No doubt some of you may have read Fr Z’s (former Lutheran priest) recent blog post regarding the Noveritis, traditionally chanted at Epiphany making known the key dates in the new church year.
Not to fear, Ordinariate Catholics! CCWatershed.org has the Ordinariate covered with its chant version in English. The pdf is linked here.
Come now, you musically gifted lovers of Tradition and Patrimony: Get your pastor’s permission and go for it! (The OF and Divine Worship permit a layman to sing it. I am unsure about the EF.)
Also, regarding the pdf above, (This was helpfully brought to my attention by Steven Rabanal) per Divine Worship: The Missal, which specifically provides for an hieratic English Noveritis, one must use “brethren” rather than “brothers and sisters”.
A Happy Christmas, and a Very Revealing Epiphany to all!
If a visitor came to one of our Ordinariate communities, what would they see? Would they see warm, welcoming, joyful people? Or would they see contentious, negative and cliquish people? Would they see worship that makes them sense the Presence of a supernatural, Loving God? Or would they see a bunch of people reciting prayers by rote with hearts far from entering into the meaning of the words and gestures? Would they find people acquainted with the mercy of God? Or would they find self-righteous judges who believe others should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps the way they did? Would they see people who believe in miracles but also how even more important is desiring God’s will above their own? Or would they see people whose faith crashes and burns when confronted by serious challenges?
I’m thinking about this because of what I’ve seen over the holidays in how Christians are depicted. Continue reading