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Corpus Christi Et Musica Sacra

11 Jun

I love listening to Gregorian Chant. I also love listening to Byzantine Chant. In fact my “Rock Music” is Gregorian Chant. Having learned how to read Latin at Age 7 in the 2nd Grade in my Native Land, Brooklyn, NY, in an area within spitting distance of Queens, in the Eastern Part of the Borough of Brooklyn, learning a touch of Greek, such as the “Kyrie”, truly makes for a Catholic Experience.

I listened to the Homily from a Priest of Italian Extraction, a Native of the Eastern Part of Brooklyn called Cypress Hills. He spoke of The Eucharist as Greater than anything Temporal.
The Homily was well spoken. The Music was Sublime.

At the End of Mass, The Corpus Christi Procession began with The Monstrance carrying the Consecrated Host(The Body Of Christ, With Only The Sensible Qualities Remaining) to Three Stations around The Parish Church, a rather large Parish Church at the Corner of Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the Neighborhood called Forest Hills.

The Utterly Sublime Hymn, “Pange Domine” was sung on the way to the Old Convent, in Latin. It is most often heard on Holy Thursday on the 1st Night of The Easter Triduum, when the Body of Christ is transferred to a Repository away from the Main Altar. For those who grew up in the Roman/Latin Rite after 1969, this Hymn is a link with The Roman/Latin Rite of Pre Vatican Council II.

It was from The Old Convent to the Rectory when the Post Vatican Council II Church was represented by a Hymn, which was selected as the Official Hymn of The International Eucharistic Congress in 1976 in Philadelphia during The USA Bicentennial. The Late Richard Kreutz authored this Hymn. It is called “Gift Of Finest Wheat” and has a more “Ecumenical” Feel to it, as it is sung in Lutheran, Anglican and Methodist Ecclesial Communities, but does state Eucharistic Catholic Theology, despite having None Of The Awe of “O Sacrament Most Holy.”

I have a Most Dear Friend. She is a Convert from Eastern Orthodoxy. She despises the Modern Music of Post Vatican II. I cannot blame her, especially since I have been going to the Tridentine Latin Mass of The Roman Missal of Pope St. John XXIII. Via the Younger Latin Mass Attendees, I also feel at Home in The Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch Of Constantinople and Doctor of The Church, with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church In Union With The Holy See in The Vatican. In neither the Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962, nor the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, will you hear any of the Modern Music of the Post Vatican II Church.

What I will say is that “Gift Of Finest Wheat” throws the Tempo off, whenever Gregorian Chant is sung. I know that “Gift Of Finest Wheat”, a Hymn of the Post Vatican II Church Era, is rare in that it isn’t a Song of Sheer Self like a few of the “Bread Songs” which My Most Dear Friend has Utter Contempt for, but “Gift Of Finest Wheat” is not in utter opposition to Catholic Eucharistic Theology.
To use a more Earthly Comparison, it is like trying to make a crème sauce with Skim Milk. Hence, there goes the recipe. Modern should go with Modern, while Classic goes with Classic and Never The Twain Shall Meet.

At the Final Station at the Entrance to the Church, “Beneditio” was offered as it is on Thursdays at 7:30PM, with “Tantum Ergo, Sacramentum”, sung in Latin, with the Prayers offered in English, as they have been since 1st Friday in 1964, when “Tantum Ergo” was 1st offered in Vernacular. The Divine Praises were offered.

Processing to the Main Altar, “Holy God We Praise Thy Name” was sung.

All went well.

A Word Of Caution that Modern and Classical work only in This World and Not The Ecclesial Next World.

Deo Gratias


A Break Is Needed & Good Homily Today

8 Jun

Running to Midtown Manhattan in the Evenings and Weekends can be rather tiring.
So I will be attending Mass, Tridentine or New Mass for a Week here in Queens, and that goes as well for the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy. I can head to Astoria for a Saturday Vigil Divine Liturgy.
After a Virus where Montezuma is getting his revenge with me, it is time to not run around like a maniac.
It was great to attend the 1PM High Mass at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs on Ascan Avenue and Queens Blvd, as it was the Feast Of Corpus Christi, with a Procession to follow.
The Redoubtable Fr Frank Passenant, Administrator of the Parish, is the Master Of Sacred Ceremonies. The Gospel was read by the Nationally Syndicated Deacon Greg Kandra but Fr Passenant preached the Homily on The Eucharist, which satisfies more than temporal things. While the iPhone and Mac Computer may satisfy for only a while, the Most Holy Sacrament of The Altar Satisfies Always.
It is Possible for a Traditional Mass Goer like me, to find a well preached Ordinary Form Mass and this was a Gem.
Gregorian Chant was sung under the Supervision of Maestro David Close.
Bravo(No, not the TV Network By The Same Name)!

Deo Gratias!


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On Web Television & Web Radio, Update For 6/7/15 Corpus Christi

5 Jun

Today@ 1355 EDT(1855 GMT), Procession For Feast of Corpus Christi, live from Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs, Forest Hills, Queens, NY on “Aroamingcatholicny” on; and will be simulcast on “aroamingcatholicny” on Spreacher Web Radio via @leggettmi on Twitter Feed

Replay Coverage on @leggettmi on Twitter and Google+, via Catholic Friends and Catholic Rosary Pages on Google+, as well as Facebook, regarding Web Telecasts on Veetle;

Replay Coverage of Spreacher Feed will be on both Facebook and well as Veetle Feed.

Deo Gratias Pro Corpus Christi


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