Monday, October 6, 2014

A New Francis Book for Children

The well-know Catholic author and blogger, Amy Welborn, was kind enough to arrange for me to receive a copy of her new book Adventures in Assisi, from Franciscan Media Publications. The book is lavishly illustrated with water-color images by Ann Kissane Engelhart.

The narrative tells the story of two children, who visit their great uncle, Padre Antonio, a Franciscan friar. As he takes them around Assisi, they come to know the Little Poor Man and his city.

This is a marvelous way to introduce your children to St. Francis and spend some time reading to them. I think they will love both the story and the pictures. This book can be ordered on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dominican Rite Sung Masses Resume for First Saturdays, Oakland CA

First Saturday Mass
at the Priory
I am pleased to let our readers know that the Dominican student friars of the Western Dominican Province will again be singing and serving a public Dominican Rite Mass for each of the First Saturdays of Fall Semester.  Celebrants will be priests of the Western Dominican Province.

These Missae Cantatae will be at St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland CA, 94618, beginning this Saturday, October 4, at 10:00 a.m.  Confessions will be heard in the chapel from 9:30 to 9:50 before Mass, and recitation of the Marian Rosary will immediately follow it. Visitors and guests are welcome; pew booklets with the text of Mass in Latin and English will be provided.

Those driving to the Mass may park in the Tennis Court Parking Lot next to the chapel.  St. Albert the Great Priory is three blocks from the Rockridge BART station, just go north three blocks to Chabot Road, turn right and walk half a block and you will see the chapel on your right.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dominican Rite Missa Cantata at Dominican Nuns Monastery, Marbury AL

On the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., celebrated a Missa Cantata for the Dominican cloistered nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury AL.   The sisters have kindly shared these photographs of the event.

Fr. Pius arrives at the altar of the Chapel

The Elevation of the Chalice from behind the grill

The extension of the priest's arms after the Consecration

Father leaves the altar after Mass

The nuns of Marbury celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin using the traditional antiphons, hymns, and responsories from the Dominican Antiphonale.  They also sing Mass using the chants of the Dominican Gradual.

You can read more about these nuns here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Corrected Antiphonarium Files Available

Thanks to the Dominican nuns of St. Jude Monastery in Marbury AL, who use the Antiphonarium pro Liturgia Horarum iuxta Usum Ordinis Praedicatorum, which is available for down load in five files on our left sidebar, I can now make available new files with corrections and improvements.

This resource allows an individual or group to sing the entire Latin Liturgy of the Hours in traditional Dominican Chant.  I thank my sisters at Marbury for their careful correction of these texts!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chants of Dominican Rite Mass Readings now Available

I am very happy to announce that the long-awaited volume with the music for the readings of the Dominican Rite Masses for all Sundays and major feasts of the year is now available from the Dominican Liturgy Publications Shop or directly from the Project Page.    The title of this new volume is Cantus Lectionum Missarum S.O.P. pro Dominicis et Festis Maioribus.

The entire table of contents and a sample of the music (the Epistle of the First Sunday of Advent--last page of preview, p. 16) may be viewed on the Project Page by pressing the "preview" button. The cover may be viewed at the right. The price of this 757 page hard-back volume is $33.25.

The volume contains all Masses of the Temporale except the weekdays of Lent, as well as all first class feasts, many second class feasts, and all major Dominican saints.  A supplement includes other useful Masses, including the Nuptial Mass and the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Each reading is set to the traditional chant neumes, not just pointed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dominican Rite First Mass of Newly Ordained Priest

This last weekend saw the ordinations of four friars of our Western Dominican Province.

With the permission of Fr. Peter Junipero Hannah, O.P., the celebrant, here are some pictures of his First Mass of Thanksgiving at the Carmel of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Canyon CA.  Fr. Peter was ordained to the Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ on May 31.  His first Public Mass of Thanksgiving was the conventual Mass of his priory, St. Albert the Great, in Oakland CA, Our Western Dominican Province House of Studies.  As he has on a good number of occasions served as deacon in Dominican Solemn Masses at the Carmel, he wanted his first public celebration of the Dominican Rite Missa Cantata to be with the sisters there.

As you will see in the photos, the current living situation of the nuns is very primitive: the chapel is in the common room of the lodge-residence of a small ranch.  The simply professed live in the bunk house. The solemnly professed in the lodge. Happily, next fall the nuns, thanks to very generous benefactors, will move to the now vacant Carmelite monastery in Kensington, north of Berkeley CA.  Thus the primitive conditions of this current chapel where Mass was celebrated.

At this Mass the servers were: senior acolyte, Rev. Bro. Gabriel Mosher, O.P. (ordained a deacon on May 31); junior acolyte, Bro. Matthew Peddemors; thurifer, Bro. Clement Lapak, O.P.  The Mass was the Votive of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, sung by the nuns.  Father's sermon focused on the importance of Our Lady of Carmel in the evangelization of California (the first Solemn Mass in what is now the state was on that feast, Bl. Junipero Serra's favorite mission was at Carmel, etc.) and the mutual love of the Carmelites and Dominicans of our mutual patroness, the Blessed Virgin.

At the altar for the reading of the Officium (Introit) and Kyrie

The singing of the Collect.

The incensing before the Gospel.

Father Peter Junipero preaching.

The incensing of the altar at the Offertory.

The thurifer incenses the sisters behind the screen.

The elevation of the Host.

The elevation of the Chalice.

The priest's Communion.

The Priest turns for the Communion Confiteor (customary in Sung Masses in the Western Province)

The presentation of the Host for the Ecce Agnus Dei.

After the Mass Father Peter Junipero gave first blessings to the Carmelite community. I might add that the Altar Cards for the Dominican Rite seen on the altar were a gift to the Carmelite community in honor of Mother Silvia Gemma's 24th anniversary of profession last month.  I thank the Dominican brothers present for these photographs.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

First Saturday Dominican Rite Mass, May 3, at Carmel of the Holy Family, Canyon CA

Chapel of the Carmel, Bishop Barbar Celebrant (New Rite Roman)

This is just the briefest of reminders to readers in the San Francisco Bay Area that the Dominican Rite Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, sung by the student friars of the Western Dominican Province as part of First Saturday Devotions, will not be at St. Albert's Priory in Oakland, this week.

The Mass will be at the Carmel of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph* in Canyon CA, this Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m.  This Mass will be a Solemn High Dominican Rite Mass to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Profession of Mother Sylvia Gemma, O.C.D., the superior of the Carmel of the Holy Family.  This event is open to the public and will be the last First Saturday Mass until the Fall.

*How to find Canyon Carmel, which has no street number: Canyon is just east of Oakand CA. Start from the Canyon U.S. Post Office (99 Pinehurst Road), and go north about one half mile to “John McCosker Ranch Road” on right (easy to miss); take this mostly gravel private road up to the right turn onto “Old Home Ranch Road,” which is signed for “Carmel.” This gravel road ends in the parking lot of the monastery.