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A video that models joyfully inviting others to the Traditional Latin Mass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eHP7xIAVHM The following is a short excerpt from Monsignor Charles Pope's blog: Recently, I saw a video produced by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Los Angeles that beautifully and effectively advocates for the Traditional Latin Mass. It is a great illustration of the kind of liturgical evangelization we must do. Here are the … [Read more...]

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Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

More power to episcopal conferences, less of a role for Congregation for Divine Worship

The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval of liturgical texts. Dated Sept. 3, the document is titled “Magnum Principium,” meaning “The great principle,” and deals explicitly with two specific changes to Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law, which … [Read more...]

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The dangers of attacking the validity of the Novus Ordo

Abuses are the fault of the priest and do not affect the validity of the Mass

The following is by Fr. Charles Nwora Okeke on courageouspriest.com: A liturgical Rite represents a church tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. There are about 20 liturgical Rites present in the Church today. Of these, the ordinary form of the Latin Rite, referred to as the Novus Ordo by some people, has been the target of unremitting negative attacks. … [Read more...]

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Vatican scuttlebutt: ‘Summorum Pontificum’ may be in danger

Pope Francis said to be considering plan to offer traditional Latin Mass only through SSPX, but only after Benedict XVI dies

Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of … [Read more...]

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Benedict’s decree has taken root

July 7 is the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, which allowed priests to celebrate the Tridentine Mass -- the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

July 7 is the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, a decree that allows priests to celebrate the form of the liturgy of the Mass before it was reformed in 1970. For most Catholics, this will likely fall into the category of ecclesiastical arcana, and pass unnoticed. Yet this same decree’s widespread obscurity—enacted primarily to insure “worship worthy … [Read more...]

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Silence and the meaning of the Mass

Bishop Robert Barron: Post-conciliar call for full participation of laity "has produced, especially among the young today, the impression that the Mass is a sort of religiously-themed jamboree"

Robert Cardinal Sarah’s recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church. His observations are most trenchant in regard to the liturgy, which should come as no great surprise, given … [Read more...]

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Preschoolers learn basics of Gregorian chant

First of its kind pilot program for children ages 3-5 offered at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco

When it comes to teaching children sacred music, sooner is better than later. That’s the theory behind a Gregorian chant pilot program for children ages 3-5 at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco that concluded its first year on May 30. The program is the first of its kind for Catholic preschoolers in the archdiocese and perhaps well beyond it, according to preschool … [Read more...]

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Abandoning Latin changed liturgical music for the worse

"Singing 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Get Together,' and 'Day by Day' at Mass never me feel holier"

A century ago, Pope St. Pius X took on the reform of liturgical music in a big way. Late nineteenth-century liturgical music had largely pushed Gregorian chant aside, and the patrimony of the Roman Rite’s most distinctive musical form was in danger of fading away. His 1903 motu proprio on sacred music “Tra Le Sollecitudini” sought to reclaim chant and minimize the damage that … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: Liturgical devastation reflects serious crisis of faith

Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship offers blunt assessment of the damage caused by post Vatican II liturgical excesses

In an address to a German conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, offered an extraordinarily blunt appraisal of “the disaster, the devastation, and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused”: “The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the … [Read more...]

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The proper role of Eucharistic ministers

Does abuse of extraordinary ministers feed the vocation crisis?

The following comes from an August 6 Crisis Magazine article by John M. Grondelski: Every three years as the Church is reading the Gospel of Mark, during the dog days of summer it stops for three weeks and turns instead to the Gospel of John for instruction on the Eucharist. We began this process July 26 with the account of the sign of the multiplication of the loaves, and … [Read more...]

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