Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for All Souls, Menlo Park CA

I am pleased to announce that the Dominican Rite Mass usually celebrated on First Saturdays at the Western Dominican Province House of Studies, St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland CA, will this month, on November 2, be a Solemn Mass for All Souls at Corpus Christi Monastery, the community of cloistered Dominican nuns in Menlo Park CA.

The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., director of the St. Jude Shrine at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco. The deacon will be Fr. Christopher Wetzel, O.P., parochial vicar of St. Dominic's Church, and the subdeacon will be Bro. Joseph Selinger, O.P., student of the Western Province. The music of the Mass will be by the nuns of the monastery and the student brothers from St. Albert's Priory, who will also serve the Mass.

Fr. Kelber  will also give a short reflection on praying for the holy souls in Purgatory. The nuns will host a reception in the monastery parlor after the Mass.

Corpus Christi Monastery is located at 215 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park CA. There is ample parking at the monastery and on Oak Grove Avenue.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dominican Rite in the "Last Frontier"

Our friars in Alaska routinely travel from their home base in Anchorage to help out with Masses throughout the state in the Ordinary Form, but once a month they also offer a Dominican Rite Mass in Fairbanks, at the historic Immaculate Conception Parish.

The Diocese of Fairbanks is rich in territory size, but scarce in vocations, having only one bishop two priests, and a handful of deacons to call their own.  To fill the gaps, outside priests are invited to help out either long-term or short-term. 

Outside visitors and tourists are often surprised to encounter the beauty, not just of Nature and the Northern Lights, but that of a Missa Cantata here, in what is perhaps the most northernmost Dominican Rite Mass regularly offered.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dominican Rite Solemn High Mass and Talk in Silicon Valley

There will be a Solemn High Mass for All Souls' Day at 10:30 AM, hosted by our Dominican cloistered nuns in Menlo Park, CA.  Fr. Vincent Kelber, OP, will offer a short talk on "Dominican Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory."

It has been said that the Dominican Order is not only a good Order to live in, but also a good order to die in, due to all the suffrages for our deceased brethren and families.  Praying for our dearly departed is a good and pious act, and a part of our Dominican spirituality.

In addition, visitors to Fátima might be familiar with the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary there and their Association of Holy Souls, a global confraternity, or Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, OP's famous book on praying for the Holy Souls, Read Me or Rue It.  One of our saints, St. John Macías, a contemporary and companion of St. Martin de Porres, earned the nickname "Thief of Souls" for his continual offerings for the Holy Souls that helped so many souls in need. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October is also Respect Life month in the States, and so our friars in Anchorage, Alaska thought it proper to do a votive Low Mass of St. Gerard Majella, complete with veneration of his relic, October 16, 2019, at 7 PM.

St Gerard, a Redemptorist, not a Dominican, happened to leave behind his handkerchief one day at a friend's family's house.  One of the daughters came after him to return it, but he told her to keep it, as it may come in handy one day.

When she later went into a troubled delivery with his unborn child, she remembered his words, and asked for the handkerchief to be brought to her.  On applying the handkerchief to her stomach, her pain disappeared, and she safely delivered a healthy child.  He is a patron for unborn children, pregnant women, young children, those falsely accused, and for making a good confession.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Daily Dominican Rite Mass - Portland, Oregon

We are pleased to announce that our friars in Portland, Oregon, have recently begun to publicly offer the Dominican Rite Mass daily, Monday-Saturday, at 6 AM.

This is a Low Mass, added to the regular Sunday 11 AM Solemn High or Missa Cantata.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Antiphonarium pro Liturgia Horarum Corrected

A while ago a reader wrote to me because the clef on the ferial hymn in volumes 3 and 4 of the Antiphonarium pro Liturgia Horarum available for download here at Dominican Liturgy on the left side bar is almost always on the wrong line.

I was unable to fix this because of glitch in the Meinrad font I use to set the music.  The font specialist at St. Meinrad's was kind enough to fix the issue.  So I have now corrected this mistake.  The new PDFs for volumes 3 and 4 can now be downloaded.  Gratias Deo!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Dominican Rite Books for Sale


Listings current as of August 30, 2018.

After many requests from readers frustrated with their inability to find used copies of Dominican Rite Liturgical books for sale, I have spoken to the Archivist of the Western Dominican Province about whether we have any used copies that could be offered for sale. I list below what is available and the prices.   Read the description carefully before ordering.  Offers good only in the United States of America.  ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

Mail me a self-addressed and self-stamped padded mailing envelope, of the size indicated for the book.  Do not send a "priority mail" envelope. My address is:

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., Editor-in-Chief
Dominican Liturgy Publications
5980 Birch Court
Oakland, CA  94618

Include, with the self-addressed, self-stamped (put the postage on yourself) padded malier, a cashier's check made out to "Augustine Thompson" for the list price of the volume(s). DO NOT send a personal check. Before you drop the mailer to me in the mail, email me at this email address to let me know of your order, giving the number of the item: that way I inform you as to whether the item is still available and then put it aside for you.


1. Breviary According to the Rite of the Order of Preachers. Published by order of Aniceto Fernandez.  Dublin: St. Saviour's, 1967.  Gold page edges; cloth cover.  Broken set: VOLUME ONE ONLY.  No insert cards. No slip cover.  Spine stamping slightly degraded. Otherwise in superb condition.  $55.00.  Send 5" x 10" self-addressed and self-stamped ($9.00) padded envelope (NOT PRIORY MAIL) for shipping.---SOLD


2. Breviarium iuxta Ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum.   M. S. Gillet jussu editum. Romae: In Hospitio Magistri Generalis, 1930.    Leather cover gold page edges, stamping faded. Loose pages. Broken set: VOLUME ONE ONLY.  No insert cards.  No slip cover.  $30.00.  Send me 5" x 10" or slightly larger (order one here) self-addressed and self-stamped ($9.00) padded envelope (NOT PRIORY MAIL) for shipping. (1 copy available.)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Dominican Propers for the Liturgy of the Hours

Title Page of the New Collectarium
I recently published a summary of the changes in the Dominican Calendar for Mass and Office that will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2019. At that time, I promised that Dominican Liturgy Publications would be producing new editions of the books we have published for use at the Liturgy of the Hours by those taking various roles in choir.

The first and most important is Propers of the Office for the Order of Preachers, which contains the full propers for all Dominican saints and blesseds on our general calendar. This book would be used by the cantors, lectors, and, if desired by the hebdomadarian, that is, the friar leading prayers that week. This book has been updated to include the two new feasts, that of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and of Bl. Bonaventure García Paredes and Companions, Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Those feasts with changed ranks or dates now reflect that. The propers are also available in pocket-book size.

Feasts that have been dropped from the Dominican General Calendar have been removed and included in Dominican Blesseds Celebrated Locally, a companion volume that has the short biographies and collects for the many Dominican saints and blesseds who are only celebrated in particular provinces. None of these are celebrated in the provinces of the United States, but many use this volume devotionally. The entire propers of those saints previously in the Propers of the Office for the Order of Preachers are now represented in this volume. It also includes the full propers for St. Bartholomew of the Martyrs, O.P., who was just canonized by Pope Francis on July 5.

Finally I am pleased to announce that we have also produced a new edition of our Collectarium: A Manual for Hebdomadarians, which contains all the texts, in particular the collects, needed by the bedomadarian, not only for Dominican saints, but for every day of the year. Included in this volume are the collects for saints recently added to the Roman Calendar (Saints John XXIII, Paul V, and John Paul II), as well as one blessed, Francis Xavier Seelos, added to the Calendar of the United States. This volume also has the particular feasts celebrated in the Western Dominican Province, but this does not prevent its use by other provinces.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Revision of the Modern Dominican Calendar

I believe most friars have already received a direct mailing of the new Calendarium Ordinis Praedicatorum, approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship on 14 April 2019 and promulgated by the master of the Order Bruno Cadore on 24 June 2019. I have made this these documents available for download here for nuns, sisters, Dominican laity, and any others who wish to celebrate Dominican saints with the new Roman Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours.  Note that those wishing to celebrate those feasts reduced to optional memorials may still do so--they are optional.

The format of this document makes it difficult to identify the changes promulgated.  So I will summarize them.  The list of Dominican feasts is not much changed but there are a good number of changes by which previous obligatory memorials have become optional, and there are some changes in the dates of celebration.  Here is a summary:

Change from obligatory to optional memorial:

4 January:         St. Zdislava Berkiana  (28 November in the U.S.)
18 January:       St. Margaret of Hungary
4 February:       St. Catherine de’ Ricci
10 May:            St. Antoninus of Florence
19 May:            St. Francis Coll Guitart
9 July:              St. John of Cologne and Companions
18 September:  St. Juan Macías
28 September:  Sts. Dominic Ibáñez de Erquicia, James Kyushei Tomanaga, Laurence Ruiz,
                                 and Companions
9 October:        St. Louis Bertrand (obligatory memorial in Western Province as secondary patron)

 Change from obligatory to optional memorial with new date:

15 January:      Sts. Francis de Capillas, Peter Sans, and Companions--move to 9 July
6 November:    Bls. Alphonsus Navarrete and Companions--move to 28 September

New optional memorials:

4 July:              Bl. Pier Giorgio Fassati
6 November:    Bls. Bonaventure Garcia Paredes, Hyacinth Serrano Lopez and Companions

Remove from the Dominican General Calendar:

23 January:      Bl. Henry Suso
12 February:    Bl. Reginald of Orleans
28 April:          St. Louis de Montfort (still an optional memorial on the Roman Calendar)
21 May:           Bl. Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
10 June:           Bl. John Domnici
17 July:            Bl. Ceslaus of Poland

The Order also published a revision of the list of Dominican saints and blesseds that are optional memorials, but only in the provinces where they lived. The four blesseds rmoved from the general calendar just listed are now approved for local use as below. Note that none of these optional local blesseds (of which there are many others) are celebrated in the United States. Three of these additonis include saints, not blesseds.  Here are those changes:

Add to local calendars:

23 January:      Bl. Henry Suso (Germany; Austria=Bavaria)
12 February:    Bl. Reginald of Orleans (France)
1 April:            Bl. Joseph Girotti (Italy--St. Dominic; Austria-Bavaria)
8 May:             Bl. Peter Claverie and Companions (France)
16 May:           Bl. Valdimir Ghika (Vicariate of Eastern Europe)
21 May:           Bl. Hyacinth-Marie Cormier (Italy--Roman)
10 June:           Bl. John Domnici (Italy--Roman)
17 July:            Bl. Ceslaus of Poland (Poland)
18 July:            St. Bartholomew of the Martyrs (Portugal)
13 August:       St. Alexander Longo and Companions (Italy--St. Thomas Aquinas)
7 September:   Bl. John-Joseph Lataste (France)
9 December:    St. Narcisa of Jesus Martillo y Morán (Peru)

A good number of local blesseds have been combined or moved, but I leave it to readers to check for this on the downloadable new calendar.

 Note that these changes become effective on the First Sunday of Advent, 2019 and that for those celebrating the Dominican Mass and Office of 1962 under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae the only changes implied by this would be for those who want also to celebrate Dominicans canonized or beatified after 1962. When I publish the Dominican Rite Calendar for 2020, I will include these changes.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Poetic Translation of the Medieval Elevation Prayer

I was pleased to receive this morning a poetic rendition of the Elevation Prayer, which I posted in the previous post, here on Dominican Liturgy on the occasion of Corpus Christi.  It is the work of Mr. Anthony M. J. L. Delarue, who happens to be a knight in obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. 

At the elevation of the Body of Christi.

All Hail, O holy flesh of God,
Who save our souls from guilt and shame;
While hanging on the mystic Rood
Thy sinful servants did reclaim.

Thou pourest forth the cleansing wave,
From stain of sin our souls to free,
Which Adam’s sin did first enslave,
With stolen apple from the tree.

Thou cleansest me with holy flesh,
Of roseate blood a kindly wave
From all life’s filth doth me refresh,
And save my soul beyond the grave.

By Thy benign and kindly grace
Grant me a true and mystic health,
And by Thy gentle holy peace,
To soul and flesh eternal wealth.

Thrust down to earth mine enemy,
And bring to nought his worldly pride,
And let us thence companions be,
The King of Angels as our guide.

O haven of salvation, Thou,
Who as my life hands back its lease,
O Mighty God, do me release
From lion’s roar and dragon’s fire;
Grant me a seat amidst the choir
Of those who righteous paths have trod,
Through endless ages without end,
Who live and reign, forever God. Amen.

Tastes may differ but I do believe that Mr. Delarue's choice of the ABAB rhyme scheme works better in English than the AABB scheme of the original.