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Bishop Meeking to celebrate the ceremonies of Holy Week according to the 1962 Missal

From Fr. Glen Tattersall:

Holy Week 2010

The Classical Latin Liturgy in Melbourne

At St Aloysius’ Church, 233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North

The Latin liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church is one of the principal fonts of our Western culture. Pope Benedict XVI has recognised this spiritual patrimony, and urged its restoration. Now, for the first time in over 40 years in Australia, the traditional Latin ceremonies of Holy Week will be celebrated by a Bishop - His Lordship, Most Rev Basil Meeking, Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand

Palm Sunday, March 28, 11.00am, Solemn Pontifical Mass, with blessing of palms and procession - Gregorian chant propers and Ordinary, Pueri Hebraeorum (Victoria), Salvator Mundi (Tallis)

Spy Wednesday, March 31, 8.00pm: Tenebrae - Tenebrae Responsories (Ingegneri), Miserere (Allegri).

Maundy Thursday, April 1, 8.00pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, with adoration at the Altar of Repose until Midnight - Gregorian Chant Propers and Ordinary, Ubi Caritas (Durufle)

Good Friday, April 2

10.30am Stations of the Cross

3.00pm Commemoration of the Passion and Death of the Lord - Gregorian Chant and Sancte Deus (Tallis)

8.00pm Tenebrae - Tenebrae Responsories (Victoria)

Holy Saturday, April 3, 9.00pm Paschal Vigil - Gregorian Chant Propers and Ordinary, Maria Magdalene (Guerrero)

Easter Sunday, April 4, 11.00am Solemn Pontifical Easter Mass - Polyphonic Propers for Easter Sunday (William Byrd), Gregorian Chant Ordinary (Lux et Origo)

Easter Monday, April 5

11.00am Solemn Pontifical Mass

3.00pm Solemn Pontifical Vespers & Benediction

Contact Details:



Tel: (03) 9532 7771


  1. Anonymous4:01 AM

    God Bless this Bishop. What he is doing is so good for the Church..Send a good word to the Bishops in New York..We are waiting for a Holy Week celebration according to the 1962 Missal In Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn...If anyone has any info please let me know. Meanwhile the Faithful of Australia, please enjoy, and Easter Blessings. You are indeed lucky for the good heart of this Bishop.

  2. Anonymous4:44 AM

    "Pope Benedict XVI has recognised this spiritual patrimony, and urged its restoration."

    Is that correct (regarding the restoration of the authentic Latin Church's Liturgical Tradition)?

    Or has His Holiness taken the view that the Latin Mass will, at best, be confined to a relatively small group of Catholics who prefer the Latin Church's ancient Liturgical Tradition?

    His Holiness has stated that within the "Latin" Church, even "some knowledge of the Latin language" is not "found very often."

    Therefore, the restoration of the authentic Latin Liturgical Tradition is impossible as knowledge of Latin is not found very often within the "Latin" Church.

    As an aside, in 2003, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (His Holiness) wasn't certain as to whether the Roman Rite should even be celebrated in Latin.

    Then-Cardinal Ratzinger stated that the "Roman rite of the future should be one, celebrated in Latin or in the vernacular."

  3. Anonymous5:40 AM

    Oh, I see Tenebræ is being included! Well, that's just excellent, eh?


  4. Anonymous11:16 PM

    If Latin is the problem, Veterum Sapientia should be reread in Seminary. People will learn what thir Priests teach them.


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