Sunday, November 16, 2014

Extraordinary Community News: News, Prayers, Mass Times

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

Tridentine Community News (November 16, 2014):
St. Cecilia Chant Workshop & Mass on November 22

Next Saturday, November 22, Detroit’s St. Cecilia Parish will host two special events: First is an all-day Gregorian Chant Workshop, starting at 9:00 AM and taught by Sacred Heart Major Seminary Music Director Dr. Ronald Prowse. Registration is open to those of all ages and experience. More information is available on the Facebook event page:

Immediately after the workshop at 5:30 PM will be the first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be held at St. Cecilia in over 40 years. Participants in the workshop will sing for this Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz.

St. Cecilia is the Patron Saint of music, and November 22 is her Feast Day. It is eminently fitting that these musical events take place at a parish named in her honor, on her day.

St. Hyacinth Mass on November 30

Detroit’s St. Hyacinth Church will host a Tridentine High Mass on Sunday, November 30 at 2:00 PM. The celebrant will be Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz, and music will be led by Archdiocese of Detroit Music Director Joe Balistreri. St. Hyacinth is one of our region’s best preserved, cleanest, and most elaborately decorated historic churches...well worth a visit.

As an aside, it was not that long ago that it would have been unimaginable that the two top music officials in the Archdiocese would be leading Tridentine Mass music events in two successive weeks. The cause of traditional liturgy has indeed come a long way over the past decade.

Prayer Before a Meeting

A reader requested that we print the Prayer Before a Meeting, which we often pray before gatherings of one of our local Latin Mass Communities. The Church encourages use of this particular prayer by enriching it with a Partial Indulgence. The Latin original is taken from the Enchirídion Indulgentiárum, while the English is from the official translation in the Manual of Indulgences.
Ádsumus, Dómine Sancte Spíritus, ádsumus peccáti quidem immanitáte deténti, sed in nómine tuo speciáliter congregáti.

Veni ad nos et esto nobíscum et dignáre illábi córdibus nostris.

Doce nos quid agámus, quo gradiámur et osténde quid effícere debeámus, ut, te auxiliánte, tibi in ómnibus plácere valeámus.

Esto solus suggéstor et efféctor judiciórum nostrórum, qui solus cum Deo Patre et ejus Filio nomen póssides gloriósum.

Non nos patiáris perturbatóres esse justítiæ qui summam díligis æquitátem. Non in sinístrum nos ignorántia trahat, non favor infléctat, non accéptio múneris vel persónæ corrúmpat.

Sed junge nos tibi efficáciter solíus tuæ grátiæ dono, ut simus in te unum et in nullo deviémus a vero; quátenus in nómine tuo collécti, sic in cunctis teneámus cum moderámine pietátis justítiam, ut et hic a te in nullo disséntiat senténtia nostra et in futúrum pro bene gestis consequámur praémia sempitérna. Amen.

We have come, O Lord, Holy Spirit, we have come before You, hampered indeed by our many and grievous sins, but for a special purpose gathered together in Your name.

Come to us, be with us, and enter our hearts.

Teach us what we are to do and what ought to concern us; show us what we must accomplish, in order that, with Your help, we may be able to please You in all things.

May You alone be the author and the finisher of our judgments, Who alone with God the Father and His Son possess a glorious name.

Do not allow us to disturb the order of justice, You who love equity above all things. Let not ignorance draw us into devious paths. Let not partiality sway our minds or respect of riches or persons pervert our judgment.

But unite our hearts to You by the gift of Your grace alone, that we may be one in You and never forsake the truth; as we are gathered together in Your name, so may we in all things hold fast to justice tempered by mercy, that in this life our judgment may never be at variance with You and in the life to come we may attain to everlasting rewards for deeds well done. Amen.
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/17 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Joseph (St. Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop & Confessor)
  • Tue. 11/18 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Benedict/Holy Name of Mary (Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul)
  • Sat. 11/22 5:30 PM: High Mass at St. Cecilia, Detroit (St. Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr) – Dinner for young adults age 18-35 follows Mass, organized by Juventútem Michigan
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and Assumption (Windsor) bulletin inserts for November 16, 2014. Hat tip to A.B., author of the column.]