Saturday, August 25, 2007

Visitors from Sienna College and Canada

Two Sundays ago, a good number of students from Sienna College attended the Traditional Mass. I feel that they are lucky for having theology/religion professors who introduced them to the rich and beautiful expression of worship found in the extraordinary form of the Roman Liturgy.

The week before, we met Anthony, a balikbayan from Canada. He is a Batangueño FSSP seminarian, probably the first Filipino FSSP seminarian. He went back to Canada last week to continue his studies. Good Luck Anthony!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Online Tutorial on the Latin Mass (1962 Missale Romanum)

Priests wanting to say the Traditional Latin Mass can check out an online tutorial of the ordo and rubrics complete with video and images. It will also have tutorials for altar servers and sacred music soon.

Brought to us by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Extraordinary Reverence

Photo from FSSP

Because we are creatures approaching our Creator, the traditional mass, with the extensive rubrics composed of bows, genuflections, vestments, signs and incense teaches the faithful to approach God with a contrite and humble heart. Indeed Jesus is our brother and friend, but we must never, never forget that He is our God, our King who sacrificed Himself by suffering and dying on the cross for our sake. That thought alone should be enough to compel us to bow when we call upon His holy name, to kneel or genuflect in front of His presence, to offer to God an extraordinary Mass with all our love.

This is the traditional roman mass, the extraordinary form, freed by His vicar, Pope Benedict XVI, to be made fully available come September 14 to all faithful of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. Thank you, our dearest Holy Father. Thank you to the many bishops and priests who expressed their support to you. Long live Pope Benedict XVI!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The little bookstore that could

Mainstream bookstores in Manila in most cases do not carry a good number of orthodox catholic books. One would either have to go online to order or just wait and pray until these books hit their shelves.

With the continuous threats and offensives from the secularist world, every Catholic should know where to find quality reinforcements, in other words, orthodox.

Fortunately in Greenhills, City of San Juan, there is a specialty bookstore that offers the widest range of various topics about the Catholic Church, from Apologetics to Church History, from Philosophy to Spirituality, from Doctrine and Dogma to Social Teachings written by well known catholic authors such as Aquinas, More, Chesterton, Hildebrand, Ratzinger, Hahn, Keating, Ray, Madrid, Sheen, Newman, Groeshel to name a few.

Totus Bookstore is a perfect resource not only for the faithful, but for the priests and seminarians as well.

Visit Totus Bookstore online here.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Summorum Pontificum Contact Database

The Summorum Pontificum Contact Database of LumenGentleman Catholic Studies has now included the Philippines in the list of countries. The contact database is a means to connect the faithful who want to assist in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite with the Catholic priests who want to say the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Whether you are a faithful who can help either by serving, training altar servers, sing in a schola, play an instrument (approved for the Traditional Mass), purchasing a vestment and/or books, or just by being there in the Mass, or a priest who can say the Mass, train other priests, or who wants training you may want to add you name and contact information to the list.

Other available countries are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, United States, Ireland, Hungary, and South Africa.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Jesuit History and Ignatian Spirituality

Yesterday, July 31, was the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. For his feast day, John Brown SJ and Carlos Esperanza SJ created, the Jesuit Review, a 10-part series of internet videos focusing on Jesuit/Ignatian spirituality, Jesuit history and contemporary Jesuits. Each part will be available for a week.

Check it out here.