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Wonder & Awe, Byzantine Russian Catholic Style

30 Dec


My Normal Sunday Mass is the Tridentine Latin Mass. But, I was in a Byzantine Mood. After all, Catholic is Catholic and I sought The Byzantine Rite on The Gregorian Calendar & Not the Julian Calendar. Put in Byzantine Rite Catholic Terms, my Primary Sunday Mass is The Tridentine Divine Liturgy Of St Pius V.
It was November of 2013, when, after listening to my Nuns in Catholic Elementary School, waiting over 40 Years to do it, when I began to attend the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom, at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the East Village on E7th Street.
I listened to a Tridentine Latin Mass Attendee at Holy Innocents RC Church in Midtown Manhattan, in fact, two of them, who told me about St. Michael’s Russian Catholic Chapel, on the Property of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish in Little Italy, only a block away from East Houston Street.
As it is one of only 4 such Churches left in the United States, three of them are affiliated under the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, MA. This one Russian Catholic Chapel, while of Byzantine Rite, is under the Auspices of The Latin Rite Archbishop, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
And as Sunday, 12/27/2015 was the 31st Sunday After Pentecost in The Byzantine Rite, there were TWO Commemorations, one of St. Joseph, leading Blessed Mary Theotokos & Jesus out of Palestine into Egypt & of The Martyrdom of Protodeacon St. Stephen, 1st Martyr of The Church(Latin Rite Feastday on 12/26). Because of The Rage of King Herod, believing that the Three Magi had deceived him, he ordered all 1st Born Males under the Age of Two Years of age, slain, in his search for The Christ Child. This Gospel of St. Matthew was also read on The Feast Of The Holy Innocents on Monday, 12/28/2015. It was a powerful Gospel.
This was The Divine Liturgy Of St James The Apostle, 1st Bishop of Jerusalem. The Divine Liturgy Of St James is the OLDEST Liturgy Of The Catholic Church, both East & West. James is a Cousin of Jesus, or “Brother Of The Lord.” This Liturgy is from 60 AD. It is the Root Liturgy for The Divine Liturgies of St John Chrysostom and St. Basil The Great. The Divine Liturgies are Sung, with the Human Voice as the Musical Instrument. There is No Organist. There is a Choir(Tridentine Version is The Schola).
Some Litany Chants were done in Slavonic, some were done in Russian, with the majority done in English.
The Reception of Holy Communion followed an Ancient Antiochian Formula. One appears before an Acolyte holding Thurible where one incenses ones hands, one then bows before The Priest, who recites the words Body of Christ, when one responds Amen. The Priest puts a tiny piece of The Corpus Christi on the Right Palm & one consumes this piece right away. The Byzantine Rite uses Leavened Bread in The Consecration. Then one appears and bows before The Deacon, who says “Blood OF Christ”, followed by Amen. The Deacon controls the Sacred Chalice. Absolutely no Laity perform this function. And as it should be. The Novus Ordo Mass has Unconsecrated Laity perform this function, hence the New Roman Rite, is engaged in Sacreligious Practices.
In the case of the Lector, a Female, she faced East when reading the Epistle of St. Paul The Apostle to The Galatians & sang the Epistle. The Choir sang the Graduale. The Deacon Proclaimed The Gospel According To St. Matthew The Apostle.
I wish that when Converts enter The Catholic Church, especially via the Roman/Latin Rite, that they instruct these Converts that there are 22 Sui Juris Eastern Catholic Churches in Union with the Holy See. I love how they do the Prayers for The Pope, Bishops, Priests, Deacons & Laity.
There is another thing in that you will make the Sign Of The Cross approximately 20 Times.
For you Nonathletic Novus Ordo Roman Rite Catholics, between bows & Signs of The Cross, be prepared to “Break a little Sweat.”

It’s CATHOLIC!

Kyrie Elaison!

M

Kyrie Elaison

My Absence From The Novus Ordo Mass & Reason For It

30 Oct

Forget the “Four Hymn Sandwich”, which includes Muzak which is merely a Tribute to MAN(With The Possibility of Long Lines in a VOMITARIUM, with Parish Waiting Times Varying). Forget that the Priest is treated as a mere “Master Of Ceremonies”, or “Assembly President.” The Mass is NOT MERELY “A Sacred Meeting.”
It is NOT “For Mere Spiritual Eating.” With The Priest facing the People, The Mass closes in on Itself, as if MAN is The Object of Worship, instead of GOD.

This Rendition of The Sacred Liturgy is geared towards MAN, with GOD “In The Background.”
This Rendition of The Sacred Liturgy, does not present THE DOCTRINE Of The Mass, to make Reparation for our Sins, with The Priest, “In Persona Christi”, offering Sacrifice to God The Father, as “Another Christ”(Alter Christus).
If One owns an Old Roman Missal, one then owns a True, Catholic Treasure. In what is the Current Version of The Offertory, it is MERELY a Passover Table Blessing, one not of Making Reparation for Sin. The Novus Ordo Mass does present Offering, but NOT as Sacrifice For The Remission of Sins of The Priest & Faithful, both Living & Dead. The Apostate Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, said of The Table as opposed to The High Altar, “A Table Is For Preparing & Serving a Meal, While an Altar is For Sacrifice.”
Apostate Augustinian Archabbot Martin Luther, complained that “The Mass Stinks of Oblation” & proceeded to eliminate the Offending Offertory, which was offered For The Remission of Sins, making Satisfaction to God The Father, in Adoration of The Blessed Trinity.
For Luther & Cranmer, Sacrifice was Repugnant to Both of Them. Both taught the PROTESTANT HERESY of “Universal Salvation”, a Heresy CONDEMNED by The Popes, especially before The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. To Luther & Cranmer, Prayers For The Dead are “Romish”, with their Version of Scripture, denying the Catholic Doctrine Of Purgatory, which doesn’t exist according to these “Revolutionaries”, & I emphasize “REVOLUTIONARIES”, because they rebelled due to The Sin Of Pride, Against The One, True Church, The One Ordained By Christ as His Holy Bride.
For these Revolutionaries, there is NO Sacred Priesthood, since The Priesthood stands for SACRIFICE.
Rather, in WHAT amounts to, in Reality, the Utter Denial Of The Social Kingship Of Christ The King & of HIS Apostles, it is the Priesthood of The Laity, with a Presiding Minister, “A Little More Man Than The Rest”, who worship God, though NOT in The ONE, TRUE CHURCH, but in an “Ecclesiastical Community”, which is Truly NOT The Church Ordained By Christ. 40K Ecclesiastical Communities Later, I believe that one “Gets The Picture”, of “The Brotherhood Of Man”, as opposed to “The Fatherhood Of God.”

So, WHY are we Imitating Heretics in Our Most Sublime Worship?

Fortunately, The Tridentine Latin Mass has been freed from the Bondage of Conferences of Roman/Latin Rite Catholic Bishops, who spent their time suppressing what works & going with “The Primacy Of MAN”, rather than “Of God.” Just look at the Desolation with Closed Parish Churches & Closed Parish Catholic Schools. I believe that one “Gets The Drift.”
Go to The Tridentine Latin Mass. You will find “WHAT IS TRULY CATHOLIC” in The Roman/Latin Rite. If that Mass is not close to where you live, but have an Eastern Catholic Church near you, The Sacrifice Is Offered To God, NOT Man, Hence, One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church.

Vivat Christus Rex!

M

Kyrie Elaison

The Tridentine Latin Mass Of 1962 & The Novus Ordo Mass Of 1970

24 Sep

It was in The Roman Missal of 1962, when certain changes were made. One was when, before the Confiteor of The Priest, the “Judica Me Deus”(Judge Me O God), was eliminated.
There was still the Confiteor of both Priest & then the Servers and Parishioners. The Priest gave absolution. In his Confiteor, he asked his Servers for Forgiveness.
But, in both recitations “Et Tibi Pater” & “Et Te Pater” were replaced by “Et Vos Fratres”(And You Brethren), while Et Te Pater & Et Tibi Pater, referred to The Priest, acting “In Persona Christi”, offering Sacrifice To The Heavenly Father, as “Alter Christus”(Another Christ).
In The Roman Canon, St. Joseph was added to The Canon of Saints.
The Confiteor before Holy Communion was eliminated.
In 1964, people were now to acknowledge the Body of Christ by responding with Amen, after the Priest says “Corpus Christi.” Prior to this, when one received Holy Communion, the Priest recited in Latin “May The Body Of Christ Be Given To You For Life Everlasting Amen”, and the Priest Made the Sign of The Cross with the Consecrated Host. There was no actual response from the Communicant. A Gold Plated Paten was placed under the chin of one receiving Holy Communion by the Altar Server.
Now, when the Priest was to receive Holy Communion, he prayed “Domine Non Sum Dignus”(O Lord I Am NOT Worthy)3 Times & a bell was rung by an Altar Server after each praying. Prior to Holy Communion, the Communicants prayed the “Domine Non Sum Dignus”, 3 Times.
The Kyrie Elaison(Lord Have Mercy) had 5 Recitations by The Priest & 4 by the Servers and Parishioners(3 Kyrie Elaison, 3 Christe Elaison, 3 Kyrie Elaison).

Other Additions to the 1962 Roman Missal included the “Prayers Of The Faithful”, a variation of the Litanies of The Byzantine Rite, for Sundays & Holy Days of Obligation & the OPTIONAL Sign of Peace. This was added for Mass Of The Tridentine Form starting on Sunday, November 29th, 1964, the 1st Sunday of Advent.

In regards to The Prayer of The Faithful, I will say it this way-The Ukrainian Greek Catholics at the Divine Liturgies of Sts John Chrysostom & Basil The Great, are much better at this form, as The Litanies are sung A Capella & Without Musical Instruments, so forget about the Guitars common at “Folk” Masses of The Novus Ordo Mass Era.

It was in Liturgical Year 1967, around November in Brooklyn, in the Fully Vernacularized Tridentine Form of Mass, when Priests tried to sound like Beatniks & “Folk Style Treacle” Muzak came to The Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass. There was also the so called, in the Spirit of The False Ecumenism setting in, the Mistranslation of The Latin Phrase “Pro Multis”, into “For All Men”, instead of “For Many”, as “For All Men”, which signifies the Protestant Heresy of Universal Salvation. It was near the end of Vatican II that the 1st Permissions were given that the Utterly Bad Idea of The Portable Table Altar, for the Tridentine Form of Mass, were authorized. Only the More Progressive Parishes had this Table Altar, beginning with 1965.

“For All Men” gave rise to both the Traditionalist Catholic Movement in 1967, and, Sadly, The Sedevacantist Movement(The Teaching that there had been no Validly Elected Pope after the Death of Venerable Pope Pius XII & that from Pope John XXIII onward, there were all Antipopes seated in The See of Peter).

Also in The 1962 Missal was the Change in the Names of The Parts of The Mass. The Part called “Mass Of The Catechumens”(Those undergoing Religious Instruction), this became “Liturgy Of The Word”, as it was more “Protestant Friendly.” Then there was “Liturgy Of The Eucharist”, replacing “Mass of The Faithful.” This is only in the Latin(Roman) Rite. This was added in time for the Liturgical Year of 1965.

Oh & Another Thing:
Boys and Men ONLY as Altar Servers, was done because in much older times, servers were often ordained as Priests when the Priest retired or died.

As to the Novus Ordo Missae:
There is So Much MISSING from what is The Tridentine Latin Mass in the Novus Ordo Mass, like the Theology of The Mass.
Also, this version of the Mass incorporated Liturgical Abuses from both the US of A & Der Nederlands.

The Novus Ordo Mass incorporates the US of A Abuse called “The Presentation of The Gifts”, where two people bring up the Elements of Unleavened Bread & Wine. This was tried in Boston under Archbishop Richard Cushing. An Ad Populum Tridentine Latin Mass was done in North Dakota. Venerable Pope Pius XII ruled these practices as abuses & condemned these US Practices.
The General Intercessions Prayers of the Faithful went to be an Everyday Practice at Mass. It is based on the Litanies of the Byzantine Rite in the Divine Liturgies of Sts John Chrysostom and Basil The Great. Trust me on this one-The Eastern Catholic Churches & Eastern Orthodox Churches of Byzantine Rite, do this way better than the Roman Rite Catholic Church does. While Not an abuse, it was added to keep something Catholic in the Novus Missae.
The Collective Confiteor, without the Intercessions of Sts Michael The Archangel, John The Baptist, Peter & Paul & only one Intercession of Blessed Mary Ever Virgin. In the Confiteor of the Tridentine Latin Mass, which the Priest says 1st, then the Congregation’s Confiteor, each Saint mentioned twice, ended up as 1 Mention of the Blessed Virgin May & two Intercessions of “The Brethren.” This Collective Confiteor is one of a number of Penitential Options & has for its basis, The Lutheran Confiteor and the Anglican Confiteor, but neither mentions the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Sign of Peace(Or The Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Wave, seen every day of the week), is said to have come from the Antiochean Rite Maronite Catholic Church. Only The Servers come out from the Sanctuary & shake the hand of the 1st One in the Pew & it is transmitted down the length of the Pew. It was added to the 1962 Missal in 1964. It is only an option. It is a Distraction from The Mass. It made the cut in the Novus Ordo Mass.

Sancte Communion A Mano(In The Hand):
This Grave Abuse came into being during the Protestant Heresy called “The Reformation”, when it was simply a Huge Schism. Martin Bucer, an Apostate Priest of The Order of Preachers of St. Dominic, lost his belief in the Corporeal & Substantial Real Presense of Christ &, in acting as Advisor to Archbishop of Canterbury, The Heretic Thomas Cranmer, introduced Communion A Mano(In The Hand), to teach those of The Church Of England, that no such Real Presence exists. It was 1st practiced before Vatican II ended in Der Nederlands, to protest that The Catholic Church did not change her teachings on Contraception. From this country came the Infamous “Dutch Catechism”, deemed to teach Heresy.
Memoriale Domini, an Encyclical by Blessed Paul VI, addressed Holy Communion In The Hand.

In Canada, this practice arrived in Early 1970, being permitted by meeting the conditions of Memoriale Domini, which means that the Abuse was widespread & that the Conference Of Catholic Bishops in that Nation petitioned The Holy See, after a 2/3 Majority of Bishops By Secret Ballot, concurred.

From 1975 through 1977, the US Conference Of Catholic Bishops, then called the NCCB, was headed by The Archbishop of Cincinnati, OH, Joseph Bernadin, who led the Liberal & Homosexual Wings of The Roman Latin Church. At all three National Meetings of this August Body(Or Hapless Bench) of Bishops in 1975-1977, the motion to promulgate Holy Communion In The Hand fell short of the 2/3 Super Majority. But, Bernadin disobeyed the Papal Edict, and added voters via Telephone and also those Who were Emeriti to the figures, thus having this passed. The Indult was passed but is actually Null and Void, due to the Circumstances on How Archbishop Bernadin effected this practice, which was NEVER widespread in the USA. In short, the Practice in the United States Of America, was born of a Lie, thus NEVER VALID, EVER.

Standing to receive Holy Communion In The Roman Latin Rite:
Never Mind that it is a Byzantine Rite Practice, not done well by The Roman Latin Church, that the US Conference Of Catholic Bishops decided to add a Byzantine Rite Practice of Bowing to add a semblance of Eucharistic Piety to receiving Holy Communion, mostly in the Hand. I know of a few Ukrainian Greek Catholics who would beg to differ in regards to Roman Rite Catholics who receive Holy Communion In The Hand. This is SO Novus Ordo.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Originally meant to bring Holy Communion To The Sick Shut In Catholics in their homes and Nursing Facilities, they have become an Armada at Holy Communion Time, supposedly because the Priest and Deacon Communion Lines are too long. These People did not receive Holy Orders. Plus in the Artificially Contrived Priest Shortage thanks to Heterodox Bishops and Priests, suddenly Lay People are NEEDED to give out Holy Communion at Mass.
Holy Communion Under Both Species:
The Eastern Churches, both Catholic & Eastern Orthodox, have Holy Communion via Intinction and the Priest, Bishop or Deacon, distribute the Body & Blood of Christ via Gold Plated Holy Communion Spoon.
There is none of The Two Station Reception of The Sacrament which occurs only in the Roman Rite Novus Ordo Mass, with an Extraordinary Minister handling the Cup where the Precious Blood of Christ comes from.
Sadly, the Novus Ordo Mass is a place where one can lose one’s Sensus Catholicus, and one’s Faith & one’s Belief in The Most Sublime Sacrament of The Altar.

It is Time To End The Novus Ordo Mass.

M

Kyrie Elaison

The Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time John VI

16 Aug

It is in The Holy Gospel according to Saint John Apostle(The Beloved Disciple), who tells the Word of Christ predicting The Eucharist.

“My Flesh Is Real Food & My Blood Is Real Drink.”

And so It Is True, as Christ IS THE TRUTH.
That Through The Miracle Of Transubstantiation on all Catholic Altars around the world, the Bread and Wine become The Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ, with only the “Accidents” or Sensible Qualities remaining.

Deo Gratias!

M

Pentecost Is Actually 8 Days

20 May

When the Ecclesiastical Calendar went from the Tridentine to Novus Ordo, the Time of Pentecost went from 8 Days to just the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass Schedule. The PROTESTANTIZATION of The Roman|Latin Rite of The Catholic Church, would basically be complete. The Day after Pentecost would be the continuation of what began after Baptism of The Lord, namely Ordinary Time, instead of what used to be called Time After Pentecost.

Pentecost, which is Ten Days after Ascension Thursday, used to begin on Saturday with Vigil of Pentecost, followed by Pentecost Sunday and go through into the Saturday before Trinity Sunday. Easter Season ends on That Saturday before Trinity Sunday. Four Days After Trinity Sunday, came The Feast of Corpus Christi. The Sunday after Corpus Christi began the Cycle called Time After Pentecost. It is in October that The Feast Of Christ The King came to be celebrated in All The Churches In Union With The Holy See.

For those who practice by The Tridentine Calendar, Pentecost Is An Octave, like Easter and Christmas.
When the Calendar Change to Novus Ordo occurred, Blessed Paul VI went to celebrate The Mass Of The Octave of Pentecost. What surprised him unto the point of Crying, was that in addition to the New Mass, Bugnini & Company came up with a Totally New Liturgical Calendar.
The Gutting of The Calendar of The Roman|Latin Rite was Complete. Thus, the Era of The Novus Ordo was in full swing.

The Church has not been the Same, but is going through Her Passion. These past 45 Years have caused many Parishes and Schools to fold up.

It’s Sad.

But with the Resumption of the Tridentine Latin Mass, albeit on a Limited Basis, some sense of Solemnity and Sanity will keep One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, continues. The Eastern Catholic Churches are holding The Fort. They, along with The Tridentine Latin Mass, represent Tradition.

Kyrie Elaison

M

Tradwriter 27: Inculturation: Isn’t it great?

18 May

“Inculturation”, a Vatican II Term of of The Modernist ” Novelty Experts”, who could write comedy for the US Television Networks but not Liturgy, is the adding of Regional Customs to the Liturgy. Often it entails Pagan Customs such as Smoking a Peace Pipe or some Native Dance.

Imagine Polynesian Dancers for a Polynesian Mass. Dancing is prohibited under Liturgical Law. In the R C Archdiocese of Buenas Aires, Argentina, the Metropolitan of The Nation authorized a “Pinocchio Mass” for the young people(I wonder if Gary M. Voris will deny this). This Mass had Disney Characters at that Mass, held in a Futbol Stadium.(Note that this Archbishop’s Family Name is Bergoglio & the Video is on You Tube).
Instead of calling the current Mass the New Mass or New Order of Mass(Novus Ordo Missa), a number of Traditionalists call this the NO Mass. NO simply means Novus Ordo and one group even has a battle cry of “No NO.”
Another name which is appropriate for the NO Mass is NOAM(No Order At Mass). Noam is a Jewish Male name and pronounced “No Ahm”. NOAM will be pronounced the same way.
The Halloween & Clown Masses are basically Low Grade Entertainments, with a NO Mass in the Middle of the Theme. Not only that, they are Blasphemous Liturgies, often using Illicit Bread, such as Doritos Chips or in the case of one Clown Liturgy, Pizza Bread(It is in photos on the web).
One Priest in the Diocese of Orange County, California, donned a ” Barney The Dinosaur ” Costume and offered Mass(On You Tube).
If I want a Cabaret Act, I will head to a Club in Astoria, Queens or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If I want Clowns, I will head to a Circus.
Someone dressed as “Dracula” should NOT be proclaiming The Epistle. The So Called “Ordinary Form of Mass”, written to make PROTESTANTS(Heretics)feel at Home, with an ” Offertory” which is NOT in the Least Bit the Propitiary Sacrifice, where the Priest offers Prayers for his sins and the sins of the Faithful, while offering the Hostia (Victim) to God The Father.
An “Offertory” Prayer in the NO Mass, written not to offend people who look at The Eucharist as a “Memorial Meal”, comes from The Talmud, which Blasphemes BOTH Jesus and The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Like WHAT Flavor of Hashish were these ” Liturgical Reformers” smoking?
I don’t think that the NO Mass is bringing in The Faithful. The Music, by and large, is the type which leads to Long Lines in Toilets, where much Vomiting occurs. The “Reformers” may claim that Psalms are being sung, but WHY are these Psalms always geared towards MAN? If “On Eagles Wings” is ANY Indication, we will have sung this song, based on Psalms, merely for our SELF Edification, not for worshipping God In Three Persons.

As far as the NO Mass is concerned, I agree wholeheartedly with Louie Verrecchio, Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari, it is time to END this hideous experiment. Say “No” to “The NO.”
Return to the Tridentine Form of the Mass to reorient the Faithful, with some Latin added gradually. Return to the One Year Cycle of Readings, as it is in both the Tridentine Latin Mass & Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom & St. Basil The Great.
No Girls as Altar Servers, as they cannot be ordained as Priests. This Mass prohibits Holy Communion A Mano(In The Hand). The Priest should pray Silently at the Offertory and at The Canon of The Mass. Kneeling at The Altar Rail should also return.

Junk The NO Mass, which has NOT worked since November 30th, 1969.

The Return of The Faith, demands it.

Kyrie Elaison

M