Oct 2, 2005

L.A. Masses

According to the "presider" of this liturgical floor show, there are no liturgical abuses in L.A.

So, then, how was Mass in your parish this Sunday?


Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

I was watching the EWTN broadcast from Denver today and thinking of your magnificent "Mahony puts final nail on coffin" post.

I think as time goes by, and as the wagons start circling, he's probably going to get more and more determined and the wrecking will get more intense. He will become too proud to back down. That's the bad news. (although we'll continue to pray for a road-to-Damascus experience)

But take heart, it will be the EWTN generation which will be doing the rebuilding. So hang in there and in time the only response to your "how was Mass today" question will be: Solemn and beautiful!

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Sock said...

musical accompaniment

5:58 AM  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

musical accompaniment

I have never listened to the song before, but I am apprehensive about expressing appreciation for the opportunity. Mr. Sock needs no encouragement ...

Otherwise, it seems that it would be a great way to really rock out during the preparation of the gifts at a LCWR-member congregation final vows love-in. "More determined to achieve my final goals ... Not a novice any longer ... You've deepened the conviction in my soul" "Yes, I've paid the price, but look at how much I gained!"

The guitar and flute in the recording are nice liturgical touches; however, I think that the professional choir and brass would get deep-sixed right away. Too triumphalistic. Anyhow, the gathered gray in pantsuits would easily outrock them.

By the way, my Mass (not in L.A.) was the same as it always is. Three big problems: Father chants on the consonants, so I usually cannot understand his Latin, and today at Benediction (first Sunday of the month) he intoned a melody for "O salutaris Hostia" that, oddly enough, most of the congregation and choir did not know. Finally, it is always crowded to overflowing out to the drive; you are way too late if you arrive only ten minutes ahead of time, and of course you will miss most of the Rosary if you do. Oh the trials! Oh the travails!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous (The other) David C said...

Went to SS. Peter and Paul in Wilmington, 11am mass. As usual, the liturgy was very traditional, but it was the first time I didn't hear Eucharistic Prayer I there. Also normal (for this mass at least -- what are the others like?) was the contemporary music -- two vocalists in the choir loft, singing recent evangelical praise songs with synthesizer and guitar accompaniment. I actually like that a lot. The homilist was quite...animated today.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

(the other) David C.-

I occasionally go to SS. Peter and Paul, but I prefer the 9:30 Mass which has traditional music (with an excellent cantor and organist). Once a month, I think it's the 3rd Sunday but I am not sure, the Mass is in Latin (Novus Ordo). It's very beautifully done and the priests there are very reverent. I think they're Norbertines.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended Our Lady Help of Christians chapel in Garden Grove. It's a long drive, but inestimably more than worth it. It's the Traditional Latin Mass (pre-V2), and the church is always packed for the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses. Perhaps others like myself are completely fed up with the Novus Ordo. May Our Lady Queen of Angels bless all Catholics in LA!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 6:28 PM..

that's the independent Catholic chapel right? I went to the SSPX chapel in Arcadia (Our Lady of the Angels) and we had a Marian procession on one of the main streets in Arcadia. It was simply beautiful -- the beautifully adourned statue of Mary, led by the altar boys and the priest, and the congregation following behind, with the women wearing their chapel veils.. i was on the brink of tears. So many people stopped to look at us as we prayed the rosary and processed. It was an amazing testament to our Catholic faith, to walk unashamed throughout the streets, praying for the intercession of Our Lady!

8:57 PM  
Anonymous (the other) david c said...

Jill, maybe I will visit the 9:30 mass sometime. It appears that at SS. Peter and Paul the same priest says each Mass every week (which strikes me as a good system) -- who says the 9:30?

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

No, I don't think it's the same priest each time. At least the times I have attended, there have been different priests, but all of them follow the Missal and don't seem to deviate from the liturgical rules.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too watched most of the broadcast from EWTN and was struck when Father Charles Connor was asked about liturgical abuses and how a priest of any faithfulness to his ordination has to address this problem, to solve it. Not to accept but to transform an acceptable sacrifice. The Cardinal's words in his letter about change, has no meaning but only banality. Sunday's First Reading talked about the wild grapes (rotten) and how instead of judgement we get bloodshed, instead of justice we get outcry. First comes the judgement or by our conscience we will be judged.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear LA Catholic,

I was wondering what do you think of the parishes in the South Bay area (meaning south of LAX)?

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

I do not know the South Bay parishes very well. Maybe one of my readers could help out here.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No female altar boys, and put the singers and choir in the choirlofts. The altar boys will be checking out the girls on the altar.

10:19 AM  

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