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Gregorian Chant School in Galveston-Houston

At the request of a reader:
Gregorian Chant School Fall Session:

Eight Saturday morning two part lessons in learning chant history, theory, spirituality and notation:Singing the Church’s great propers, hymns and psalms
Starts: Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Dates: September 12th, 19th, 26th: October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Times: Saturday Morning: 8:30 am - 12:00 noon
(See curriculum page for full description and schedule)

Chapel of St. Basil University of St. Thomas
3802 Yoakum
Houston, Texas 77006


Anonymous said...

Mr. Palad:

I wonder if you would consider posting the news from that Diocese of Tulsa, in the U.S.A. It seems that their Bishop Slattery is now saying the N.O.M. versus solem orientem. By the way, while I applaud his explanation for this, I regret that he did not mention the original reason for the ad orientem direction; namely, so that we'd be facing a RISING sin, a symbol of the Resurrection.


Carlos Antonio Palad said...

Normally, we don't report in Rorate on matters that have been widely reported in a lot of blogs, especially the New Liturgical Movement and What Does The Prayer Really Say. The premise behind this is that most of our readers also read these two blogs; Rorate serves as a journal for events and other things that otherwise won't be reported widely.

However, given the historic importance of Bishop Slattery's act, I'll compose a post on this. (I would like to note though, that he isn't the first bishop to do this post-1970: Cardinal Siri normally offered Mass ad orientem until his death, and if memory serves me correctly, Bishop Kurt Krenn -- whose otherwise significant work for orthodoxy was destroyed by the scandal in his seminary -- also regularly offered Mass ad orientem.)

Anonymous said...

I knew about the case of Cardinal Siri but not of Bishop Krenn. Does anyone out there know of other cases of bishops doing this? It is significant, I think, that a sitting diocesan bishop is doing it in his own cathedral because this could be taken as a sign by his priests. I recall that there was a priest in the U.S. Archdiocese of San Antonio who was removed partly because he insisted on celebrating the New Mass versus solem orientem.

I can't imagine any of this happeneing in my own country. I know a priest in Vancouver (whose name I shall never reveal) who celebrated a Latin N.O.M. versus solem orientem in his parish church. There were a limited number of people present and he locked and bolted all the doors so that the word would not get out!


Anonymous said...

We so desperately need expertise in Gregorian Chant, since the network of adepts in it was broken in the early 1970s. I wonder if it would be possible for there to be a 'travelling school' for this at some point. Just a thought. It might not be feasible.


Peter said...

There are some places, at least in Europe, where celebrating NOM ad orientem is enforced by civil law. It happens when he chapel, church or sanctuary is considered antique and civil law forbids devastating it by installing postconciliar tables, or there's simply no room for nonpermanent table.

Importance of a certain news is probably a good criterion. Some people like me don't like neocons so they don't read WDTPRS, and don't think that liturgy is the core problem, so they don't read New Liturgical Movement.

The Fergusons said...

Wow. I'm glad to see this school starting up, too bad it's in the ugliest church structure ever built. Good acoustics, though.