Friday, March 20, 2020

Live-Steam Masses and Liturgy at St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland CA

Chapel of St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland
Here in the Bay Area, the bishops have closed churches to public Masses.  To allow the faithful to participate, at least spiritually, in the community Masses inside our priory, the Western Dominican Province began last Sunday to simulcast our major services here on the Province Website.

For those who miss the simulcast, a recorded video of the Mass can be found at the same site. Past live-streamed Masses included here for those who may wish to view them at some later date.  Also if you would like to watch a Sung Gregorian Chant Mass in the Dominican Rite for the Votive Mass in Time of Pestilence, you can do so here.

Note also that the Holy See has granted Plenary Indulgences for those ill with Coronavirus and their caregivers when they unite themselves to the Mass or Rosary through media like these streamed liturgies.

The Western Province intends to continue live-streaming of Sunday Masses and celebrations of major feasts for as long as the Coronavirus situation continues.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dominican Rite Absolution Cards Available

A couple weeks again a Dominican priest from another province who regularly hears confessions at a local Extraordinary Form parish told me that he did not now that there was a Dominican form for the absolution in the Sacrament of Confession and Reconciliation.  I gave him one of the wallet cards that I made up for this a few years ago.  I still have about a dozen of these cards available.

If you are a Dominican priest (or transitional deacon) and would like one of these cards, please mail a stamped self-addressed envelope to me at my St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland CA, address and I will use it to drop a plastic-laminated card to you in the mail.  If you are a Dominican brother (or any other interested person) do the same, indicating you are not a priest or deacon, and I will mail you an un-laminated copy.

For those interested in the Dominican Rite absolution as it compares to the Extraordinary Form Roman, I have prepared a Latin and an English parallel comparison below.  I might point out some interesting differences.   The Dominican form pronounces (if needed), the absolution from censures before hearing the confession. This reflects the logic that censures need to be removed before a sacrament can be received.  The Roman simply combines this absolution with the the absolution from sins.  The Dominican absolution from sins places the rite in an ecclesiastical and sacramental context, restoring the penitent to the "communion and union" of the Faithful.  It also has an eschatological component as it references not only this earthly existence but also the soul's presence before the divine throne in heaven.  The Roman, omitting the part on censures, is very concise.

The are also a couple interesting, although less striking, differences. The Dominican absolution is given with a triple Sign of the Cross, something reserved to bishops in the Roman liturgy. And the closing prayer, optional in both, adds reference to the penitent's future intentions and St. Dominic to the simpler Roman form. Finally, the optional prayers for Divine Mercy that come after an expression of sorrow, both taken from the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, each reflect the form of the these take in each respective rite.

Here is the Latin:

Here is the English version:


I hope that readers who do not hear confessions will find this comparison of interest.

Photo Post: The Old Rite in a New Place

At Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, the Dominican Friars of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary have just celebrated the Dominican Rite for the first time since the Dominican Rite was abandoned in favor of the Roman Ordinary Form by the Order.

This Solemn High Mass, fittingly, was the Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas on his traditional feast day of March 7th, January 28th being the old feast of the translation of his relics, now the universal feast, so that his feast would fall outside of Lent in the Ordinary Form.

The celebrant was Fr. Thomas Azzi, OP, assisted by Fr. Christopher Dowd, OP as deacon, and Fr. Robert Krishna, OP as subdeacon.

The Dominican Church at Monash University

The altar is prepared

The ministers process toward the entrance

The procession arrives at the altar

Officium and Kyrie

The subdeacon prepares to bring the sacred vessels

The subdeacon pours the wine and water, after asking for the priest's blessing ("Benedicite")

Fr. Azzi, OP, preaching on the Universal Doctor

Incensing the altar

Incensing the ministers

Sanctus candles are lit

The priest blesses the host right before Consecration at the word "benedixit"
Elevation of the Host

Elevation of the Chalice

Unde et memores

The deacon offers the Pax to be kissed.

Absolution at Second Confiteor.

Purification of Vessels is finished

Postcommunion Prayer

Final blessing

An excellent turnout!
We thank Mr. Nicholas Morlin for sharing these pictures with us.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Dominican Rite Missa Cantata, Oakland CA 3/14/20

I am pleased to announce that a Dominican Rite Missa  Cantata will be celebrated at the Western Dominican Province House of Studies, located at St Albert the Great Priory in Oakland, California, on March 14 at 10:30 a.m.

The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P., professor of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. The Mass will be sung by the student brothers of St Albert’s Priory, who will also serve it.

St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel is located at 6170 Chabot Road in Oakland.  There is ample parking on Chabot Road.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dominican Rite Passion Chants

As we begin Leint, I am pleased to remind our remind our readers, especially Dominican friars, that Dominican Liturgy Publications has published in an attractive hardback volume the Cantus Passionis Domini Nostri Iesu Christ juxta Ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum for use in singing the Passion during Holy Week.

This volume contains the music for the Passion according to Mathew and according to John sung on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, which were originally published by the Order of Preachers in 1953 with the minor changes necessary to make the texts conform to the norms of 1962. In addition, it includes, newly set to music,  the Passions according to Mark and Luke, traditionally sung on the Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, but now sung in a cycle with that of Matthew on Palm Sunday. 

As the texts of the four Passsions as used in 1962 are the same as those of the current Roman Rite, this book may also be used by friars (and others) celebrating the New Mass in Latin and wanting to sing the chants according to the traditional Dominican music. The cover and a sample age of this volume are reproduced above.  Those interested can read more about this volume and order it here. Those planning to use this volume liturgically should order three copies so that the singers of the narrator and "turba" each have their own copies along the one singing the part of "Christus."

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Book with Dominican Chants for all the Epistles of the Year Available

I am pleased to announce that Dominican Liturgy Publications has made available a companion volume to the Evangelarium O.P. published last month.  Just as that volume contained all the Gospels of the Year, Feast days, Commons, and Ritual and Votive Masses for use by the deacon at Solemn Mass, this volume contains all the Epistles and other readings sung by the subdeacon or lector at any Dominican sung Mass.

This new Epistolarium iuxta Ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum can be purchased here.   If  purchasers do not already have a copy of the Evangelarium, it can be purchased here. These books have matching covers but differ in size as the Evangelarium is larger for use in  processions.

These companion volumes replace the previously published, but incomplete, Cantus  Lectionum Missarum pro Dominicis et Festis Maioribue, which is still available here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Photo Post: Dominican Rite Solemn Mass, Oakland CA, 2/1/20

I am pleased to present a series of photographs of the Dominican Rite Solemn Mass of St. Ignatius of Antioch celebrated at Saint Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA on his traditional feastday, February 1. The celebrant of this Mass was Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., Director of the St. Jude Shrine at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco.  The ministers, choir, and servers were all students of the Western Dominican Province: deacon, Br. Gregory Liu, O.P.; subdeacon, Br, Matthew Heynen; senior acolyte, Br. John Peter Anderson, junior acolyte, Br. Columban Mary Hall; thurifer, Br. Pawel Jamroz.  The organist was Fr. James Moore, O.P.

As St. Ignatius is a third-class feast, the cross was not carried at the Gospel, and the Creed was not sung (it is only sung on third-class feasts of Apostles and the Blessed Virgin in the Dominican Rite).


The minsters approach the altar

Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

The deacon opens the corporal

The subdeacon sings the Epitsle


The celebrant reads the intervening chants at the sedilla


The subdeacon washes his hands before preparing the chalice (during the Gradual)


The deacon sings the Gospel


The ministers swing back after reading the Offertorium



The celebrant prepares to incense the gifts

The ministers are incensed during the Preface

The beginning of the Sanctus


The acolytes light the Sanctus Candles


The Elevation


The ministers recite the Agnus Dei


The Absolution at the Communion Confiteor


Communion of the Faithful


The ministers swing back after reading the Communion Verse


The Dominus Vobiscum before the Ite Missa Est


The Blessing


The genuflction during the Last Gospel
I thank Br. Scott Norgaard for these photographs.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

All Gospels of the Year in Chant for the Dominican Rite

I am pleased to announce that Dominican Liturgy Publications has just released the Evangelarium O.P.. This volume contains all the Mass Gospels of the year for the Temporal and Sanctoral cycles of the Dominican Rite. Each Latin Gospel is set to the traditional Dominican tone. The volume also includes all the Common Gospels and those for all Ritual and Votive Masses.

The volume is large, hard-bound, and suitable for use by the deacon at Dominican Rite Solemn Masses. A companion volume containing all the Epistles of the year for use by the subdeacon is in preparation. Until it appears one can use the previously published  Cantus Lectionum Missarum, but be aware that it only has Epistles for Sundays and major feasts.

A sample page of this volume is reproduced on this post.