Showing posts from December, 2008

The Solemnity of Mary, The Mother of God, January 1st, 2009 - May Peace Be Upon You in the New Year!


Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Saint Sylvester I (Seventh Day of the Octave of Christmas), Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Vocation's Day on January 3rd, 2009 at Old Saint James Parish Church in Charles Town, WV (Canons Regular of New Jerusalem)

I just received this by email:
The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, established by then-Archbishop Raymond Burke of La Crosse, WI, will host a Vocation's Day on Saturday, January 3rd at the Old St James Parish Church on George Street, Charles Town, WV. This religious community celebrates the Liturgy in the traditional Latin form (Extraordinary form).

The day will commence at 8:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM and will include Mass. Youths or adults who are interested or who may be discerning a vocation to the priesthood are cordially invited to attend. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch and to indicate their desire to attend by sending an e-mail to Mrs. Schau (theschaus "at" hotmail "dot" com) before noon on Friday, January 2nd.

There will be a Reception Brunch on Sunday, January 4th after the 9:30 AM High Mass in the Social Hall of St James (New) at the Crosswinds (Charles Town, WV)

There is a home school visit with the Canons scheduled for Tuesday, January …

Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas, Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

TLM Masses (Regional) for Thursday, January 1st, 2009

This is the list I have for TLM Masses regionally:
Saint Bartholomew's Church, Manchester, MD, 2 PMSaint James Church, Charles Town, WV, 8 AMHere is the regional holy day schedule I put together. Some area Churches have their Holy Day schedules in PDF format. You might wish to check these to see if a TLM is being celebrated. Saint Alphonsus has an 11:30 Mass on January 1st, but there is no mention of whether it is a TLM or a Mass in the Ordinary Form.

Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland...Quo vadis? (The state of the TLM locally)

This blog was begun on December 8th, 2007 and dedicated to Our Blessed Mother on the Feast of her Immaculate Conception. As of that date, the only TLM known to me was the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated weekly at Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore, MD. I had a personal link to the Summary of Masses catalogued by the marvelous Ecclesia Dei Coalition, but there were no links to these Masses on the nascent blog.

Over the past year, many new and exciting things have occurred by God's Grace. I began to receive emails from friends of TLM-MD who apprised me of new and fascinating developments. For example, a TLM was scheduled for St. Bartholomew's Church in Manchester, MD and I publicized that (more Masses at Saint Bartholomew's are scheduled in the future). A dear friend in WV has kept me up-to-date on the situation at Saint James the Greater Church in Charles Town, WV. Over the Christmas season this year, TLM Masses were celebrated at both Saint James Church in…

Noon Roundup - Monday, December 29th, 2008

Saint Thomas Becket (5th Day in the Octave of Christmas), Monday, December 29th, 2008

Eight Star Edition: Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday in the Octave of Christmas), Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist - Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Pope Pius Clock...and a True Alternative, The Mother Mary Clock

Several days ago, Fr. Tim Finigan of "The Hermeneutic of Continuity," in a humorous vein, posted a story on the "Pius Clock." The clock displayed was a wall clock of Popes Pio I to XII located at each point of the hour. Fr. Finigan saw the clock displayed on the Hound of Heaven website and labeled as a "last minute gift idea."

The blogger, "Hound," unfortunately, saw the jpeg image posted on the internet somewhere and wrote it up as a humorous story. As the link above shows, he has no idea where to obtain one!

This is problematic as I posted a link to Fr. Finigan's story, and have had a number of folks seeking a "Pius Clock"...really!

After searching the internet to no avail, I'd like to offer a substitution. This is "The Mother Mary" clock and and is not meant in humor at all. Here is an image:

The clock is actually quite beautiful, can be obtained here (the California Clock Company), and the artwork and t…

Feast of Saint Stephen, Protomartyr - December 26th, 2008 | St. Anthony's will celebrate birth of Christ with Latin Mass | Diane Bitting

My friend who has the pulse of all things TLM sent this link out tonight. It is a very nice article dated December 23rd on the TLM being celebrated at Saint Anthony of Padua in Lancaster, PA. The weekly Sunday Mass is drawing "70-100" souls. It would be nice to see that number quadruple!

Christmas Day - December 25th, 2008 Anno Domini - A Blessed and Holy Christmas to All!

"et Verbum caro factum est..."

"et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis et vidimus gloriam eius gloriam quasi unigeniti a Patre plenum gratiae et veritatis."
-- John 1:14

Early Roundup - Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 - Vigil of Christmas

YouTube - A Traditional Gregorian Christmas Mass - I | Puer Natus Est

Benedictine monks chanting the introit, Puer natus est (a child is born), during the entering procession of the Christmas Day Mass. Chanting of the litany Kyrie (Lord have mercy). Monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Assumption, São Paulo, Brazil.

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

American Papist >> Free download: O Emmanuel Antiphon ChantRORATE CAELI >> Pope in the Holy Land, MayThe New Liturgical Movement >> O Magnum MysteriumTraditional Latin Mass in Maryland >> Proclamation of the Birth of Christ, Update (this gives links to the vernacular version including an MP3 link from MusicaSacra; it also gives two options for the Latin, although neither is in standard MP3 so it will take some fiddling to get these to work. I cannot find the link on YouTube anywhere)

Noon Roundup - Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

TLM Coming to the Eastern Shore of Maryland? Possibly...

One of the most persistent searches I have on this blog is for the TLM somewhere on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on a regular basis. This is the Diocese of Wilmington.

Tonight I received an email from my TLM friend that I will "redact":

Fr. M. will be celebrating the [Traditional] Mass on the first Sunday of each month at Holy Redeemer Church in Delmar, 3:00 pm, beginning February 1, 2009.

If this proves to be successful, I believe the long range plan is to make it an every Sunday Mass that would include holydays. If I learn more, I will put a link in and update this post. In the meantime, I would think your prayers for this are warranted. I'd also disseminate this news by email to those interested and mark this on your calendars!


More info can be found here.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses - Tips for Finding One Near You

A cursory glance will reveal that this blog is dedicated to be a clearinghouse for the Latin or TLM (Traditional) Mass. I have done the best I can to find Masses for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day which are TLM Masses.

If you are searching for a Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form) Mass near you or near to where you are visiting, please go here: This site lists Masses by Diocese, by Zip Code or by City.

If you find Masses that are near your destination, the best bet is to call the Rectory and listen to when the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses are scheduled. At this time of year, in an Archdiocese the size of Baltimore or Washington, most rectories will have telephone recordings. The list WILL NOT be posted on since this is considered a "two-day" holy day and huge attendance is expected.

I have checked the Archdiocesan websites. Neither Baltimore nor DC has a list of Parishes with their Christmas schedules. You might find it listed in the Dioces…

December 22nd, 2008, 16:00 EST- Time for "What Does the Prayer Really Say?"

Papal Christmas Liturgies on EWTN - 2008

Papal Liturgies televised on EWTN

Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord: Midnight Mass with the Holy Father from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Wed 12/24/08 6:00 PM ET & 3 PM PT
Thu 12/25/08 8:00 AM ET & 5 AM PT
Thu 12/25/08 4:00 PM ET &1 PM PT

From St. Peter's Square. Join the Holy Father for his inspiring Christmas Day message to the world on the celebration of Christ’s birth.
Thu 12/25/08 6:00 AM ET & 3 AM PT
Thu 12/25/08 10:00 PM ET & 7 PM PT
Fri 12/26/08 3:00 AM ET & 12 AM PT
Fri 12/26/08 5:00 PM ET & 2 PM PT

The Holy Father will preside at the first vespers of thanksgiving at the year's end in St. Peter's Basilica.
Wed 12/31/08 12:00 PM ET & 9 AM PT
Wed 12/31/08 5:00 PM ET & 2 PM PT

Early Roundup - Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Proclamation of the Birth of Christ - From the Christmas Martyrology - Update

UPDATE: 08/21/2017 - I have discovered another Chanted Latin version of the Proclamation. It is by Mater Ecclesiae.  I am placing the sung YouTube version above the Latin translation with the English translation below. This will allow you to follow the Latin with the sung Chant.  The Proclamation begins at 2:25...



ANNO a creatióne mundi, quando in princípio Deus creávit cœlum et terram, quínquies millésimo centésimo nonagésimo nono:  A dilúvio autem, anno bis millésimo nongentésimo quinquagésimo séptimo: A nativitáte Abrahæ, anno bis millésimo quintodécimo:  A Moyse et egréssu pópuli Israel de Ægypto, anno millésimo quingentésimo décimo: Ab unctióne David in Regem, anno millésimo trigésimo secúndo; Hebdómada sexagésima quinta, juxta Daniélis prophetíam: Olympíade centésima nonagésima quarta: Ab urbe Roma cóndita, anno septingentésimo quinquagésimo secúndo: Anno Impérii Octaviáni Augús…

Evening Roundup - Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Visitors ask...Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Latin Masses for 2008

I have updated the list substantially today. Some locations include links to the PDF file of the Church bulletin while others go to a website. In order to read a PDF file, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free.

Here is the summary and note that it is also linked in the "Header" of this blog.

Early Roundup - Sunday, December 21st, 2008 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, Mt. Saint Mary's, Emmitsburg, MD - Christmas 2008

This is the schedule posted for the week of December 21st to the 27th. As you can see, no Christmas Mass is scheduled according to this post for Christmas Day.

Regional Christmas Mass News: St Francis de Sales Church and Our Lady's Church in Medley Neck

A kind reader shared this email with me this evening:

The Tridentine Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 11:00 am at St Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, MD (St. Francis de Sales 7185 Benedict Avenue, Benedict, MD). A social hour (with coffee and donuts) is held after Mass in the church hall. On the first Sunday of each month, a High Mass is celebrated...on the other Sundays a Low Mass is celebrated (preceded by recitation of the rosary).

There will also be an 11:00 AM Mass on Christmas Day. I have the privilege of serving Mass here.

The Tridentine Mass is now also being celebrated every Sunday at 7:00 AM at Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck, 41410 Medley's Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD (just south of Leonardtown). There will also be an Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

I cannot vouch for the new weekly Mass at Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck as it is not posted on the Parish's website. However, I feel this information is enough to list this post with the C…

Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine, Gregorian) for 4th Sunday of Advent, Christmas Vigil and Christmas

Five Star Edition: Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement - Grail Psalms: A Path Forward

I have had numerous searches for the Grail Psalms. Jeffrey Tucker does a fine job setting down his reservations in a cogent article. I think this article is one that is worth looking at and discussing. I hope it gets wide coverage in the U.S.

Early Roundup - Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Seven Star Roundup: Friday, December 19th, 2008

Five Star Edition: Friday, December 19th, 2008

Regional Christmas Mass News: Latin Mass Schedule at St. James' and St. Peter's in West Virginia

For those who have followed this blog, you are aware that the TLM is now beginning in earnest at both St. Peter's Church in Harpers Ferry, WV, and at Saint James the Greater in Charles Town, WV. I just got this email from my friend with the Holy Day schedule:

Christmas Eve. Midnight: Wednesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve High Mass, 11 PM Confessions, and 11:30 Christmas Carols at St. Peter's Church in Harpers Ferry, WVChristmas Day. Noon: Thursday, December 25th, Christmas Day High Mass, 5:00 PM: Solemn Vespers and Benediction at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WVSunday, 28th December (Holy Family). 9:30 AM Low Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WVThursday, 1st January (Solemnity of Mary/Circumcision). 8:00 AM: High Mass at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WVSunday, 4th January (Anticipated Epiphany). 9:30 AM High Mass, 10:30 AM (approx): CRNJ Brunch Reception at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WVTuesday, 6th January (Ep…

Sancta Missa - Latin High Mass and Benediction - 1962 Missale Romanum - DVD

I just received notice that the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius have released a new DVD this week. It is a DVD Instruction of the Traditional Latin High Mass for Priests, Seminarians, Altar Servers, Sacristans, Church Musicians and available from the Sancta Missa webstore. The DVD sounds beautiful. Here is information from the Sancta Missa website:

Reverend Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
Associate Pastor, Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago

Master of Ceremonies

Brother Anselm Karas, S.J.C. Acolytes
Brother Kevin Mann, S.J.C. and Brother Jonathan Ryan, S.J.C. Thurifer
Brother Robert Brajkovich, S.J.C.


Brother Juan Garcia, S.J.C. Crucifer
Brother Scott Thelander, S.J.C.Film Location
Saint John Cantius Roman Catholic Church
825 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois 60642
United States of America

Please check the Saint John Cantius webstore. The Society has a growing list of items on DVD including the Tridentine Mass narrated in French; it also offers a fine …

Noon Roundup - Friday, December, 19th, 2008

Breviarum Romanum | Hand illuminated altar cards available

My good colleague, MCITL, has posted a link on his blog, Meeting Christ in the Liturgy, to the Breviarium Romanum blog.

The mother of a priest does the calligraphy and illuminates these altar cards for the celebration of the extraordinary form of holy Mass by hand. Observe the variegated floral and gold borders in detail by clicking on the images.

The altar cards shown are beautiful! Visit this link for more information on how to obtain such cards. The price is incredibly modest!

The New Liturgical Movement: Registry of Scholas

Jeffrey Tucker has posted an awesome link: a registry of Scholas that is linked to Frappr. You have to check it out to believe it!


The National Registry of Gregorian Scholas is now listed in the Right Menu under Blogroll and Favorite Websites.

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Standing on My Head >> No Country for Old Men (I largely agree with Fr. Longenecker and found this to be a deeply nihilistic movie. However, check the links in the first Comment. One of those links is listed below and has some interesting commentary.)First Principles (ISI Web Journal) >>No Country for Old Men: Demonic Evil and the Limits of Tradition (by Carson Holloway)The Hermeneutic of Continuity >> Traditional Vocations Blog (Awesome links from Fr. Finigan!)The New Liturgical Movement >> Rorate, and the Genius of the Chant Tradition

Early Roundup - Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Notice on Posting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses

This blog gets heavy traffic from people within the State of Maryland but also from visitors who apparently plan to spend the Christmas holy day here in the State or its environs.

I am dismayed that there does not appear to be any "formal" site which lists such things as links to Parish Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses within the Archdiocese. I suppose that if someone was going to visit Parkville, MD, they would have to go to site (see the header where a link is provided) and check to see what the Christmas Masses would be in that area using the listed websites to ascertain the times, etc.

I have posted a link here

This is to an earlier post and is meant to be a listing ofChristmas Eve and Christmas Day TLM Masses in this vicinity.

If you are a Pastor, priest or deacon and have a Parish website, I invite you to post a Comment to this link above with full details. Notice that you must provide a name (it can be a pseudonym like "Fr. T.") and …

Late Afternoon Roundup: Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Nine Star Edition - Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Saint Bartholomew's Church, Manchester, Maryland - Special TLM January 1st, 2009

This note came from my email friend at Saint Bartholomew's Church in Manchester, MD:

Saint Bartholomew's in Manchester, MD will be celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form on January 1, 2009 (The Circumcision of Our Lord) at 2 pm in our new church on Rt. 30. All are most welcome. We had a great response to our last effort on the Feast of Christ the King with about 100 in attendance. We are grateful to our pastor, Fr. Michael Roach, for being so willing to make this Mass available.

I hope this Mass gets a great response!

Early Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Early Roundup - Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Nine Star Edition - Monday, December 15th, 2008

Five Star Edition: Monday, December 15th, 2008

RORATE CAELI: Kneeling for communion and communion on the tongue

Perhaps our new Prefect of Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, is not called "Little Ratzinger" for nothing. Read this story on Communion on the tongue and kneeling to receive. It would seem he is of one mind with Pope Benedict XVI in this regard!

Five Star Edition: Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Sunday, December 14th, 2008 - Gaudete Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 14th, 2008 - Missa 'Gaudete'

Station at St. Peter's (Vatican)

INTROIT ¤ Phil. 4. 4-6

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum. -- Benedixisti, Domine, terram tuam: acertisti captivitatem Iacob. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Gaudete . . .

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men: for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing by prayer let your petitions be made known to God. -- (Ps. 84. 2). Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. V.: Glory to the Father . . . -- Rejoice in the Lord always . . .Third Sunday of Advent
Traditional Latin Rite Missal Project

Evening Roundup - December 13th, 2008

Early Roundup - Saturday, December 13th, 2008 - Feast of Saint Lucy

Mountain Echo: Mount celebrates traditional Latin Mass

Kala Garry posts an article in the "Mountain Echo"--the campus newspaper of Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD--on the Traditional Mass celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as experienced from a "student's-eye" view. The article documents the experience of the Usus Antiquior from those who may never have seen one previously.

While mostly unfamiliar with the EF, many Mount students joined the seminarians for the special celebration. Having grown up with the Norvus Ordo, most were lost between the quiet Latin prayers of the priest and the beautiful parts sung by the choir. Regardless, the reverence of the Mass brought many into a high form of worship.

"It was an incredible experience," reflects sophomore Tricia Lester. "I don't even know how to put it into words. The reverence of the prayers and the solemness of the Mass gave me a deeper appreciation of the miracle that occurs at every Eucharist. Plus, the homily was a…

Evening Roundup - December 12th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, December 12th, 2008