Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Relics of the True Cross are Eucharistic; Ozorak Chant Sheets Set to Calligraphy; Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel Dedication Certificate; Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (October 14, 2018):
October 14, 2018 – Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost

Relics of the True Cross Are Eucharistic

A September 14, 2018 tweet by British priest Fr. Raymond Blake [the first tweet/paragraph], along with informed responses from a gentleman from Cleveland [subsequent tweets/paragraphs], provide some insight regarding proper treatment of a relic of the True Cross:

“A relic of the True Cross is a Eucharistic Presence, it is drenched in the Blood of Christ hence must be treated exactly the same as the Blessed Sacrament.

According to pre Vatican II norms on Sacred Relics, most of which have not been abrogated by VII reforms, the Relic of the True Cross deserves hyperdulia. Latria is only permitted for the Blessed Sacrament consecrated in Holy Mass.

That said, one must genuflect on knee before a Relic of the True Cross exposed for veneration. The Relic must have two lighted white candles on either side when exposed. On Good Friday, the Relic may be exposed in Adoration until the Easter Vigil.

When carried for exposition or in procession, the Relic of the True Cross must be held by the clergy with a red humeral veil. If the Relic is carried in a formal outdoor procession, it must be carried under a canopy and given the same honor as a Eucharistic procession.

A Relic of the True Cross may not [be] exposed in the Real Presence of the Eucharist except on Good Friday. Technically, for a Relic of the True Cross to be moved from parish to parish, chapel, shrine, authorization of the local Ordinary is required.”

Ozorak Chant Sheets Set to Calligraphy

On September 9, 2018, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles had their new abbatial church in Gower, Missouri dedicated according to the Traditional Rite. This elaborate and rarely performed ceremony was accompanied by the First Profession of two nuns and the Investiture of four postulants. Bishops and traditionalist clergy from around the world participated in the event, photos and details of which may be seen at:

The sisters called upon Windsor’s own Michel Ozorak to produce Chant Sheets for the occasion. However, they didn’t just print what he sent them. A sister actually transposed his Chant Sheets into calligraphy, creating quite a work of art.

Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel Dedication Certificate

While we’re on the subject of dedication of a church, the Academy of the Sacred Heart recently put up for display in their chapel sacristy the certificate of blessing of the chapel and consecration of its altar. Dated May 8, 1963, written in Latin, and signed by Detroit’s then-Archbishop John Dearden, the certificate is a reminder of the solemnity and formality with which such events used to be conducted and recorded.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Tue. 10/16 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Hedwig, Widow)
  • Sat. 10/20 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. John Cantius, Confessor)
[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 October 14, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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