Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Toronto Oratory announces addition of weekday "Extraordinary Form Mass"

It seems as though Canada is destined to be in the NLM today in a variety of capacities. By way of Vox Cantor comes the announcement that the Toronto Oratory (which has two churches in the city of Toronto) will offer weekday and Saturday Mass in accordance with the usus antiquior beginning September 17th at 11:30am at their main church of Hoy Family. (Their other parish of St. Vincent de Paul already offers a Sunday Sung Mass in accordance with the 1962 liturgical books.)

From their bulletin:

"Following the recent Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI, "Summorum Pontificum", the 11:30 weekday Mass will be celebrated according to the extraordinary form of the liturgy of the church.... The Motu Proprio comes into effect on September 14, and the first weekday Mass in this form will be on Monday, September 17. There will be an addition Mass, in this form, on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. This will give the faithful in other parts of the city a chance to take part in the Mass according to the 1962 Missal. We will print out the propers and readers of the Mass for your use, and as soon as a new edition of the Missal is available (probably October) we will make them available."

The Toronto Oratory is a delightful sanctuary of orthodoxy and orthopraxis in Catholic Canada and the good fathers not only excel in catechesis and liturgy, but also in their outreach to the poor of Toronto.

Many of you will be familiar with Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Toronto Oratory who authored the book, The Mass and Modernity published by Ignatius Press and who spoke in Oxford in 2005 on the topic as part of the Society of St. Catherine of Siena's Ever Directed Toward's the Lord conference (which was published in book form and which I will be reviewing shortly) as well as CIEL's conference in Rome.

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