Sunday, November 19, 2017

Catching up: Tridente Community News from Nov. 12th!

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 12, 2017):
November 12, 2017 – Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

Record Attendance at Chant Workshop

A special thank-you to all those who made time to attend Wassim Sarweh’s most recent Gregorian Chant Workshop on October 28. Attendance was almost triple the previous local record, and arguably was among the highest ever seen for a comparable event in North America: Old St. Mary’s Parish had set a limit of 75 attendees; all reservations on Eventbrite had been claimed, plus there were several walk-ins on the day of the class. Approximately 20 additional faithful attended the associated 2:00 PM Tridentine Mass without attending the seminar. Not surprisingly, the parish has asked Wassim to hold another Chant Workshop in 2018.

Perhaps most notably, many of the attendees were choir directors themselves. This certainly bodes well for the (re)introduction of chant in parish repertoires.

Mass at St. Hyacinth Church on December 3

Detroit’s historic St. Hyacinth Church will hold its next Tridentine High Mass on Sunday, December 3 at 1:30 PM. The Mass will be offered by Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ, the recently-ordained Jesuit who has enthusiastically joined our roster of local TLM celebrants.

St. Hyacinth is one of metro Detroit’s best-preserved churches, with a stunningly decorated interior incorporating mosaics and painted domes [pictured]. Recently its High Altar underwent a restorative repainting.

From 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM that day, St. Hyacinth also will host a Brunch with St. Nicholas in the school hall. Flyers describing the event are available after Mass at the OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Alphonsus, and Holy Name of Mary Churches.

Prayer for the Queen: The Dómine, Salvam Fac

The media has always been fascinated with the British Royal Family. If your travels will be taking you to England, you might be interested to know that the following Prayer for the Queen (or King) is specified to be prayed after Sunday High Masses, in much the same way that we have a custom of Prayers After Low Mass in the universal Church.

This prayer can be sung as well as recited; recordings of both polyphonic and Gregorian versions of the Dómine, salvam fac can be found on YouTube. The Gregorian version is normally sung after Latin Masses, a recording of which is here:

℣. Dómine, salvam fac regínam nostram Elísabeth.
. Et exáudi nos in die, qua invocavérimus te.

Orémus. Quaésumus, omnípotens Deus, ut fámula tua Elísabeth regína nostra, qui tua miseratióne suscépit regni gubernácula, virtútum étiam ómnium percípiat increménta; quibus decénter ornáta, et vitiórum monstra devitáre, et ad te, qui via, véritas, et vita es, cum príncipe consórte et prole régia, gratiósa váleat perveníre. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.

. Amen.

. O Lord, save Elizabeth our Queen.
. And hear us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Let us pray. Almighty God, we pray for Thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, now by Thy mercy reigning over us. Adorn her yet more with every virtue, remove all evil from her path, that with her consort, and all the royal family she may come at last in grace to Thee, Who art the way, the truth, and the life. Through Christ our Lord.
. Amen.

Other countries pray versions of this prayer adapted for their own king or queen.

The Dómine, salvam fac demonstrates in a formal, liturgical way our obligation to pray for our leaders, no matter what faith they may espouse.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/13 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin)
  • Tue. 11/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr)
  • Sat. 11/18 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul)
[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 St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for January 4, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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