A Divine Worship Mass to be celebrated in New Haven, Connecticut Sept. 29

The New Liturgical Movement has the news from Sarah Rodeo, who is also an Anglicanorum coetibus Society member.

For the first time, the Divine Worship (Ordinariate) Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated in the state of Connecticut, on Saturday, September 29th at 6:30 pm, at St Joseph’s Church in New Haven. This Mass is the culmination of the efforts of the Ordinariate Fellowship of Connecticut, a group looking to form a mission of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the state of Connecticut.

A professional SATB quartet and organist will sing and play William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus), and his Ave Verum Corpus as a communion motet; four traditional English hymns (processional, offertory, communion and recessional – all verses will be sung, of course!); the psalm rendered in four-part Anglican chant; David Burtt’s English plainsong propers (psalm-tone based settings of the introit, gradual, offertory and communion antiphons), and an English translation of Credo III.

The liturgy must be good, true and beautiful, because the God we worship is good, true and beautiful; our Fellowship greatly appreciates the Elizabethan style of the Divine Worship Missal, in which the beauty of the English language is on full display. The King James Bible is one of the great English masterpieces, and together with the Book of Common Prayer, contributed enormously to the development of our literary tradition. We believe that this “heightened” form of English, which is different from our everyday vernacular, provides us with a sacral language (Latin still being our official sacred language) that is appropriate and fitting for the worship of God.


We can be reached at OrdinariateCT@gmail.com, and our Facebook group can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1782111635137581/. Please keep us in your prayers, and may God bless you.

Please go on over and read the whole thing!    Great news!   We need to get this group on our map.

5 thoughts on “A Divine Worship Mass to be celebrated in New Haven, Connecticut Sept. 29

  1. It’s really great to see a new ordinariate community in formation!

    This group must have some resources if they can hire professional singers, but that can be somewhat of a mixed bag. The mission of the choir is always to lead the congregation in singing rather than to take over the congregation’s role, thereby reducing the congregation to spectators. In the sacred constitution Sacrosanctum concillium on divine worship, the Second Vatican Council articulated clearly the principal that full participation in the liturgy is our right and our duty by virtue of our baptism.



    • That doesn’t mean you should, or “have a right and duty” to, sing literally everything in the Mass. Congregational hymns and ordinary, combined with choir-only motets and polyphony, are a great combo, not a “mixed bag.”


      • Tom,

        If the rubrics in liturgical books assign a text to the congregation, that response properly belongs to the whole congregation — not just to the choir. This is true of the Kyrie, the Gloria, the response to the responsorial psalm, the Alleluia or the response to the Verse before the Gospel that replaces the Alleluia during Lent, the Sanctus, the Mystery of Faith, and the Amen during the anaphora, the Lord’s Prayer, etc., that one would regard as the “parts of the mass,” and probably also of the distinctly Anglican elements such as the Prayer for Humble Access in the Divine Worship missal.

        What is acceptable is for the choir to sing a prelude, a hymn of meditation during the preparation of the gifts or during communion, and/or a postlude without the congregation.



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