Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dominican Rite in Columbus, Ohio

One of our Dominican readers let us know of the following event taking place in Columbus, Ohio on August 4th, the celebration of the Dominican rite (Missa Canata) at St. Patrick's Church. The announcement may also be read on the website of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph:

In the wake of a very fruitful celebration this past March of St. Thomas Aquinas’s feast, with a Dominican Rite Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City, the Dominican Friars at St. Patrick’s in Columbus, OH are happy to announce the celebration of the Solemnity of Holy Father Dominic with a Missa Cantata, celebrated according to the Dominican Rite, on Saturday, August 4th at 10:30 AM. In the old calendar of the Mass, the Solemnity of Our Holy Father Dominic fell on August 4.

The Dominican Order has long maintained its own liturgical rite, mostly unchanged since its adoption in the middle ages. With the Missal of Pope Paul VI, the Order largely set aside its own liturgical rite in favor of the new Roman Rite, although retaining the right to celebrate it. However, with the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae, the Holy Father has now given broad permission to all Dominican priests to celebrate the Mass according to the Dominican Rite, as it existed before the Second Vatican Council. It is, in a sense, the ‘extraordinary form’ for the Dominican Order. For more information on the Dominican Rite, see the special section in this website.

This Mass is open to the public.

Might I encourage any readers who are within striking distance of Columbus to consider attending, showing your support for the Dominican rite and, beyond that, support for the broader liturgical patrimony of the Latin rite? Of course, it is also a wonderful opportunity to see a liturgical form that one might not get to see as readily as the Roman rite.

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