic Church is No Divorce
Eastern Orthodoxy allows 3 Divorces and 3 Marriages.
Filioque(Double Procession of The Holy Spirit From the Father and The Son). Dogma in the Catholic Church. Denied by the Orthodox. Based on the Nicene Creed, originally written in Greek. Over this, the East West Schism occurred. The Orthodox teach that the Holy Spirit only proceeds from The Father. The Filioque is from the Catholic Church. Then why did Christ promise the Apostles the Holy Spirit when Jesus went Home to His Father in Heaven?
Immaculate Conception of Mary:
Dogmatic Belief of The Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox teach that since Mary, also called Theotokos(Christ Bearer), was Purified at the Annunciation, this Dogma is unnecessary, because no one actually has Original Sin beyond Adam and Eve.
One True Church;
The Eastern Orthodox claim this title, but how can this be done when Divorce is part of The Package. Jesus says “Divorce Not At All.” The Teaching on Original Sin is, as we used to say in Brooklyn, NY, a “Doozy.”

Sacrament of Holy Orders:
Both have a Male Only Priesthood & Male Bishops, but in The Churches of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Females may be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate(Russian Orthodox Church and Japanese Orthodox Church). Also, certain Greek Orthodox Churches do this as well & follow the Byzantine Rite Ordination Ceremony for Deacons.
As for this in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, NO.

As My Most Dear Friend once said to me one morning, “Just take a look at Russia and Greece, as to how both are so (@! :-)#&$ :-))up they are.” She, being a Convert to The Real, One, True Church Which Christ Himself Established, has spoken well.
I wonder just what St. John Chrysostom would say today?

St. John Chrysostom would never get s Show on E W T N, like the Dissident Orthodox would. He was the “Michael Voris” of his time. The ONLY Thing that Michael Voris would get on E W T N, is Blasted to Smithereens.

Kyrie Elaison!
M, Eh!

Since Going To Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic For Divine Liturgy

1 Jun

I now see the Eastern Catholic Elements which make up part of the Ordinary Form of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass in the Latin(Roman)Rite. Let’s just say that in the case of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and St Basil The Great, no Music written by Marty Haugen, David Haas, or “Hymns” like “Anthem” are ever played in the Byzantine Rite Catholic or Orthodox Churches.
But the “General Intercession-Prayers of The Faithful” are Catholic, as in Byzantine Rite, not Latin(Roman)Rite in origin. In the early going of the Ordinary Form, derisively called the Novus Ordo Mass, or simply the NO, the response was “Lord Hear Our Prayer”or “Lord Have Mercy.” Since I began in November of 2013, of going to the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

, I usually sing “Lord Have Mercy”(Kyrie Elaison) at the end of each antiphon of supplication. In the Ordinary Form Mass, it is “Lord Hear Our Prayer”(Deus Exaudinos). But, in the Year 1969, we often ended with the Kyrie as Response in the Vernacular.
On Ascension Thursday, including the Wednesday Evening Vigil Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens, it was during the General Intercession-Prayer of The Faithful, when I heard a Familiar Antiphon being sung. It was the last one offered. It went like this:
“For Favorable Weather and an Abundance of Crops”, are the only words I remember, but I knew those words, for they are incorporated into The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and St Basil Martyr. After singing the “Deus Exaudinos”, in English, I softly said in English the “Kyrie Elaison.”
Standing instead of Kneeling for Holy Communion is a Byzantine Practice.
The one thing which gets Catholics of the Latin(Roman)Rite all worked up is The Doxology at The Lord’s Prayer. Now the Protestants end the Our Father with “For The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory Are Yours, Forever, as continuing from “But Deliver Us From Evil”(Sed Libera Nos A Malo). So it was added to The Lord’s Prayer in what Protestants call The King James Bible or “The Authorized Version.”
But, the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church has it as Doxology. For after The Our Father(Pater Noster), a prayer is offered by the Priest, and then he chants the Doxology. In the Latin(Roman)Rite, the Congregation sings or recites the Doxology at the end.
So, what was thought in this case to be Protestant, is truly Catholic, but from another Rite of The Catholic Church. For the Doxology regarding Pater Noster, came from a New Testament Codex used by St. John Chrysostom, who was Patriarch of Constantinople.
The Readings of Epistle, Gradual and Gospel are Extraordinary Form Tridentine Latin Mass. There is an extra reading at the end of The Mass, called The Last Gospel, the Story of The Incarnation, which is done in Latin, except on Palm Sunday or Second Sunday of The Passion of The Lord.
But in the Ordinary Form Mass, The Readings are Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament Epistle, Chant and Gospel. So there are three readings, but this comes from Lutheran Anglican Practice.
Holy Communion in both forms is from the Byzantine Rite, which uses Intinction. Some Latin(Roman)Rite Churches use Intinction, while in others, one goes to two different Communion Ministers.
The Cantor and Lector are from Byzantine Rite Catholic and Orthodox Practice.
So it shall be said that the Ordinary Form Mass had Catholic Elements stripped but they actually went Eastward. So this Mass is Catholic. So don’t lose sleep over it.

M, Eh!

stationsquarestudios – Easter Vigil 2014 Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills Queens NY

23 May