Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dominican Nuns of Summit Discovered by Time-CNN

Dominican Liturgy is delighted to hear that the Dominican Nuns of Summit NJ have been made the subject of a beautiful photo essay by Time-CNN.

It includes novices and professed sisters speaking in a simple way about their vocations. Here is the link:

Radical Love

After watching this, our readers might want to visit the sisters website, or perhaps their vocations page.

And don't forget their Cloister Gift Shoppe!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Holy Rosary Church: Palestrina Mass of Dedication

Fr. Anthony-M. Patalano, O.P., pastor of the Dominican Parish in Portland, Holy Rosary Church, has asked that I advise our readers of an up-coming event there.

Holy Rosary Church will mark its 115th Anniversary on Sunday, 25 August, at the 11:00 A.M. Mass. The V. Rev. Gerald A. Buckley, O.P., Prior of the Western Dominican Province House of Studies, Saint Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA, who was pastor at Holy Rosary from 1981-83, and who brought Cantores to this parish will celebrate Mass in Latin according to the Ordinary Form.

Cantores in Ecclesia will sing Palestrina's Missa Emendemus and the Plainsong Propers for the Feast of the Dedication of a Church. Holy Rosary is a dedicated church, and the date of the consecration was 28 January 1894, then the feast of the Translation of the Relics of St. Thomas. In the new calendar, so as not perpetually to impede the Feast of the Angelic Doctor, Holy Rosary Parish celebrates the dedication on the closest Sunday. Fr. Patalano invites any readers in the Portland area to attend the celebration and introduce themselves.

I might add that Fr. Patalano is the conference chair for The Living Tradition: The Dominican Rite in the Twenty-First Century, which will be held at Saint Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA, 5-9 August 2009. This event is open to anyone interested in the Rite, not just Dominicans. The Program and registration forms may be found here.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jandel Antiphonal Scans Improved

I am happy to announce that the PDF scans of the two volumes of the great Antiphonarium S. Ordinis F. Praedicatorum published in 1863 at the direction of Master of the Order Vincent Jandel, O.P., have now been vastly improved through the hard work of Bro. Corwin Low, O.P., of the Western Dominican Province House of Studies in Oakland. He has my profound gratitude for this project.

These books contain the complete music for the Dominican Office in its medieval form, including the night office with all its long responsories. This is the only printed edition of the complete office ever done.

The pages of the scan are now all clean, straightened, and searchable! And they are now about 1/3 the size of the former scans: about 45 megs each. You may download or consult them at their links on the left side bar.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Corrected Dominican Rite Calendar for 2009

Those who use the Dominican Breviary or who have permission from their provincial to celebrate Mass according to the Dominican Rite may want to download the calendar that I have prepared for this year, 2009. It is found on the left side bar under Dominican Rite Downloads, or here directly. This version contains some VERY IMPORTANT corrections made on Jan. 3, 2009, thanks to our readers. If you downloaded earlier, please discard that version and use this one.

I have tried to make this calendar as flexible as possible so that those using the 1933 Missal and those using the 1965 can both use it. Principally, this involves the names of the Sundays after Epiphany and after Pentecost. In the 1933 Missal these are called "after the Octave of Epiphany" and "after the Octave of Trinity." As a result the numbering is different depending on the Missal used. There are also occasional page numbers in the right margin; these give the pages where the feast may be found in the 1939 Traveling Missal (which I use).

I have also appended a short summary of rubrics and a list of local feasts in the dioceses of the Western Province. Feasts particular to the United States are included in the Calendar itself.

Should you notice any errors please let me know by writing me directly rather than in the combox.