Book Review: “With Latin in the Service of the Popes” The Memoirs of Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1885-1971)

This gem is a title that should be on every Catholic bookshelf. With Latin in the Service of the Popes. The Memoirs of Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1885-1971) is a little-known treasure that offers an extremely important glimpse into the role of Latin in the life of the Church. Cardinal Bacci was a renowned papal latinist who offers keen insight into the reality of Latin as the linguistic bond of the Roman Church, both in liturgy (and music), but also as the administrative language of the universal Church. I would say Cardinal Bacci’s memoirs are a must read for anyone with an interest in the use of Latin.

Read the full review of the book by John Paul Sonnen here.

Church of the Resurrection, Lansing MI, turns ad Orientem

On the First Sunday of Advent 2014, the Church of the Resurrection began celebrating the (Novus Ordo) Mass ad orientem. What that means is that at times during the Mass, especially during the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest and the people face in the same direction, toward the “Liturgical East.” This change followed a period of catechesis and preparation that began two years earlier, when we reflected together on the powerful symbolism of praying toward the East. Inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, we began using what is often called the “Benedictine Altar Arrangement.” We placed six candles on the altar, with a crucifix in the center, to help remind us by the very manner of our prayer that we are not praying to each other but rather to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. The recent change to celebrating ad orientem is helping accomplish this goal even more fully.

Church of the Resurrection
1505 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912

“Steve, what do you think of the Latin Mass?”

The Latin Mass is marvelous, a gift of God and the form of the Mass for over a thousand years, and one that Benedict XVI thankfully brought back into wide usage.
The whole Church should be grateful and make full use of this liturgical form. I prefer the ad orientem posture of the priest in the Latin Mass (facing east).
However, the Novus Ordo Mass is also beautiful and marvelous when celebrated correctly and reverently. They are both valid and beautiful gifts from God.

Read full post by Steve Ray here.

Dominica XXVI “per annum” – 27 Sep 2020

Ant. ad introitum Dan 3,
Omnia, quæ fecísti nobis, Dómine,
in vero iudício fecísti, quia peccávimus tibi,
et mandátis tuis non oboedívimus;
sed da glóriam nómini tuo,
et fac nobíscum secúndum multitúdinem misericórdiæ tuæ.

Deus, qui omnipoténtiam tuam
parcéndo máxime et miserándo maniféstas,
multíplica super nos grátiam tuam,
ut, ad tua promíssa curréntes,
cæléstium bonórum fácias esse consórtes.
Per Dominum.

Super oblata
Concéde nobis, miséricors Deus,
ut hæc nostra oblátio tibi sit accépta,
et per eam nobis fons omnis benedictiónis aperiátur.
Per Christum.

Ant. ad communionem Cf. Ps 118, 49-50
Meménto verbi tui servo tuo, Dómine,
in quo mihi spem dedísti;
hæc me consoláta est in humilitáte mea.
Vel: 1 Io 3, 16
In hoc cognóvimus caritátem Dei:
quóniam ille ánimam suam pro nobis pósuit;
et nos debémus pro frátribus ánimas pónere.

Post communionem
Sit nobis, Dómine, reparátio mentis et córporis
cæléste mystérium, ut simus eius in glória coherédes,
cui, mortem ipsíus annuntiándo, compátimur.
Qui vivit et regnat in sǽcula sæculórum.

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Messalino in PDF con letture in lingua italiana (da stampare su fogli A3 fronte/retro)

Missalette in PDF with readings in English (to be printed on A3 sheets, front/back)

‘Let us return to the Eucharist with joy’

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s dicastery for liturgy and sacraments, sent a letter to bishops around the world, urging a return to Mass, with proper safety protocols observed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the full text of that letter.

Due attention to hygiene and safety regulations cannot lead to the sterilisation of gestures and rites, to the instilling, even unconsciously, of fear and insecurity in the faithful.
The faithful should be recognised as having the right to receive the Body of Christ and to worship the Lord present in the Eucharist in the manner provided for, without limitations that go even beyond what is provided for by the norms of hygiene issued by public authorities or Bishops.

Latin can foster unity and peace

A priest friend of mine, pastor of a parish in Chicago, told me that in that city, Mass is celebrated every Sunday in over fifty languages. ‘How would you cope with that situation?’ he asked. You will have guessed my answer: I would celebrate Mass in Latin. Nobody is fully at home in the Latin language, and consequently everybody can feel at home. Our multilingual church needs a language of unity. Think of Pentecost, when the heralds of the Gospel were heard by speakers of so many languages. In our day and in our country, Latin can foster unity and peace.
Pope Saint Paul VI, when he brought in the new Missal, expressed a wish that all Catholics of the Latin rites should be able to sing the Ordinary of the Mass ― the Gloria, Creed and so on ― in Latin to the traditional chants. His wish is far from being realised. But if you witness the forthcoming canonisation in Rome of Blessed John Henry Newman, with other beati of various countries and languages, you will see how Latin can unite a multilingual congregation. We have learned from experience that worshippers welcome Latin more readily if it is discreetly mixed with the vernacular. Hence the vernacular readings in the Mass.

(Mgr Bruce Harbert, Sermon given at the Association for Latin Liturgy’s Golden Jubilee Mass, 28 September 2019. Full text here)