Saturday, January 31, 2009

NLM: The Gregorian Missal (Downloadable Missal from Solesmes!)

Here it is! To quote Jeffrey Tucker:

It's been my dream--and many share it--that the Gregorian Missal could be examined by every Catholic musician in the English-speaking world. It wouldn't cause an immediate outbreak of chant in every parish. I know this. But it would change the debate. It would illustrate what we fanatics have been saying for so long. It would illustrate what Vatican II intended. It would instill a sense of the ideal. It would make it clear that chant is the music of the Roman Rite. It would provide direction for the future. The hermeneutic of continuity between old and new would become clear. We could begin again to stitch together our practice with our tradition.

Glorious news: the Solesmes Abbey has made this possible. The monastery has given permission to the Church Music Association of America to upload a beautiful copy, fully bookmarked, online at It is here, the first universally downloadable presentation of the Gregorian Missal. Now and for the first time, it will be clear to musicians in the postconcilar period that chant is deeply and intimately connected with the rite.
Go to the NLM blogsite. The link for downloading the PDF file is there. It is Free.
Laus Deo!

Four Star Edition - Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Saint John Bosco - Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, January 30th, 2009

TLM at Saint James the Greater Church in Charles Town, WV - Important Note and Meeting

My friend and contact at Saint James the Greater in WV has emailed me an important note.

I would invite everyone who wants the TLM at Saint James to attend the Latin Mass this Sunday, Feb. 1st at 9:30 AM, and to stay for a small reception for Fr. Dom Daniel, Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem.

Fr. Dom Daniel is deciding on a location to establish a monastery. If the people want him to stay within this tri-state area, we are in need of people able to contribute financially or otherwise to show the Bishop (WV) that this community would not be a burden on the Diocese.

Anyone interested in helping or keeping up-to-date can join this Yahoo Group:

Finally, we ask for prayers for the Latin Mass community at St. James.
Those attending this "occasional" TLM Mass apparently come from the local area, from parts of Western Maryland and from the Front Royal area of VA. I'm sure more will be discussed at the meeting after the TLM Mass.

Christendom College News and Events: Students Lead Hundreds of Thousands in the March for Life

On January 22, the entire student body of Christendom College, including members of the faculty and staff, led hundreds of thousands in protesting abortion at the 36th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Select students were given the honor of carrying the lead March for Life banner as well as the official March for Life flags.

Photo Credit: Christendom College, Front Royal, VA


Noon Roundup - Friday, January 30th, 2009

Early Roundup - Friday, January 30th, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ten Star Edition: Thursday, January 29th, 2009

19:00 Roundup - Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Early Roundup - Thursday, January 29th, 2009 - What A Week!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Catholic Online - Archbishop Burke: Catholic News Service Needs 'New Direction'

Catholic Online picks up a story reported by LifeSiteNews. Archbishop Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has some interesting things to say about CNS, the Catholic News Service.

Archbishop Burke, the former Archbishop of St. Louise Mo. and recently appointed head of the highest ecclesiastical court in the Catholic Church, told that although “there were a greater number of bishops who spoke up very clearly and firmly ... there was also a number who did not.”

But most damaging, he said, was the document “Faithful Citizenship” that “led to confusion” among the voting Catholic population.

“While it stated that the issue of life was the first and most important issue, it went on in some specific areas to say ‘but there are other issues’ that are of comparable importance without making necessary distinctions.”

Read the entire story here.

Evening Roundup - Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Five Star Edition: Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Saint Thomas Aquinas - Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Eight Star Edition: Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Early Roundup - Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Saint Angela Merici

Monday, January 26, 2009

Visitors ask...Online or "Streaming Video" of a Traditional (Tridentine, Gregorian) Mass

From time to time, I have requests for an "online" or "streaming video" of a TLM (Tridentine; Gregorian) Mass. The key factor that prohibits this is that the premier video service, YouTube, has a time limit on video uploads.

The Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius have a marvelous website and series of marvelous DVDs on the TLM. If one wanted to simply learn more about the TLM, start here, for example. This link has Masses from a Low Mass, Missa Cantata, etc. with video clips.

Here, for example, are clips for the Low Mass. This offers sample liturgies in a step by step format of videos. Here is a Solemn High Mass for Corpus Christi Sunday from the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA. Suffice it to say that the webstore contains not only the full videos of many Masses but detailed descriptions of what is happening.

For those simply interested in seeing a beautiful "classic" TLM, here is the Mass of Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows narrated by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Note that a significant portion of the Mass (20 minutes) had to be removed due to YouTube time limits.

Seven Star Edition - Monday, January 26th, 2009

Saints Timothy and Titus - 5 Star Edition - Monday, January 26th, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Evening Roundup - Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Eastern Shore Reminder: TLM in Delmar, February 1st

I would simply like to remind my friends on the Eastern Shore of the post I received a while back. I was informed--and hopefully, this is solid information--that the TLM will be celebrated at 3 PM next Sunday at Holy Redeemer Church in Delmar. The link is here. Please call the Church to confirm this or go to the link in the post and call for information.

Early Roundup - Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Conversion of Saint Paul - Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Evening Roundup - Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Saint Francis de Sales - Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Official Google Reader Blog: Google Reader for Beginners

Some of you are like me... You have a number of blogs you just HAVE to follow each day. So, you may make up a folder in your Bookmarks or Favorites, and you do the "daily cycle" to see what is posted. Some of you return as many as 7 times in one day!

Google offers a Reader that can function in a variety of ways. Google also now offers a tutorial site on how to set up and use a Google Reader.

The icon in the window with this blog address has an orange symbol which allows one to subscribe using an RSS reader. There are other feeds as well such as Feedburner. If you are someone who likes to check out several blogs each day or several times per week, please check out the Google site. It is great, informative and free! Just go here!

19:00 Roundup - Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Four Star Edition - Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Early Roundup - Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Evening Roundup - Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

First Things: On the Square >> We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus)

The late Father Richard John Neuhaus was a devoted champion of LIFE. In his memory, FIRST THINGS will publish this speech each year on the date of the Roe v. Wade decision. We would do well to read it in its entirety.

“We the People” have not and will not ratify the lethal logic of Roe v. Wade. That notorious decision of 1973 is the most consequential moral and political event of the last half century of our nation’s history. It has produced a dramatic realignment of moral and political forces, led by evangelicals and Catholics together, and joined by citizens beyond numbering who know that how we respond to this horror defines who we are as individuals and as a people. Our opponents, once so confident, are now on the defensive. Having lost the argument with the American people, they desperately cling to the dictates of the courts. No longer able to present themselves as the wave of the future, they watch in dismay as a younger generation recoils in horror from the bloodletting of an abortion industry so arrogantly imposed by judges beyond the rule of law.

We do not know, we do not need to know, how the battle for the dignity of the human person will be resolved. God knows, and that is enough. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta and saints beyond numbering have taught us, our task is not to be successful but to be faithful. Yet in that faithfulness is the lively hope of success. We are the stronger because we are unburdened by delusions. We know that in a sinful world, far short of the promised Kingdom of God, there will always be great evils. The principalities and powers will continue to rage, but they will not prevail.

In the midst of the encroaching darkness of the culture of death, we have heard the voice of him who said, “In the world you will have trouble. But fear not, I have overcome the world.” Because he has overcome, we shall overcome. We do not know when; we do not know how. God knows, and that is enough. We know the justice of our cause, we trust in the faithfulness of his promise, and therefore we shall not weary, we shall not rest.

May his soul rest in eternal peace!

Feast of Saint Vincent - Annual March for Life - Day of Penance

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 - Choose LIFE!


Image Credit: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church,
Garland, Texas

"Mary and Jesus"

Whispers in the Loggia: And They Came

Rocco Palmo does his usual masterful job describing the Vigil Mass for the March for Life. It is the largest liturgy held annually in the U.S. with 16,000 in attendance and scores turned away. Note that a TLM will be held tomorrow.

WDTPRS >> Excommunication of SSPX bishops to be lifted within days?

Father John Zuhlsdorf weighs in with this favorable story by Andrea Torinielli on the SSPX situation here. This follows a number of reports I've posted this evening (see RORATE CAELI).

The problem is, an earlier post on WDTPRS shows the complexities of this issue now. Will the situation with Bishop Williamson cause this to be placed on hold? Maryland Bill Would Require Doctors to Promote Suicide as Option to Patients

What a shock! carries this story datelined Annapolis:
"As a method of getting states to promote suicide without legalizing the practice of assisted suicide, euthanasia backers are relying on legislation that forces doctors to promote suicide as an option. The bills also make it so pro-euthanasia groups are given referral status to talk with patients."

The proposed law, HB 30, can be seen here. It is interesting (if one can call it that) that the Bill is filed under "File Code: Public Health."

Vigil of the March for Life - Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Holy Communion is now being distributed at Vigil Mass of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Here is the EWTN lineup for tomorrow:

MARCH FOR LIFE 2009 (LIVE) - Washington, D.C. 4 hrs

Live and complete coverage of the most important pro-life event of the year: the 2009 March For Life. This prayerful walking procession up Constitution Avenue in Washington DC, ends with a Rally for Life at the Washington Monument. Network coverage includes interviews, panel discussions, and speeches from pro-lifers around the country.
Thu 1/22/09 11:00 AM ET & 8 AM PT
Thu 1/22/09 10:00 PM ET & 7 PM PT
Sat 1/24/09 9:00 AM ET & 6 AM PT

Here is the weather forecast for Thursday from NOAA:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind around 6 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 44. South wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Southwest wind between 3 and 6 mph.

Sunscreen would be helpful!

Evening Roundup - Vigil of the March on Washington - Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Note: The Magnificat reminds us that tomorrow is a day of Penance!

Feast of Saint Agnes, Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CNS STORY: Vatican report: Most U.S. seminaries are generally healthy

In a story dated January 14, 2009, the Catholic News Service released the final report of the Apostolic Visitation team of U.S. seminaries. The final report is found here in this PDF file and is of importance for all Catholics.

Some issues--such as the importance of the presence of the Rector, increase in the study of Latin, and needed emphasis on Catholic Moral Theology--are areas which appeared in this report. The news story and PDF file are worthy of detailed reading and analysis. Need I suggest we pray for Bishops and priests daily?

Seven Star Edition - Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Four Star Edition - Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Eight Star Edition: Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Leesburg, VA - TLM First Sunday of the Month

My dear friend has notified me that Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Leesburg, VA offers Mass in the Extraordinary Form the First Sunday of each month at 10:30 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. I don't list Masses in the TLM menu unless they are offered weekly, however, I thought I'd publicize this Mass.

If it becomes a weekly event, please let me know! As Fr. Zuhlsdorf pointed out in a post a few days ago, a "stable group" is THREE people and that can include the priest.

Two Star Edition: Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 - Saint Hilary

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Evening Roundup - Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Sunday, January 11th, 2009

The Baptism of the Lord - Sunday, January 11th, 2009