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1st Holy Communion & Bad Music

14 May

There is SOMETHING To be said for SILENCE. The Tridentine Latin Mass & the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church), both experience this at Holy Communion. Not so in Novus Ordo Land, as “Music” of what My Most Dear Friend calls “Vomit, Barf, Puke & S–t”, warbles over the Wurlitzer Organ. It is the type of Liturgical Music, which can be considered to be Torture by The Geneva Convention & The Canadian Human Rights Commission, as well as unsuitable for use as theme music for assorted Television Series on CBC in Canada. CBC’s Resident Curmudgeon, The Redoubtable Rex Murphy, would call this Gaggle “The Utter Disonance of Trite Tripe, with the Ability to cause massive intestinal distress.”
No Doubt that Peter Mansbridge would concur.
Ever since the Seeming End of the Tridentine Era & Coming of The Novus Ordo Era, the Emphasis is on Meal instead of The Sacrifice. And the Music is written to express the Nouvelle Theologie of a Protestant Friendly Liturgy called The Mass.
Opening a 1st Holy Communion Mass with a Sure Fire Schutte Song(Hymns Are Sung TO God), “Table Of Plenty”, which would cause Fits to both Tridentine Latin Mass Attendees as well as for Catholics of The Eastern Catholic Churches, is a Horizontal Song. One is never supposed to sing the Part of The Christ unless one is a Bishop, Priest or Deacon.
As the Doctrine of The Body & Blood of Christ is The Doctrine of Holy Communion, WHY is this Song played, as it virtually infers a Pizza Party? Because, ever since the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council(V II), the emphasis became Meal Oriented, in the Name of False Ecumenism, which Protestants proclaim since the Time of Martin Luther & Ulrich Zwingli, both Apostate Catholic Priests, who were both Excommunicated for Heresy & Apostasy.
Almost 50 Years have passed since Benedictine Archabbot Rembert Weakland, with a couple of Revolutionaries, brought into being the Utterly Nauseating “Folk Mass”, strummed on Guitars, replete with Music With Absolutely No Majesty. I call it “106.7 Lite FM.” This occurred While The Tridentine Form of Mass was still in effect in October of 1967. Archabbot Weakland was later named Archbishop of Milwaukee, WI. He discovered a slew of Loopholes in the V II Modernist Document, “Sacrosanctum Concillium”, Fr Annibale Bugnini’s Blueprint for a Protestant Friendly Liturgy called The Novus Ordo Mass. A sure sign of Change would be the Playing & Singing of “Bread Songs.”
At the(Stripped Down) Offertory, there is what is called “The Presentation Of The Gifts”, which is merely transferring the Bread & Wine to The Priest, so that the Priest will offer up the Bread & Wine & later consecrate it into The Body & Blood of Christ.
The “Offertory Song” is a Folk Mass “Classic”, as it almost 50 Years Old, called “Take Our Bread.” The way that song comes out, it treats The Most Holy Sacrament of The Altar, as if it was a Campfire Sing Along about a Meal. Instead of being played on Guitars, the Organ was used.
This was at a Queens Parish in the RC Diocese of Brooklyn, not in Canada.
One wonders how the Children were trained on how to receive Holy Communion. This being the USA, it most likely was in the hand. In my time, in 1962, ONLY the Priest could even touch The Body & Blood of Christ. Hey, his hands, as he acts “In Persona Christi” are consecrated. Ours are NOT.
At Communion Time, “One Bread, One Body”, as part of “The Bread Songfest” was sung.
A “We Are” Song called “We Are Many Parts”(Totally Unknown to me, but is part of “The We Are Songfest of 2016”) was sung. It is a Song where we tell God how good we are, then ask God for “The Spirit Of Love.”

And My Most Dear Friend would have been Utterly Enraged by the Musical Selection, calling for the Starvation of The Music Director. She would have to include the “Liturgy Committee” for such Musical Selection.
It is as if The Liturgy has done a 180° Turn, with Man worshipping himself, forgetting who put Man there.
Keep this up like this and The Triune Lord will send Man something Man will NEVER Forget & it will NOT be a Pretty Sight.

Kyrie Elaison!

M

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EWTN”Knights of Columbus 133rd Supreme Convention Wednesday Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom”

25 Apr

I may be from The Roman/Latin Rite of One, Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church, but, Any Time I have attended a Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom(Doctor of The Church), I am INTENSELY Moved.

EWTN carried this Broadcast of The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor & Doctor Of The Church) as part of The 133rd Supreme Convention of The Knights Of Columbus from Philadelphia, PA. The Prime Celebrant was Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. There were many Priests, both Ukrainian and Latin Rite.
This is a Catholic Liturgy which I am most familiar with. Add The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Honour Guard, and this becomes so solemn. Let me say that, while it is sung in English, with some Old Slavonic & Ukrainian added, it has more of The Feel of The Tridentine Latin Mass, as The Priest faces Eastward.
During The Prayer For Fervent Supplication, I was moved so Deeply, that I was crying, for it was a Prayer calling for the Beatification of Venerable Fr Michael J. Mc Givney, Founder of The Knights Of Columbus. This was before the Nicene Creed.
Great Choir from The Immaculate Conception Shrine Basilica in Washington, D.C.(Part of The Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia & the RC Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.). And Byzantine Rite Tradition forgoes the use of Musical Instruments so all you hear is live a Capella.

I believe that the Upcoming Sunday Mass will be a Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.
I need it to fight “The Good Fight”, as St. Paul puts it.

Christ Is Risen
Indeed, He Is.

M

In The Ice & Cold Ahead In NYC & New York State

13 Feb

In Albany, it is worse at 4°F(-16°C). But it is Windy here, at 15°F(-8°C), with Wind Chill Temperature at -11°F(-25°C).

Nevertheless, as Sunday is The Lord’s Day, I plan to make it to Mass, Somewhere. I may even head via IND SUBWAY 6th Avenue F Train to Broadway Lafayette to 266 Mulberry Street to 1st Sunday of The Great Lent at St. Michael’s Russian Greek Catholic Chapel. Or it might be Holy Innocents. Holy Innocents Tridentine Latin Mass is at 10:30AM, while St. Michael’s Russian Greek Catholic Chapel has the Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom at 11:00AM. St. Agnes is also a TLM Option at 11:00AM.
Dumb Muzak is Not an Option. The Eucharist is Where It’s At.

Associate US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scala passed away today at Age 79. Details not given.
Agnus Dei Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Dona Eis Requiem Aeternam.

M

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

“Traditio, Traditio….Traditio”(A Touch Of “Fiddler On The Roof”)

18 Dec

My Most Dear Friend has gone & done it. After the purchase of a Used Tridentine Latin Mass Missal in 2013 & a White Mantilla in 2014 & a Black Mantilla in 2015, it was on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at the 6:00PM Tridentine Latin Mass at Holy Innocents RC Church in Midtown Manhattan on West 37th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue, where she 1st Experienced “Traditio.”
The Mass, offered by a Priest, assisted by a Deacon & Subdeacon, was a Missa Solemnes(High Mass).

She has finally experienced “The REAL Roman/Latin Rite.” And Since she is a Convert from Greek Orthodoxy, she saw certain elements from the TLM which correspond to The Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom.
For she told me that she had gone to a Wedding Liturgy in The Hamptons at a Methodist Church & that this morning’s Novus Ordo Mass, looked like that Methodist Liturgy.
It was at this point that I explained the Novus Ordo Liturgy & the fact that this Liturgy had Protestants involved in the Design.

She noticed that the differences of the two Roman Rite Masses are “Night & Day.” Only one of them, the Tridentine Latin Mass, truly “Speaks Catholic”, especially on The High Altar.

Deum De Deo, Lumen De Lumine!

M

Kyrie Elaison

“It’s Sad, Really”

24 Nov

The above is a comment made by Christopher Ferrara Esq on “The Remnant Forum” on You Tube, in regards to Michael Voris becoming Estranged from The Traditionalist Allies, who helped shape Michael’s Sensus Catholicus. I am using this comment to decry the Rather Massive Drop in crowds at St. Agnes on E43rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, from 2013 to 2015. It is from this Parish where I resumed a major return of My Sensus Catholicus in January, 2007, by going to a Tridentine Latin Mass(TLM), on a Sunday After Epiphany.
It was around The Advent Season, in fact the 1st Sunday of Advent(December 1st, 2013), when the Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass was “Wall To Wall” with Young People in a packed house.
And NOW? Where Did They All Go?
I recall the “Unofficial Master Of Ceremonies”, Mr David Lane of Woodside, Queens, passing Circulars after Mass. I asked as to why there is such a huge crowd, to which he remarked “The Latin Mass Is The Youth Movement of The Catholic Church.”
Fast Forward to 2015 & the Crowds were going much lower, though a young Dallas, Texas convert named Anne was there with a friend. A number of Pews were empty. I saw Anne at a TLM in 2014, as the crowds began dying down.
I may have gotten an inkling one Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at my 1st Ever Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the East Village on E7th Street, across from Mc Sorley’s Ale House. A Latino Male told me that he goes to Holy Innocents in Midtown Manhattan & they have The TLM there 7 Days a Week. I did a double with the TLM at St. John’s Cemetery Chapel in Middle Village, Queens & then the Divine Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom. A certain # of Tridentine Latin Mass Catholics have often known about St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Certain of the Holy Innocents Crew also utilize the Russian Greek Catholic Parish of St. Michael’s on Mulberry Street in the Former Chancery of The RC Archdiocese of New York, on the Grounds of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish in Little Italy.

Today, much of the TLM Crowd at Holy Innocents is made up of former regulars at St. Agnes. Some felt uncomfortable at St. Agnes. I often see the St. Agnes Regulars at Holy Innocents during the week & a number of the Young People there. Potential Converts often come to the Sunday TLM at Holy Innocents.
The TLM came into St. Agnes in January, 1989. For awhile it was the ONLY TLM in NYC. Holy Innocents went with the TLM in 2009. It saved the Parish from Utter Oblivion. And it became The Centre of The TLM Movement, especially receiving huge Media Coverage because it was threatened with being merged or shut down.
There was Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI on 07/07/07, which freed up the Offering of The TLM, by any Roman Rite Catholic Priest. In NYC the Mass grew. And in 2009, Holy Innocents joined the Tridentine Latin Mass. And this saved Holy Innocents.
But, I do say to those who want to give the TLM a shot to save one’s Sagging Faith, give St. Agnes a shot. You Will Love the TLM & the Great Conversations which follow it.
Give St. Agnes A Chance, People!

Deo Gratias!

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