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“Gospel & Homily Feast Of St John Chrysostom” on YouTube

28 Jan

It is in Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar Country, where one will find the Great Eastern Catholic Heirachial Saints being honoured.

I know that you may think of St. John Chrysostom as a Heirarch Saint of Eastern Orthodoxy, particularly Greek Orthodox Churches, but he is a CATHOLIC Saint, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of The Church. He was Archbishop of Constantinople, in short, Patriarch of Constantinople, in the time of One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church. He is Patron Saint of Orators & Preachers. He was at war with Heretics called Arians. Arians believed the Heretical Teachings of a Priest called Arius, who taught that Jesus Christ was a Super Perfect Man, but NOT GOD.
He was a Student of St
Basil The Great(Bishop, Martyr, Confessor & Doctor Of The Church).
St. John Chrysostom did much anslysis of the Gospels and gave great commentary.
He was a True Reformer of The Catholic Liturgy. With the Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia & Gospel, it became the Practice of The Eastern Catholic Churches & eventually the Latin Church.Since the Liturgy was about the Re-presentation of Christ’s Sacrifice on The Cross, St. John Chrysostom wrote an Anaphora & added the Prayer Response from a New Testament Codex “For Thine is The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory, Father, Son & Holy Spirit, Now & Ever & Forever”, which is the Doxology of The “Our Father”, chanted by the Priest. It is also chanted by the Priest in an earlier part of The Divine Liturgy.
But, his orations of The Gospel & Homilies are what he was known for, as well as certain short statements attributed to him. He is quoted 18 Times in “The Catechism Of The Catholic Church.”
There is more to The Catholic Church than just the Latin(Roman) Church. Learn the Eastern Catholic Churches & you will truly learn about The Church which Christ Founded.

Deo Gratias!
Vivat Christus Rex!

M

Kyrie Elaison

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12 Hours Alpha & Omega 2015 Into 2016

31 Dec

I am planning to end 2015 & begin 2016, with a contingent of Holy Innocents Partisans, with the Byzantine Rite of The Catholic Church. It should prove to be Prayerful & Mystical.
At 6:00PM on Thursday, December 31st, 2015, a Divine Liturgy will be offered at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on E7th Street. This will be followed by an All Night Vigil, followed by Coffee Hour at Midnight at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, continuing with the All Night Vigil & Divine Liturgy at 6:00AM.
It should be a Peaceful Sleep at Home after this is done.
Happy Octave Of Christmas and Happy 2016.

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

13th Sunday After Pentecost(Byzantine)

31 Aug

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew is about the Parable of The Vineyard. This time it is from the Byzantine Rite Catholic Perspective. I tend to hear a better Homily from Priests in the Byzantine Rite. There, it is NO FLUFF.
One listens to the Gospel Reading by the Deacon, who was an actual Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Priest. Acting as Deacon was Fr Peter Shykstra, Principal of St. George Academy High School on Taras Schevshenko Place between East 6th & East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
The Celebrant was Very Reverend Fr Bernard Panzcuk, Regional Superior of The Order Of St Basil The Great(Ordo Sancti Basilli Magni), & Pastor of Saint George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, of the Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT. This Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine Rite Catholic, is AWESOME.

If you worship at the Tridentine Latin Mass, you will feel at home, in both the fact that the Priest faces East towards Jerusalem & that the Actual Divine Liturgy is sung or chanted. There are periods when the Priest offers Prayers in a Low Voice.
Those of you who go, mostly to the Novus Ordo Mass, you will find this Liturgy something of a Shock to your Sensus Catholicus. A number of the “Prayers of The Faithful” are derivatives of the Litanies of The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom & Divine Liturgy of St Basil The Great. Standing for Holy Communion is derived from Byzantine Practice. So is receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, but you cannot receive Holy Communion A Mano(In The Hand). One, properly disposed in a State of Grace, receives both Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ via a Gold Plated Holy Communion Spoon. One tips head back and the Priest or Deacon drops the Consecrated Species in your mouth. For those of you of the Tridentine Latin Mass, the Priest recites the Prayer “The Servant of God(The Handmaid of God) receives The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ unto Eternal Life, Amen. To those of You who usually assist at the Novus Ordo Mass, do not put hands forward. Do not respond with “Amen.”

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, this is the Parable of the Vineyard.
The Vineyard Master is God The Father. The Vinedressers or Landlessees are The Pharisees, who persecute, relentlessly, the Representatives of The Master(The Prophets). Then the Son of The Master Is Jesus.
The Vinedressers weren’t producing abundant fruit nor good fruit, so The Master decided to send His Son, so that they may listen to the Son. But the Vinedressers of The Vineyard decided to bind the Son up and Kill Him.
For the Vineyard itself and the the Fruit therein, are the People of Israel. And the Pharisees(The High Priests) were lording it over the People, acting as if The Pharisees were “The Show”, laying burdens on their People, which the Pharisees themselves would never take upon themselves.

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, replaced the Pharisetical Judaism & bore Good Fruit. The Pharisees lost sight of God.

Praise Be Jesus Christ, Now And Forever.

Deo Gratias!

M

1600 Hrs In Byzantine Rite

30 Aug

In the Byzantine Rite of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, one is fully in Union with the Holy See & one experiences awe and wonder.
And it is offered in the local language of the people. There are no Organists, no guitar players, no “Muzak” which will cause one to stand in queue in what My Most Dear Friend calls the “Vomitarium” & the Prayers are sung by Priest, Deacon & Congregation.
So, after a Period of Preparation, I will head over to East 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue for the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church, Patron Saint of Preachers In One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar On January 27th, & Novus Ordo Calendar on September 13th, except 2015 which is a Sunday in Ordinary Time). And one will NOT be singing “Table Of Plenty”, a Dan Schutte Tune, nor the Ultra Treacly “Gift Of Finest Wheat”, a Hymn which causes My Most Dear Friend to become enraged. The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is Timeless Liturgy.

To those of You who usually assist at the Tridentine Latin Mass, this The Sacred Readings are Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia & Gospel. Don’t Worry, for you will feel at home.

Deo Gratias!

M

The “Streak” Was Broken At 12:05PM

3 Jun

For Some Reason(Neck Stiffness Perhaps)I decided to head to Mass at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs RC Church in Forest Hills, at c/o Queens Blvd & Ascan Avenue.
It felt good to touch base with Old Friends. I know that I am a Traditional Catholic, but a Catholic Nevertheless. The Pews and Kneelers are somewhat more comfortable. And, Yes, I can pray for the Living and The Dead at a Novus Ordo Mass. It is on weekday Masses where I have some comfort with the Ordinary Form. It is ON Sunday when I don’t have certainty, ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT PASSES FOR “SACRED” MUSIC (Which I often call “Muzak”).
The Feast of St. Charles Lwanga & Companions was today’s Mass. They are 19th Century Martyrs in Uganda. Their Blood was shed for the Glory of God and His Holy Church.
And I pray that I am at Mass tomorrow morning before head to another destination in Richmond Hill, Queens. I should go to OLQM because I have to give My Most Dear Friend a Catholic Themed Book. I believe she will like it.

M

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“Mass Of Prayer, Mass Of Noise”

13 May

In One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, one gets the Impression, that there is only one Rite, and that is the Roman|Latin Rite. It is the Largest of The Rites and can be found anywhere in the World.
This is True. There is a Liturgy called The Mass. And it is offered “Versus Populum”, that is, with the Priest facing the Congregation.
This is How PROTESTANTS offer their Liturgies.
The current Mass, called ” Missa Paulum VI “, is the Modern Version of Mass. Mass comes from the Latin word Missa, which means Mission. ” ITE Missa Est” is Latin for “Go Forth, Thou Art Dismissed.” Actually, Mass does not end until the Priest leaves the Sanctuary. Then it is truly finished.

The Modern Version of the Mass is not a Contemplative Mass. It misconstrues “Actual Participation”, confusing it with
” Active Participation.”  It is one that requires Noise, often in the form of some kind of Dialogue. It stresses less of The Mystery of The Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ and more on Verbiage and The Active Participation of Laity in Liturgical Function, with the Priest as Master of Ceremonies, instead of his true role of acting “In Persona Christi” in offering to God The Father of The Sacrifice of The Son, Jesu Christe, called apart from the Congregation, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders(And Several Years of Careful Preparation in Seminary, leading to Ordination), as “Alter Christus” or “Another Christ.”
In the Sacrosanctum Concilium, a major document on the Sacred Liturgy, with Primary and Secondary Elements, written with Ambiguous Language as to make Secondary, equal to Primary, in justifying some new action, a “Conniving Barrister Type”, namely the Benedictine Arch Abbot called Rembert Weakland, he being from The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he was born and reared, the American Modernist Contribution of Liturgical Music of Self Edification, in the form of Dionisian Music(based on the Greek god of ecstasy), comes under the part emphasizing Gregorian Chant, through the words “Or Some Other Suitable Music”(This is the part which Gary Michael Voris never took time to read).
Weakland and Company, during the time when the Tridentine Mass was vernacularized, including the deliberate mistranslation of ” Pro Multis ” to “All” instead of “Many”, found a loophole in the Gregorian Paragraph, in order to hoist this on America(And Eventually The World). This was 1st tried at an All Boys Catholic High School in Latrobe, PA, more often associated with the Famous Beer seen in the Academy Award Winning Film, ” The Deer Hunter”, called “Rolling Rock.” It was in “The Deer Hunter”, where I actually saw a Byzantine Rite Slavic Wedding Ceremony Scene.

One could see from the 1st Offering of The New Mass, dubbed ” Novus Ordo ” by Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, in what is called “The Ottaviani Intervention” that the emphasis is on Man, not God.
While the so called Sacred Music is supposedly derived from the Book of Psalms, it is written with Emphasis on Man.
And much of the Music speaks not of Catholic Doctrine but of the “False Ecumenism”, so prevalent in The Era of Vatican II and Beyond. I shall speak of Two Eucharistic Hymns, played at Holy Communion Time at Mass.
Last Year, at The Feast of The Ascension, at the 7:00PM Vigil Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, in the R C Diocese of Brooklyn, the Communion Hymn was a Classical Hymn which reflected the Eucharistic Theology of The Mass and was often sung at Holy Communion Time.
It was sung with Gusto by the Congregation. Following is The Refrain:
” O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All Praise and All Thanksgiving,
Be Every Moment Thine.”
Young People sang it along with Older People. This truly spoke volumes that what is Traditional and Beautiful, is Cherished and will be sung.
This Hymn speaks of The Mass as Sacrifice of The Christ at Calvary.

By The Feast of The Assumption(Mary Rising To Heaven), after intensely beautiful Marian Music, the Mass as Sacrifice took a wrong turn at Holy Communion Time, with “Mass as Meal” Theology taking over. If ever there was a Treacly Hymn, written to emphasise that Holy Communion is only a Spiritual Eating in Memory of Jesus Christ, then that Hymn is “Gift Of Finest Wheat.” It is Ecumenical, NOT Catholic and emphasizes a Memorial Meal instead of Sacrifice, which explains the Novus Ordo Mass quite well.
I recall My Most Dear Friend, who upon hearing “Gift Of Finest Wheat”, recoiled with both Rage and Horror, and knelt down in prayer. While it praises The Lord for His Gift, it does not emphasise His Sacrifice. The Hymn is sung by Protestants as well as Catholics, because it emphasizes a Memorial Meal.
And I do remember a Text Message which she sent me, which read “I heard this hymn at Mass on Sunday. I HATE ‘GIFT OF FINEST WHEAT.’ It is treacle and does not draw in.”
To think that “G o F W” actually won a contest to be the Official Hymn of the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, held in Philadelphia in August, 1976, tells me a lot about the Modernism of Post Vatican II, as an Age of False Ecumenism and an Age of Mere Self. From Glory to Gooey, it is a “Mass” ive Mess.

She once sent me a series of Liturgical Songs called “Bread Songs” while asking about whatever happened to “Mass As Sacrifice.”
All of it was Horizontal in substance. None of it was Vertical in substance. She was discovering the World of the Novus Ordo Version of The Roman Rite.
She is a Convert. She is somewhat enraged over “Novus Ordo Land” (A Name Coined by Christopher A. Ferrara, J. D.), where Homilies are too worldly(She was furious about a Homily, centred around Comedian Robin Williams).
Her Original Church is Greek Orthodox, where the Sacraments and Holy Orders are valid.
She utterly DESPISES “Bread Songs” for not being of Transcendant Quality. I cannot blame her, as much of this alleged Liturgical “Music” is so “Humanity Centred”, as cheap filler, that it distracts from Worship of The Triune Godhead.
That a song like ” Gift Of Finest Wheat”, Treacly in Tone, Music which would cause Eastern Catholics to either laugh themselves silly or head to the nearest “Vomitarium”, talks about ” Finest Wheat”, rather than The Body of Christ, has helped turn The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass into a Camp Singalong. Not only that but the music often contradicts the Theology of The Mass. There is more to Catholic Church Worship than the Novus Ordo Mass, a Liturgy with very little consistency.
One of the problems of the Ordinary Form Mass is the question of “Participation.”
I was in 2nd Grade at a Catholic School in Brooklyn when our classes were taught how to read Latin, as well as the Kyrie, which was our 1st Exposure to Greek. Thank goodness for Phonics which made reading words much simpler. But our 1st Exposure to another  language was Latin.
I do remember the Latin Mass from the 1960s. There was much Silence. So when I went to the Tridentine Latin Mass in January, 2007 for the 1st Time since November of 1964(Over 42 Years), I still remembered just enough to get by without a Missal.
It has been said that there wasn’t any real participation in The Mass. But there is True Participation in that Mass. It is NOT about singing Horrid Little Ditties like “Table Of Plenty”(A Dan Schutte Contribution to Circular Filing Systems most often called Trash) at The Offertory. In reality we prayed the Prayers at The Foot of The Altar, the Second Confiteor, Gloria In Excelsis Deo,  and the Nicene Creed. We listened to Epistle, Graduale Romanum, Alleluia and Gospel. We said the Responses to the Preface to The Roman Canon. We then prayed the Sanctus.
We Gazed upon The Body & Blood of Christ & prayed Silently. The Priest prayed these prayers inaudibly, but one could hear something.
The Priest prayed the Our Father, so we responded with Sed Libera Nos A Malo(But Deliver Us From Evil). Our Communion Prayer was the ” Domine Non Sum Dignus “(O Lord I Am Not Worthy).
We went to Holy Communion and Knelt at a Holy Communion Rail, separating the Sanctuary from the Nave. The Priest made the Sign of The Cross with the Sacred Host & said a short prayer with No Response by us. We were not allowed to chew it, for that Host is The Body of Christ. A Paten was put under the chin to prevent the Host from falling to the ground, as well as to keep the Sacred Host Particles from falling to the ground to be trampled underfoot.
There were announcements from the Pulpit. Then the Closing Prayers & Last Gospel. This is a Mass without singing. It was the same in 1962, as it is now.
The Missa Cantata is The Sung Version of The Mass. You follow the Schola and sing your parts.
Of course if you are going to the Novus Ordo, St. Agnes on East 43rd Street has Gregorian Chant and Incense. Many prayers are said or sung in Latin. It is a Rare Find and is in Midtown, Manhattan by Grand Central Terminal. They still have a Great Tridentine Latin Mass.
Over on West 37th Street is Holy Innocents, Home to the Only 7 Days a Week Latin Mass.

What many Roman Rite Catholics don’t realize is that there are 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in Union with The Holy See.
I find myself in Awe of the Byzantine Rite with the Awe Inspiring Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom(Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of The Church).There are no Organists in these parishes. The Human Voice is the Musical Instrument. The Cantor will take you along. Choirs also abound. Byzantine Chant is a Truly Divine Experience. Tridentine Latin Mass Catholics often go to this Liturgy.
The Ukrainians, Ruthenians, Romanians and Russians have incredible Divine Liturgies along with the Melkites(Arab and Greek).
The Antiochian Rite Maronite Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon is in Brooklyn Heights on Remsen Street by Henry Street. The Divine Liturgy of St. James The Apostle, the Root Liturgy of The Divine Liturgies of both St. Basil The Great(Bishop, Confessor, Martyr, Doctor of The Church)&St. John Chrysostom, are descended from this Liturgy, called in Arabic the Holy Qurbano.
They actually have a Ceremonial Sign of Peace, where after the Kiss of Peace by the Priest to the Deacon, the Altar Servers are sent to shake the hands of the 1st Person in a Pew, who then passes his sign of Peace to the person beside him or her.
In Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, there is even a Coptic Catholic Church of the Alexandrian Rite, which uses the Egyptian Version of The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great.

You’re Catholic. And The Catholic Family is huge.

Deo Gratias!

M