"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"
Tridentine Community News (September 8, 2013):
A beautiful album of photos taken by Aaron Harburg at the August 30 Tridentine Mass at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral has been posted on the Juventútem Michigan Facebook page. Two examples from the album give an eyewitness perspective on this history-making event:
Summórum Pontíficum Sixth Anniversary Mass
This Saturday, September 14 marks the sixth anniversary of the effective date of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio, Summórum Pontíficum, which freed any priest to celebrate the Tridentine Mass on his own initiative. This was arguably one of the greatest achievements of our Holy Father Emeritus’ pontificate. Not only has there been a dramatic increase in regular and special celebrations of the Extraordinary Form worldwide, but in many locales the Ordinary Form of Holy Mass is now celebrated with additional solemnity, including traditional practices such as kneeling for Holy Communion, and use of Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony.
One of the local parishes most influenced by Summórum Pontíficum is Ann Arbor’s Old St. Patrick. They have reinstalled – and use – a Communion Rail. They now celebrate most Holy Masses, even in the Ordinary Form, ad oriéntem at the High Altar. They have implemented an impressive sacred music program and have become a center for traditional devotions and parish activities. Credit for these initiatives goes to pastor Fr. Gerald Gawronski, former music director Mara Wehrung and current music director Sipkje Pesnichak, and ubiquitous Tridentine organizer Paul Schultz.
It is therefore most fitting that Old St. Patrick will hold an Anniversary Mass for Summórum Pontíficum on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Saturday, September 14 at 8:30 AM. Details are on a Facebook event page.
It would be an act of charity for the readers of this column to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for this great development in the life of the Church in our era, as well as a prayer for the welfare of Pope Emeritus Benedict.
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
- Mon. 09/09 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Peter Claver, Confessor)
- Tue. 09/10 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Assumption-Windsor (St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor)
- Sun. 09/15 2:00 PM: High Mass at Assumption-Windsor (Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost) – Guest celebrant: Fr. James Roche, Episcopal Vicar of Windsor. Fr. Roche will make the formal proclamation of establishment of the St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic Community. A reception will follow Mass.