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Category Archives: Liturgy

SGG Choir: Music for Epiphany 2016

WE are pleased to offer excerpts from the music sung by the St. Gertrude the Great Choir at Solemn High Mass on Epiphany 2016. The celebrant was Rev. Roberto Mardones of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who was celebrating the the twenty-fifth anniversary of his priestly ordination. The selections include: Mass in Honor of St. Joseph Calasanctius, Oreste Ravanello […]

Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great

by Rev. Anthony Cekada   EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began […]

Short Critique of Article “Regarding the Restored Order of Holy Week”

QUESTION: I’ve recently encountered a missive of defense regarding HH Pius XII’s Holy Week changes in 1955 and, as I know you argue against them, I thought I’d forward it on to you in case you wanted to address the points at any time. I personally am undecided on the matter, though given the anecdotes […]

Bugnini’s ’51 Easter Vigil: “First Step” to the Novus Ordo

LAYMEN who frequent Masses offered under the auspices of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum or organizations such as the Society of St. Pius X are under the impression that the rites they see performed there represent the apex of pre-Vatican II Catholic liturgical tradition vis-à-vis the New Mass of Paul VI. In the case […]

Good Friday: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

GOOD FRIDAY originally had no liturgical service. No Mass was celebrated because, as Pope Innocent I explained in the 5th century, it was a day on which “the Apostles hid themselves for fear of the Jews.” Eventually, however, the Church instituted a liturgical service for this day. In the traditional rite this consists of a […]

Maundy Thursday: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

BECAUSE THE Maundy Thursday ceremonies in the traditional Missal consist principally of rites connected with the Mass, the changes introduced in the 1955 Renewed Order for Holy Week are not as numerous as those for the other days of Holy Week. The 1955 Ordo moves the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to […]

The Office of Tenebrae: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

ONE OF THE most dramatic and mystical ceremonies of Holy Week was the chanting in larger churches of the Office of Tenebrae (“Darkness”) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. This consists of the Offices of Matins (nine psalms, nine readings) and Lauds (five psalms, the Benedictus, an antiphon, Psalm 50 and a collect) from the […]

Holy Week: Palm Sunday: Old vs. 1955 Rite

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The modifications in the Holy Week rites introduced in 1955 were part of a series of incremental liturgical changes beginning in 1951 that eventually led to the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae in 1969. The creation of the ’55 Holy Week rites, like the creation of the Novus Ordo, was orchestrated by […]

Calvinism in the Secret for the Living and the Dead?

QUESTION: The third Secret you recited last Sunday (For the Living and the Dead) read as follows: “O God, who alone knowest the number of the elect to be admitted to the happiness of heaven, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of all Thy saints, the names of all who have been recommended […]