Liturgical Notes

Music of Our Mass Updated…

Since our move to Chestnut Hill we have adopted many traditions of our fellow worshippers; among these is use of The Hymnal 1940 and, during Trintytide, its Fifth Communion Service with the Gloria sung to "Old Scottish Chant." The page on our website which describes the music used at our Masses has now been updated to… Read More

Bishop Lopes talks about our Missal

We use Divine Worship: The Missal for our worship. Our Bishop, Bishop Steven Lopes, recently presented the Hillenbrand lecture on the origins of this Missal at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. You can read the text of his lecture here and view our pew Missal here… Read More

We will be singing the Regina Cæli

We will sing the Regina Cæli (Queen of Heaven), an ancient Latin Marian Hymn, from Easter Day until the Saturday following Pentecost. After the Recessional Hymn ends, the clergy and servers will return, go to the Lady Chapel, and we will commence singing. The leaflet insert with the complete song and prayer is here… Read More

This Friday is a day of Obligatory Abstinence…

THIS FRIDAY, December 2nd, is Ember Friday in Advent and, on the recommendation of the Governing Council, Bishop Lopes has decreed it be kept as a day of Obligatory Abstinence by members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Our brother John Covert provides the following information: ADVENT EMBER DAYS The Advent… Read More

The Angelus

Our Sunday morning Mass ends with the Angelus. The name (like the traditional names of most Roman Catholic prayers) comes from its first word(s) in Latin—in this case, Angelus domini nuntiavit Mariæ… (The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary…). This devotion began in monastic communities and then spread to the laity among whom it became very popular… Read More

The Green Season

The long season of Sundays after Trinity Sunday is often called the Green Season. if you look at a liturgical calendar the reason for this name will be obvious: we will be wearing green vestments every Sunday until Advent arrives unless a holy or saint’s day should fall or be transferred to one. Please click here to view a… Read More

“Why Divine Worship: The Missal is so Important…”

Advent Sunday saw the first use of the final version of the Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite. Our Missal is the first Rome has promulgated for the Western Church since Vatican II, fifty years ago; the one before that was five hundred years earlier: this does not happen every day! But there are a… Read More

Three Things to Remember About Tomorrow’s Mass

Daylight Savings Time ENDS at 2 o'clock AM Sunday morning; if you must manually reset any clocks or other appliances...remember to do so so you get your extra hour of sleep and don't end up arriving for Mass an hour early. Speaking of arriving for Mass early: Father Liias has asked us to pray the… Read More

Rosary Novena Before Mass, November 1st

Father Liias has asked us to pray the Rosary daily for the nine days between Sunday October 25th and Monday, November 2nd. We will pray the Rosary together as a community on Sunday November 1st before Mass at 8:30. Click the link for an early look at the pew sheet which will be distributed on… Read More

Eye Test: Re-Catholicizing a Hymn(al)

When singing Hymn 558, sharp-eyed worshippers may note a tiny slip of paper bearing two words pasted in the first line of the second verse; cradle Episcopalians with good memories may remember what words they cover and replace. In point of fact the real replacement words were those printed in the Hymnal 1982; the slip of paper now… Read More

But…What IS a Verger?

A Verger (sometimes “Virger”) is a specialized form of Sacristan; therefore a Biblical origin for their office can be found in those members of the Priestly Tribe of Levi set aside by King David and the Prophet Samuel: The gatekeepers were…in charge of the gates of the house of the Lord…as guards…and they had charge of… Read More

Tenebrae Booklet

Please click the link to view the pew booklet for the service of Tenebrae (Matins and Lauds of Maundy Thursday), by ancient tradition sung on the evening of Wednesday in Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)… Read More

Tenebrae Service (Wednesday April 1, 2015)

TENEBRAE, Wednesday April 1, at 7PM in the Upper Church. The beautiful and moving service of Tenebrae is a wonderful way to enter into the great Mysteries of Holy Week. Chanted to Gregorian melodies in beautiful and reverent Elizabethan English this service meditates on the swiftly-approaching passion of Christ in the first half and in the second… Read More

Lenten Saturday Morning Prayer

LENTEN MORNING PRAYER Every Saturday during Lent (February 21 and 28; March 7, 14, 21, and 28) Saint Gregory the Great will offer Morning Prayer (or Mattins) in the Lower Church at 10 o’clock. This beautiful liturgy — which lasts about 30 minutes — consists of psalms (recited alternately by the Officiant and the congregation)… Read More

Advent and the Angelus

During Advent we will be ending our Masses with a unique bit of Anglican Patrimony: singing the Angelus. Please click the link to view a PDF with more information… Read More

The Ordinariate Use: A Brief Introduction to Our Liturgy

Visitors, including Roman Catholics, will notice some differences in how we celebrate our form of the Holy Mass: this note will mention a few of them and explain a bit of their history and background.  Please click the link to view a PDF… Read More