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Missa Cantata at Saint Stanislaus on Sept. 27

September 18th, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

Introibo ad altare Dei

On Sunday the 27th, there will be a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine Latin Mass) at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Gerard McMahon in thanksgiving for 50 years of priesthood.

The ordinary and proper parts of the Mass will be sung by Schola Roffensis. The motets during the Offertory and Communion will be sung by the Tridentine Latin Mass Choir. The schola is under the direction of Joel Morehouse and the choir is under the direction of John Morabito. John is also the organist and an organ student at Eastman School of Music.

The Missa Cantata is a sung Mass without the extra ceremony, such as procession and incense. Please plan to come and join your prayers to Father McMahon’s as he offers to the Eternal Father the sublime Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Saint Stanislaus is at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. There is parking behind the church and also across the street from the church on Northeast Avenue. The church is handicap accessible with elevator. There are also restrooms and security is provided.

For your use there will be Latin-English Missals at the entrance to the church. If this is your first time at the Tridentine Rite of Mass, I suggest just watch and pray. It is quite different than the Novus Ordo Mass that is said in your parish. This ancient form of Mass was codified by the Council of Trent.

Holy Communion is received only on the tongue and kneeling at the Communion rail. The priest will recite the Communion prayer over each communicant; there is no need to reply “Amen.”

Any questions left in the combox will be gladly answered.

Below is Missa Orbis Factor which will be sung.

The motet for Holy Communion will be Sicut Cervus by Palestrina.


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21 Responses to “Missa Cantata at Saint Stanislaus on Sept. 27”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    thanks for the enticement – how can we resist after a post like this? I'll be there.

  2. ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam

  3. Nerina says:


    Is formal dress required/suggested? I only ask because, sadly, the dress code at the NO has gotten so lax, I don't know what is appropriate for the EF. Also, are mantillas common with women who attend the EF?

    Thanks for your encouragement.


  4. Anonymous says:

    There are no formal requirements. They aren't going to escort you out if you are not dressed up to some set of standards. Come as you are. It is preferable to have at least moderately tasteful clothing, so it's not a good idea to go in shorts or miniskirts. Basically, what you would wear to the N.O., but a tad better. I hope to see you all there! You too, Choir!

  5. Anonymous says:

    As for head coverings for women, there is no requirement for that as well. It's more or less the same as if you were going to Our Lady of Victory. You'll see some wearing head coverings, others not. It's up to the individual.

    Thanks for asking these questions, as there are probably others out there who have the same ones.

  6. Sister Emily says:

    Hi Nerina,

    I am glad you asked that question. I just asked one of the Priest that question and he said, be comfortable, be respectful, no beach wear. I asked about the veil and he explained why women wear it but now i forgot why.(YIKES) (I will ask him again) He said women don't have to wear veils. Personally I like to dress a tad nicer than when I go to work however I am all for comfort. See you there.

  7. Sister Emily says:


    Could we please have word spell?

  8. Bellarmine and I will be there!


  9. Nerina et al —
    For women, I would suggest a skirt and blouse or a dress. Nothing revealing such as plunging necklines. No halter tops or mini-skirts. Just good taste. Head covering is very welcomed but not necessary.

    Pretty much all the suggestions people have offered are great.

    See you at the communion rail.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is Schola Roffensis the usual chant schola at St. Stans? (I ask because I belong to the Schola in Corning so naturally I am interested in knowing who else in the DOR is singing Chant)

    first timers at the TLM may wish to read a article I wrote for such persons as a preparation it can be found here


  11. Anon 1:37..Yes, Schola Roffensis will be the usual chant schola starting this coming Sunday. Please stop up if you can make it.

    Didn't the Schola Corningensis sing in Belfast for Father Mancuso at St. Patrick's?

  12. Nerina says:

    Thanks to all for the guidance. I'm a bit nervous, actually. I think I'm pretty literate when it comes to understanding the Liturgy, but now I'm feeling completely inadequate. Anyway, I look forward to encountering mystery (as Fr. Z says).


  13. Dr. K says:

    If you ever get lost, just do what the people around you are doing (when it comes to kneel/stand/sit).

    ~Dr. K

  14. Nerina,

    Please don't feel inadequate, especially about the ritual. What I would suggest then is to not use the red missal, but just watch and take in the mystery of the Mass as it unfolds.
    If you like, you can sit in the loft with me. That would not be a problem.

  15. ben says:

    yes choir, we did sing in Belfast it went well, it was our first TLM we usually sing the introit offertory communion and ordinary chants from the 74 graduale at a novus ordo so it was a real treat to sing at the TLM as well as experience, we now know exactally what to do musically for the older form.

    It would be nice to visit St. Stan's but its so far, maby the Schola will take a field trip sometime.

    Nernia dont be nervous just take it all in, and read the article I mentioned above its intended to help the uninitiated be prepared.

  16. Ben..I am so thrilled to hear that your first TLM went so well. Praise God! Where does your schola normally sing that if I wanted to come listen I could find you?

    You are always most cordially welcomed at St. Stan's. Who knows maybe sometime we could combine forces for the Tridentine Mass.

    I pray that God bless your schola abundantly and that you bring a much higher level of Roman Catholic Church music to your area. We have a deep treasure of excellent Catholic music that is waiting to be uncapped again and sung. Do you have any polyphonic groups in the area?

    I have friends that go to church in Belfast and they were ecstatic about the schola. Did Father Schnacky or Mancuso say the Mass?

  17. ben says:

    We normally sing at St. Mary's church in Corning on the first sunday of the month at the 7:30 AM Mass(its early I know unfortunatly we can't do any thing about that right now)

    our founder/leader has a blog
    he does the planning and deals with the politics, we'r kinda unorganized, somehow (I'm really not sure how it happened) I ended up directing. Weve been at this about a year, there are only 4 of us and we need to pick up a couple more voices. 3 of us have attended the cmaa's "chant intensive" with Scott Turkington (I highly recomend it). I don't know of anyone within an hours drive doing polyphony or chant, it has been an uphill battle here on the eastern fringe of the DOR. In addition to the normal difficultys of a Schola being started from scratch there is the um…typical DOR political dificulty as well.

    Fr. Schnacky said the Mass. Fr. Mancuso was in the loft to give us a cue if we needed it, we diden't need it. You can tell your friends we want to come back but it'll probebly be a while.

    It would be great to join forces sometime, but like I said its a long drive and right at the moment we have a lot on our plate.

  18. Ben,

    Point of interest, I used to serve Mass for Father Schnacky when I was a boy at St. Peter and Paul's. He was always kind and humble and very personable. I hope you get a chance to speak with him sometime.

    Getting together to join forces is something to keep in back of your head.

    You all will be in my prayers.

    God Bless.

  19. ben says:

    Is there some way we can contact you?
    an email address or something

  20. Ben..why don't you send email to and I'll have it forwarded to my email. just mark in the subject line "forward to choir"

  21. Ben…The students at Houghton Bible College do some polyphonic singing. You might want to ask them.

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