Jan 2, 2006

LA Masses

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony celebrates Mass for Bosco Tech's 50th Anniversary

So how was Mass in your neck of the woods on the Solemnity of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary?


Blogger eweu said...

Is that a gravy bowl on the altar?

As usual for my parish there was little mention of the feast day, not even during the pre-game-ceremonies "greet your neighbor, turn off your pager, and oh, yeah, reflect quietly on God's presence."

The homily did focus on how Mary draws us closer to Jesus. I hope the message got through. But for a church dedicated to the Holy Family, this will be about the only Mass this year with any special attention to the Blessed Mother.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Gorbachenko said...

It was beautiful at St. Mary's by the Sea in Huntington Beach. The noon service is a very reverent Novus Ordo Mass said in Latin, heavily incensed, and assisted by five altar BOYS and a male Lector. The Norbertine priest's homily centered around the Blessed Mother and how through her 'fiat' the world would be redeemed. He also pointed out how the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (his words!) is the unbloody reenactment of the events on Calvary. The congregation received our Lord kneeling at the Communion rail, while the chior sang "Ave Verum Corpus." There is never a second cup offered to the faithful. I HIGHLY recommend this parish as an escape to those fed up with the Mahoney Brothers circus.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

Bosco Tech as in the chocoloate Bosco syrup from the Seinfeld episodes?

9:36 PM  
Anonymous catholicforce said...

In my "neck of the woods" (Atlanta, GA), the Mass of January 1st was called "Feast of the Circumcision." As such, it was notable for its fierce adherence to the beauty, dignity and, above all, the orthodoxy of the traditional Catholic liturgy.

7:48 AM  
Blogger dcs said...

I don't want to make you envious, but it was a Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass. The Mass setting was Mass VIII (de Angelis) and the recessional was "Angels We Have Heard on High."

After Mass, the subdeacon (actually a "straw subdeacon" since he's only a second- or third-year seminarian and hasn't been ordained to the subdiaconate) got together with the altar boys and played a rousting game of football.

9:06 AM  
Blogger shelray said...

Where do you find all of these scandalous pictures? keep up the good work, I like your blog.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Andy K. said...

You know, given most of your pictures for your question, this picture has no liturgical abuses. Precious metal paten and chalices, etc.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...


I cannot believe that St. Mary's by the Sea still has an altar rail. Amazing. I heard there was some fighting with the current administrator. It baffles me that since the retirement of Fr. Johnson, Bishop Brown has not yet named a pastor.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Gorbachenko said...

There is dissention there at the moment. The bishop is forcing the new administrator to enact changes that will bring us "into step with the rest of the diocese." The parish is outraged the most (and almost in rebellion!) over having to remain standing after the Agnus Dei, instead of kneeling as should be done. There are also Extraordinary Ministers now who offer the Cup at the English Masses. Virtually no one drinks from the cup, I'm happy to report. I have heard that no priest wants to be pastor of St. Mary's. They all seem to fear the last bastion of Catholicism in Orange and L.A. counties. Besides, Bishop Brown is probably too busy with his homosexual agenda to take the time to sit down find and try to find us a permanent pastor.

10:43 PM  

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