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Dominican Rite website

It is absolutely wonderful that the Friars Preachers of the Province of Saint Joseph (Eastern United States) have made available a tutorial website fully dedicated to the Dominican Rite, one of the most glorious achievements of a glorious Order:

Tip: Father Finigan

(We've received the following note from Fr. Dominic Legge OP of the Eastern U.S. Province of Dominicans:

The site features the commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Albert the Great and St.Vincent Ferrer on the ceremonies of the Dominican Mass (woven into the tutorial text), some historical background on the Rite, and other helpful resources. While it will be of great help to priests, it also gives to the casual observer a unique perspective on one of the ancient branches of the Western liturgical tradition.)


  1. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Is the Dominican Rite being celebrated on a regular basis anywhere within the Eastern Province?

  2. Anonymous,

    Not yet, but I think that will soon change. I (a Western Province priest) did celebrate two Missae Cantatae and two Solemn Masses in the Dominican Rite while assigned to Charlottesville. The pastor and asst. pastor were deacon and subdeacon after I did training for them. I do think that regular celebration will soon be possible.

    In the Western Dominican Province we have had regular public celebrations at since 1969: there are currently regular celebrations at Portland and San Buenaventura Mission, and occasional celebrations at Seattle, San Francisco, and other places. I supply on occasion for the old Rite celebrations in Napa and Petaluma, which are usually the Traditional Roman Rite. For more, including pictures of celebrations in the Western Province, see

  3. Anonymous4:17 PM

    Interesting considering only the Western Providence has maintained the Dominican Rite. Feast of the Annunciation most recently.

    Fr. Anthony Patalano, O.P. in Portland Oregon has offered the Dominican Rite on the most regular basis over the years. I'm sure most traditional Catholics in Seattle will remember Fr. Joseph Fulton, O.P.

  4. Let this be a lesson to the grumpier among us that things are, indeed, getting better and better.

    I, for one, can't wait to go to the first Traditional Dominican Mass at the Dominican House of Studies here in Washington, DC.

    Deo gratias.

    You might have noticed, btw, that the more conservative younger friars have taken over the DHS's priory website. "Office of Readings" has been replaced by "Matins," etc.

  5. Anonymous10:58 PM

    Fr. Thompson,

    Thank you for your encouraging response. It stirs my heart.

    This post stands in such stark contrast to the disturbing, New Age Liturgy of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in the next post on this site.

    If the Dominican Rite is not regularly celebrated in the Eastern U.S., who trained the Eastern Province Friars in the Dominican Rite? Who helped to put this wonderful Guide together? Is the leadership in the Dominican Order supportive of Dominican Rite celebrations?

  6. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Fr. Augustine Thompson O.P..

    Please stop saying these liturgies. When I see them it makes me want to join the Order of Preachers. Keep it up and you will be bursting with vocations!

    God Bless you God Rev.Fr. Augustine Thompson!

  7. I really hope you're right, Father, on the Eastern Province. My experience with the Dominicans in Washington, D.C. is that they're open to the traditional liturgy but every one of them is afraid of taking the first step.

    In fact, there is a Dominican at DHS who offers the TLM, not the Dominican rite Mass. Another Dominican there has delivered the sermon at TLMs.

    The Dominicans at DHS are smart priests and brothers in a conservative institution. In fact, that is where F.S.S.P. priests are sent to earn graduate degrees. But someone has to make the leap to get that train to leave the station.

  8. As to the question of how the web site in the Province of St. Joseph was done. The young priest primarily responsible worked with the liturgical books and a group of older priests who had celebrated the Mass when they were you. Fr. Anthony Patalano went to the St. Joseph province and did a workshop for them on celebration. I have worked with two young Eastern Province friars.

    There are a few minor glitches in the site's presentation and a number of places were what seem to have been peculiarities of practice in the Eastern Province were followed, but all things considered, an excellent job was done.

  9. Anonymous4:51 AM

    Fr. Thompson,
    Thank you for your response regarding the work of the young priest, the older priests who had celebrated the Mass when they were young, Fr. Anthony Patalano, and your own efforts. I will take your silence concerning the Dominican leadership as an act of prudence on your part, and pray that your noble efforts will continue to bear fruit.

  10. Actually, Anonymous, I missed it that you were asking for a summary of the "views" of the Dominican order leadership on the traditional Rite. I have never felt that I had to be "prudent" in what I write or say. "This isn't the Jesuits, Sir Thomas." Although some blogs are.

    My order is very democratic and decentralized in its governance. The only provinces where I know about "attitudes" of superiors are my own and the East. My provincial council has decided that "permission is no longer needed to say the old rite"--which is a change: in the past the provincial regularly gave permission to any priest who wanted to say it. The Eastern Province obviously has the same view: they produced this site.

    The Master of the Order is on record as saying that he does not believe that there is any lay demand for the rite, but that provincials have the authority to grant permissions, if that is the case. He may not care to celebrate it himself, but he is not the "black pope" and he knows that the legal rights of the provinces are not subject to his personal taste.

    You may be able to find some Dominicans somewhere who will attack the "signs of the times" but they are individual Dominicans, and my order doesn't practice mind control. There has never been a time in the 30 years I have been a Dominican during which more favor has been shown by the provinces and order toward serving laity who prefer the old rite.

    If my provinces superiors were opposed (and all our provinces are really independent in such matters), then it would be odd that they have approved regular celebration of the traditional liturgy for 40 years.

  11. Michael.Burns.7@bc.edu2:32 PM

    Where can I purchase a copy of the prayers said by the priest and the altar boy, in the old Dominican Rite? I was an a.b. in a Domincan convent, but i have not heard the prayers used since about 1969, and I would like o have them. Thank you. Michael J. Burns


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