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September 11 & Byzantine Catholics

10 Sep

For those of you who are Ukrainian Greek Catholic and are on the Traditional Julian Calendar, tomorrow is The Feast & Fast of The Beheading of St. John The Baptist. It is a Day of Liturgy(Holy Day of Obligation) & a Day of Abstention From Meat. According to the Traditional Julian Calendar, September 11th on the Gregorian Calendar is August 29th on the Traditional Julian Calendar.

But, I doubt that any of you have forgotten Tuesday September 11th, 2001 when at 8:46 AM ET, a Plane was crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center Complex, followed by a second Plane crashing into the South Tower of The World Trade Center Complex at 9:03AM ET. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59AM ET, with the North Tower collapsing at 10:29AM ET.

Do this day as one of Prayer & Penance. Also do abstain from Meat. This is for all Catholics, East & West.

Ad Aeternam Et In Paradisium, Orate Fratres.

M

Kyrie Elaison

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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost(Roman/Latin Rite)

21 Jun

It should be noted about the format of the Sacred Scripture Readings, it is about understanding the Sacred Proclamations of the Word of God and not about how many Laity read the readings or acted as cantor during the Responsorial Psalm.
Note that at both the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom & St. Basil The Great, it is Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia(Or Tract in Septuagessima, Lenten and Advent Seasons in the Roman/Latin Rite) and Gospel which we listen to, fixed in the same sequence every year and not some Protestant Reformation Style, taken from a Roman/Latin Style which was discarded for emphasis on The Eucharist during the Reign of Pope Saint Gregory The Great.

“Ye Shall Be Fishers Of Men” is what Jesus told Simon Peter The Fisherman and James and John, after the Great Catch of Fish.
This Gospel is heard on the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost and listed as such.

It is at the Traditional Liturgies of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church where one is liable to hear a Consistent Rendering of Scripture. At the Novus Ordo with Weekday A & B Cycle and Sundays where A, B and C Cycles are followed, albeit with parts about Sin(Being Treated as a 4 Letter Word of either the F or S Cycle), left out followed by a Homily with all the meaning of a “Seinfeld” Episode(Yadda, Yadda, A Homily About Nothing).

After Last Weekend’s Novus Ordo Liturgy, with Music which I can’t even remember what was sung, except that for My Most Dear Friend would characterize as Picnic Music Which could cause Immense Stomach Upset, I have to attend another of these Parish Gatherings, where I fear having to load up onĀ  Peptic Bismuth.

My Backup Liturgy will be in Astoria, which is Divine and Chanted at 5:00PM, EDT, but Timeless.
One can say that Doctor of The Church, Saint John Chrysostom, composed The Anaphora for the Sacrifice and Consecration of Christ’s Body and Blood.

M

(Vimeo) The Farewell Mass Of Hibernian Summer

10 Jun

What Is Rarely Said In Novus Ordo Company

29 May

Sin, Hell and Purgatory are rarely mentioned, including in the Novus Ordo Version of Missa Pro Defunctis. That can also be said of Missa Memoriam in the Novus Ordo.
I was at a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, for the Repose of The Soul of the Wife of an Active Member of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians.
It was a Celebration of the Woman’s Life. The Parish Church was packed to the Rafters. Beginning with a Novus Ordo Song, directed for the edification of The Assembly followed by Opening Prayers, it would be an experience not to be forgotten.
Both the “Ave Maria” and “Pie Jesus” were sung with Awe by a Young Lady. But what was Extremely Strange was the Responsorial Psalm, as that was sung to a Guitar, which I have never seen in my life at a Mass Of Christian Burial(Missa Requiem). The Farewell was “On Eagles Wings.”
Many received Holy Communion in the Hand, as it goes with Novus Ordo Territory.
The Neo Canonization is getting ridiculous at these Missae Novus Ordo. Prayer for The Soul of the Faithfully Departed is needed here.
For later in the day at Saint Matthias R C Church was a Tridentine Latin Mass. There, one could truly pray for the Departed’s Immortal Soul.Without Distraction.

The Major Error made in the Revision of The Offertory, was the Removal of The Prayers the Priest said for his Sins as well as for the the Souls of Both Living and Dead.
This was done in the “Spirit Of Vatican II”, so as not to offend Modernist Protestants, in the “False Ecumenism” infecting The Church, for the Last 50 Years, especially since Sunday, November 30th, 1969, when the Novus Ordo Mass was 1st Offered, Bad Translations and All.
In pleasing Modernist, Mainline Protestants, taking the Sacrifice out of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, was and still is affecting the Faith of Roman/Latin Rite Catholics until this very day.

Kyrie Elaison

M

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EWTN “Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference” on YouTube

2 Apr

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference: https://youtu.be/YzFOuz_hAbw

This is a major Conference of the Catholic Church, Predominantly in the Roman Rite, this Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church, Tridentine Calendar Feast is January 27th in keeping with the Celebration of The Three Holy Hierarchs of The Eastern Catholic Churches of One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church and in the New Liturgical Calendar of the Ordinary Form Mass on September 14th)was offered at the Napa Institute Conference to show the Diversity of Expression in the Liturgies of The Church.
With a Choir, this Timeless Liturgy which is over 1600 Years Old & Older than the Tridentine Latin Mass, is one of Wonder & Awe.
Even without a Choir, it is a Liturgy of Wonder & Awe, for from November 2013 to October of 2014, I went to 23 Ukrainian Byzantine Divine Liturgies offered in English at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the East Village In Manhattan & Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria Queens.
I have to go back to Mass in both locations. I an awed by that Liturgy.
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Deo Gratias

M

Ora Pro Anima De Marge Duffy

9 Sep

After my observations on a Requiem Mass with Stringed Instrument De Populum, called Guitarra, in which I was both enraged and perplexed, it is appropriate to speak well of The Deceased Woman called Marge Duffy, Late of Holy Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY.

The Requiem Mass was Concelebrated by The Parish Administrator, Reverend Father Francis Colemaria, The Dean of Brooklyn East, The Very Reverend Father Francis Shannon, The Pastor who is The Most Reverend Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who served as Master of Ceremonies for The Mass, Reverend Father Daniel Murphy, who is Pastor of Good Shepherd in Park Slope, Brooklyn and was Pastor of Holy Child Jesus some years ago and ably assisted by the Reverend Deacon Jeremiah Schwarz, Plus Two Altar Servers.
A sweet young lady sang with devotion the Marian Hymns and Gregorian Chants, both Ave Maria and Pie Jesus, as well as the Supplication called The Ora Pro Pacem de Sancte Franciscum. She did have a slight problem with “City of God”, composed by Former Saint Louis Jesuit Daniel Schutte, a Song which sends me into a touch of Intestinal Distress.

“The Snare of Mr Stevie, did not endear me”:
Steve, perhaps in the Vein of The Maestro On The Hill(Actually at Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard), called David Close, sang the Responsorial Psalm, “The Lord Is My Shepherd”, while strumming a 5 stringed instrument, never heard by me before at a Missa Requiem, called La Guitarra. For such an Act, a woman who I call “Most Dear Friend”, would recommend that, like Maestro Close, Steve should be “Starved” for this. Actually, he deserves this bit of Acerbic Wit on my part.

This was an appropriate  Missa Requiem for a Head of State and Marge Duffy was treated in this fashion by the Priests and Deacon and Faithful Christians Present. It was with Love that this Missa Requiem was offered. After we heard the Stirring, albeit humourous Homily of Father Francis Colemaria, we were reminded that the Saints are gathered on and around the Altar at every Mass every single day and that Marge will be remembered every day on The Altar of God at The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass.

We were reminded of her unselfish love of The Church and of her family.

Deo Gratias

Ora Pro Familia Duffy, In Nomini Patris et Filli et Spiritu Sancti, Amen.

M

The Feast of The Nativity of Sancta Maria Virgine(Theotokos)

9 Sep

This Great Feast Day is on BOTH The Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar and the Novus Ordo Calendar of The Roman Rite of The Catholic Church.
During the 10:45 AM Requiem Mass at Holy Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, Two Marian Hymns were sung, with Ave Maria sung in Latin.

But, for the 1st Time ever, I was at St. Matthias R C Church on Catalpa Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, in the Lower Church with a Beautiful High Altar, for the Second Monday Tridentine Latin Mass at 7:00PM.
It was prayerful and was a Low Mass.
An Older Priest, who normally doesn’t offer this Mass, still has memories of The Mass from when he was an Altar Boy. So that Older Priest offered the Mass and could still read the Latin, so everything was fine. He gave his Homily in both English and Polish.
Mass ended and Prayers After Low Mass were offered.

The two “Altar Boys” were Gentlemen in Cassocks, who I know from the Tridentine Latin Mass at St John’s Cemetery. One, the Older Man, planted the seed in my head to give the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom a try(I can’t complain after 18 of The Liturgies).
The Younger One, told me that Saint John Paul II’s Mother was Ukrainian Greek Catholic. There was, outside of Saint Matthias Rectory, a huge Pedestal and Figure of St John Paul II, as the Parish has a huge Polish Population.

For me, this is a better way to offer Prayers and Supplication for The Living and Dead, especially in the case of Marge Duffy, My Dear Parents and others on my Prayer List.

“Holy Mary Theotokos, Pray for us Sinners, now and at the Hour of our Deaths, Amen.”

Deo Gratias!
Laus Tibi Christe!

M