Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sancta Missa

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum in 2007, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have been hard at work in educating priests how to offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

Their multi-media website, www.SanctaMissa.org, has already given assistance to priests throughout the world learning to offer the usus antiquor. The web site has also provided education to so many of the faithful to learn how to pray the Mass with greater devotion and fervor.

Since many approach the Canons Regular to learn more about the Extraordinary Form, it is advantageous to offer group workshops for priests, deacons, seminarians, and for the lay faithful so that Catholics will better appreciate the celebration of the Classical Roman Rite.

(Explained more HERE)

For anyone, priests or laity, who want to learn more about the Traditional Latin Mass you should check out the website!! This is a website started and maintained by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. It is excellent!! I'm sure many of you already know about the site, but for those of you who don't--it is a very good source to read and to reference.

It has online tutorials, books, videos (DVD's to purchase), FAQ's, and written explanations of everything pertaining to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It also has explanations of every item used during Tridentine Mass, and video's talking about the

One can visit the Canon's web store to buy all of these Latin Mass resources. They have books, DVD's, 1962 Altar Missal, Altar cards, and so much more.

-Here is a letter to priests and faithful (on the website) from the order's superior Fr. Phillips:


Dear Brother Priests and Faithful,

In thanksgiving for Our Holy Father's recent Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, we are pleased to have the opportunity to train priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. We hope that this tutorial, which provides a study of the the rubrics in a multimedia format, will assist priests in praying the Mass of the Ages with deeper reverence and love, so that the faithful attracted to this venerable rite might more profoundly enter into the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

Those devoted to the study of the rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum will notice that, according to local custom, there are some variances in the expression of the rubrics. In this tutorial you will see the Tridentine Latin Mass offered according to the customs of the Archdiocese of Chicago as practiced in 1962. As other dioceses or religious communities may have other customs, I hope that these differences will not cloud the purpose of guiding priests in praying the Traditional Latin Mass.

As a seminarian, I had the privilege to work with Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel, P.A., who was a noted liturgical giant of his time. He taught me that while rubrics are vital to offering the Mass with reverence and devotion, one must not act robotically and mechanically in their execution. The rubrics are the shell protecting the kernel.

By the diligent study of the rubrics, priests will be able to grasp the structure of the Mass and perform well the many intricacies of the sacred liturgy. Moreover, the external ceremonies of the Mass should always lead the priest to discover its rich treasures.

Finally, this presentation of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will form the laity, both intellectually and spiritually, to understand its sacred ceremonies, and to be transformed by its inestimable beauty.

In Christ,

Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., Superior
The Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius
Chicago



--I have the Canon's website, their web store, and Sancta Missa linked on the my right side bar for anyone looking for quick access!!

2 comments:

Fr. Brian Stanley said...

Deacon James Adams, soon to be Fr. James Adams, shared a DVD yesterday on the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass. It is from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and produced by EWTN. It was very good, breaking the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass into 18 chapters. I appreciated the different camera perspectives, which helps me to understand all the hand and head gestures that occur throughout the rite.

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