Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tridentine Masses at the March for Life

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News (January 27, 2013):
With each passing year, the Extraordinary Form takes on an increasingly prominent role during the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. This is a logical and welcome development, given the long track record of participation in the March for Life by members of Extraordinary Form communities from across North America.

This year, the March took place this past Friday, January 25. We are aware of at least three Extraordinary Form Masses being held, all at St. Mary Mother of God Church. St. Mary’s is the longtime home of the Tridentine Mass in Washington; prominent attendees include Pat Buchanan and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

At 7:00 AM there was a Low Mass.

At 8:00 AM, the Paulus Institute organized a Missa Cantata honoring Nellie Gray, the recently deceased founder of the March for Life. Ms. Gray was a regular at St. Mary’s Tridentine Mass.

Our region was represented in a big way: At 6:00 PM, the intrepid Paul Schultz of Juventútem Michigan organized a Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated by Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry. Our very own Wassim Sarweh was the organist and led the Gregorian Chant. Pictures of the Mass were just starting to be posted at press time; the above panoramic photo taken by Fr. Z for his blog depicts a standing-room only congregation. Well done, Paul and Wassim!

Vatican to Issue Document with Norms for Celebrating Mass in the Ordinary Form

On January 16, the Zenit news agency reported that the Congregation for Divine Worship will be issuing a “Manual to Help Priests Celebrate Mass”, with an intended publication date this summer. While this document is clearly aimed at celebrations of the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass, it is noteworthy for stressing continuity with elements of the Extraordinary Form.

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the Prefect of the CDW, was quoted as criticizing “showmanship” in the celebration of Sacred Liturgy. He said that Mass does not need to be celebrated facing the people and mentioned the option of the priest facing [liturgical] East at the altar, citing the example of Pope Benedict XVI celebrating the Ordinary Form ad oriéntem in the Sistine Chapel. His Eminence also critiqued the relegation of the tabernacle to a side altar or side chapel.

A full and fascinating report on this forthcoming document is available at:

University of Windsor Campus Ministry to Visit Assumption’s Tridentine Mass

On Tuesday, February 12, the University of Windsor Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting a “Tridentine Mass Experience”, in which students will be taken to Assumption Church’s Tuesday 7:00 PM Tridentine Mass. That evening the Mass will be a High Mass, to expose the students to a full sung liturgy. All are invited to attend the Mass; our guests may well appreciate guidance through the Mass from experienced Latin Mass-goers.

Following the Mass there will be a discussion for students about the Extraordinary Form at Assumption University, on the south side of the parking lot from Assumption Church. Thanks are due to campus minister Fr. Chris Valka, CSB for organizing this event and for designing a beautiful advertising poster featuring a photo of a Solemn High Mass. Campus Ministry is a major enterprise at the University of Windsor, with numerous events, an active social media presence, and a Sunday evening campus Mass that attracts up to 600 people.

Blessing of Throats Next Sunday

After Holy Mass next Sunday, February 3 at Assumption-Windsor and Holy Redeemer, blessing of throats for the Feast of St. Blaise will be held. The candles used for the blessing, as well as throats, will be blessed using the Traditional Roman Ritual.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 01/28 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor)
  • Tue. 01/29 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption-Windsor (St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Sat. 02/02 11:00 AM: High Mass at Ss. Peter & Paul (west side), Detroit (Purification of the B.V.M., with Candlemas procession)
  • Sun. 02/03 2:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Redeemer (Sexagésima Sunday)
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Josaphat (Detroit) and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for January 27, 2013. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]


Chris said...

What wonderful news: Cardinal Canizares will be teaching priests to say the Mass.

(Just a side note: isn't most of what the good Cardinal is going to say SUPPOSED to be included in Seminary training, and shouldn't most/all of it be part of the common sense principle, and therefore normal in parishes throughout the world, without the good Cardinal having to say anything? )



Ralph Roister-Doister said...

". . . the Congregation for Divine Worship will be issuing a 'Manual to Help Priests Celebrate Mass'"

We must honor the pitiful product of our modernist fathers, and not let their boobish efforts appear to be in vain, NO MATTER WHAT!!

RFGA, Ph.D. said...

I love the Tridentine Rite. Does my belief that it is the authentic Mass require me to denigrate any attempt to reform the NO? My hope is that these reforms will over time, if we are patient, lead to the TR becoming the de facto choice of all parishes, the NO becoming a forgotten relic. The change from TR to NO was abrupt. It is not necessary to appear wishy-washy to our Protestant enemies to bring about a return to the TR. The NO is being phased out slowly but surely as we speak. All we need here is patience and prayer. The deacon at our local parish, from whom I expected resistance, instead gave his blessing to us assisting at St. Josaphat.

Pertinacious Papist said...


I think seminary instruction on liturgical matters may be lagging a bit in many places, given the realities that now have to be taking into account after the Motu Proprio of 2007.


I agree that many of the band aids furnished over the last several decades have been extremely lame. It's rather pitiful at times, certainly.

Mr. Allen,

I admire your virtue of patience and prayer. I also understand those who sometimes verge towards despair -- especially those stuck in parishes with no real liturgy worthy of the name within hundreds of miles.