Feature of the week: Low, Sung and Solemn Mass Distinctions


Basic Differences between Low, Sung and Solemn Mass

Source: Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement (http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/)

One of our readers wrote in to ask the following: “…would you perhaps be able to describe in layman’s terms in a post on The New Liturgical Movement the difference between a Low Mass, a High Mass and a “Missa Cantata” in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite?”

With that in mind, here are some of the basic differences.

Low Mass

– no music for the ordinary or propers of the Mass

– no deacon or subdeacon

– two candles are lit upon the altar

– no incense

– one or two servers

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Events: FSSP 25th Anniversary Pontifical Mass


The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the order with a Pontifical Mass at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala (10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108). Archbishop Cordileone will be the celebrant.  The Mass is scheduled for Friday, November 15, at 10 AM. The faithful are invited to come!  (Source: Rorate Caeli; Photo credit: Jay Balza).

Chaplain’s Corner | 25th Sunday after Pentecost (November 10, 2013)


The great American Jesuit, James V. Schall, now retired in Los Gatos after almost 30 years at Georgetown University, and 15 more years before that in Rome and San Francisco, is an inspiration to many people in many different ways. For me, Fr. Schall is a true mentor in the leisure of the intellectual life, especially in his wonderful little book of “lighter Christian essays,” Idylls and Rambles. It was in one of those essays that Fr. Schall first introduced me to The Four Men by Hilaire Belloc.

The Four Men is a “farrago,” a literary mixture of many matters, sublime and mundane, which fits quite well the character of Belloc (and, I might add, of Schall), who had a particular genius for seeing the universal in the particular. The book tells the story of four Sussex men, who make a sort of honorific pilgrimage to their home County from October 29 to November 2 in the year 1902. It is a book meant to be read and meditated especially during these days of the year when the weather changes and the Sacred Liturgy teaches us about the Last Things.

The four men, Schall teaches us, are all parts of Belloc himself. It’s lovely to see how well Belloc knows himself, as we have the brute practicality of the Sailor balanced by the absentminded romance of the Poet. Their common foolishness is tempered by the wisdom of years in the old man, Grizzlebeard, with whom “Myself”, the fourth man, most often agrees. The dialogue of the four travelers often deals with issues related to the passing of temporal things, the ultimate futility of earthly happiness, and the preciousness of things that do not pass away. In essence, the book is an extended meditation on death.
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The Traditional Latin Mass- 25th Sunday after Pentecost-November 10, 2013


Colossians 3: 14-15 Super omnia autem haec, caritatem habere, quod est vinculum perfectionis: et pax Christi exsultet in cordibus vestris, in qua et vocati estis in uno corpores: et grati estote. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.

Matthew 13:30 Sinite utraque crescere usque ad messem, et in tempore messis dicam messoribus: Colligite primum zizania, et alligate ea in fasciculos ad comburendum, triticum autem congregate in horreum meam. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and friends,

The few Sundays that remain on the Church calendar after the Feast of Christ the King resume the texts of the Sundays after Epiphany until the final Sunday of the Church year, which is the Last Sunday after Pentecost. Thus the adoration of the magi, when the three kings at the birth of Our Lord and Savior sought after and found the Lord of lords and the King of kings, is linked to our belief in Jesus Christ, our King, who reigns now and for all eternity. During these final weeks the Church wisely advises us how to live now and for all eternity. We are wise to take heart the Word of God spoken to us in such a timely fashion.
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Chaplain’s Corner | 24th Sunday after Pentecost (November 3, 2013)


During these crisp autumn days, we breathe deeply what Hilaire Belloc called “the pure cold air that befits All Hallows.” The change in the weather is evocative for us also the change in the Church’s liturgical calendar as she enters the final month of her year. November indeed is the month of the Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. It is the month dedicated to remembering our own mortality as we are still wayfarers in the Church Militant on Earth, praying for our beloved dead in the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and uniting ourselves in both longing and expectation with the Church Triumphant in Heaven.
On All Saints Day, we rejoiced to see the variety of God’s marvelous power at work in the hearts of believers who put His Word into action in their lives. On All Souls Day, we prayed for those who, having died in the friendship of God through grace, are still being purified of their attachment to sin in the fire of Purgatory. Today we are in the Octave of All Saints, which is also really also the continuation of All Souls Day. In fact, this time of All Saints is a particularly privileged time for our prayer for the dead. For the entire octave (through November 8), the Mass for the Dead becomes a third-class feast on all the ferial days. Continue reading

The Traditional Latin Mass of Requiem – the Month of the Poor Souls 2013


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.  Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and Friends,

Those Catholics who are of a certain age, and those recently re-acquainted with the traditional liturgy of the Church, are well aware of the solemn traditional Mass for the dead with its sobering texts and its timeless music, whether Gregorian Chant or Polyphony.  It is hoped that a new generation will re-discover this precious liturgical tradition of the Church.  It is well worth rediscovering.  If fact, the Gregorian Chant Requiem Mass is one of the most ancient examples we have of chant.   The Traditional Latin Mass offered for the dead on the day of burial, or as a later commemoration, or even before a catafalque without the body present, is called the Requiem Mass, a term that was once part and parcel of Christian Culture and daily life.    The term “Requiem” comes from the chanted Introit or Entrance Antiphon, which is part of the prayer “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”  One can immediately think of its use in world literature, and the many splendid pieces of music that used the traditional Latin texts.  Some may recall the performance of Mozart’s Requiem with Cardinal Cushing as celebrant almost fifty years ago for the late President John F. Kennedy.  A recording was made and is still a treasured keepsake.
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