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April 8, 2007

Easter Celebration Traditional Latin Catholic Mass

Topics: Faith

bishop%20sheen.jpgAs a practicing "old school" Catholic, I could think of no better way to celebrate Easter than to post a traditional Latin Mass narrated by Fulton J Sheen, one of America's best known and most loved Catholic Bishops in the 20th Century. This video was filmed on Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Chicago, and presents the ceremonies of the Missa Solemnis or Solemn High Mass in full detail with narration by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen.

trady, who posted the video at YouTube, says of the video:

Celebrated by Rev. J. R. Keane of the Order of Servites (hence the white habits and cowls), the ceremonies are accompanied by a full polyphonic choir, orchestra, and fifty Gregorian Chanters.

The attention to detail in the ceremonies is impressive. Notice, for example, how the servers and ministers always take great care to move in order. Notice too that the servers are all almost identical in height. The Ordinary of the Mass, composed by Rev. Edwin V. Hoover, while pleasant in places, is very much a reflection of its time. The Proper on the other hand is timeless and sung admirably by a healthy throng of Seminarians from Mundelein, Illinois.

Unfortunately due to size restrictions at Youtube around 20 mins have been cut from the original. In addition to the cuts, Trady has added new captions and edited the opening credits which had deteriorated in the original. Other than this the film remains largely unchanged, except for the error in the captions for the two parts of the Mass (software). The first part is the Mass of the Catechumens, the second is the Mass of the Faithful.

Enjoy this beautiful mass, beautifully narrated, by a great communicator. Happy Easter to all!

Haaretz - Thousands of Orthodox Christians celebrate 'holy light' Easter ceremony in Jerusalem.
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Posted by Richard at April 8, 2007 12:09 AM

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