The following plenary indulgences (under the usual conditions) and partial indulgences are granted around this time of the year. One is for New Year’s Eve and the other for New Year’s day.
To learn more about indulgences see: http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/indulgences_conditions.htm
At St. Josaphat we try to benefit from these indulgences by singing one of these hymns (on their appointed day) at Holy Mass.
For the Te Deum (also called the Ambrosian Hymn)
“PLENARY INDULGENCE when recited publicly on the last day of the year. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite the Te Deum in thanksgiving. “
You may find this prayer in English and Latin at http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Trinitas/TeDeum.html
For the Veni Creator
“ PLENARY INDULGENCE if recited on the first of January or on the feast of the Pentecost. Otherwise, a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite it. “
You may find this prayer in Latin and English at http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Hymni/VeniCreator.html
- Quotes taken from the Enchiridion of Indulgences
Well folks, its New Year’s Eve and 2009 is almost upon us. It seems appropriate to share the following review of 2008 from our weekly St. Josaphat Tridentine Column in the parish bulletin.
2008 in Review
The year 2007 was a history-making year for those devoted to the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass. The most important liturgical legislation to come from Rome since Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio, Summórum Pontíficum, was published in July 2007, took effect on September 14, 2007, and promised to produce a flowering of additional Masses and celebrations of the other Sacraments according to the Traditional Forms.
2008 was a year of putting that legislation into practice. Let’s consider what has happened during this calendar year:
In the Archdiocese of Detroit, the following additional churches began to hold Tridentine Masses, either on a regular or special event
1. St. Albertus, Detroit
2. Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Sterling Heights
3. Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit
4. Sacred Heart, Yale
5. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Wyandotte
6. St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport
In the Diocese of London, St. Peter’s Seminary held a special day to expose seminarians and faculty to the Traditional Mass. A talk, followed by a Missa
Cantata, then dinner, gave those present an idea of why some of us love, and are so devoted to, the Classic Liturgy.
On Christmas Day, St. Patrick Church in rural Kinkora outside Stratford, Ontario, became the first parish church in the diocese to commence its own
Extraordinary Form Mass at the initiative of the pastor.
Tridentine Weddings and Baptisms have been held at Assumption-Windsor and St. Josaphat. Confessions in the Extraordinary Form are now heard at Assumption. Requiem Memorial Masses with Absolution at the Catafalque are regularly held at St. Josaphat on Monday evenings. Funerals in the Classic Form are available on both sides of the river as needed.
November saw Fr. Josef Bisig, FSSP visit our area and celebrate the annual Anniversary Mass at Assumption. That’s a newsworthy event to readers of this column, but who would have thought that reporters from CBC Radio and the Windsor Star newspaper would be there to conduct interviews?
Because of a diocesan scheduling problem, Fr. Bisig also ended up celebrating the morning Mass that Sunday at St. Josaphat. Who would have ever imagined that founder of the Fraternity of St. Peter, and a longtime friend of the Pope, would ever celebrate Mass in Detroit?
Newly-ordained Fr. Lee Acervo has become a regular celebrant of the Tridentine Mass both at Ss. Cyril & Methodius and St. Josaphat, with support of the Archdiocese. There was a time in the recent past when this sort of practice was unthinkable for a young priest. Of course, Roma locúta, causa finíta – the Vatican does have the final say on what is permitted and encouraged.
Bishop Earl Boyea, a great friend of the Traditional Mass, was appointed Ordinary of the Diocese of Lansing. Coincidentally, after decades of no public Tridentine Masses in Ann Arbor, on one Saturday in November, two Tridentine Wedding Masses were held simultaneously at two churches in Ann Arbor.
Nationally, as the accompanying chart from the Coalition in Support of Ecclésia Dei indicates, the number of Tridentine Mass sites continues to grow. And whereas the debut of a new Mass site used to be a newsworthy event, it is getting harder to know of all of the new sites, because parishes can begin them quietly on their own. For instance, we only learned about St. Edward’s Mass indirectly from another parish. On the one hand, it can be frustrating to find out where these “stealth” Tridentine Masses are being held, but on the other hand, it is marvelous to see the mainstreaming of the Extraordinary Form. It used to be news when an Apollo rocket took off; quick – do you remember how many Space Shuttle launches there were in 2008?
Seminaries in Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Maryland are beginning to hold regular Tridentine Masses and are starting to train seminarians to celebrate this form of Holy Mass.
EWTN continues to broadcast occasional Tridentine Masses. Like rocket launches, these, too, has become non-events.
Predictions for 2009
It is expected that the Holy Father will issue the long-awaited “clarification” document to Summórum Pontíficum. This promises to remedy situations where authorities in certain dioceses are overstepping their bounds in restricting celebration of the Extraordinary Form. It will also hopefully answer some questions about ambivalent wording in the Motu Proprio. Some fear that the clarifying language may be too permissive with regard to rubrics. We shall have to wait and see.
This document may also require – or at least strongly urge – seminaries to provide training in the Extraordinary Form. It would be marvelous to see the two seminaries in metro Detroit acknowledge the existence and significance of our Holy Father’s legislation as quickly as they embraced the vernacular in the 1960s. Detroit is the third most active diocese in the U.S. with regards to number of Tridentine Mass sites; it would be fitting for our seminaries to taking leading roles in the restoration of the Classic Liturgy and the music that accompanies it, especially given the local resources they have at their disposal.
As a side note, you can read all the Tridentine News Columns from 2006 – present at www.detroitlatinmass.com.
Click on the photo to see it in full.
It should be noted that you can also view videos on clips taken from various Extraordinary Form Masses from St. Josaphat Church on YouTube.
You may visit this link: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=detroitlatinmass&view=videos.
A reminder that Mass according to the Extraordinary Form (Missa Cantata) will be celebrated at 9:30 AM on Thursday, New Year’s Day at St. Josaphat. This does fulfill the Holy Day obligation.
Since we are still in the midst of the Christmas Octave and Season, it would seem fitting to share with all of you some photos from Christmas. These photos were taken from a previous year during a Solemn High Mass of Christmas during the day. (we do not have any from this year’s Mass)
Welcome to our blog. This site is meant to show the beauty of the liturgy from Detroit’s St. Josaphat Catholic Church and its associates. The Tridentine Mass (now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass) has been celebrated in this parish since October of 2004 when Adam Cardinal Maida implemented the indult as laid out by the late Pope John Paul II.
This blog will feature photos from St. Josaphat and also give reflections as well as news & views from the Tridentine Community, the parish cluster and worldwide.
We invite you to visit the official website for the St. Josaphat Tridentine Mass Community at www.detroitlatinmass.org.