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Introibo ad altare Dei

January 22nd, 2014, Promulgated by b a

From a reader:
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Last Sunday, for the first time since the Indult Mass was celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church in June of 1993, two young boys served the Low Mass. The photos show Joseph Basile (age 12) and his brother Dominic (age 10) serving the Low Mass with Fr. Dennis Bonsignore as celebrant. Their brother Anthony (age 11), who is also trained to serve, was present in the sanctuary choir.

Fr. Bonsignore noted this historical event by recognizing the boys’ achievement and thanked their uncle, William Basile, for training the boys. Fr. Bonsignore further added that the boys had learned the Latin responses “perfectly”.

Impressions of the boys’ debut on the altar were quite favorable. Observations by members of the community seemed to express a welcoming reaction to seeing young boys serve the Latin Mass and a desire to see more of this in the future. One person even joked a little, “It was a nice altar boys 2change to see altar servers who are shorter than Father Bonsignore!”

Perhaps this is another promising sign of what is to come as the younger generation in our diocese learns to appreciate the beauty and reverence of the Traditional Latin Mass.

All are invited this coming Sunday, Jan 26th, to a High Mass to be celebrated by Father Peter Mottola at St. Stanislaus at 1:30PM.

Music for the Mass is as follows. 

Asperges – Tomas Luis de Victoria
Kyrie and Gloria -Giovanni da Palestrina’s “Missa Veni Sponsa Christi”.
Credo – Hans Leo Hassler’s “Missa Secunda”
Offertory Motet – Giovanni Croce’s “Cantate Domino”.
Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei – Pompeo Cannicciari’s “Missa Phrygia”.
All propers will be Gregorian.
Organist and choirmaster – John Morabito.

Here is a video of the Kyrie that we will be sung this Sunday



3 Responses to “Introibo ad altare Dei”

  1. Jim says:

    There is some construction being done at Our Lady of Victory/ St. Joseph’s Church for the next couple of weeks. While the project is being completed, Fr. Antinerelli is celebrating Mass up upon the high altar. Although many of the Mass parts are sung in Latin, the Mass was in English. The servers were standing and kneeling in the traditional positions in the “way things used to be,” before Vatican II. (Changing the book, genuflecting and moving during the proper parts of the Mass, water and wine received from the right side of the main altar, etc.) I felt like I had gone back in time to 1964, when I used to serve Mass in that very same way. It was a very reverent and uplifting experience!

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    Jim, I couldn’t believe how different Mass felt w/ Fr. A celebrating Ad Orientem. It is remarkable what a difference it makes in the mind.

  3. Jim says:

    Yes, Ben, it actually does make us feel as though we are a part of something that is much greater than ourselves. The reverence and the solemnity of the Mass is something that we have lost over the past 40-50 years. I believe that the servers knew that what they were doing was something very special. I go to daily Mass at a church where the assigned servers rarely, if ever, even show up. Sadly, when they do show, they don’t even have a clue as to what they are doing, and why they are even there!

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