Month: March 2017

March 21, 2017 Update #2

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Hello dear friends!

Sharing some Exciting News!

There will be a Introduction to Gregorian Chant Workshop

***OPEN TO ALL **Not just singers***

Next Tuesday evening March 28,

at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 94 Somerset St. New Brunswick NJ 08901

It is being taught by their Sacred Music Director, Anthony Nardino. Anthony is excited to give this workshop, It really is for *everyone,* not just singers. It will have enough musical “meat” for beginning scholas AND your average choir member as well.

St. Peter’s, located in a college town, has a vibrant community of young people excited to learn and share the Catholic Church’s great patrimony of liturgy and music. Their enthusiasm is inspiring!

To RSVP, click here:

DID YOU KNOW? The Vatican II Council, in the Constitution on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, stated that Gregorian Chant was to be given “pride of place” in the liturgy of Catholic Church. The phrase is echoed by Pope Paul VI in Musicam Sacram (March 5, 1967) and repeated in the current General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

DID YOU KNOW? Gregorian Chant is eminently suitable for the sacred Liturgy because itself is sacred in nature; that is, its form and structure make it separate and distinct from the music of the popular culture. In its pure form, chant evolved solely to serve the Liturgy. Its sole purpose is to carry the sacred texts of the Mass and the Scriptures, pulling our hearts and minds away from the worldly and the mundane and up toward God.

Here’s how Philadelphia-based organist and music director Lucy Carroll described Gregorian Chant: “Deriving from Hebraic cantillations of Jewish worship, its long lines weave around the sacred texts, reaching upward like gothic spires or hands raised in prayer….Chant is timeless. It doesn’t sound like a 1950s dance tune, a Broadway ballad, a Sousa march, or anything else that will call up secular or worldly images and feelings. Many of the beautiful chants [we sing now] have been sung for centuries and continue to [build up the faithful].”

From another document composed for the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram : “Liturgy is a limen, a threshold that allows us to step from our daily existence to the worship of the angels.”

Please come to this workshop and please do invite others to come.  Hope to see you there!

“Cantate Domino Canticum Novum” (Sing a new song to the Lord)

God bless you!
Nora D. Brower

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March 11, 2017 Update #1

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Salvete! Greetings!

My name is Nora Brower, and I am sending you this email because you have expressed an interest in seeing the Traditional Latin Mass offered more frequently in the Diocese of Metuchen (some have asked for more Solemn High Masses in particular)

It was only last fall that our friend Maria had asked our family to join her in praying for this very intention. This is the first “news update” of some events since this past February 23. That night, Fr. David Skoblow gave a lecture on the Mass at Our Lady of Peace in Fords, in which he mentioned that he occasionally offered the Latin Mass at Shrine Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in Raritan. Afterward, two OLP parishioners asked Father if he ever would offer a Latin Mass at Our Lady of Peace. Fr. Skoblow replied that he was open to the idea. However, he thought it best to offer a Solemn High Mass, and for that he would need a deacon, a subdeacon, and altar servers trained to serve the Mass, as well as a choir. I was waiting to ask Father a question myself, so when I heard him say this, I promised him that I would ask around to see if we could find people willing to take on these roles. I did this because my family and I have been so blessed since we began going to the Latin Mass four or five years ago. Words simply cannot express what this form of Catholic worship has meant for our family’s spiritual life. We want to share the blessings with others, and give glory to God.
While seeking out the individuals Fr. Skoblow listed, I have come into contact with more and more people who have either been missing the Latin Mass for many years, or who are curious to experience one, or who already attend Latin Mass elsewhere and are interested in bringing more of them to this diocese. In just these past two weeks, I have accumulated two dozen names and the list keeps growing daily. Moreover, we have found everyone Father listed: priests able and interested in offering the Mass,  a local Master of Ceremonies and altar servers, and musicians. One of the priests is even asking for a meeting to discuss the idea.
So that is where the matter stands right now. Therefore, I am asking everyone who receives this message to:
1. Keep the Latin Mass in the Diocese of Metuchen in your prayers. In particular, keep Bishop James Checchio and all the priests of the diocese in your daily prayers, if you do not do so already.
2. Keep looking for people who would be interested in one or more of the following, and please ask them to send me their names and contact information:
a) coming to a one-time, special occasion High Mass (This Mass would take place on any Feast Day that is *not* a Sunday, nor a Holy Day of Obligation in the current calendar, such as Epiphany, Annunciation, Sacred Heart, Corpus Christi, etc. )
b) Men and boys who are able to serve a High Mass, or want to learn how to serve High Mass
c) Anyone who is able to sing, who already knows or wants to learn Gregorian Chant,
d) Priests who know how to offer the Latin Mass, or want to learn
By the way,  please don’t feel limited by this list. If there are any interests or concerns not included here, please do share them in your reply to this message.
For myself, I am hoping we can form a Latin Mass Society to promote and support the Latin Mass in the Diocese of Metuchen, to bring the treasures of Catholic worship, catechesis, church history, music and art to more people.  The last 50 years has seen a sort of amnesia about the blessings Christ’s bride the Catholic Church has brought the world, and how it can help people today find the peace and wholeness the world cannot give.  “My people have been silent, because they had no knowledge…”  – Osee 4:6
I hope to send updates at least once a month, no more than once weekly, depending upon how much new there is to report. If you no longer wish to receive updates, just hit “reply” and type “unsubscribe” in the subject line. However, I do hope you will stay in touch and help grow this beautiful Mass for all to be blessed. Thank you in advance for any prayers or help you can lend.
God bless you,
Nora D. Brower
“Love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.” – Luke 10:27