From the desk of Fr. Edwin C. Dwyer

From a parish bulletin:

Dear Faithful, I am writing this to address some concerns I have heard as of late about the liturgies at our parish.
Firstly, I want to stress again that the move to more use of traditional chant, and Latin is going to happen at the late Sunday morning Mass. The 4pm on Saturdays, and the 8:30am on Sundays will largely remain with the structure of hymns we currently employ. The aim is to reach out to younger generations who truly desire a greater use of traditional worship, and to Catholics in the area who miss those traditions, and have been on the margins of parish life for decades.
I also want to address the use of incense at Mass at our parish. I did use it during the holidays, and at a handful of Advent Masses. The holidays are a time for greater solemnity, so that is why I employed the incense there. In Advent I had visiting seminarians, and a layman who was liturgically trained by Benedictines before discerning the call to marriage. All wanted to help serve, and I wanted to get used to using incense at our liturgies prior to the holy day celebrations.
So, when will I be using incense in the future? Well, like the more traditional music, I hope to use incense quite regularly at the late Mass on Sundays. At the 4pm Saturday, and 8:30am Masses, I will employ incense major feast days, and only if I have properly trained servers. In other words, you can anticipate no incense at 4pm Saturdays, and 8:30am Sundays, unless it is a major feast day. I will try to give notice in the bulletin of those feast days. As always, I will use incense at every funeral.
I realize that incense can cause allergies, or other bad reactions. I simply ask that folks also keep in mind that flowers, pet fur, cologne, and perfume can, and do cause similar reactions. I am also looking into what places in the church are less subject to the smell of incense, and what types of incense and coals cause fewer negative effects. I know change can be difficult, even if it is only at one Mass, but if we do not reach younger generations I do not see how a much bigger change of this parish closing can be prevented within a generation.
I have had many young folks tell me how excited they are for greater use of tradition at the late Sunday Mass. I ask you all keep that in mind, as we continue to labor for the salvation of souls in Bay City. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Peace, may the Good Lord bless and keep you all the days of your life.


Fr. Eddie

Read also Fr. Dwyer’s Homily for the First Sunday of Advent here.

Pastoral Administrator
Our Lady of Peace
607 E. South Union Street
Bay City, Michigan 48706
Parish Office: 989-892-6031
Parish Fax: 989-892-4005
Parish Website:

Szent István Bazilika – Budapest

Szent István Bazilika

1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.
Telefon: (00-36) – 1 -311-08-39

Vasárnap: 10:00 – Nagymise (Latin nyelven / szeptembertől-július végéig terjedő időszakban)
Sunday: 10:00 am – Great Mass (in Latin / from September to end of July)
Sonntag: 10:00 – Großgottesdienst (Lateinisch / von September bis Ende Juli)
Domenica: 10:00 – Santa Messa in Latino (da settembre a fine luglio)
Niedziela: 10:00 – Msza święta suma (po łacinie / od września do końca lipca)

St. Peter – München / Monaco di Baviera

St. Peter
Petersplatz 1, 80331 München / Monaco di Baviera
Telefon: 089-21 02 37 76-0

Reguläre Gottesdienstordnung St. Peter
Sonn- und Feiertag:
9.30 Uhr Lateinisches Amt (Pfarrgottesdienst) mit eucharistischem Segen

Ogni domenica e feste di precetto:
9:30 S. Messa (parrocchiale) in latino con benedizione eucaristica

Gottesdienstordnung 29.01.2019 – 31.03.2019:

A. Braßat, Missa festiva

Ch. Gounod, Missa breve No. 2

M. Eham, Missa Cantate Domino

A. Caldara, Missa in G-Dur

Choralamt mit Orgelbegleitung

J. G. Rheinberger, Missa St. Crucis op. 151

H. L. Hassler, Missa octo vocum

J. G. Rheinberger, Missa d-Moll op. 83

Sonntag, 31.3.2019 VIERTER FASTENSONNTAG – Laetare
C. Ett, Missa Laetare Jerusalem

Aktuelle Gottesdienstordnung

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St. Edward on the Lake

St. Edward on the Lake
6945 Lakeshore Rd., Lakeport, MI 48059
(810) 385-4340

Holy Mass is celebrated ad orientem on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00am and the first weekend of every month.

I began the practice of saying the Mass ad orientem Advent 2017. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (i.e., the Vatican’s liturgy chief), asked priests to begin celebrating Mass ad orientem saying among other things that “the Sacred Liturgy has become too anthropocentric; man not Almighty God has often become its focus …we must take care to form our people that God, not ourselves, is the focus of our worship”. At a conference on the liturgy a couple of years ago, Cardinal Sarah (who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014) said, “I ask you to implement this practice [of ad orientem worship] wherever possible,” and told pastors to have “confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people”. He had suggested Advent as a good time to begin because it is the time when we wait eagerly for the Lord who will come without delay. So, it’s been over a year since this has been our practice here at St. Edward. I like to think that it has had a positive impact on us as a parish. I know for myself as a priest offering the Mass, I find it so edifying and prayerful. It’s amazing how different it is when I turn back the other way. Mass ad orientem is like having an intimate conversation with the Lord. Turning to Him and opening myself to Him, I am better able to make an interior effort to unite myself to the sacred action that is taking place on the altar (which is what we should all be striving to do at every Mass). I’ve also heard from so many of you about how it has enriched you. As a pastor, there’s nothing better to hear than that! Especially since it is God Himself who has enriched you. I received a couple dozen copies of letters written by you to the Archbishop stating your appreciation of the ad orientem worship. Thank you for your support.

Read the whole article by Fr. Lee Acervo here.

A Tour of the London Oratory: The High Altar and Sanctuary

The Church of the London Oratory, or what is more properly the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in South Kensington in London, is notable as a gem of sacred architecture, sacred art, sacred music and sacred liturgy.

Read the full report by Shawn Tribeon on the Liturgical Arts Journal website.

Peterskirche Wien

Heilige Messe in St. Peter:
Holy Mass at St. Peter:
Santa Messa a S. Pietro:

Sonn- und Feiertage/Sunday and Feastdays/Domenica e giorni festivi: 11:15 (Latein/Latin/Latino – Musik/Music/Musica)

1010 Wien

U1/U3-Haltestelle Stephansplatz

Messbuch Latein/Deutsch:


Old St. Mary’s Church – Cincinnati, Ohio

Sacred Music at Old St. Mary’s

At Old Saint Mary’s, the sacred music apostolate seeks to combine the rich heritage of Catholic music from the medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, and romantic periods of music in the more “modern” context of the Mass of Paul VI. Below, you will find musical descriptions of the parish’s Masses.

9:15 a.m. Latin Mass

At this Mass, one can experience music almost entirely in Latin. The Oratory Schola Cantorum chants the propers of the Mass (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, and Communion) from the Graduale Romanum, the official music book of the Roman Catholic Church. The congregation joins the choir in the singing of the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) using one of the chant settings of the Kyriale Romanum. These chant Mass settings change seasonally, as directed by the Church’s rubrics.

Twice per month and on special feasts of the Church year, the Ordinary is sung to a setting by a major composer of the renaissance, baroque, or romantic periods. All Sundays and feasts also include motets or special anthems, sung by The Oratory Schola Cantorum.

Organ music at the prelude, improvisations during the Mass, and the postlude are provided weekly (except during Advent and Lent).

11:00 a.m. German Mass

At this Mass, one can experience music entirely in German. Old Saint Mary’s has maintained the tradition, albeit in a modern adaptation, of the Deutsche Singmesse, or German Sung Mass.

Hymns from the German-speaking hymnal, the Gotteslob (2013), are sung by the congregation at the procession, Kyrie, Gloria, Gospel, Offertory, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Communion, and retiring procession.

Organ music at the prelude, improvisations during the Mass, and the postlude are provided weekly (except during Advent and Lent).

12:30 p.m. English Mass

At this Mass, you can experience a blend of music in Latin and English. Congregational hymns are sung at the procession and retiring procession. The congregation also sings parts of the Ordinary of the Mass (Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) in Latin using Pope Paul VI’s Iubilate Deo setting promulgated following the Second Vatican Council.

Organ music, in the form of improvisation, is played during the Offertory and Communion. These improvisations are based on the chants of the day.

3:30 p.m. Sunday Vespers

The culmination of Sunday prayer is with the Church’s daily evening prayer, called Vespers. Each Sunday (mid-October through the last Sunday in May), the members of The Cincinnati Oratory, along with all those who wish to attend, chant second Vespers of Sunday according to the Liber Usualis 1962.

This service of evening prayer is sung entirely in Latin. There are Latin-English editions of the chants at each of the entrances of the church for the faithful to follow along.

Sunday Vespers is a wonderful way to “keep holy the Sabbath,” as the Lord commands.

We hope you will join us and sing heartily!

Old St. Mary’s Church
123 E. Thirteenth St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

The Novus Ordo Latin Mass – part I
The Novus Ordo Latin Mass – part II

Celebrar “ad orientem” en los impresionantes retablos de Braojos

Del blog Infocatólica:

p. Jorge González Guadalix:

Estando en la parroquia de la Beata Mogas, en Tres Olivos, en Madrid, teníamos la costumbre de celebrar la primera misa del domingo “ad orientem”. En su momento expliqué en el blog el sentido de celebrar así y, posteriormente, ofrecí una crónica de lo que fue la primera misa “ad orientem en la parroquia.

En la iglesia parroquial de Braojos tenemos unos retablos en el transepto de esos que realmente quitan el hipo. Destaco en el lado del evangelio el que alberga a la Virgen del Rosario, barroco, de mediados del XVII, y en el lado de la epístola el grandioso retablo barroco obra de Gregorio Fernández y completado con pinturas de Vicente Carducho. Evidentemente, dos retablos con sus altares adosados.

Por supuesto que, en estos retablos, la celebración de la misa tiene que ser necesariamente ad orientem. Miedo me daba de que la gente se sintiera incómoda en la celebración, ya que son cincuenta años de ver celebrar al sacerdote coram populo. Por eso al acabar la misa pregunté por la experiencia. Las pocas personas estaban no digo encantadas, sino emocionadas. Tanto, que la vigilia de la adoración nocturna la hicimos así.

Hoy no se pueden hacer retablos así, pero allí donde los tenemos, no pueden quedar reducidos a mero objeto decorativo. Resulta triste que, altares con su ara, donde se celebró la misa tantas veces, hoy queden reducidos a meros soportes para una maceta o dos candelabros que no sabemos qué hacer con ellos.

Podría contar muchas cosas. Me limito a expresar el gozo que supone celebrar la misa contemplando el cielo frente a ti.
Es como si a la celebración de la Eucaristía se asomase el cielo para contemplar el misterio de la fe. Qué impresión elevar la hostia y el cáliz a la vez que contemplas a los ángeles que rodean a María y se alegran en el cielo.

Seguiremos celebrando en esos altares de cuando en cuando. Ya lo creo que sí.

Artículo completo aquí.