Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Begin to Offer Ordinary Form Tutorials

Many are already more than familiar with the tutorials in the usus antiquior offered by the likes of the the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, not to mention countless other clerical and lay societies. These are, of course, invaluable, particularly as more and more seminarians, clergy and parishes begin to avail themselves of this great liturgical treasure.

At the same time however, many requests also come into the NLM which ask for resources and advice on celebrating the modern Roman liturgy in a spirit of greater continuity with the ancient Roman liturgy. Some of these questions touch on very basic issues such as how to offer the modern liturgy ad orientem -- amongst others. This, indeed, is extraordinarily pertinent, for the liturgical efforts of a new liturgical movement will necessarily involve the two forms of the Roman liturgy -- not to mention other liturgical rites and uses.

Accordingly, I was quite interested to hear of the following initiative now being undertaken by the aforementioned Canons [NLM emphasis]:

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius offer both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form in their parishes daily. To help train priests in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form the Canons developed www.SanctaMissa.org as an online resource. Videos of Masses, the Divine Office and Sacraments are available online. A video of Baptism in the Extraordinary Form is now under production.

Now the Canons are preparing online resources for the celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Mass ad orientem. A video of an English Mass celebrated at the High Altar of St. John Cantius is now available online. Once the revised English translation of the Missal is available a new video will be prepared for this and posted online. A video of the Ordinary Form in Latin is now under production.

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