Category: Liturgy

SSPX quiz answers

Liturgy of St James - Bread and Wine prior to Consecration

There are a few questions in the SSPX quiz that are related to specific facts/concepts, and people tend to answer “Unsure” or its equivalent. I’ll give the answers here.

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Adventist “Responsive Reading” is Catholic in origin

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) - The Last Supper (1495-1498)

I found a “liturgical” aspect of Adventist services rather amusing – they don’t realise that it’s Catholic. I’ve pointed out quasi-liturgical rituals in Adventist services before, but people have denied them. This “Responsive Reading” seems fairly common, and it’s not just Adventists that use it. In Catholic churches it’s sometimes spoken and sometimes sung.

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Ellen White centenary prayers (novena) – Day 8

Today, leading up to the centenary of Ellen White’s death, we pray for Adventism, which condemns the Lord’s Supper as pagan and idolatrous, not able to recognise the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, not willing to recognise the biblical pattern of each action and phrase used, out of fear and suspicion. We pray that they come to see what Christians since the first century have seen, and believe what has been believed by Christians for nearly 2000 years.

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Just what is the Mass anyway?

Tridentine Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday in the chapel of Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by John Stephen Dwyer

For those who find the Mass somewhat strange, and wonder where on earth we got it from, the answer is short – it’s based on Jewish liturgies, importantly the Passover seder.

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The Forbidden Rite

The Tridentine Mass, by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

“In 2007 the Vatican made an unprecedented decision. After over half a century of bitter conflict within the Church, an ancient, almost forbidden rite was finally unleashed. For some it was the beginning of the end. For others the battle had finally begun.” – Reclaiming the Sacred Productions

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Eucharistic miracle in Kerala, India

Eucharistic miracle in Kerala

A possible Eucharistic miracle has occurred at the Syro-Malabar Catholic parish of Christ the King in the village of Vilakannur, in the Kannur district of Kerala, India.

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Youth and the Latin Mass

Tridentine Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday in the chapel of Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by John Stephen Dwyer

The Latin Mass is growing in popularity around the world, and over the last few years I’ve seen several reports of how young Catholics are attracted to the ancient Mass. This is a growing movement that I don’t believe can be stopped.

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More photos from the Latin Mass training, 2013

Training at the altar, Latin Mass training course, 2013, Ratcliffe College

As mentioned previously, a priest, Fr Noel, from the Archdiocese of Cape Town recently attended the Latin Mass training course at Ratcliffe College in England, which was organised by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Fr Noel has kindly given me some photos to share.

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Liturgies – Catholic vs Orthodox

The Mass

The two videos below show the differences between some modern Catholic and Orthodox Masses / Divine Liturgies. Eastern rite Catholics are similar to the Orthodox.

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Worldwide Eucharistic adoration

Eucharistic adoration at Saint Brigid of Kildare Church (Dublin, Ohio)

On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father will preside over a special Eucharistic adoration that will extend at the same time all over the world involving the cathedrals and parishes in each diocese. For an hour, at 5 PM (Rome time), the whole world will be united in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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New videos of the Mass

Consecration - Elevation at Holy Mass

I’ve posted new videos of the Mass / Divine Liturgy / liturgical celebrations on my page The Mass – video collection.

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Training for the Traditional Latin Mass, 2013

Low Mass, LMS training course, Ratcliffe College, 2003.

A priest from the Archdiocese of Cape Town attended the recent training course for the Latin Mass in Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, UK. More photos will follow, but here are a few from the organisers, used with the permission of Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales.

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Pope Francis, the Latin Mass, and elaborate ceremonies – updated

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ, 2008

Will Pope Francis suppress the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, allowing us only the Ordinary Form, thereby reversing the much-needed liturgical reform? He has that authority. He can bind and loose with the authority given to Peter. But I don’t believe he will.

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Liturgical dancing

Liturgical dancing – abolish it! It looks silly. It looks like moon worship. It’s not Catholic. I hope Cardinal Arinze is elected pope. He’d be a good pope.

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One vernacular Mass on Sunday

Pope Benedict XVI in 2010

I am tired. Hence the long break between posts. I am do tired. And I wish the above comment would come true. Then I might have more energy. I dread the election of the next pope. What if he’s not another Benedict?

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The Latin Mass in Africa – contacts

Consecration - Elevation at Holy Mass

I went to Mass here in Umtata tonight. This time they said the creed. Communion was via the “take and dip” method, with no extraordinary minister of the Eucharist assisting – the chalice was on the altar, the priest down below. Interestingly, half the congregation didn’t self-communicate. And at least they said the creed this time.

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A positive Adventist experience of Catholicism

Icon of Christ Crucified, chapel of San Damiano, near Assisi

Maybe this is too progressive for some. But the ProgressiveAdventism blog has taken a look at how Catholic practices are seen as positive experiences by some Adventists … all the way down to liturgical chants.

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Just what is the Mass anyway?

Tridentine Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday in the chapel of Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Photo by John Stephen Dwyer

For those who find the Mass somewhat strange, and wonder where on earth we got it from, the answer is short – it’s based on Jewish liturgies, importantly the Passover seder.

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