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12 Hours Alpha & Omega 2015 Into 2016

31 Dec

I am planning to end 2015 & begin 2016, with a contingent of Holy Innocents Partisans, with the Byzantine Rite of The Catholic Church. It should prove to be Prayerful & Mystical.
At 6:00PM on Thursday, December 31st, 2015, a Divine Liturgy will be offered at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on E7th Street. This will be followed by an All Night Vigil, followed by Coffee Hour at Midnight at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, continuing with the All Night Vigil & Divine Liturgy at 6:00AM.
It should be a Peaceful Sleep at Home after this is done.
Happy Octave Of Christmas and Happy 2016.

M

Kyrie Elaison

Standing For Holy Communion & Byzantine Rite

7 Jun

The US and Canadian Roman/Latin Bishops tell us that Standing for Holy Communion is okay because it is from the Byzantine Rite. So we North Americans and everywhere else queue for Holy Communion, just like in the Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, but there is more to it in Byzantine Practice.

The Latins, in order to make Modernist Protestants feel at home, ripped out Altar Rails where people knelt to receive Holy Communion. Modern Catholics shouldn’t have to kneel either. Keep The Queue Moving was the Order of the Day.

But, before receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in The Eucharist, a medium length and beautiful prayer is said before going on the queue. And the Priest gives this warning to remind those Faithful of their duty which is “Approach With Fear of The Lord & With Faith.”

One wonders if Roman/Latin Catholics at Novus Ordo Missae even believe it is Jesus Christ they are receiving anymore.

M

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Laity In The Sanctuary & The Byzantine Rite

7 Jun

“It is Byzantine Rite Practice”.

So sayeth certain Shepherds(Bishops) of the Roman/Latin Rite in the USA & Canada. These Men endorsed the Changes in The Mass and wonder why people aren’t coming to Mass in their Diocesan Fiefdoms.

Mass Lector, reading the Old Testament, Responsorial Psalm and Epistle:
Before Sunday, November 30th, 1969, the only laypersons allowed in the Sanctuary during The Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass were the All Male Altar Servers and someone called a Commentator, who would explain the changes to the Tridentine Form of Mass, beginning on Sunday, November 29th, 1964. The Commentator was the start of this Revolution of Laity in the Sanctuary. That position, filled by a Male Layman, did not last too long and his position involved Catechisis, regarding the Mass Changes.
But it was in November of 1969, when the Sanctuary changed.
A Lector would read everything but the Gospel. A Cantor would lead the Parishioners in singing Hymns. This was done in the Pulpit. The readings took place on the Epistle Side of the Parish Church, in the Sanctuary.

In Byzantine Practice, which I have observed by being at the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom a total of 27 Times, the Lector is often the Cantor. That Lector/Cantor is usually in the 1st Pew, with a small light. The Lector reads the Epistle from that 1st Pew. The Cantor leads the Singing of Responses and certain prayers. The Lector/Cantor face Liturgical East, just like the Laity in the pews. The Priest Faces Liturgical East. Only the Priest, Deacon and Altar Server(Male) are in the Sanctuary during the Divine Liturgy.

That Is Clear And True.

M

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“Mass Of Prayer, Mass Of Noise”

13 May

In One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, one gets the Impression, that there is only one Rite, and that is the Roman|Latin Rite. It is the Largest of The Rites and can be found anywhere in the World.
This is True. There is a Liturgy called The Mass. And it is offered “Versus Populum”, that is, with the Priest facing the Congregation.
This is How PROTESTANTS offer their Liturgies.
The current Mass, called ” Missa Paulum VI “, is the Modern Version of Mass. Mass comes from the Latin word Missa, which means Mission. ” ITE Missa Est” is Latin for “Go Forth, Thou Art Dismissed.” Actually, Mass does not end until the Priest leaves the Sanctuary. Then it is truly finished.

The Modern Version of the Mass is not a Contemplative Mass. It misconstrues “Actual Participation”, confusing it with
” Active Participation.”  It is one that requires Noise, often in the form of some kind of Dialogue. It stresses less of The Mystery of The Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ and more on Verbiage and The Active Participation of Laity in Liturgical Function, with the Priest as Master of Ceremonies, instead of his true role of acting “In Persona Christi” in offering to God The Father of The Sacrifice of The Son, Jesu Christe, called apart from the Congregation, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders(And Several Years of Careful Preparation in Seminary, leading to Ordination), as “Alter Christus” or “Another Christ.”
In the Sacrosanctum Concilium, a major document on the Sacred Liturgy, with Primary and Secondary Elements, written with Ambiguous Language as to make Secondary, equal to Primary, in justifying some new action, a “Conniving Barrister Type”, namely the Benedictine Arch Abbot called Rembert Weakland, he being from The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he was born and reared, the American Modernist Contribution of Liturgical Music of Self Edification, in the form of Dionisian Music(based on the Greek god of ecstasy), comes under the part emphasizing Gregorian Chant, through the words “Or Some Other Suitable Music”(This is the part which Gary Michael Voris never took time to read).
Weakland and Company, during the time when the Tridentine Mass was vernacularized, including the deliberate mistranslation of ” Pro Multis ” to “All” instead of “Many”, found a loophole in the Gregorian Paragraph, in order to hoist this on America(And Eventually The World). This was 1st tried at an All Boys Catholic High School in Latrobe, PA, more often associated with the Famous Beer seen in the Academy Award Winning Film, ” The Deer Hunter”, called “Rolling Rock.” It was in “The Deer Hunter”, where I actually saw a Byzantine Rite Slavic Wedding Ceremony Scene.

One could see from the 1st Offering of The New Mass, dubbed ” Novus Ordo ” by Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, in what is called “The Ottaviani Intervention” that the emphasis is on Man, not God.
While the so called Sacred Music is supposedly derived from the Book of Psalms, it is written with Emphasis on Man.
And much of the Music speaks not of Catholic Doctrine but of the “False Ecumenism”, so prevalent in The Era of Vatican II and Beyond. I shall speak of Two Eucharistic Hymns, played at Holy Communion Time at Mass.
Last Year, at The Feast of The Ascension, at the 7:00PM Vigil Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, in the R C Diocese of Brooklyn, the Communion Hymn was a Classical Hymn which reflected the Eucharistic Theology of The Mass and was often sung at Holy Communion Time.
It was sung with Gusto by the Congregation. Following is The Refrain:
” O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All Praise and All Thanksgiving,
Be Every Moment Thine.”
Young People sang it along with Older People. This truly spoke volumes that what is Traditional and Beautiful, is Cherished and will be sung.
This Hymn speaks of The Mass as Sacrifice of The Christ at Calvary.

By The Feast of The Assumption(Mary Rising To Heaven), after intensely beautiful Marian Music, the Mass as Sacrifice took a wrong turn at Holy Communion Time, with “Mass as Meal” Theology taking over. If ever there was a Treacly Hymn, written to emphasise that Holy Communion is only a Spiritual Eating in Memory of Jesus Christ, then that Hymn is “Gift Of Finest Wheat.” It is Ecumenical, NOT Catholic and emphasizes a Memorial Meal instead of Sacrifice, which explains the Novus Ordo Mass quite well.
I recall My Most Dear Friend, who upon hearing “Gift Of Finest Wheat”, recoiled with both Rage and Horror, and knelt down in prayer. While it praises The Lord for His Gift, it does not emphasise His Sacrifice. The Hymn is sung by Protestants as well as Catholics, because it emphasizes a Memorial Meal.
And I do remember a Text Message which she sent me, which read “I heard this hymn at Mass on Sunday. I HATE ‘GIFT OF FINEST WHEAT.’ It is treacle and does not draw in.”
To think that “G o F W” actually won a contest to be the Official Hymn of the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, held in Philadelphia in August, 1976, tells me a lot about the Modernism of Post Vatican II, as an Age of False Ecumenism and an Age of Mere Self. From Glory to Gooey, it is a “Mass” ive Mess.

She once sent me a series of Liturgical Songs called “Bread Songs” while asking about whatever happened to “Mass As Sacrifice.”
All of it was Horizontal in substance. None of it was Vertical in substance. She was discovering the World of the Novus Ordo Version of The Roman Rite.
She is a Convert. She is somewhat enraged over “Novus Ordo Land” (A Name Coined by Christopher A. Ferrara, J. D.), where Homilies are too worldly(She was furious about a Homily, centred around Comedian Robin Williams).
Her Original Church is Greek Orthodox, where the Sacraments and Holy Orders are valid.
She utterly DESPISES “Bread Songs” for not being of Transcendant Quality. I cannot blame her, as much of this alleged Liturgical “Music” is so “Humanity Centred”, as cheap filler, that it distracts from Worship of The Triune Godhead.
That a song like ” Gift Of Finest Wheat”, Treacly in Tone, Music which would cause Eastern Catholics to either laugh themselves silly or head to the nearest “Vomitarium”, talks about ” Finest Wheat”, rather than The Body of Christ, has helped turn The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass into a Camp Singalong. Not only that but the music often contradicts the Theology of The Mass. There is more to Catholic Church Worship than the Novus Ordo Mass, a Liturgy with very little consistency.
One of the problems of the Ordinary Form Mass is the question of “Participation.”
I was in 2nd Grade at a Catholic School in Brooklyn when our classes were taught how to read Latin, as well as the Kyrie, which was our 1st Exposure to Greek. Thank goodness for Phonics which made reading words much simpler. But our 1st Exposure to another  language was Latin.
I do remember the Latin Mass from the 1960s. There was much Silence. So when I went to the Tridentine Latin Mass in January, 2007 for the 1st Time since November of 1964(Over 42 Years), I still remembered just enough to get by without a Missal.
It has been said that there wasn’t any real participation in The Mass. But there is True Participation in that Mass. It is NOT about singing Horrid Little Ditties like “Table Of Plenty”(A Dan Schutte Contribution to Circular Filing Systems most often called Trash) at The Offertory. In reality we prayed the Prayers at The Foot of The Altar, the Second Confiteor, Gloria In Excelsis Deo,  and the Nicene Creed. We listened to Epistle, Graduale Romanum, Alleluia and Gospel. We said the Responses to the Preface to The Roman Canon. We then prayed the Sanctus.
We Gazed upon The Body & Blood of Christ & prayed Silently. The Priest prayed these prayers inaudibly, but one could hear something.
The Priest prayed the Our Father, so we responded with Sed Libera Nos A Malo(But Deliver Us From Evil). Our Communion Prayer was the ” Domine Non Sum Dignus “(O Lord I Am Not Worthy).
We went to Holy Communion and Knelt at a Holy Communion Rail, separating the Sanctuary from the Nave. The Priest made the Sign of The Cross with the Sacred Host & said a short prayer with No Response by us. We were not allowed to chew it, for that Host is The Body of Christ. A Paten was put under the chin to prevent the Host from falling to the ground, as well as to keep the Sacred Host Particles from falling to the ground to be trampled underfoot.
There were announcements from the Pulpit. Then the Closing Prayers & Last Gospel. This is a Mass without singing. It was the same in 1962, as it is now.
The Missa Cantata is The Sung Version of The Mass. You follow the Schola and sing your parts.
Of course if you are going to the Novus Ordo, St. Agnes on East 43rd Street has Gregorian Chant and Incense. Many prayers are said or sung in Latin. It is a Rare Find and is in Midtown, Manhattan by Grand Central Terminal. They still have a Great Tridentine Latin Mass.
Over on West 37th Street is Holy Innocents, Home to the Only 7 Days a Week Latin Mass.

What many Roman Rite Catholics don’t realize is that there are 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in Union with The Holy See.
I find myself in Awe of the Byzantine Rite with the Awe Inspiring Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church).There are no Organists in these parishes. The Human Voice is the Musical Instrument. The Cantor will take you along. Choirs also abound. Byzantine Chant is a Truly Divine Experience. Tridentine Latin Mass Catholics often go to this Liturgy.
The Ukrainians, Ruthenians, Romanians and Russians have incredible Divine Liturgies along with the Melkites(Arab and Greek).
The Antiochian Rite Maronite Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon is in Brooklyn Heights on Remsen Street by Henry Street. The Divine Liturgy of St. James The Apostle, the Root Liturgy of The Divine Liturgies of both St. Basil The Great(Bishop, Confessor, Martyr, Doctor of The Church)&St. John Chrysostom, are descended from this Liturgy, called in Arabic the Holy Qurbano.
They actually have a Ceremonial Sign of Peace, where after the Kiss of Peace by the Priest to the Deacon, the Altar Servers are sent to shake the hands of the 1st Person in a Pew, who then passes his sign of Peace to the person beside him or her.
In Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, there is even a Coptic Catholic Church of the Alexandrian Rite, which uses the Egyptian Version of The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great.

You’re Catholic. And The Catholic Family is huge.

Deo Gratias!

M

The Tridentine Mass & The Sacred Readings(Latin & Byzantine)

3 May

It is said that according to Tradition in the Roman Latin Catholic Church, that Pope Saint Gregory The Great reformed the Latin Liturgy by the Format where the readings are as follows:
Epistle(or Suitable Old Testament Passage), Gradual, Alleluia or Tract and Gospel. This Format is still the case in the Tridentine Latin Mass, still being offered today.

Byzantine Origin:
In his efforts to keep the Church Goers of his day in Constantinople, from 397 AD to 407 AD, from being bored silly, The Patriarch of Constantinople, St. John Chrysostom(Feast Day Ordinary Calendar September 14th, Tridentine Calendar on January 27th), is the Bishop who reformed the Divine Liturgy by Reformating the Sacred Scriptural Readings with Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia, and Gospel and a shorter Anaphora, which still reflects the Divine Liturgy as a Sacrificial Act of Christ through The Priest.

The Format which was discarded by Pope St. Gregory The Great, is familiar to Roman Rite Catholics who go to the Novus Ordo Mass, which is Old Testament(Acts Of The Apostles During Eastertide), Responsorial Psalm, Epistle, Alleluia, Tract(Lenten) & Gospel, which the Lutherans, Anglicans, & Methodists use(in Ancient and Early Middle Ages an extra round of Responsorial Psalms were used).
I pretty well understand why St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory The Great did their format changes. They wanted the Faithful to understand what was read and that The Eucharist is The Central Action of the Mass or Divine Liturgy.
But, in this Era of False Ecumenism, by adopting a Discarded Format, from 1500 Years Before, only to be taken up by The Protestants, who deny both Sacrifice and Sacred Priesthood, Extra Scripture May be fine for Those who deny that the Bread and Wine are transformed into The Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity of The Christ.
Since Protestants deny the Sacred, Sacrificing Priesthood of Christ, by ordaining Women, in all their Liberalism, to Ministry, they can continue to read Scripture all they want. I want to understand Scripture and read it. WHY is The Roman Rite Catholic Church looking to restore practices which were discarded the 1st Time? Is it to mimicry those who couldn’t care less about The One, True Church?
In the case of The Liturgy of The Presanctified Gifts in both the Latin Church and Eastern Churches, both Catholic & Orthodox, St. Gregory Dialogos is responsible for this. He is also known as Pope St. Gregory The Great.
In the Roman/Latin Rite, The Mass of The Presanctified is on Good Friday, when the Eucharistic Canons are not offered. The Eastern Influence is felt here with the huge number of Litanies chanted.
Particularly in the Byzantine Rite, the Liturgy of The Presanctified is offered once a week and three times during Holy Week & NOT on Good Friday.

Kyrie Elaison!

M

If You Fasted & Saw The Star

7 Jan

A Blessed Christmas to those of You, both Byzantine Catholic & Byzantine Orthodox.
For on December 24th(Julian Calendar), which is January 6th(Gregorian Calendar), which was yesterday, there was a day of Total Abstention from Food. Then the Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great was offered.
At Home, the 1st Star Of The Night is seen. Then the Family may partake of Food.

For those of you of The Roman Rite, this is Byzantine Christmas. If you think that Midnight Mass is Long, wait until you head to either the Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great or Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Both are amazing and Deep Liturgies. And for Roman Rite Catholics, there are 4 Prayers for The Pope, not One.

Happy Christmas!

M

Epiphany-Ordinary Form Mass & Easter Proclamation

5 Jan

Note that according to the Vetus Ordo or Extraordinary Form Mass Calendar, January 6th is still Epiphany and is celebrated particularly in Spanish Speaking Neighborhoods. In Italy, Gifts are exchanged on January 6th. Epiphany in the Roman Rite, Ordinary Form Mass Calendar, is two parts with Baptism Of The Lord In The River Jordan, next Sunday, January 11th, 2015, which marks the End of The Christmas Cycle. Ordinary Time takes over on Monday, January 12th.
In the Extraordinary Form Mass Calendar, the Christmas Cycle ends on Candlemas Day on February 2nd.
On January 6th(December 24th on the Julian Calendar in the Byzantine Rite, both Eastern Orthodox Christians and Byzantine Rite Catholics observe The Nativity Eve Fast, where food is abstained from until the 1st Star Of The Night is seen. The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is held about 10:00PM in honor of The Nativity of Christ. On January 7th(December 25th, Julian Calendar), is Christmas Day with Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, in both Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches. On Julian Calendar January 1st, which is January 14th on The Gregorian Calendar, The Feast Of St Basil The Great, with Divine Liturgy Of St. Basil The Great being offered. Epiphany, which is called Theophany, with both names commemorating the Revelation of Jesus Christ, is on January 6th, Julian Calendar(January 19th, Gregorian Calendar). Theophany celebrates the Baptism Of The Lord In The River Jordan and the Beginning of The Lord’s Public Ministry. There will be both Sunday Before Theophany and Sunday After Theophany. On The Sunday After Theophany is the Blessing of The Ceremonial Waters. I witnessed this ceremony. The water has herbs added to it. The Water is blessed and the Priest uses actual Hyssop to bless one with Water, reminding one of The Sacrament(Holy Mystery) of Baptism. One is also anointed by the Priest with Chrism to remind one of the Sacrament(Holy Mystery) of Chrismation(Confirmation). The Priest uses a Chrism Wand and anoints one’s forehead.

Fr Joseph Cunningham, Pastor Emeritus of St Gregory The Great in Bellrose, Queens and now Senior Priest In Residence at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs, offered the 1PM Mass. The Easter Proclamation was sung by Noted Writer, Deacon Gregory Kandra.

A Good Crowd was on hand for the 1:15PM Mass.

And Christmastide in the Ordinary Form Mass continues until Next Sunday.

A Joyous Christmastide To All:

Deo Gratias!

M