Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Vortex - The Drum Beat - The Problems of the Culture

EVERYONE needs to watch this video!!!! This is the BEST video of how the culture of death is winning and what we need to do to change the culture with the fullness of the Catholic faith!

Please watch this! Share this with your parishes! Be a witness and starting banging the "Catholic drum beat"! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Charles I/Picture Post!!!

To whom it may concern:

As being a former Anglo-Catholic, my heart goes out on this day to King Charles I (Charles Stuart) of England, for on this day, he was wrongfully beheaded by the Puritan England! I believe him to be a martyr for the cause of Christ's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Was he a Roman Catholic? No. He was married to the Princess of France (Catholic) and was believed to be an organizer for the return of England to Holy Mother Church. He was an Anglican but who's churchmanship was truly Catholic in all senses except by Confirmation.

God rest his soul, and may he pray for us.

In other news, this is a picture of the new Archbishop of Portland, the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample. Now THIS is what an Archbishop should look like! Also...note the MANIPLE and the GAUNTLETS!!!! (There will be a post sometime about the Pontifical Gauntlets)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Picture Post - Requiem Mass and Black Vestments

One thing that REALLY irritates me is when I attend a funeral (yes, it does happen from time to time), the minister (if at a Protestant Church - SHOCKING, I have Protestant relatives) or priest will be dressed in white vestments and be celebrating what's called in the Post Vatican II mindset a "Mass of the Resurrection" - as if the Resurrection of the soul with the body has already happened?

One MAJOR fault with this kind of mindset, no matter who the relation was with, is that you do not TRULY know if the person is going to Heaven (via Purgatory - trust me, even the saints went through a nano-second of Purgatory) or to Hell. Celebrating a Mass of the Resurrection, with all the comforting talk from priests and bishops PROCLAIMING that the soul is now in Heaven with Our Blessed Lord is NOT what the Church teaches. We are not to assume that any soul is either in Heaven or in Hell. We do not have the power or the authority to make that judgement. The only reason why we have that authority when it comes to souls who are canonized (I do not argue this case with those who have been beatified only because it can get tricky) is because there are several miracles proven without a shadow of a doubt that it was through the intercession of a particular person, thus proving that because a miracle happened, the soul must be in Heavenly bliss with Our Blessed Lord.

Why then do we use black vestment?! Why, on a day of already great sorrow, is the Church vested in black, the solemnity is "kicked up" to almost as equal to a Good Friday Mass of the Pre-Sanctified? Can we not all just have a "celebration of life" Mass were they take away the reality that a soul has been unnaturally and tragically separated from the body through death and believe that our dearly departed, whom we love and do not wish to offend their memory, is in Heaven already with Our Blessed Lord?

The problem with modernized Catholic thinking is that we assume to much! We assume that this liturgical heresy is OK because it's been illegally allowed for five generations. We assume that if we defy what our Supreme Pontiff asks of us that nothing REALLY will happen because of our defiance! I could go on and on!

We do NOT assume that any soul, no matter what their religiosity or lack there of, is in Heaven or in Hell. We are MOURNING the loss of a soul - a soul that NO LONGER has the ability to seek Christ's Salvation. Their time is UP! We are truly mourning! We wear black vestments and black clothing to funerals and requiem masses because we are sadden that the judgment of this soul has been forever sealed. All we can do is to pray for the soul, knowing that our prayers may help this particular soul may reach Christ's salvation that NO one is ever guaranteed but is given FREELY by Our Blessed Lord, the Second Part of the Trinity, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Maniples Matter! on Twitter!!!/Email Suggestions!


As I am typing my blog post titled "Conversi ad Dominum - Turning Towards the Lord - Ad Orientem", I am referring your attention to the fact that "Maniples Matter!" is NOW on Twitter! If you look on the left hand side, you will see the Twitter account name (@ManiplesMatter)! I will be posting there as well as on the blog comments, links, and such as I see fit. All blog posts will be linked throw Twitter, so if you are a Twitter fan, you will know when a post has happened AND there will be a link there waiting for you to click on!

Also, I truly am serious when I am asking you guys to send me topics for conversations! I want you, as my readers, to take pictures of either bad examples of liturgical abuse (you can use your iPhone and say you're reading the lessons for mass...), or any examples of great liturgy and send them to this email address:

Also, I'd like to know what you are thinking, how you are enjoying or not enjoying the blog, opinions, suggestions, etc. I am honestly trying to get my foot into the mammoth world of the Catholic blogosphere and wish to be involved equally as all the famous blogs that I can currently think of. My blog is for you the reader! I'll continue to write about topics on my own terms, but unless I get feedback from you, I honestly have no idea if I'm truly reaching anyone! As a person with an opinion wishing to share it, that's obviously the point of this blog!

Follow me on Twitter, share my blog, email me suggestions/comments/pictures/stories, etc., and let me know what you think!

In Christ,

Chase +

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Deacon's wish for wider spread of the Latin Mass!

From time to time, I will post links to various websites that have wonderful news articles in reference to the restoration of the Church's liturgy, particularly from parishes, priests, etc., who have come to love and celebrate the Tridentine Mass!

Here's an article from the Catholic News Herald of a deacon promoting the Latin Mass. This is from the Diocese of Charlotte (US).


Keep Those Fingers Together!!! - A Message to Priests!

Through my experiences of attending many churches who celebrate the Mass of Paul VI (Novus Ordo - I've decided to say the Mass of Paul VI, for that is what it is), if I knew not the priest's own devotion to Our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist and was to assume the worst in everyone, I would assume that hardly any priest believed that Christ was truly there, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

Now you might be thinking, "Chase, that's harsh! That's a really pessimistic view of priestly conduct! They're Catholic priests! They know it's Christ."

Well, if the priest knows it's Christ, why are there so many un-catechized Catholics who do not even know that Christ is truly there, 
BodyBloodSoul, and Divinity, in the Most Holy Eucharist? Why have we allowed this to go on in the Church? The faith of any particular congregation depends upon the faith, devotion  and love of Christ and His Holy Church on the part of the priest (think of St. John Vianney and his congregation!). If there is a faulty parish, look towards the priest! If the Year of Faith is ever to come into full effect, EVERY priest of EVERY Catholic parish MUST be authentically Catholic, have a devout prayer life, teach only the truth of the Catholic faith, and never faultier!

How does this tie into "keeping the fingers together"? By treating Christ with the utmost care, reverence, and importance, the truth of the Catholic faith will prosper and there will be so many vocations to the priesthood and religious life, you'll have to build a new seminary and monastery every year to house them all! Now, let me explain the "keeping the fingers together" bit.

During Holy Mass, even before the consecration, whenever the priest is to touch the Host on the paten, he should ONLY use his thumbs and forefingers while moving or picking up the Host. Even before the consecration! The reason? During the consecration, if you "man handled" the Host during the Offertory and after the consecration happened you use your thumbs and forefingers, the tiny particles of Host on your other fingers have been transubstansitated into Christ! At that point, you might as well just "throw in the towel on keeping Christ's body from being blasphemed"! You'll probably forget He was on your fingers and wipe them on something else, blaspheming Our Lord in more ways than your ever want to know! You, as a priest, will have to answer for this some day! (happy thoughts and confession time!)

So...what do we do about this, and why keep your fingers together? Here's the logistical explanation. When you touch the Host, use your thumbs and forefingers. After you touch the Host, even if it's before the consecration, press your thumb and forefinger together unless if you are touching the Host again (don't see why you would be, but if it happens, OK). This keeps the particles on unconsecrated Host from getting everywhere and being consecrated without you knowing about it! (Priests, think to yourself...How many times have I man-handled the Host, touched the missal, the linens, etc., before, during, or even AFTER the consecration....More prayer and another confession topic...)

At the consecration, again, only use your thumbs and forefingers to pick up the Host, now Christ Himself! Do NOT wipe your fingers on the corporal and DO NOT think that by rubbing your fingers together over the paten or chalice you have sufficiently cleansed your hands of any remnants of Christ. More on how to cleanse your hands at the end of this post. Even when turning pages or when raising the chalice, keep your thumbs and forefingers together and use your other three fingers! Practice this if you have to! Would you rather have to take a little extra time practicing and getting use to only using your middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, or would you blaspheme Christ Himself?! I know which one I'd choose. Do you?

When you (the priest, NOT the congregation) are holding your hands in the orans position (arms slightly stretched), keep your thumbs and forefingers together! You think I'm repeating myself too much? I'll say it again if I have to just to get it in your head - keep your thumbs and forefingers together! YOU HAVE POTENTIAL (before consecration) OR ACTUAL (after consecration) CHRIST (GOD, remember Him?) YOUR FINGERS!

When distributing Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, ONLY use your thumb and forefinger to pick up and distributed Christ! One hand (preferably your right hand) should be administering Christ while the other should be supporting the ciborium (whilst keeping your thumb and forefinger together). If you think I'm being "nit-picky" about this, just wait until I write a post about reception of Our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist by the faithful (or should I say in the modern Church - the assumed faithful...).

When cleansing the sacred vessals (they are called so because Christ Himself has touched them and made them sacred by His own Self), keep those thumbs and forefingers together! You might be saying, "Chase, when do I separate these fingers? They're starting to hurt!" Well, they might be hurting because the demonic spirits around you are so tired of you caring so much for Our Blessed Lord that they are purposing trying to make you open and wipe your fingers on something (fight the good fight)! The only time that you are allowed to open your hands is when they are over the chalice with water being poured over them by an altar boy (This is during the cleansing of the sacred vessels)! This is where you are rub your fingers together. You are washing your fingers and Christ is going into the chalice with the rest of Himself in order to be consumed! 

Do you want to know why I'm being so harsh on this topic? I care and love for Our Eucharistic Lord so much that I want to make sure all priests KNOW how to handle Our Lord. I have literally cried during Holy Mass because I have witness such disgraceful attitudes, facial expressions, and "man-handling" towards and with the Blessed Sacrament! Pray for priests who do not know, do not believe, and do not hope in Our Eucharistic Lord, who makes Himself known to us at every Mass and is truly housed and present in every tabernacle!

There will be another blog post some other time about how to properly cleanse the sacred vessals. Until then, keep the fingers together, prayer hard, and pray for me, a sinner!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Amen. 

 (just in case you forgot...)

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Royal World" - Monarchists of the 21st Century!

For those suppressed monarchists who read my blog (I'm a monarchist! Every Catholic should it - it's the only form of government that is compatible with the Catholic faith), I have added a new blog, "Royal World", to the pages tab! A dear friend of my, Theodore Harvey, is the blog's writer! For anyone questioning whether monarchy is a valid form of government for the Catholic faith, I'd advise reading the blogs "Throne and Altar" (no longer active, but still up. It has great articles) and Mr. Harvey's blog (He's a High-Church Anglican in support of Rome and traditional Catholics). 

Thanks, and God Save the King (or Queen, if you're in the UK or Her Commonwealth Realms)!

Christ, Our Sovereign Lord, Master, and King! 

Latin Novus Ordo Mass - Our Lady of the Atonement Anglican Use RCC - San Antonio, TX

I have been in an absolute "funk" for the past two weeks. I've been promising you guys that I'd have a post up and never continued by posts. SO...instead of me posting, I've decided to post a series of videos in this post of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (Anglican Use) in San Antonio, Texas celebrating the Mass of Paul VI in as close to conformity to the Sacred Tradition of the Tridentine Mass as possible! I personally know Father Christopher Phillips (celebrant) and am truly blessed to have found these videos on YouTube of all places!

So...enjoy! If you have any specific questions about the videos, please email me! I don't know how many people I'm actually reaching. To all my readers, I am sorry for not keeping my promise of posting in the allotted times I gave myself. After this post, I will no longer be doing blog "series" and only one post topics! Suggestions would be LOVELY!








Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My kind of Supreme Pontiff...small tid-bit rant :D

As some of you may know, I am a college student, and like all college students, the semester has started again. Classes, rehearsals, homework, etc. So, in the mean time while I make my final adjustments to the "Offertory" section of the "Novus Ordo Compatibility to the Tridentine Mass", I leave you with the first Apostolic Blessing of Venerable Pius XII after his Papal Coronation.  

And yes, I'm a Catholic monarchist! One of these days I will go on a blogging rant about how I wish the Papal coronation should come back into the Church and why I think it's necessary! If the Supreme Pontiff is suppose to be the Crowned Prince of the Church and the temporary ruler of Christ's Church on earthy, I truly believe this can ONLY be fully realized through the re-introduction of the Papal coronation and the Papal tiara! 

It's time for Catholics to finally realize that the "Church of the Nice" (Michael Voris quote from the show "The Vortex" on ChurchMilitantTV) is not the Church by which Christ Himself founded nor was it the Church that was present on this earth prior to the Second Vatican Council. The Church was respected as an institution of moral stability and the defender of truths.

Bring back true, authentic Catholicism, founded upon the teachings of Christ's Church that has lasted for 2000 years. Bring back the truth of the full reality of the Supreme Pontiff's role in the Church from not only being the Defender of the Faith and the Successor to the THRONE of Saint Peter, but also the Temporary Ruler, the Crown Princes of the Princes of the Church, that rules the Church with the authority vested in him by Almighty God with the fullness of the Christian Faith, the Catholic Church.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

To my readers...

To my avid readers (which consists of my priest, a few friends, and you all whom I don't know)

I will be back in the swing of things coming this Sunday, January 13th. I'm am currently on a vacation enjoying the mountains, skiing, and truly relaxing! Since I have wireless internet, I could continue the blog posting, however, I've decided to allow myself to be away from the computer! Today's modern society is too involved in technology! I'm a traditionalist, remember... ;D

So, while I'm away enjoying my vacation, I'll leave you with this picture to dwell upon! I promise I will be back on January 13th with a continuation of the Novus Ordo Liturgical Compatibility with the Offertory!

St. Pio of Pietrelcina receiving Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist devoutly and lovingly, humbling himself before Almighty God, and opening his mouth as if he were a child in need of his Savior!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Novus Ordo Liturgical Compatibility - Part II - Liturgy of the Word

Edited from First Edition. Sorry for the confusion if you had any.

Time to start the Liturgy of the Word (or in the Extraordinary Form - Mass of the Catechumens). 

Note: Firstly, I am writing this section as if it were a normal, Sunday morning, mass. Secondly, I am also writing as if there was only one lector and a choir who sings the Psalm. Thirdly, I'm writing this as if Christ in the tabernacle was in the sanctuary, either behind the altar or on the altar and mass was being celebrated ad orientem. If you have any questions about other configurations, please email me. My email in my biography under the "About Me" section. 

After the priest returns to the sedilla and the altar boys to their benches, the Old Testament Reading is read. The Sacred Scriptures, according to the Second Vatican Council, are allowed to be read allowed by a member of the congregation. It was under the assumption that the lector would be a male. It is a provision of the individual bishop of each diocese (or of each country's conference - side note, I'm not a fan-boy of the USCCB, however, that has nothing to do lectors or the gender of lectors) that allows for women to read Sacred Scripture during mass. The lector should be dressed in "business professional" and be taught how to read texts so as to be able to connect phrases, themes and concepts. It is very distracting to hear someone read Sacred Scripture and for that person to not know how to read fluently. Lectors should be trained and given approval by their priests prior to reading during mass.

The lector, when exiting his pew, genuflects, and then walks forward solemnly but not slow. His hands should be together in the traditional form of "prayer hands". When he approaches the front of the sanctuary at the altar rail, he genuflects again, and immediately goes to the lectern. From there he reads the Old Testament lesson in a clear, firm voice. While reading, his hands may either be holding onto the lectern or in "prayer hands" style.

After the Old Testament reading is read, the Psalm is sung by the choir. The lector steps off to the side of the lectern while the Psalm is sung. If for some reason the lector recites the Psalm, it is inappropriate for him to raise his hands in an "orans" stance when the congregation is suppose to say the antiphon. A simple nod or a slight pause will suffice as an indication. When the Psalm is finished, he returns back to the lectern and reads the New Testament. If he's the one who read the Psalm, he shouldn't have moved. Whenever the name is Jesus is spoken, the lector should nod his head (It's the simplest thing we can do, for at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow - This also goes for whenever priests say the name of Jesus during any time of the mass.) After he finishes reading, he walks to the center of the sanctuary, genuflects, and then returns to his seat, genuflecting before sliding into his pew.

Thurifer: You should have already retrieved the thurible and boat filled with incense.

Time for the Gospel. The Gradual, Tract, or Alleluias with verse start. The thurifer should be in front of the priest with the thurible and boat ready. During this, the priest blesses the new incense. He then stands up, and goes to the middle of the sanctuary (the thurifer should be on the priest's right side. For keeping things balanced, another altar server should be with the thurifer, processing in front of the priest and ending up on his left side at the foot of the altar steps), saying simultaneously in a quiet voice:

"Cleanse my heart and my lips, O Almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the Prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen." (taken from the Extra-Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite)

The priest should then say quietly while holding a profound bow (at the waist) (the altar boys should have a simple bow, that is, with only their heads):

"Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen." (taken from the Extra-Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite)

The priest and altar boys are now upright. The priest ascends to the altar to retrieve the Book of the Gospels, genuflecting when arriving, holding up the Book of the Gospels, and descends to the floor of sanctuary. He then turns back to Christ, simply nods and then goes to the lectern to read the Gospel. If the priest ascends to the altar, the altar servers wait at the foot of the altar steps for the priest. If the priest is not using a specific Book of the Gospels, after the priest says the prayer while profoundly bowing, all three move towards the lectern.

I use the term lectern lightly. In traditional church settings, the lectern was on the Epistle (right side from the congregation standpoint) and the pulpit was on the Gospel side (left side). If there is both a pulpit and a lectern, the Gospel is proclaimed in front of the pulpit where the sermon is preached. If there is only a lectern, the Gospel is either proclaimed at the lectern (which it should then be on the left side, the Gospel side) or, if the lectern is for some reason on the Epistle side, in the open space on the Gospel side with one of the altar boys acting as your lectern.

The priest to congregation responses are exchanged. After such, the Gospel is then incensed with three "double"(1 2, 1 2, 1 2) swings. The thurible is then handed back to the thurifer. If an altar boy is not being used as a lectern, he is still on the left side of the priest, on the opposite side of where the thurifer is. 

The Gospel is then either sung or said. The same rule applies to every time the name of Jesus is said: all nod. The priest should have the slightest of pauses after the name of Jesus to allow His Holy Name to resonate within the church. Afterwards, the priest picks up the Book of the Gospels, kisses where the end of the text for that Gospel is, and remains there for the sermon. If where the priest is standing is not a pulpit or a lectern, he then moves to where one is. If the priest has used an altar boy as a lectern, the altar boy takes the Book of the Gospel back into the sacristy or at the credence table. If the Book of the Gospels was not separate from the Lectionary, nothing happens. If the priest was at a pulpit or lectern and he processed with the Book of the Gospels, he gives the Book of the Gospels to the altar boy to be placed in either the sacristy or at the credence table.

The sermon begins. If during the time of the Liturgy of the Word the lessons were read in Latin, they are now read in English. All would stand for the Gospel and make the appropriate crosses. I advise that if you (the priest) truly have an announcement that cannot wait to say it quickly and without exaggeration before the sermon starts. Announcements at the end of mass is not the best time to make them. The congregation has the Body of Christ inside of them. Allow them to pray and conclude mass in a prayerful state without taking people "out of Mass mode" and back into reality only to then be placed back "into Mass mode" for the closing prayers. The faithful who have just received Christ are living tabernacles. Allow them to pray and mediate on that and not on the Knights of Columbus dinner that's next week.

If there is anything that I've missed or you feel needs to be different, I ask that you email me. I am doing my best to promote a liturgical compatibility between the Mass of Paul VI (Novus Ordo) and the Tridentine Mass for the continuity of the faith and liturgical traditions of Christ's Church. Thank you! The Offertory will be next.

Note: If no incense was used, the altar boys remain at their benches. Other configurations of torch bearers, etc., etc., can be asked about through email. Also, the prayers taken from the Extra-Ordinary Form are of course optional, but of course, encouraged. If there is a deacon in the mass and you have questions about his role, please email me. 


Novus Ordo Liturgical Compatibilty with the Tridentine Mass - Introductory Rites

Welcome to the first of several installments of this blog series entitled "Novus Ordo Liturgical Compatibility with the Tridentine Mass". For those who would like to know, I am using a Daily Roman Missal published in the US by the Midwest Theological Forum with "Our Sunday Visitor". It has the mass in both Latin and English side by side. My commentary will be solely based on the assumption that you are celebrating ad orientem with the tabernacle behind or on the main altar! This is also assuming that the only ordinary minister present is a priest. If you have any questions pertaining to other combination of ordinary ministers, sanctuary orientations, etc.,  please email me. My email is in my biography under the tab "About Me".

Note: The words I write in reference to what will be said at Holy Mass will be in English. It is obviously approved, and in tradition and according to the Second Vatican Council, preferable, if it is said in Latin. More on that topic at another time. Also note that, although this may not be in perfect conformity to Extraordinary Form, it is done with deepest love and, as much as possible, in conformity with the Extraordinary Form, so far as I could.

So now let's begin.

The Entrance Chant (Introit, Hymn, etc.) starts. The altar boys process in first followed by the priest. The altar boys stop at the foot of the steps of the altar, leaving a space in the middle of their configuration for the priest to stand. If there are no steps, they stop a little distance away from the altar. The priest then joins the altar boys. All genuflect. The priest then ascends to the altar to kiss it. Then he descends back to the altar boys. The priest then takes the thurible from one of the altar boys, puts incense on the hot charcoals, blesses the incense, and then takes the thurible from the altar boy. The priest ascends to the altar while the altar boys stay in place. He bows. The priest incenses the altar (look at the picture I place at the end of this post about how to incense an altar properly). After incensing, he bows again. He then descends to where the altar boys, turns towards the altar, and hands back the thurible and then ascends back to the altar. The priest then re-ascends to the altar and genuflects, standing at the center of the altar. The thurifer (the one carrying the incense - might as well call him what he is at this point) then takes the thurible to it's designated spot. Note: All of this happens while the Entrance Chant is being sung! That is why it's important to sing ALL THE VERSES of a hymn! I'd advise the choir to sing the Introit of the mass in English and then a hymn for the congregation to sing with if there isn't enough time. So much has happened and the priest hasn't said anything yet.

If there is no incense, the priest ascends to the altar, bows whilst kiss the altar, and stands at the center of the altar. The altar boys remain at the foot of the altar steps.

The priest then starts mass, facing the Christ and the altar, saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Everything the priest says should be in a gentle, yet stern, voice. Nothing should be shouted)

Then the priests says either of these three greetings facing the people. It's rather informal to say really anything else and is not a part of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition. 

1. The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2. Grace to you and peace from God Our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. The Lord be with you.

The priest then invites the faithful into the Penitential Act, facing the congregation, saying:

Brethren, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Note that I did not use the inclusive language of "brothers and sisters". It is incompatible to what the Latin states)

The priest then turn towards Christ holds a profound bow (bowing at the waist). The altar servers do the same at the foot of the altar.

The Confiteor is then recited.

Afterwards, the altar boys continue to hold the profound bow. The priest then, upright, turns towards the congregation, and while saying the general absolution, makes a Sign of the Cross over the people. The people should cross themselves whilst this is happening for it is Christ Himself who is giving them general absolution.

After this, the priest then turns back towards Christ. At this point, the altar boys are standing upright again. When the Kyrie starts, the priest and the altar boys hold a simple bow (bowing with the neck).

After the Kyrie ends, the priest intones the Gloria. If he does not wish to, the cantor intones. If there is no Gloria, this is when the Collect is said or sung, but instead of at the center of the altar, it is to right side of the altar where the missal is placed. The priest still genuflects at the center of the altar before moving towards the missal. (Note: The missal is not on the left side of the altar, turned inward, until the Offertory.)

The Gloria is said or sung. Afterwards, the priest then moves to the right side of the altar, turns to the congregation and says, "Let us pray". He then turns back towards Christ. The Collect is then said or sung (This should be said in English, unless if by desire of the priest, it be said in Latin. In the Extraordinary Form, everything is in Latin). After the Collect is said or sung, the priest returns back to the altar boys, not crossing in front of the tabernacle. Everyone then genuflects and then go to the side of the sanctuary where the sedilla (in contemporary terms, the "priest's chair") and other benches are and sit.

This is the end of the Introductory Rites.

Here's the picture I promised. For incensing the altar during the Introductory Rites, you only use the top portion which depicts the altar. You use both depictions during the Offertory.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Women's Ordination....*bashing head against wall*

Before I post my series of articles on how to make the Novus Ordo and the Tridentine Mass more liturgically compatible, I must make a comment on this video "Ordain a Lady" by the liberal, excommunicated, progressive, hippy possessed group called "Ordain Women". My fingers would literally begin to fall off if I decided to write an article on women's ordination. If a person truly is a proponent for women's ordination, honestly, just go to the Episcopal Church. They're in need of people (they have less than 2 million total), in need of funds (they keep suing people) and would love to be the Church that changes all their doctrines to fit your liberal agenda. I would give you my blessing if I didn't fear for my immortal soul. (Note: To all of my Anglo-Catholic readers out there, my deepest apologies to you and your faithful congregations for having to be a part of a church that allows such a thing. May God bless you and keep you!)

Instead of me arguing the point that women's ordination is not only a heresy but contradicts Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, I'm posting a link to a credible source that has all the scripture references to Holy Orders.

And now, for your laughable entertainment, to the tune of Carly Ray Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", here's the heretical You-Tube video. Please post your comments against this You-Tube video on You-Tube. If you need to create an account to do so, please do!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Necessity for Continuity - Novus Ordo Liturgical Revision to Tradition Necessary for the "New Evangelization"

The overwhelming problem with Catholic Churches in modern society is the lack of authentic Catholicity that pervades in liturgical functions, liturgical ministries, and even priestly formation, since the Second Vatican Council. Now, to say that all of this was called by the Second Vatican Council would be incorrect and not valid. To say that this was caused by a progressive, liberal, Protestant, "ecumenical", inclusive movement within the Catholic Church, particularly by United States bishops and priests, would be an understatement. The Liturgical abuse which happened in the US Church from the 70's, 80's, and 90's (and even to this day...hint hint: Religious Education Conference of the Archdiocese of LA...) has completely pervaded innocent Catholics from a true understanding of what the Church says it means to be Catholic, what Her teachings mean, and what Her practices are! The faith by which an individual church believes is shown by how they worship and to whom they worship, whether it be holding hands, singing "Kum-by-ya My Lord" and feeling "the spirit", or by genuflexing before Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist, praising Him with incense and sacred music, and even (Liberals...prepare for a heart attack) humbling oneself to God Almighty by kneeling and receiving Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist on the tongue. Which do you believe honors Almighty God more? Which do you think your immortal soul will appreciate more?

Liberal liturgists may think that I'm being a redundant traditionalist who has nothing better to say than by poking fun at their inclusive, Protestant mentality based services (Note: I am NOT underhandedly stating that the Mass of Paul VI is invalid. The Mass of Paul VI is 100% valid. I am merely commenting on liturgist logistics, or should I say, lack there of). I mean, it takes a long time to hang up those horrible "liturgical banners" that give no real representation of the Catholic faith and a lot of work taking down those beauty, European imported, sacred statues of important people like Our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all the other saints. You know the banners I'm talking about....
(from Ziegler's Online Catholic Store)

Now, I'm not saying that this banner above isn't "nice". I'm sure the people who thought of this art concept thought really hard about what's important in Catholic sacred art and it's sacred dignity. They just chose not to do it adhere by it. Simple as that. Sorry if you disagree with me. I believe (as does the Church) sacred art to be an absolute, objective, and concrete concept and not something that can be played around with because it makes us feel like we're contributing more to our local parish. If you can compare this horrific banner to that of Michaelangelo's "Pieta" in any proper state of mind and rationalize them to be similar, you're probably not a fan of my blog. Keep your pipes at home and come worship the King of Kings in His Eucharistic self who dwells in the Holy of Holies, the tabernacle (more on placement later), at the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

People who are reading this blog and care about this very topic might be saying and asking to themselves, "I know and understand this! I believe it to be true! How are we to bring traditional liturgical customs back into the Church through the usage of the Mass of Paul VI (Novus Ordo)?"

First, I'd say read as many books about the liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI as you can possibly get your hands on. Then, stay tuned in for my next series of posts where I will walk through the Mass of Paul VI from the beginning to the end and see where traditional liturgical customs from the Tridentine Mass can be added to the Novus Ordo to create a since of continuity in tradition, true, authentic Catholicity, and most importantly, continuity of the historical Catholic faith that has transcended the 2000 years of it's existence.

Amen! (and it's properly pronounced AH-men, not AEE-men!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Attractiveness of the Tridentine Mass

The problem with being a liturgist blogger of the 21st century is that for most of your topics you wish to talk about, someone else has already written a fabulous essay or blog post about it. Everyone normally talks about the same topics over the course of their blog-life. I guess the power of having multiple blogs saying the same thing is just so that you KNOW you're not the only one out there among the "wolves of modernism" within the Church. It's a comforting thought to know that when you read a blog, you will be doing either real or imaginary "fist pumps" in the air! I know I do!

So, instead of me writing a long essay about the attractiveness of the Tridentine Mass, I'm posting a link to an article off of the website Sancta Missa written on this very topic by the late Alfons Maria Cardinal Stickler. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Happy New Years and Merry Christmas (Today is the Octave of Christmas)! May God bless this New Year! Lord knows we need it....

**sigh of relief** The Latin Mass! Such reverence to Christ the King in the Most Holy Eucharist!