Tag Archives: Christmas

Both In The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church & The Eastern Orthodox Churches

6 Jan

No meat fare on Monday, December 24th on the Julian Calendar, as it is an Abstinence Day, before Christmas Day on December 25th. It is January 6th on the Gregorian Calendar. Christmas in part of the Byzantine Catholic Church & Most of the Eastern Orthodox World, is Tuesday, 1/7/2014(Gregorian Calendar) or 12/25 on the Julian Calendar.

St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in The East Village of Manhattan will have a Midnight Mass Style Divine Liturgy at 10PM this evening. The Eparch(Bishop) of the Ukrainian Greek Eparcy Of Stamford, CT, will be the Primary Celebrant of This Mass.

Gloria In Excelcis Deo, Et In Terra Pax Hominibus!


The LAST Regularly Scheduled Tridentine Latin Mass(Missale Romanum 1962) On Christmas Day, As Ordinary Form of Mass, Was 50 Years Ago on Wednesday, 12/25/1963.

26 Dec

US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22nd, 1963. The 50th Anniversary of that Infamous Day, was on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

Now in 1963, in December on Christmas Day, the Ordinary Form of The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is currently called The Extraordinary Form of The Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Roman(Latin) Rite. So the LAST Christmas Tridentine Latin Mass of The Missale Romanum of 1962, was offered on Wednesday, December 25th, 1963. This was when this Liturgy was The ORDINARY Form at which the Catholic Faithful had gathered together to Worship The Triune God.

I was talking to the Queens Latin Mass Group Music Schola. I explained to them that 50 Years to the day, was the Last Time that the Traditional Latin Mass was offered as the Ordinary Form of Catholic Liturgy in The Latin(Roman)Rite. They were astonished at this fact. It was by Christmas Day, 1964, that a Hybrid Version of this Liturgy was offered in both English & Latin, with the Priest Still facing East, with Offertory & Consecration still in Latin. The Last Gospel(The Story Of The Incarnation) was eliminated in this Liturgical Update. Replacing it were the “Prayers of The Faithful”, which comes from the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy Format. Note that in The Byzantine Rite, these Antiphons are Sung (Chanted). People still knelt for Holy Communion. There was reception on the tongue only.

Now the Tridentine Latin Mass of The 1962 Roman Missal is The Extraordinary Form.

It was an Honor just being there.

Happy Christmas!
Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!

A # Of The Children At Sandy Hook School

16 Dec

The Children Yearned to make it to Christmas.
I don’t think they will ever take anything for granted, again.