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Monday, January 15, 2007

January 14th-My Birthday-Was Sung In Latin

I went to the 11:00AM Mass at St.Agnes Church & The Mass was Traditional Latin. It was beautiful. It was as if I was a kid, again in Brooklyn. I had not been at a Traditional Latin Mass since 1965, but had an idea what it was about, so I went to East 43rd Street, Lexington to 3rd Avenues on the cross:

The Original St Agnes Church, burned to the ground. It had Upper & Lower Churches & was where Mum was Baptized. This is the Rebuilt St Agnes Church. The High School of my youth, at 156 East 44th Street, moved operations uptown to W.87th Street & West End Avenue. The Site of The Old High School, is now occupied by a 45 Story Tower;

In Gregorian Chant, The Mass was so reverently-celebrated. It is The Mass Of All The Ages. There were NO Females in The Sanctuary. There is a Traditional Altar Rail. I knelt there to receive Communion on The Tongue;

In The Part of The Mass called The Consecration, The Words "Per Multis", which are Christ's Words In The Last Supper, were used. The Real "Mysterium Fidei" is said by the Priest, to effect Transubstantiation, that is, to change the Bread & Wine Into The Corporeal Real Presence of Christ's Body & Blood. In The Novus Ordo Mass of Today, "The Mystery Of Faith" is said after the Elements are consecrated;

Oh, & another thing is a sore point with the Current Novus Ordo Mass is that "Per Multis" is "For The many", NOT "For All", as "For All"aren't Christ's Words;

With the Novus Ordo, permitting a person to receive Communion in the hand, has many risks, including taking the Sacred Host & using it for Santeria Ceremonies & Black Masses. Where I live in Queens, we have a large Hispanic Population & Ushers must be on the Alert to make the person receiving the Sacrament, to consume The Sacrament after receiving in the hand;

At my next Novus Ordo Mass, on Sunday, I will make my comparisons. From what I gather, I may just prefer the Traditional Rite, over The Novus Ordo;

The People, after Traditional Mass, tend to have good, serious conversations. They were in AWE of this Mass Of The Ages, as I'm in AWE of it;

I then headed downtown to Professor Thom's on 2nd Avenue, for Fun, Celebration & Football. Jim Mc Guire asked me just what I thought of "The Riviera", as is tradition with him, in his packed bar;

I let loose in Latin with what I thought about 'The Riv";

"Pax Non Vobiscum, Riviera";

I think that you know what I chanted In English & it isn't as beautiful as Gregorian Chant, so I did my Best "Brooklynian Chant";

Mind You, Gregorian is Better.


Blogger Christine E. said...

Happy Birthday Michael! I hope you had a beautiful day!

29 this year, right> ;-)

12:38 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

29+23 & Thanks, Christine:


1:08 PM  
Blogger Kaylee said...

Glad you had a great birthday yesterday!!!!!!!!!!! I am going tp teh doctor today I hate going but maybe he can help me with my asthmetic problems:) I am all for that=)

2:08 PM  
Blogger Kaylee said...

oops to the i meant to say:)

2:09 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

TLM rules!! You wont look back dude, they can have that Nervous Ordo...

11:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Nervous Or Nervy Ordo?

3:02 AM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

The FOX Saturday Baseball Parody is right below this article, if you need a laugh or 2.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Suldog said...

Glad you enjoyed the experience, Michael. I may partake of a similar service soon.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Do worship at a Latin Mass, Jim & compare it with the current Mass, as the Traditional Latin Mass is the True Catholic Mass:

What we experience today, is Martin Luther's Reformed Mass, essentially he presided at the 1st Version of The Novus Ordo Mass.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Katiee said...

Happy Belated Birthday glad it was a good oen

8:15 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

It was a good one, Katiee:

It was one where as a Catholic Christian, I was able to re-discover my heritage in the Latin Mass, as well as to enjoy the company of friends;

Give that Mass a try. You'll be amazed at its' Beauty;


11:53 PM  

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