Saturday, January 23, 2010

Latin Mass Promotional Bumper Sticker!

The bumper sticker for our Latin Mass in Springfield should go through its final approval for the site it is hosted on, and then will be publicly posted here: Please do NOT order any as we will be buying them in bulk and receiving a discount. I posted this here so that people can go to the site and look at it before it comes. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Anglican Use In Springfield

It gives me great joy to be able to post this link here to a new prayer group forming in Springfield.

The Holy Father has welcomed Anglicans back to the Church and given them a structure that will enable them to reintegrate smoothly. As people with an affinity for tradition, there is much in this group that we can appreciate. The Anglican Use itself shares many of our traditions such as facing east in prayer, rich liturgical language, receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue, and has many other textual elements of our Extraordinary Form Mass contained in it. Anglican errors have been rooted from the liturgical books and thus everything presented is Catholic in its whole and in its parts. This could offer a number of people a midweek opportunity for organized liturgical prayer with priests, especially the office of Vespers. Please take the time to visit the site, and also to consider it and the value it can have for you and your family.

Potential altar boys and choir members are asked to contact either myself or Shane Schaetzel at or

The potential here for growth is huge if we stand together as two communities with our traditions, working together towards the same goal: beauty and reverence in the liturgy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mass XI

As many, if not all have noticed, we have moved from Mass VIII and Credo III to Mass XI and Credo I. This will be a permanent arrangement for Sunday's throughout the year where a particularly solemn feast or season is not celebrated, or where the choir does not have a polyphonic Mass prepared. Links will be posted soon for those whose missals do not contain this Mass setting and Creed.

Low Mass This Sunday

The Extraordinary Form will be offered as usual at 2:30 PM at St. Agnes Cathedral, but will be a Low Mass. For those who have never attended a Low Mass before, there is less singing, incense is not used, and the texts of the Mass itself is not sung. Properly understood, the Low Mass is very edifying and offers a wall-to-wall meditative environment, contra-pop culture.

A few notes:

During the reading of the Introit, the "Amen" is not spoken by the people, in keeping with the rest of the Introit, which is read by the priest alone.

The "Laus tibi Christe" is not said until Father kisses the missal.

It is imperative that the servers lead in the responses and the congregation follow. This will allow for a smooth recitation of the responses, instead of the regretable situation in some places where the servers follow the responses of the people and chaos ensues.

Unlike at daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form, the people do not join in the responses for the prayers at the foot of the altar, nor do they join the servers for the response during the Offertory. They are however, invited and encouraged to make all other responses that the servers make throughout the Holy Mass.