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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Thursday, May 11, 2006

... Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

For those who are interested: just two more photos from the Fisher House Mass for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life which was sung on Monday 8 May at St John's College chapel:

Vocations Mass

Above: The clergy and servers, who are all students of the University of Cambridge, after the High Mass. The celebrant is Fr Alban McCoy OFM Conv., Catholic chaplain of Cambridge University, the deacon is Fr Richard Conrad OP, Prior of Blackfriars Cambridge and the sub-deacon is Br Lawrence Lew, OP.

Epistle

Above: As sub-deacon, I chanted the Epistle which was taken from Acts 8:14-17, appointed for a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.

2 Comments:

Blogger Moniales said...

Neat. However, why have fiddleback chasuable become what must be worn for the Tridentine Mass? I almost always went to the Tridentine Mass (almost daily, too) until I entered the monastery (1991) and we NEVER used Roman but Gothic Chasuables.
Any explanations or ideas?
SMC

2:33 am  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...

I recall reading in Fortesque and O'Connell an instruction from the then Sacred Congregation of Rites which forbade the use of the Gothic vestment... I am not sure when this instruction was abrogated but even when it was, I suppose it was more economical to use High Mass vestments already 'in stock' than to commission new ones. Force of habit would have been another factor I guess...

However, I have seen old photos of High Mass in monasteries which used gorgeous and ample Gothic vestments. Books from the 1950s on liturgy and vesture often promoted the use of these vestments, derided any use of lace and other Baroque inventions. I suppose this was a fruit of the classical liturgical movement. Presumably those parishes which were liturgically aware and influenced by monastic practice adopted Gothic vestments too?

What a shame the noble simplicity of those monastic vestments did not reach the majority of parishes after Vatican II!

11:42 am  

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