Wednesday 18 July 2007

Promoting Reverence, the Sacred and Beauty in Catholic Liturgy

Solemn Mass in the Modern Form/Use of the one Roman Rite (Novus Ordo) “ad orientem”, in Latin with Gregorian Chant at St Brigid's Catholic Church, Fitzroy North. On the last Sunday of each month.

Next Mass: Sunday, 30 September 2007 at 6pm

What: A new initiative has been launched to offer Mass celebrated in a way that more closely follows the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in its document Sacrosanctum Concilium. Solemn Mass in the Modern Form/Use of the one Roman Rite (the Novus Ordo) is celebrated in Latin, with Gregorian chant and in an "ad orientem" posture for the Liturgy of the Eucharist: where Priest and Congregation together face liturgical east toward the Tabernacle.

Why: Many people think that the Second Vatican Council mandated the removal of Latin and Gregorian chant in the Mass and required the Priest to face the people when saying Mass. However, the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) mandated none of these things. It actually required that Latin and Gregorian Chant remain an essential part of the Mass and envisaged no change to the venerable tradition of the Priest and Congregation together facing the Tabernacle (“Liturgical East” or "ad orientem").

This initiative of the Parish of St Brigid’s in conjunction with the Glorificamus Society seeks to answer the call of Cardinal Ratzinger, now His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, for a return to a greater sense of reverence, mystery, beauty and sacredness in the celebration of Holy Mass, by recovering these traditions of Latin, Gregorian chant and ad orientem posture.

When: These Masses are celebrated at 6pm on the last Sunday of each month. The seventh of these Masses will be offered on Sunday, 30 September 2007 at 6pm.

Where: St Brigid's Catholic Church, 378 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North (Melways Map 2C Ref A4). All are most welcome to attend. Mass booklets with full Latin/English translations will be available for those without their own missals for this Form of the Roman Rite.
For more information: This initiative is supported by the Glorificamus Society for the renewal of Catholic Liturgy. Contact us at for more information. You can keep up to date with Mass times and this initiative by visiting the Glorificamus webpage:

Friday 6 July 2007

Summorum Pontificum: Motu Proprio for the Liberalisation of the Roman Missal of 1962

Pope Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio liberalising the Classical Roman Rite according to the Roman Missal of 1962, was released on 7 July 2007.

The text of the Holy Father's explanatory letter to Bishops is here

And the unofficial English translation of the offical Latin version of the Motu Proprio is available courtesy of Rorate Caeli here: