Happy Easter Everyone! Christ Is Risen – Alleluia!editor
V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
For he whom you did merit to bear, alleluia,
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Has risen as he said, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Let us pray…
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
As well as affording us the opportunity to post Easter greetings, this thread is also a “catch-up” – feel free to post comments on anything we would have discussed last week, but for the Holy Week break. And the usual rule applies in a free-for-all thread like this: your favourite prayers, hymns, reflections, and good clean fun, jokes and stories, welcome… which reminds me of the boy who asked his father why we paint Easter eggs. Reply: Because it’s easier than trying to wallpaper them!
Buona Pasqua, dear Editor! Resurrexit sicut dixit! Alleluia!
A very Happy Easter to you, and to Mrs Marinaio!
Happy Easter to all! Have a Blessed Time.
Dear Editor and friends at CT a very happy Easter to you and all your loved ones
To Editor and all, He is risen indeed!
Happy Easter everyone
Happy Easter All.
Wishing everyone a Happy and Holy Easter.
A very happy Easter to everyone on this blog.
I’ve read the three conference talks and they are all very interesting. It’s sad that you have been stopped from attending the SSPX but I’m interested in how you have found attending the Summorum Pontificum parishes – you used to be quite strong in discouraging people from attending them, LOL!
I would disagree with you. I don’t think the editor has been “strong” in discouraging others not to attend. In fact, I remember back in 2015 I used to attend a Summorum Pontificum parish midweek for Mass and I often met the editor in the parish hall afterwards. This particular priest would put on a light lunch afterwards and the conversation was always very enjoyable.
I think most people on this blog have encouraged others to be prudent when attending these parishes. Quite often there are still the same newsletters, newspapers, notices from the diocese etc. Thats very different to “strongly discouraging”.
I think Petrus has answered the “strongly discouraging” part of your comment, so let me concentrate on the rest.
I’ve been astounded at the numbers attending the Holy Week services in the parish I attend. I thought the line for Holy Communion (and on Good Friday, Kissing of the Cross) was never going to end. It is quite a large church and it’s been jam packed this week. The Masses are always well attended, but this week seems to have been exceptional.
I think those of us who have attended both the SSPX Masses, and the Summorum Pontificum Masses see that there is a big difference in the quality of the liturgy.
I don’t want to name any parishes or priests, because I think they all mean well, but there isn’t any doubt that the SSPX liturgy is done to near perfection. Everything is precise, faithful to the rubrics. The servers are excellent. The whole service is dignified the whole time.
At the traditional parish I’ve attended, the priest is very good and reverent, but the servers not so much. They signal across to one another in the sanctuary and one of them stands with his feet splayed a lot of the time, which is very distracting. There is a lot of whispering going on and servers leaving the sanctuary and then returning. It’s sometimes hard to concentrate on the Mass, therefore. The sense in that parish is that everything is done in a rush. There is too much going on, as I’ve heard a few people saying.
Two friends were at one of these Masses this morning and a man, casually dressed, appeared as the priest and server were entering the sanctuary and he began to give out Easter eggs to the kids! The time and place for that was outside the church AFTER Mass, surely, not right at the beginning of Mass. My friends were stunned to witness that.
So, there really isn’t any comparison between the Summorum parishes and the SSPX. My friends say it will take time for them to reach the same standard in the parishes, but for now, it’s very off-putting to hear a lot of chatter before and after Mass and to see so much lack of dignity. I have to stress that I think the priest does his best but he has too many cooks, if you ask me, LOL!
I think though we have to be grateful that we are getting the Mass. The rest will come eventually, IMHO.
The other thing that bothers me and I know for a fact that it bothers a lot of parishioners (because they have given me a passing comment on the matter) is that the priest is not organised enough to arrive on time, start the Mass on time and have a set time for confessions before and after Mass.
I spoke to one recently and she said that she attends this Mass to give the priest moral support, that’s not the first time that’s been said to me. This woman has changed from going to the Glasgow SSPX to another parish and is very informed about how good the SSPX priests are at saying the Mass and doing confessions on time. I was surprised to see quite a few faces who used to go to the SSPX in Glasgow and who are now on a regular basis going to this other Glasgow parish. I ask them why and the responses I get are “it’s to support the priest”, or because “we can’t get parked”, “it’s bigger here”, “it’s friendlier”, and “The times are better” to name a few. I have been on occasion to the Summorum Pontificum, and I have been impressed with a large number of faithful and wish that they were attending the Glasgow SSPX chapel as some of the people are very nice and friendly and full of zeal. It is a mistake to think that they don’t come because they still believe that they think the SSPX are in schism, more and more especially the ones I speak with, don’t go for the various reason I’ve already mentioned, plus my friend who attended SSPX in Glasgow and Edinburgh for years goes to the Summorum Pontificum Masses because it is warmer there, and the tea after is welcoming and you get hot foods.
Thank you for your informative and thoughtful comment.
I don’t know anyone who attends the parish to which you refer (myself included) who would disagree with anything you say. There was quite a lot of concern expressed within my hearing (which isn’t great at the best of times 😀 ) about the distribution of Easter eggs to children prior to Mass and even while the priest was walking into the sanctuary (!) so it is certainly going to take time for a wholly traditional sense and atmosphere to take root in the Summorum Pontificum parishes. Still, there is the relative ease of parking and the priest’s dignity in offering the Mass, so that’s a head-start!
I should add that your insights would be welcome by the priest – I know that because a few weeks ago I mentioned, in passing, that a certain statue had drawn comments on our blog to the effect that it was unsuitable for a church and certainly not suitable for placing within the sanctuary. Father expressed surprise that I was the one and only person to ever mention that. Next time I entered the church, it had been removed from the sanctuary. So, he either listened to me in all humility or (possibly more likely!) checked out the comments on the blog and decided that they were sufficiently concerning to prompt him to act. Whatever, I recommend that you approach Father with your thoughts at the first opportunity. He won’t be annoyed, that I know from (plenty of) previous experience! Not that I’m always moaning but you know me, ever a few helpful suggestions on hand to improve liturgical life… 😀
Lucy, You took the words right out of my mouth! The SSPX liturgy and serving of the Mass is dignified and most importantly in accordance with the rubrics. Whereas, in some of the Summorum Pontificum parishes where I’ve attended Mass, there is clearly a lack of preparation for the mass ceremonies and I believe unknowingly a certain amount of disrespect for the Mass, and not enough reverence in the chapel. Although, I must admit that Summorum Pontificum Churches have it when it comes to pastoral care. Thank you for that great comment Lucy.
Thank you for that confirmation of Lucy’s thoughtful remarks.
Happy Easter CT bloggers!
Happy Easter, folks!
Happy Easter everyone!
CHRIST IS RISEN ! ☦️🙏
Happy Easter to you all.
Happy Easter everyone!