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EF Sung Mass — 2nd Sunday of Advent (Dec. 10, 2017)

Christmas is one of the greatest feasts in the Roman Catholic Church, as it commemorates the Birth and First Coming of our Lord who became one like us in everything but sin. But, the truth is that it is not Christmas season yet. We can’t hurry Christmas. We shouldn’t hurry Christmas. We need to prepare for it.

Despite the early arrival of the so-called artificial and hollow “spirit of Christmas” advanced by secular and profit-oriented pop culture, the Church is still in that season of joyful waiting, of hopeful expectation, of preparation, known as the season of Advent.

Watch, pray, and wait with us — patiently and lovingly — for the coming of the Lord! Come to our Extraordinary Form (EF) Missa cantata (sung Mass) of the Second Sunday of Advent at 4 p.m. this Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) Church along N. Escario Street, Cebu City.

Cebu Archdiocesan Media Liaison Msgr. Joseph Tan will offer and sing the Holy Sacrifice.  The Schola Gregoriana of Cebu will assist him in music.

The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society, which organizes this Mass, will pray in Latin the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3:15 p.m.  The Rosary is a devotional prayer most esteemed by the Church.  Following the Rosary will be the chanting in Latin of the Office of None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer) in the Ordinary Form Divine Office (a.k.a. Liturgy of the Hours).  The Divine Office is liturgical prayer and, therefore, surpasses any other devotion or private prayer in value, efficacy, and dignity.

Remember to go to Confession before Mass so that you may worthily receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in Holy Communion.

The EF Mass is also known as the Traditional Latin Mass (which some people also call the Tridentine Mass).  Contrary to what many priests and influential lay leaders claim, it has never been abrogated (i.e., it has never been prohibited, banned, or discontinued) even after Paul VI promulgated the New Order of Mass (currently known as the Ordinary Form) (cf. Summorum Pontificum, 1).

In fact, in permitting wider access to and celebration of the Extraordinary Form Mass, Benedict XVI expressed his pastoral desire for three specific things:

“(a) offering to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered as a precious treasure to be preserved; (b) effectively guaranteeing and ensuring the use of the forma extraordinaria for all who ask for it, given that the use of the 1962 Roman Liturgy is a faculty generously granted for the good of the faithful and therefore is to be interpreted in a sense favourable to the faithful who are its principal addressees;  (c) promoting reconciliation at the heart of the Church” (Universæ Ecclesiæ, 8) [Our emphasis — E.M.].

So, come, experience, and or (re)discover  this precious treasure.  For centuries, the Extraordinary Form Mass has nourished numerous saints. Do not let anyone tell you that it won’t make you holy anymore. It still will.  The centuries of its unruptured and uninterrupted use are your practical guarantee that only good will come out of it for you, that you will reap nothing less than sanctifying benefits from it.  In Benedict XVI’s own words,

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful” (Letter to Bishops on the Publication of Summorum Pontificum).

See you on Sunday. Bring your friends and family. Spread the word.

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2 thoughts on “EF Sung Mass — 2nd Sunday of Advent (Dec. 10, 2017)

  1. dear bros, in the TLM offered at Tabor Hills, the officiating priest uses a mic and every one in the congregation participates in the dialogue and not only the altar servers. i believe the dialogue was originally intended for everyone in the congregation to participate but since there was no sound system yet in the past, hence only the altar servers get to participate and the priest raises his voice at the end of certain prayer to notify the congregation on the next part of the mass. but with the sound system technology nowadays, i think it is better if the whole congregation gets to listen to the prayers being said by the priest and participate in the dialogue during the celebration as in what is being practiced in Tabor Hills. Just a suggestion. ty

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    1. 1. People are allowed, but NOT obligated or required, to respond to the dialogs — spoken in Read Mass, chanted in Sung Mass. The servers ARE required to respond to the dialogs in a Read Mass; in a Sung Mass, they DO NOT make the sung responses — the Schola does. Both altar servers and Schola do these on behalf of the congregation, in the same way as the Schola chants the Sung Propers on behalf of the congregation and to amplify what the Celebrant prays silently. There’s a hierarchy of clear and well-defined roles in the Traditional Liturgy. It doesn’t tempt anyone to start believing that we are all ORDAINED priests and behave like so.

      2. The prayers are for God. The beautiful construction of the orations clearly indicate that they are addressed to God. The priest prays them on behalf of the Church and of the People of God. The Collect and the Postcommunion are chanted out loud, and AT LEAST the servers (at a Read Mass) or the Schola (in Sung Mass) respond with Amen. The Secret is prayed in secret. We have printed copies of the Mass Propers, so everyone can follow along with the prayers whether or not they actually hear the prayers being said. There is no need for us to hear and see everything. If “praying with understanding” is what we desire, the printed copies with parallel Latin and English are the most helpful — second only to sound and consistent liturgical catechesis.

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