Sunday, December 9, 2012

On Line Image of Pre-Humbert Dominican Rite Missal MS

Readers might be interested to hear that the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, has recently put up a black and white scan of Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS Lat. 8884, which contains portions of a Pre-1256 Dominican Missal. The image to the left is not of the Paris MS, but of a similar Dominican Missal MS in the Dominican monastery of Lausanne.

This Missal predates the reforms by Humbert of Romans that created the standard Dominican Rite in use till the present.  Those interested in the Pre-Humbert Dominican Rite may consult William Bonniwell, History of the Dominican Liturgy (New York: Wagner, 1944), pp. 29ff.   This book can be downloaded in PDF format on the left sidebar of Dominican Liturgy.

The Paris MS is available for viewing here.

Solemn Requiem Vestments, Blessed Sacrament Priory, Seattle WA

Blessed Sacrament Priory, the Western Dominican Province community in Seattle WA has recently received their newly commissioned vestments for Dominican Rite Solemn High Requiem Mass. The set includes, along with the usual chasuble, dalmatics, soles, maniples, bruse, veil, and cope (For the Absolution at the Catafalque), as well as the humeral veil and the mappa (placed over the knees of the priest, deacon, and subdeacon when seated at the sedilla).

Here follow images of some of the principal parts of the set.  There is a extensive photo collection of the vestments on Facebook here.

The Chasuble

One of the two Dalmatics

The Cope

Detail of the Chasuble

Burse, Veil, Maniple.

Here is the humeral veil over the subdeacon's dalmatic on the right,
and the deacon's dalmatic and stole on the left

And finally, the Mappa

A nice collection of photos showing the vestments in use at the Solemn High Dominican Requiem of All Souls at Blessed Sacrament this November can be viewed here, courtesy of Pat Bucy.

The priory and parish is to be congratulated on the care that was used in designing these vestments.  It is my understanding that much of the work was done by Fr. Boniface Willard, O.P., who was ordained two years ago.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Recent Dominican Rite Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Boise

This past October I had the privilege of witnessing the marriage of a member of the Dominican Chapter of Bl. Margaret of Castello in Boise to his lovely bride. The marriage was observed according to the Roman Ritual with a Nuptial Mass according to the Dominican Rite following. As Fr. Augustine has written upon, there is no Marriage ceremony in the Dominican Rite as it is a monastic rite. Locals tell me that this was the first ancient rite Mass celebrated in St. John's Cathedral since the Second Vatican Council.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gross Exchange the Vows of Matrimony.
The Arrival at the Altar
The Chanting of the Gospel (Br. Peter Junipero Hannah, O.P. and Mr. Les Fitzpatrick assisting)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dominican Rite Mass in DC: Photo Link

As readers know, a Dominican Rite Missa Cantata was celebrated in the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC on September 27, 2012.  The celebrant was Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., and the event was very well attended.

The brothers have now put up a photo-streams at this link.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Come and See: Monastery of St. Jude, Dominican Nuns

This posting is especially directed toward Catholic women readers, ages 17-28.

The Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude, 143 County Road 20 East,
Marbury, Alabama 36051, will be having a "Come and See Day" for potential vocations on November 3, 2012, the Feast of St. Martin de Porres.

These sisters were pioneers in breaking the color line at the time of their founding in 1944 and are today among the American leaders in the preservation of Dominican Chant.  Like all the other houses of nuns officially affiliated with the Dominican Order, they use the modern Liturgia Horarum, but they chant Lauds, Vespers, and Compline in Latin according to the traditional Dominican hymn tones, antiphons, responsories, and Psalm modes.

They plan to convert their other hours to Dominican chant progressively. They also have Dominican Rite Mass when a Dominican priest is available to say it. And, like all the other Dominican nuns in the United States, they practice Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

This is a small monastery, but has a great spirit. I have had the honor to helping them with their chant.  If you are a young Catholic woman thinking about a contemplative vocation, do consider the up-coming "Come and See" at Marbury or, at least, visiting their Vocations page.

On August 18, the feast of Bl. Mannes, brother of St. Dominic, the monastery had the joyful occasion of Sister Mary Jordan of the Holy Family, O.P., making her Solemn Profession.  A photo is to the right.  God bless Sister Mary Jordan and her community.