Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dominus Vobiscum

Dominus Vobiscum; "The Lord be with You"

It is not enough to just say "dominus vobiscum," we must also apply it to our actions. We must suit the action to the word. We have to set the example of what we teach or believe.

Which means that we need to know exactly what this "dominus vobiscum" or any other circumstance requires of us.

To "be with the Lord" means to always be with Him and do all for Him. Imagine standing at a friends side, and yet planning or working against him-- That's treachery and wrong.

Jesus even said, "He who is not with Me, is against Me."

It is impossible to be neutral in times of reality and importance. We need to stand up for what we believe is right 100%. Not 80%, or even 95% because if we only stand up for what we believe 95% then we do not fully understand or really believe what we say we believe.

We cannot stay neutral in the times we are facing right now. The line is being drawn in many different aspects of our lives and we need to pick a side 100%.

Not to say that this is something easy to do! This is very hard, and involves immense pain and suffering. But if we are not willing to commit 100% to one side (hopefully the right side) than we are not for that side we may say we are for.

There is no gray area. Only black and white.

We need to decide now.

New CD's!!!

For Christmas I got some new CD's that I absolutely adore!!!

They are different CD's of gregorian chant, organ, choirs, music from Christmas and Holy Week all done by the Canons of Saint John Cantius.

(Links will take you to the SJC Webstore to sample and see the music available)

Various traditional carols and motets from SJC Christmas season.

Quiet and meditative sacred music CD of Gregorian Chant, Sacred Polyphony and Organ Music to calm the soul and draw the spirit into the presence of God.

This recording is of the six major services of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

A fantastic collection of Christmas hymns, carols, and motets demonstrating the dynamic quality of the choir and the superb acoustics of St. John Cantius Church

The Cantate Domino Choir of St. John Cantius Church of Chicago along with Organ Masterworks, and works by the Resurrection Orchestra. Music of Haynes (SJC), Dering, Albinoni, Haydn and Mozart.

I have to say that the "In Quiet Contemplation" CD is by far my favorite- although they are all very excellent and are well worth their price.

*Remember- Proceeds go to help the Canon's Regular of Saint John Cantius*

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

I just wanted to wish all of my readers a Blessed and Merry Christmas!! I'm leaving in a matter of minutes to go to St. John Cantius in Chicago for Midnight Mass. I am SURE I'll write about it when I get home.

St. Mary's had such a wonderful Solemn High Rorate Mass last night. There were two seminarians in choir, six servers, the church lit solely by candlelight, and such care was taken in portraying the beauty and importance of the Mass. We are truly blessed there at St. Mary's.

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Christmas Altar

Here are some pictures of our home altar decorated for Christmas. It took me a while to finally decide on this- I could spend all day trying to "perfect" it. ;)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rorate Mass

On the Wednesday of Ember week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is usually sung early in the morning (although can be said at night), and the Church is illuminated with only candles, as a token that, "the world was still in darkness when the Light of the world appeared." The Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, possibly because in the Middle Ages, the Mass, or at least the initial letters, were written in gold — or on account of the solemnity and the special, ‘golden’ grace which, at that Mass, is obtained by numerous prayers. It is also called the Rorate Mass after the first words of the Introit of the Mass, Rorate Cœli:

Rorate cœli, désuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiátur terra, et gérminet Salvatórem. Cœli enárrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánuum ejus annúntiat firmaméntum.

"Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just: let the earth open and bud forth a Savior. The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands." (Is. 45:8; Ps. 18:2)

(Photo of a Rorate Mass 2006 at Assumption Grotto, Detroit)
St. Mary's in Kalamazoo is having a High Tridentine Rorate Mass on December 23 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gaudete in Domino semper

The third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. It is so named after the first word in the Introit: Gaudete (Rejoice!).

The Introit from the usus antiquior Romanus
(ancient Roman use):

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 everything by prayer let your petitions be made known to God. Ps. 84:2 Lord, Thou has blessed Thy Land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.

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. Ps. 84:2 Benedixisti, Domini, terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

Advent still has most of the characteristics of the penitential season, which make it a kind of Lent, the middle (or third) Sunday corresponding with Laetare or Mid-Lent Sunday. On it, as on Laetare Sunday, organ and flowers, forbidden during the rest of the season, are allowed to be used; rose-colored vestments are allowed instead of purple.

This distinguishing liturgy is a present discipline of the Church. Gaudete Sunday, therefore, makes a break, like Laetare Sunday, in the midst of our penitential rites, and signifies the nearness of the Lord's coming.

In both the Divine Office and Mass throughout Advent, there is reference made to our Lord's second coming, and this is emphasized on the third Sunday by the additional signs of gladness and joy permitted on that day.

I already decorated our home altar with a rose cloth and Father had on rose colored vestments and a rose chalice veil at Mass. :)

Prayer for Chaplains

I just got off the phone with CH (CPT) Brian L. Stanley USA. He is finished with his basic training and leaves for Germany tomorrow morning at 11 and will arrive in Germany the following day. Please keep him, and his fellow comrades in your prayers!


O God, Who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His chaplains and the stewards of His mysteries, maybe found faithful in the fulfilment of the ministry which they have received.

Grant, O Holy and Mighty Trinity, that they may never lose that purity of heart with which they were ordained, though all around them lie terrors and the uncertainty of war. Give them an abundance of wise counsel, fortitude, temperance and justice and supernatural charity. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rising Above It All

In this post I may sound like I'm talking directly to YOU (the reader)-- but really, all that I write is being said right back to myself.

This Sunday I will be serving my first TLM High Mass. I know it's not much different than a low Mass (which I've served several times) but I'm still looking forward to it. I haven't served in a really long time. In the past I used to not want to, but as things change and our outlooks turn from gloom and self despair to courage and faith, I am really starting to miss it.

I feel so connected at Mass. At every Mass I go to I don't want it to end. I feel a calling to be at Mass, and yet, a feeling of unworthiness to be within God's presence so intimately as the TLM presents itself. Mass is what keeps me going; in my spiritual life, emotional life, and even in how much I write on here. I've been up and down with my motivation to write and talk about Catholicism for a long time now. But I'm getting back into it.

Easier said than done. ;-)