Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Saturday Dominican Rite Mass, December 2, Oakland CA


This is a reminder that that a Dominican Rite Missa Cantata for the First Saturday observance of the month of December will be celebrated on December 2 at St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland CA.  The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P., professor of theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley CA.

The music and servers will be provided by the student friars of the Western Dominican ProvinceThe St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel is located at 6170 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618, with ample parking available on the street or the basketball-court parking lot.

The next Dominican Rite Mass will occur, after the January academic recess, on February 2. It will be the Mass of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. Blessing of Candles and a procession through the cloister is being planned for this Mass.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dominican Rite Ceremonial (1869) Now Available

I am pleased to announce that Dominican Liturgy Publications is now able to make available a paperback reprint of the Caeremoniale juxta Ritum S. Ordinis Praedicatorum, published by order of Fr. Alexandre Vincent Jandel, O.P., Master General of the Dominican Order, in 1869. It was the last ceremonial published for the Dominican Rite. It is reprinted in a convenient pocketbook-size format.

When celebrating Dominican Rite liturgy, this volume should be used in conjunction with the revised rubrics of the Breviary and Missal as current in 1962. This older book gives detailed instructions for many processions and other ceremonies in addition to those of the Mass and Office. It also supplies instructions that are lacking in more modern books.

The volume is also useful for historical studies, as it also includes abrogated medieval rubrics along with the legislation that changed them, for example, use of yellow vestments for Confessors, something dropped even before the Council of Trent.

Purchasers should note that is a photographic reprint from scans of the original printing, which is itself a bit muddy. We have tried to clean up these scans as much as possible, but they are still imperfect, and the “gutter” is a bit tight. So purchasers should carefully check the preview to see if the quality is sufficient for their needs.

Readers may find this book and our other publications here.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dominican Little Office of the BVM and Other Prayers for LayTertiaries

I have often been asked, especially by members of the Dominican Laity (Third Order) where they could get a book with the texts of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary as it was in 1962. I assume that the reason for this is that they were interested in using that text in private recitation of their Office as allowed under the norms of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae.

Through the kindness of one of our readers I can now make available a volume printed by the Order in 1962 of which I was ignorant.  In that year the Dominican General Curia in Rome published the Dominican Prayer Book, fourth edition.  It not only has the Little Office in Latin and English in parallel columns, but also sections of music, devotional prayers, litanies, the Office of the Dead, Penitential Psalms, and so forth. Many of these are also in Latin-English parallel columns. POTENTIAL PURCHASERS SHOULD NOT THAT BECAUSE THEY WERE LACKING IN THE PDF SUPPLIED TO ME PAGES 166 TO 267, PRAYERS TO DOMINICAN SAINTS ARE LACKING IN THIS REPRINT.

This volume was intended especially for the members of the "Dominican Third Order Secular"  (Laity) and the "Dominican Third Order Regular (Active Sisters), but I think it would also be welcomed by our friars and cloistered nuns.

Copies are available for purchase at Dominican Liturgy Publications. Although the scans are good, I urge those interested to view the preview first and decide if the quality meets your needs.