Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Solemn High Dominican Rite Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas, March 7, 2015, Bay Area CA

The Elevation at Dominican Solemn Mass

I am pleased to announce that this month the First Saturday Devotion Mass at Saint Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA will be a Solemn High Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas in the traditional Dominican Rite.  This is because the First Saturday, March 7, is the solemnity of St. Thomas in the traditional calendar.

Those performing the devotion of the Five First Saturdays may receive Communion at this Mass for the exercise.  The Mass celebrated does not matter.  Confessions for the devotion will be heard in the chapel's right transept from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m., Mass will be at 10 a.m., followed by the Marian Rosary. St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel is located at 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland CA, 94618, where there is ample parking in the tennis court lot. Visitors and guests are welcome; pew booklets with the text of Mass in Latin and English will be provided.

Please note the the First Saturday of April is Holy Saturday.  There will be no morning Mass that day, but those who wish to receive Communion for the Devotion may do so at the St. Albert's Priory Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm (Ordinary Form) or at the Easter Vigil of the Carmel of the Holy Family, Kensington CA, at 11 pm, which will be a Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite.  Dominican Sung Masses will also be celebrated at the Carmel for Palm Sunday (Solemn) at 11:30 a.m. and Holy Thursday (Missa Cantata) at 4 p.m.  On Good Friday a Liturgy of the Passion in the Dominican Rite will be sung at 3 pm.  The Passion will be sung according to the Dominican chant on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. All of these Masses will be served by priests sand students of the Western Dominican Province.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dominican Chants of the Passion for Holy Week Available

As Lent is now underway and preparations for Holy Week will soon be upon us, I want to remind readers that Dominican Liturgy Publications has made available in attractive hardback format the Dominican chant for the Passion of St. Matthew and the Passion of St. John, which are respectively those for Palm Sunday and Good Friday in the traditional Dominican Rite.

This book reproduces the beautifully calligraphic texts published by the Order in 1953, with minor modifications to conform to the versions of the Passions prescribed by the rubrics of 1962.  Those planning to use this book liturgically should order three copies, one each for the Narrator, Christus, and the Turba.  As a special offer, the price has been discounted to $25.00 a copy.

A sample page (from St. Matthew) is to the left above.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ash Wednesday in the Dominican Rite (Low Mass)

Blessing of Ashes, Holy Rosary, Portland OR (2014)
This coming Ash Wednesday I will be giving a talk on medieval liturgy at Whitworth University in Spokane WA.  As part of that visit, I will be celebrating the Blessing of Ashes and the Dominican Rite Low Mass of Ash Wednesday (St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3715 North Standard Street, Spokane, WA, 11 a.m.).  This combination caused me to think about an issue that had never occurred to me: How would one combine Blessing of Ashes and Mass according to Dominican practice in 1962.  Some of our parishes in the Western  Dominican Province have celebrated Ash Wednesday ceremonies using the Dominican Rite, but it has always been a Sung Mass and the Ashes were blessed by the prior, not the Mass celebrant.

    See image to left above where, last year, Fr. Steven Maria Lopez, O.P., Prior of Holy Rosary Priory, Portland OR, is blessing the ashes at a table on the Epistle Side.  He is assisted by servers of the parish and the celebrant, Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., parochial vicar.  In this ceremony, which I on which I have already written this post, the Blessing involves various chants, beginning, after the Seven Penitential Psalms, with the antiphon Ne Reminiscaris and its verses and collect, the Absolution, the blessing itself, and the imposition of ashes, during which other antiphons are chanted.  The Mass then begins with the return of the ministers who omit the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.  The priest ascends, kisses the altar, makes the silence Sign of the Cross, and goes to read the Officium (Introit) at the book.  Those interested in the Solemn form to compare it to the Roman may consult the previously mentioned post.

    It is probably best, should ashes have already been blessed for the parish or priory, to use the ashes blessed earlier and skip the blessing.  The Dominican imposition ceremony could, of course be used.  But, should there be reason to bless new ashes at a Low Mass, a couple of problems arise when the ceremony is conducted without music by a priest alone with only one server.  Fortunately, the Missale Ordinis Praedicatorum (1965), p. 40, resolves some of the questions, but on at least one it is silent.

    First a question not related to the music, what if there is no prior (or pastor) available to bless the ashes?  In fact, the Dominican Missal assumes the presence of a Dominican community and therefore a prior or, at least, a superior.  But there is rubric that resolves this.  It reads, I translate:
  • If the solemn blessing of ashes is done separately [i.e. not connected to the Penitential Psalms], it is permitted to bless the ashes in the morning using a simple form, without the Penitential Psalms and without chant.  This form can be used even where the sacred ministers [i.e. deacon and subdeacon] and chants cannot be found.
    So, the rite would be performed perserving only those aspects of the solemn form needed for a simplified rite of blessing alone.  Here follows my suggested order of service.

1. In preparation, a covered table is placed on the Epistle side at the foot of the steps.  On it would be the container with ashes and the holy water with sprinkler.

2. The priest vests, as the prior would have, in surplice and stole (unlike the Roman, no cope is worn in our rite for this or the Asperges---although this might be done pro causa solemnitatis, but that Romanism is not my choice).  The server, carrying the Missal, leads the priest to the altar.  The customary reverence (bow or genuflection) is made.  They go to the table, where the priest faces the table and altar, and the server stands to the left side of the table facing the priest (as the deacon would in the solemn form).  The priest opens the book (servers do not do this in our rite).

3. The priest reads the blessing Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, with the server responding.  The priest then sprinkles the ashes with holy water.  Those who want to read this blessing my consult the post already mentioned.

The Celebrant Assists with Giving Ashes (Portland, 2014)
4. After bowing to the cross or tabernacle, the priest and server go to distribute ashes to the people.  If there is a priest available to impose ashes on the celebrant, this should be done first.  The priest uses the traditional Dominican formula: Meménto quia cinis es, et in cínerem revertéris ("Remember that you are ashes, and to ashes you will return").  I think it suitable that the server follow after the priest, sprinkling each recipient with holy water, as the celebrant would do when the prior distributes ashes in the solemn imposition.

5. The priest and server then return to the altar and bow.  The server drops off the holy water on the little table and takes the Missal.  Both make the customary reverence and go to the sacristy.

6. While the priest vests for Mass, the server returns, makes the customary reverence, and removes the little table with the ashes and holy water.  He then returns to the sacristy to pick up the Missal and precede the priest to the altar.  It is possible, I guess, to have the veiled chalice already on the altar, but that would really follow Solemn Mass rubrics, not those of Low Mass or even of the Missa Cantata.

    At this point an unaddressed issue arises.  At a Dominican sung Mass, the chalice is prepared between the Epistle and Gospel, by the subdeacon at Solemn Mass or by the priest himself at a Missa Cantata.  In the Low Mass of 1962, the preparation of the chalice comes before the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar.  When Mass follows the blessing of ashes, those Prayers are omitted.  In the 1965 Missal, there was no problem because, by then, the chalice preparation had been moved to the Roman position at the Offertory in all Masses.  But this was not true in 1962.  So, unless there is an older friar reading this who remembers differently, I would suggest the following be done:

7. The server, carrying the book, leads the priest, with the chalice and his amice covered capuce up, to the altar.  They make the customary reverence.  The priest ascends to the altar, uncovers the chalice, opens the corporal, and goes to the Epistle side to prepare the chalice.  The server meanwhile has placed the Missal on the stand, and retrieved the cruets.  The priest makes the chalice.  He then goes to the center and lowers his capuce.

8. The server having taken his place on the Gospel side opposite the Missal, the priest makes the silent Sign of the Cross and goes to the book to read the Officium (Introit) and Kyrie.  The Mass then continues as usual.  Note, however, that the Flectamus genua precedes the Opening Collect and that the Prayer over the Faithful is added after the Postcommunion (as on all ferials in Lent).  Since 1960, the extra collects (found in the 1933 Missal) are omitted, and the Benedicamus Domino is replaced by the Ite missa est, unless a ceremony immediately follows after Mass, which would not happen today.

    I hope that friars who have the opportunity to bless ashes and say the traditional Dominican Low Mass this Ash Wednesday find this helpful.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Masses at Holy Rosary Church, Portland OR

CHRISTMAS MASS AT NIGHT 
(Ordinary Form Roman Rite)

At this Mass the celebrant was V. Rev. Fr. Stephen Maria Lopez, O. P., Prior of Holy Rosary; concelebrating was Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., Pastor of Holy Rosary; the acolyte (also in damatic) was Bro. Andrew Dominic Yang, O.P., residency student. The Mass was served by young men of the parish.  The music was provided by Cantores in Ecclesia and was Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo.

Arrival of the Bambino Gesu carried by Fr. Lopez, assisted by Fr. Kelber and Bro. Andrew Dominic
Ministers Prepare for the Gospel Procession
Incensing of the Altar
Elevation of the Chalice


CHRISTMAS DAY MASS
(Traditional Dominican Rite)

At this Mass the celebrant was Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., Pastor of Holy Rosary; the deacon was Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P., parochial vicar of Holy Rosary; the subdeacon was Bro. Andrew Dominic Yang, O.P., residency student.  Young men of the parish served the Mass.  Music was provided by Cantores in Ecclesia: Propers were from Byrd's Gradualia; the ordinary was Dominican Gregorian Mass 5, for feasts of the Blessed Virgin.

Ministers Swing to the Side for Gloria
Preparation of the Chalice During the Responsorium (Graduale)
The Deacon Chants the Gospel
Elevation of the Chalice
Genuflection during Reading of the Last Gospel

Recessional Procession

Friday, December 19, 2014

1967 Dominican Rite English Breviary (vol. 2) Available for Download

It has been called to attention the the second volume of the English translation of the Breviary according to the Rite of the Order of Preachers, published by order of fr. Aniceto Fernandez, O.P., translated by the Irish Dominican Sisters (Dublin: St. Saviour's, 1967) has been made available online by Corpus Christi Watershead, in four PDF files.

I have also made these files available on the left side bar, here at Dominican Liturgy.  Please note, however, that the download for these files may be slow on some computers.  They are large.  Let us hope that this wonderful resource will soon be followed by files for volume 1. 

I also remind readers that since this edition was translated after Sacrosanctum Concilium, 89 (1963), it lacks the Office of Prime.  That office is available in English as part of the Dominican Rite Ordo for 2015, published by Dominican Liturgy Publications.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary


A Solemn High Mass according to the Dominican Rite was celebrated by the friars of Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon--a ministry of the Western Dominican Province (Most Holy Name of Jesus).

The celebrant was Fr. Stephen Maria Lopez, O.P., Prior of the Dominican community.  Fr. Vincent M. Kelber, O.P., Pastor, and Br. Andrew Dominic Yang, O.P., served as deacon and subdeacon, respectively.  The homily was preached by Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P., parochial vicar of the parish.

Music was sung by Cantores in Ecclesia under the direction of Blake Applegate: Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd, Ave Maria by Josquin de Prez, and the Gregorian Chant Propers.
   
Credo

Kissing the Pax tablet

Elevation of the Host

For more photos from the Mass, visit our parish Facebook page.  The next Dominican Rite Mass at Holy Rosary Church will be on Christmas Day at 11:00 AM.    

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dominican Ordo for 2015 Available

I am pleased to announce the publication of the 2015 Ordo for the 1962 Dominican Rite Breviary.  It is the creation of the proprietor of Breviarium S. O. P. blogspot.

This ordo includes a complete calendar of the Dominican Rite liturgical year for 2015. In addition, it includes the collects for the Dominican blesseds who are not on the Dominican general calendar (so that a votive commemoration can be made of their feast), obits of the deceased Masters General, and announcements of days when Lay Dominicans (Dominican Tertiaries) can obtain plenary indulgences.

Finally, it contains an English translation of the Office of Prime, which was omitted from the 1967 English translation of the Dominican Breviary.

It may be ordered from Dominican Liturgy Publications.