Monday, March 28, 2016

Solemn High Dominican Rite Mass, S.F. Bay Area, April 2, 2016

St. Albert the Great Chapel
A Dominican Rite Solemn Mass celebrating the Saturday of Easter Octave will sung by the student friars of the Western Dominican Province on Saturday, April 2.  The celebrant of the Mass will be Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P., Asst. Prof. of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Bro. Christopher Brannan, O.P., will be the deacon, and Bro. Andrew Dominic Yang, O.P., will be subdeacon.

The Mass will be at Saint Albert the Great Priory, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland CA, 94618, at 10:00 a.m.  Recitation of the Marian Rosary will follow immediately. Visitors and guests are welcome; pew booklets with the text of Mass in Latin and English will be provided.  There is ample parking on the street and in the priory parking lot next to the chapel.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Holy Week at Kensington Carmel, Bay Area CA

The Nuns at Prayers
As much of the Paschal Triduum at the Carmel of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, will be in the traditional Dominican or Roman Rites, readers of this blog who live in the San Francisco Bay Area may wish to attend.  So I am posting the schedule:

March 21, 7:45 a.m. Monday of Holy Week. Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

March 22, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday of Holy Week. Low Mass according to the Dominican Rite (Passion read in English)

March 23, 7:45 a.m. Wednesday of Holy Week.  Low Mass according to the Ordinary Form.

March 24, 4 p.m. Holy Thursday: Mass in Cena Domini.  Dominican Rite Missa Cantata, with transfer of the Blessed Sacrament and Washing of the Altar.

March 25, 3 p.m. Good Friday: Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion according to the Dominican Rite, with singing of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

March 26, 11 p.m.  Easter Vigil: Mass in the Ordinary Form, in English with Gregorian chant Propers and Ordinary sung by the nuns.  The father of one of the nuns will be baptized and confirmed at this Mass.

March 27, Easter Day.  T.B.A.

The Carmel is located at 68 Rincon Road, Kensington CA 94707. There is ample parking.

Dominican Stabat Mater

Nuns Singing in the Bologna MS
As Good Friday is approaching and many churches sing the Stabat Mater at Stations of the Cross, I thought it would be suitable to reprint the transcription of the text and music of a thirteenth-century version of the Stabat Mater, recently discovered by Prof. Cesarino Ruini in a manuscript that once belonged to a convent of Dominican Nuns in Bologna, Italy, and on which I have already posted. A miniature of the Bologna nuns, from their manuscript, decorates this post.

The discovery of this manuscript, as explained in the article available here (in Italian), shows, by the date of the manuscript that the traditional ascription of authorship to Jacopone of Todi can no longer be sustained. The date, however, leaves open the possibility, often mentioned, that it is the work of Pope Innocent III.  Perhaps it was composed by the Dominincan nuns of Sant'Agnese in Bologna.

This version is interesting for a number of reasons. First, this is the earliest use of the text as a sequence. Until the discovery of this version, it was only known as a hymn until the late middle ages. This manuscript shows that the earliest known use of the text as a sequence was among Italian Dominican nuns in the 1200s. Next, the text includes not only a number of verbal variants, but also includes two verses absent from the commonly received version. Those who wish to examine these can download my transcription and compare the text to the received version here.

Even more interesting is the music. As pointed out to me by the Dominican nuns of Summit NJ, this ancient sequence borrows, with the exception of one stanza (cf. verses 19 and 20), the melodies of the Sequence of St. Dominic in the Dominican Rite. There are a number of minor musical variants as well. Those interested might want to compare the music to that found in the Dominican Gradual for the Mass of St. Dominic.

Through the kindness of a reader who converted the PDFs of this music into JPGs, here are images of the newly discovered 13th-Century Stabat Mater.  I am aware that these images are a bit blurry; if you click on them or download them, you will get a clearer image.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dominican Chants for Holy Week

I remind our readers, especially Dominicans, that the Cantus Passionis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi has been republished by Dominican Liturgy Publications.  This book contains the music for singing the Passion in Latin according to Matthew for Palm Sunday and the Passion according to John for Good Friday.  The texts have been shortened and reset to match the forms of 1962, which are to used when celebrating the Dominican Rite today.  A sample page is displayed ed to the right:

Those who purchase this book for liturgical use will want to order three copies, one each for the narrator, Christ, and the crowd.  The volume is bound in attractive hard cover.  You can read about this book and other offerings at Dominican Liturgy Publications.  I also remind readers that the PDF for the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, that is all the choir music of Holy Week in the Dominican Rite is available on the left side bar here at Dominican Liturgy.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Latin-English Dominican Rite Hand Missal (1959) Available for Download

I am happy to announce that though the labors of Fr Sebastian White, O.P., I can make available the text of the Saint Dominic Missal: Latin--English (New York, 1959).  This hand missal contains all the changes and reforms from the 1950s and so represents the Dominican Rite as of 1962, which is the form in which it is to be used today.  I regret that Dominican Liturgy Publications cannot reprint this book as it is over the 800 page limit for our books-on-demand printer (

The missal PDF can also be downloaded from the left sidebar of this site under "Dominican Rite Texts--Downloadable."  You might want to take a look at other publications at Dominican Liturgy Publications.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dominican Ordo for 2016

Dominican Liturgy Publications is happy to announce the publication of the Ordo for The Dominican Rite in 2016, which is the work of the editor of Breviarium S.O.P.  This booklet is intended for use by anyone who prays the 1962 Dominican Rite Breviary. It includes a complete calendar for the Dominican Rite liturgical year for 2016.

In addition, it includes the collects for the Dominican blesseds who are not on the calendar (so that a votive commemoration can be made of their feast), obits of the deceased masters of the Order, and announcements of days when Lay Dominicans can obtain plenary indulgences.  Finally, it contains an English translation of the Office of Prime, which was omitted from the 1967 English translation of the Dominican Breviary.

This new 2016 edition also includes prayers for the coming General Chapter at Bologna and those for the 15 Tuesdays devotion to St. Dominic.

It can be purchased here.