“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)

New Online Latin Course

For August and September 2020

This year the Latin Mass Society’s long-standing annual residential Latin Course has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic. We are delighted therefore to be able to announce a new initiative by an independent language teacher, Matthew Spencer, for the online teaching of Christian Latin over August and September.

Click here for more information.

French Benedictine nuns release 7,000 hours of Gregorian chant

An abbey of French Benedictine nuns is taking part in the largest recording project in history, bringing the complete Gregorian chant to the modern world and breathing new life into an extraordinary 1,200-year-old tradition.
Every day for three years, US musician John Anderson is recording the daily plainchant sung by a community of 45 nuns, who live in seclusion at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, near Aix-en Provence in southern France.
He installed microphones in the abbey’s chapel, and at the end of each day the audio is uploaded to a remote drive, allowing the recording to take place without disrupting the sisters’ way of life.
The result is 7,000 hours of chants which make up the entire Gregorian repertoire, some of which have never been recorded before.

Read full report here.

Dominica Pentecostes – 31 Mai 2020


Ad Missam in die

Ant. ad introitum Sap 1, 7
Spíritus Dómini replévit orbem terrárum,
et hoc quod cóntinet ómnia
sciéntiam habet vocis, allelúia.

Vel: Rom 5, 5; cf. 8, 11
Cáritas Dei diffúsa est in córdibus nostris
per inhabitántem Spíritum eius in nobis, allelúia.

Dicitur Glória in excélsis.

Deus, qui sacraménto festivitátis hodiérnæ
univérsam Ecclésiam tuam
in omni gente et natióne sanctíficas,
in totam mundi latitúdinem Spíritus Sancti dona defúnde,
et, quod inter ipsa evangélicæ prædicatiónis exórdia
operáta est divína dignátio,
nunc quoque per credéntium corda perfúnde.
Per Dóminum.

Dicitur Credo.

Super oblata
Præsta, quǽsumus, Dómine,
ut, secúndum promissiónem Fílii tui,
Spíritus Sanctus huius nobis sacrifícii
copiósius revélet arcánum,
et omnem propítius réseret veritátem.
Per Christum.

Præfatio: De mysterio Pentecostes.

V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spíritu tuo.
V. Sursum corda.
R. Habémus ad Dóminum.
V. Grátias agámus Dómino Deo nostro.
R. Dignum et iustum est.
Vere dignum et iustum est, æquum et salutáre,
nos tibi semper et ubíque grátias ágere:
Dómine, sancte Pater, omnípotens ætérne Deus.
Tu enim, sacraméntum paschále consúmmans,
quibus, per Unigéniti tui consórtium,
fílios adoptiónis esse tribuísti,
hódie Spíritum Sanctum es largítus;
qui, princípio nascéntis Ecclésiæ,
et cunctis géntibus sciéntiam índidit deitátis,
et linguárum diversitátem in uníus fídei confessióne sociávit.
Quaprópter, profúsis paschálibus gáudiis,
totus in orbe terrárum mundus exsúltat.
Sed et supérnæ virtútes atque angélicæ potestátes
hymnum glóriæ tuæ cóncinunt, sine fine dicéntes:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus Deus Sábaoth…

Quando adhibetur Canon romanus, dicitur Communicántes proprium.

Ant. ad communionem Act 2,4.11
Repléti sunt omnes Spíritu Sancto,
loquéntes magnália Dei, allelúia.

Post communionem
Deus, qui Ecclésiæ tuæ cæléstia dona largíris,
custódi grátiam quam dedísti,
ut Spíritus Sancti vígeat semper munus infúsum,
et ad ætérnæ redemptiónis augméntum
spiritális esca profíciat.
Per Christum.

Adhiberi potest formula benedictionis sollemnis.

Ad populum dimittendum, diaconus vel, eo absente, ipse sacerdos cantat vel dicit:

Ite, missa est, allelúia, allelúia.
R. Deo grátias, allelúia, allelúia.

Absoluto tempore paschali, exstinguitur cereus paschalis, quem præstat intra baptisterium honorifice servari, ut ex eo, in Baptismatis celebratione accenso, cerei baptizatorum illuminentur. Ubi feria II vel etiam III post Pentecosten sunt dies quibus fideles debent vel solent Missam frequentare, resumi potest Missa dominicæ Pentecostes, vel dici potest Missa de Spiritu Sancto.

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The Church should have a sacred language / La Chiesa deve avere una lingua sacra

Peter Kwasniewski on LifeSiteNews website:

Yes, liturgical Latin is “strange” in the sense that it is not something everyday, familiar, easy, at our level or at our disposal; it evokes the transcendence and majesty of God, the universality of His kingdom, the age-old depths of the Faith. But over time, we identify this set-apart language as a sign of honour, we experience it as a promoter of reverence, and we find in it an invitation to prayer. When we dive into a pool, the moment we hit the water, we know — not just rationally, but viscerally — that we are in a new medium and we must swim. So too when we hear the Latin chant or recited prayers, we know we are in a new medium and we must pray.

Read full article here.

Sì, il latino liturgico è “strano” nel senso che non è qualcosa di quotidiano, familiare, facile, al nostro livello o a nostra disposizione; evoca la trascendenza e la maestà di Dio, l’universalità del suo regno, le secolari profondità della Fede. Ma nel tempo, identifichiamo questo linguaggio distinto come un segno di onore, lo sperimentiamo come promotore di riverenza e troviamo in esso un invito alla preghiera. Quando ci immergiamo in una piscina, nel momento in cui tocchiamo l’acqua, sappiamo – non solo razionalmente, ma visceralmente – che siamo in un nuovo ambiente e che dobbiamo nuotare. Anche quando ascoltiamo canti o recitiamo preghiere in latino, sappiamo di essere in un nuovo ambiente e dobbiamo pregare.

Leggi l’intero articolo (in inglese) qui.