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8 Apr

Easter Vigil The Tridentine Latin Mass & Reception

7 Apr

For 2 Hours and 42 Minutes beginning at 9:08PM, EDT and ending at 11:50PM, EDT in Midtown Manhattan, the Easter Vigil Tridentine Latin Mass, I do say, is a Different Perspective from the Easter Vigil Novus Ordo Mass.
“Dominus Vobiscum” opened this Liturgy, with the 1st Words spoken by the Congregation were “Et Cum Spiritu Tuo.”
It was a Time of Both Prayer & Education. For when I was in the Lower Grades of St. Sylvester School on Grant Avenue In the City Line Section of Brooklyn, several years before the Novus Ordo Phenomenon, Schoolchildren were mandated to attend the 9:00AM Mass. There was a 3 Hour Fast before Holy Communion, where Water or Medicine could be taken anytime up to Holy Communion. Other Liquids required a 1 Hour Fast before Holy Communion. On Christmas, Easter & during the Summer, one could attend any Sunday Mass. At Christmas, provided One was with an Adult, one could go to Midnight Mass. In those earlier Times of the Easter Vigil Tridentine Latin Mass, in the Early 1960s, that Mass was at Midnight.

There is Nothing but Solemnity here, no cornball responses written by a Modernist Religious Education Director, who could turn Solemnity into a proverbial tribute to Bozo The Clown. As I went to a Novus Ordo Easter Vigil Mass for all of these years, The 1st Part during the Service of Old Testament Readings, the response was written as if one was in Second Grade, if that at all. I wondered why this particular Easter Vigil did not have a Full House. Perhaps, Adults do not feel like being made to feel that they are Second Graders in some Modernist, Novus Ordo, “Catholic” School. There, the Music Director, One trained in Classical Style & Substance(Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Handel, Et Cetera), is forced not to make this Liturgy into a Masterpiece. Rather, he is forced to play this Director of Religious Education’s Mandated Trite Tripe, in order to pacify the 1970s Indoctrinated Gang of Five’s Choices, which please nobody but “The Gang Of Five Modernists, who prefer Trite Tripe to Bach.” The “Gang of Five Modernists” always say that this is done “For The Children”, which makes me wonder if “The Gang Of Five Modernists” have grown up YET. This takes place in an Upper Class Queens Neighborhood where it took about 7 Weeks to finally catch up with much of the Rest of The Church with the correct response of “And With Your Spirit”, instead of “And Also With You.”

I was praying the Glorious Mysteries of The Rosary(Rosarium, which means “Crown Of Flowers”), in anticipation of the 7:30PM Easter Vigil Liturgy at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs in Forest Hills. When I was finished, I was overcome with a Desire to be at an Easter Vigil not in Queens but in Holy Innocents in Manhattan, in Latin, in The Tridentine Way.
And so I readied myself to head to Holy Innocents. I went over to Jamaica Avenue & 130 Street to catch the Q56 Bus to Lefferts Blvd to catch the Q10 Bus to the end of the line at Kew Gardens Road & Queens Blvd, grabbed myself a snack and headed onto the F Train at Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens for the ride to West 34th Street-Herald Square.
The F Train, normally runs Express along Queens Blvd, but due to track work, it went Local into West 34th Street. I then headed for two blocks from the W35 Street Exit to W37th Street and made it to Holy Innocents, with time to make it to the Men’s Toilet.
Then I proceeded up the Church Steps & to a seat.
At 9:08PM, E D T, The Easter Vigil Began. It was Heavenly to say the Least.

This is an Educational and Holy Experience, as the Baptismal Font and Waters are blessed during The Service prior To the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. The Priest wears a Lavender Alb and Stole during the Service. When The Actual Holy Sacrifice of The Mass begins with The “Gloria In Excelsis Deo”, The Priest switches to Golden Chasuble.
There is awe and wonder, for Christ Is Risen. In the New Mass, The Baptisms & Confirmations are done In the Mass portion as well as any Professions of Faith(For Those Coming From The Eastern Churches NOT IN Communion With One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church).
In The Holy Communion, all kneel and receive the Body of Christ on one’s tongue. The Altar Server places a Paten under one’s Jaw to keep particles of the Host from falling on the floor, as all particles of The Body of Christ are The Body of Christ. There is no Holy Communion in the Hand here.

The Final Blessing & Dismissal occurs and the Mass actually dismisses after the Reading of The Last Gospel According to St. John. There is One Genuflection, at these words “The Word Was Made Flesh.” This is The Story of The Incarnation.

Afterwards, there was a Reception in The Basement of Holy Innocents where we were fed and refreshed.
Then It was time to head home. I got Home by 3:50 AM & rested. Trust Me, I needed the sleep.

Happy Pascua!


Holy Innocents NYC Latin Easter Vigil High Mass(Vimeo)

5 Apr

2100 Hours(9PM EDT) Easter Vigil Mass In Latin Holy Innocents

4 Apr

I can always go to OLQM Forest Hills on. Easter Sunday Mass at the 11:30AM High Mass, but I am going to be heading to Holy Innocents on W37th Street for the 9PM Easter Vigil Mass in Latin. I have never been to the Easter Vigil in Tridentine Form before. This is my 1st Ever Time. I was way too young when the Easter Vigil Mass was in Latin.

As David Layne once said to me outside of St. Agnes East 43rd Street Midtown after the 11:00AM Sunday Tridentine Latin Mass, that “The Latin Mass is The Youth Movement of The Catholic Church”, hence it is time to experience that Youth Movement.

Thank You Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven & Earth.


The Glorious Mysteries

4 Apr

Doing Things Differently Today

4 Apr

Why shouldn’t I do things a bit differently on this Good Friday? It is a day Where one abstains from Meat. It is a Day of Prayer & for me, Catholic Commentary to be written. It was a Day to discover Catholic Faith Traditions & Locations.
Last Night I prayed the Joyful Mysteries of The Rosary. Early This Morning with Threatening Weather, I prayed The Sorrowful Mysteries of The Rosary.
It has been said that one’s attitude changes with praying The Rosary. It is as if Our Lady is There with You in your quarters.
I then spent some time writing & reading some rather snarky political commentary by Ann Coulter in the online edition of Human Events. Then I digitally penned my blog “A Roaming Catholic & went out to eat.

I am an Honorary Hoosier. Christian Civilization is under attack from Extremely Humanistic Practitioners of Acts from Sodom & Gomorrah. Some of these Practitioners of Sheer Evil, are threatening to annihilate Christian Businesses in Indiana. The State of New York, Home to Il Supremo Due, Governor Andrew Cuomo(Pronounced as Cumo by Rush Limbaugh), is boycotting Indiana, much to the Delight of Certain Residents of Greenwich Village, Jackson Heights and Kew Gardens. But, here is something strange & hypocritical, as Il Supremo Due is headed to Cuba, where Homosexuals are a persecuted minority, which will not look good in Greenwich Village. Il Supremo Due is looking to drum up business for New York State. If he is looking for tourists from Cuba, he has all the chance of a Snowball Fight in Miami Beach at Noon on July 4th. What a Rocket Scientist!

Lord Have Mercy(Kyrie Elaison)!

So with Prior Years, I had marched between St. Thomas Apostle and Holy Child Jesus Parishes in Woodhaven & Richmond Hill, Queens.
There was always the Stations Of The Cross at Holy Child Jesus and have recorded the March for viewing on Vimeo & Dailymotion. There was even Live Coverage on Ustreamtv, not that anybody watched.
But on Good Friday, The Rosary in The Sorrowful Mysteries was done early in the morning.
I decided not to head to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard. I knew of a Small Catholic Parish on Van Wyck Boulevard a few yards away from Hillside Avenue, on the Cusp of Kew Gardens and Briarwood, Queens.
I knew a couple of Priests from there who have since passed on. One of them was Chaplain of Morris Park 566 Knights of Columbus and passed away in the Early 1990s. One of them served at St. Thomas Apostle in Woodhaven, Queens until he was named Pastor of St. Cecelia Parish on the Williamsburg & Greenpoint Order in Brooklyn. He died near the end of 2013 at age 88.

I picked up a Copy of the Bulliten from Our Lady of The Cenacle, which still has a Parochial School attached to the Rear of The Church. The Parochial School was once staffed by the Sisters Of Charity Halifax, an Order which once taught me at St. Sylvester School on Grant Avenue in City Line, Brooklyn. The School was in existence from 1950 until the last decade of this century. The Old School Building is leased to a Special Needs type of High School.

In reading the Bilingual Parish Bulliten, I read the name of the Parish Administrator. This Priest is also familiar To me as he also served at St. Thomas Apostle in Woodhaven, Queens, before being named a Parish Administrator in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Fr Robert Morales is the Parish Administrator. He offered the Mass Of The Presanctified yesterday at 5PM at Our Lady of Cenacle in English. I had called the Rectory and inquired as to when a Good Friday Liturgy would occur.
There was the Reading of The Passion of Jesus Christ according to St. John, Veneration of The Holy Cross & then Holy Communion.
This lasted about an hour.

I was on my way To Moose Lodge 1642 when I stopped at Acey Ducey’s Pub on Metropolitan Avenue at 71st Avenue and partook of some grub and refreshment. And then I headed home.

One can say that I was content to changing the routine a bit.

Una Buena Pascua!


My Most Dear Friend & My Return To Rosarian Tradition

3 Apr

Last evening I had planned to go to The Mass of The Lord’s Supper at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, but I had been researching the Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgies in regards to the Ordinary Form of The Mass.
A little bit later, I began researching Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, Architect of the Novus Ordo Mass, currently called The Ordinary Form of Mass. I had read about His planned “Reform” of The Rosary. In the words of Christopher Ferrara, it was a case of “The New Mass meets The New Rosary.”
I prayed Rosary much in Childhood. But from the Time of the Beginnings of The New Mass, not very often. At Times I thought of it as a Woman’s Prayer. Now I know WHY I often felt “Dry” over the Years.
When I 1st went over to the Byzantine Rite, beautiful Prayers for Holy Mary Theotokos, which means Bearer of The Christ, are part of The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
But, with Archbishop Bugnini’s planned “Rosary Reform”, which would have only included the Line”Hail Full of Grace, The Lord is with Thee, Blessed is The Fruit of Thy Womb”, and one Our Father, I was both incensed and THIS moved me to pray 5 Decades of The Joyful Mysteries Last Night. The Joyful Mysteries are Monday & Thursday, The Sorrowful Mysteries are Tuesdays & Fridays & The Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays & Both Saturday and Sunday.
Now this morning, I was debating as to whether or not to go to the Annual Good Friday Walk between St. Thomas Apostle in Woodhaven & Holy Child Jesus here in Richmond Hill. The Weather is a bit rainy, the threat of Thunderstorms are upon us & the Walk is a chance that one will hear Folk Style Music all morning does not really appeal to me. Much of The Modern Liturgical Music is Utterly Void of being able to be sung and may sound better as Song Parodies, especially at THIS “Woodstock Style Walk.” The only things missing are The Mosh Areas.
So I prayed the 5 Sorrowful Mysteries, meditating on The Passion of Christ, who bore all of Mankind’s Sins. I had Tears in parts of these Mysteries being prayed.
Praying for Catholic and Orthodox Christians who are being massacred by People who profess a False Religion where Violence is a Known Solution, and where Marriage of Children is a Common Practice, whose founder once married a 9 Year Old Girl, makes me wonder about all the False Ecumenism the Vatican II Leadership in The Church are emphasising. Only When The Heretics & Schismatics come to The One True Church, will there be Unity. Our Catholic Brethren are taking a bad beating in The Middle East. Our Catholic Brethren, both Byzantine and Roman Latin, are under threat in Ukraine from Schismatic, Orthodox Russia.
False Ecumenism doesn’t cut it. And it is Time for The Pope, with all The Catholic Bishops, to Consecrate Russia to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, NOT having Prayer Services and Coffee Klatches with Apostates, Heretics & Schismatics. All these People need The Graces of Mary & The Sacraments of The Bride Of Christ, The One True Church, One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, for Outside of Her, There is No Salvation.
My Most Dear Friend once came to me in all my Bursitis Pain with the words “Jesus Loves You, Jesus Wants Us To Be Friends.”
She had suffered from Lymphoma and sought Heavenly Help. She tried The Rosary about 8 Years Ago. Prior to her coming into The Church from the Greek Orthodox Church in 2012, she prayed the Rosary. This worked a Cure. She came into The Church. She is maturing in her Catholic Faith.
I am hooked.
Deo Gratias!
Santa Maria, Madre De Dios, Ruega Por Nosotros Peccadores, Ahora Y En La Hora, De Nuestra Muerte, Amen.y


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

23 May

RORATE CÆLI: Self-Serve Communion on Holy Thursday: 8 years of “Reform of the Reform” of the Mass of Paul VI had no effect

7 May

It is Time for Catholics To Go Beyond You Tube

20 Apr

Years ago, it was Public Access Cable Channels. Eventually, it was the World Wide Web. Then came Vimeo in 2004, followed by Dailymotion and then You Tube. Then the Smartphone Revolution came and one could send a Video into Cyberspace from that Smartphone. Apple came out with the iPod Touch and iPad.
Then, Live Video Streaming Networks came into being. One can make a Good News Piece on the spot.
The Evangelical Christians are using Live Video Streaming Networks for their Wednesday Night and Sunday Services. I see this all the time on Veetle, Bambuser and Ustream.

I have yet to see Lay Catholics doing this. They usually head to You Tube as a matter of habit, though Vimeo is becoming a destination. On Vimeo, it is artists who comment, not imbecilic types who have trouble spelling a 3 letter word, though they have no trouble with the 4 letter kind.

But, one with a Smartphone and the right app, can broadcast any event imaginable.

On Holy Thursday, portions of The Catholic Mass of The Lord’s Supper, were telecast live from Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, over Veetle, an Easy to use Service. Views were not bad at all.
On Good Friday, Ustream was used to televise the St. Thomas Apostle to Holy Child Jesus Walk. But, Ustream, which the experts say is THE Place to get lots of viewers, only registered 11 Views in 25 Minutes of Transmission. Ustream is actually for the pros at the Traditional Broadcasting Networks, who may carry a story which is intended for web telecast only.
Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills Queens NY, was carried on Veetle and 31 views were registered. Part of the Tridentine Latin Mass of Easter Sunday, was carried by Veetle, as it handled a weak transmission signal quite well for 14 views in 11 Minutes. The Bambuser Feed failed twice and needs a stronger data signal to handle the transmission.
But two days before Palm Sunday, it handled the telecast of a portion of The Children’s Stations Of The Cross, Live from St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, Queens, NY. It lasted 3 Minutes and 11 Seconds, getting 18 Views.
Those of you who watch “”, the show “Mic’d Up” With Michael Voris, is carried Live on Wednesday Nights, with Live Feed on Livestream. Livestream like Ustream, caters to the Pros.

It is time to “Go Live” & preach the Good News. Many of The services are free. The Results will amaze you. You Tube is “So 2005.”

A Catholic Presence is needed.
You are The Media.

Pax Tecum!
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

M, Eh