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Veni, Sancte Spiritus: A New Musical Setting

A liturgical motet by Rev. Anthony Cekada In the Preface to my book on the New Mass, Work of Human Hands, I mention that the bad music that invaded the liturgy almost immediately after the liturgical changes began in the 1960s prompted me to study music — specifically, organ, choral conducting and musical composition. I was blessed to have […]

SGG Choir: Music for Candlemas 2016

CANDLEMAS or the Feast of the Purification on February 2 is always solemnly celebrated at St. Gertrude the Great with either a Pontifical or a Solemn High Mass, preceded by the striking ceremony of the Blessing of Candles and Procession. We are pleased to present excerpts from our choir’s outstanding selection of music for the […]

A Hymn to St. Pius V, “Saint of the Mass”

by Rev. Anthony Cekada AS A CHURCH musician and priest who offered the traditional Latin Mass, I always thought it a pity that the pope-saint who promulgated the Missal in 1570 did not seem to have a hymn honoring him. So more than twenty-five years ago, when I was a priest at St. Pius V […]

A Milestone for Restoring the Traditional Liturgy

The pre-1955 altar Missal is being reprinted at last! by Rev. Anthony Cekada OVER THE PAST twenty years or so, Catholics who criticize the post-Vatican II reform of the Mass have become increasingly aware that the new rite did not appear out of nowhere, and that quite few of its features appeared as trial balloons in […]

More Organ Music from St. Gertrude’s

A French toccata that makes the organist’s fingers fly by Rev. Anthony Cekada ON THIS DAY after Christmas, we take a break from our usual theological commentary and offer you a little present in the form of some more church music. Readers will recall that my post last month on the subject, Organ Music and […]

The Pentecost Hymn, Ecumenism and the Jews

THE TRADITIONAL Catholic liturgy is an anti-ecumenical minefield. In my 1991 study of the orations (collects, secrets, post-communions) of the Mass of Paul VI, I demonstrated that the post-Vatican II reforms purged from the Missal any language which compromised ecumenism. Hence references in the prayers to notions like the true faith, the true Church, the […]

Internet Masses: Spiritual Benefits

QUESTION: What benefits do I derive from watching the traditional Latin Mass on the internet? I know I don’t get the full benefit I would if I were there in person. RESPONSE: It is clear, based on the teaching of pre-Vatican II theologians regarding hearing Mass over the radio or television, that one could not […]

Ratzinger, Reverence and the Epistle Babe

IS BENEDICT XVI launching a liturgical reform to restore tradition and reverence in Catholic worship? Having permitted the use of the ’62 Missal as the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” is he now trying to make New Mass itself “more traditional”? Conservative bloggers who devote themselves following liturgical matters in the post-Vatican II Church […]

The St. Michael Prayer: A “Falsified” Text?

ONE STORY that periodically resurfaces in traditionalist circles alleges that the St. Michael Prayer, recited after the traditional Mass in many places as a part of the Leonine Prayers, is a “falsified” version of a longer prayer written by Leo XIII. The longer prayer, the story goes, warned that Judaeo-Masonic infiltrators would achieve their long-time […]

The Traditional Mass: How We “Participate”

QUESTION: Friends who are regulars at the Novus Ordo say that they like all the participation at the service, and that they don’t like the traditional Latin Mass because it doesn’t really have much. I tell them that there’s nothing wrong with not participating, and that it makes for more reverence. Do you have any […]