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The Latin text for seventeen common Christmas carols is given in this file. Included is Silens Nox, a Latin version of what has been translated into English as Silent Night. A recent manuscript discovery proved that a Catholic priest, Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), not Franz Gruber, whose name is often incorrectly listed as the composer, was the real author of what the English-speaking world knows, through its translation by John Young (1820-1885), as Silent Night. The original manuscript is dated 1816 and is the only one existing which bears Fr. Mohr's handwriting. Discovered in 1995, it led to a complete reinterpretation of the carol's origin. For further information, click on LATCAROL: Latin Christmas Carols in the TRADITIO Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics).
Liturgical Calendar and Ordo Recommendations - 12/02/18
Around this time of year people look for a traditional Catholic calendar and ordo for the next year. The calendar and ordo that the TRADITIO Fathers recommend are both based upon the most traditional form of the Roman Rite, before the untraditional "modernizations" of 1951, 1956, 1960, and 1962. They are the ones that correspond to the fully traditional version of the Missale Romanum and the Breviarium Romanum in four volumes. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Publications produces the best and most complete full-color calendar, both in the calendar's daily boxes and in the religious art that accompanies each month. It contains full information about all feasts, commemorations, votive Masses, fasts and abstinence, ember days, and more. In the back matter, there is excellently-summarized information about indulgences, fast and abstinence, and other practical matters. The St. Lawrence Press produces the best and most complete annual ordo available, the Ordo Recitandi Officii Divini Sacrique Peragendi [Order of Reciting the Divine Office and Carrying Out the Sacred Rite], entirely in Latin and in the traditional form. It contains detailed information about the Mass and Divine Office that priests and the most advanced laypeople use, much more complete in its detail than any calendar can give. Additional pages give the rubrics for Solemn Votive Masses, Conventual Masses and Private Votive Masses, and the text for the movable feasts sung on Epiphany. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Traditional Liturgical Calendar department.
Sheet Music for the Feast of a Dedication of a Basilica - 11/18/18
The psalmody for the Feast of the Dedication of a Basilica has been added as an aid to small lay choirs in using Gregorian chant for the traditional liturgy. This Mass formulary is used on the occasion of the Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilicas Sts. Peter & Paul (November 18, 2018) and of the other three Archbasilicas, which take liturgical precedence when they fall on a Sunday in the fully Traditional Latin Mass (the non-traditional 1962 Mess aka "Extraordinary" degrades them, and the invalid Novus Ordo rite aka "New" Mess eliminates them entirely). This Mass formulary is also used on the occasion of the anniversary of the dedication of a church. The Propers for the Introit, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons are given in psalmody, which is an approved, easier option for choirs to deal with than the full Gregorian chant. We are grateful to the St. John Schola for making this sheet music available to the TRADITIO Network for publication to our readers. For further information, see the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department.
Remembering Your Holy Souls in Purgatory during November - 11/02/18
The Church has taught from Apostolic times that we here on earth have a responsibility as members of the Communion of Saints to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory to hasten their admission to Heaven. If you wish to have a fully Traditional Latin Mass celebrated for your faithful departed, click on FAQ02: How Do I Submit a Mass Intention? in the TRADITIO Library of Files (FAQs and Traditional Apologetics).
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Those who have paid the $10 Annual Use Fee for the current year's eBook Official Traditional Catholic Directory, Listing All Traditional Latin Masses and Traditional Resources for North America may update their copies to the CURRENT MONTHLY REVISED EDITION. We urge TRADITIO Network readers to buy and have on hand the current monthly revised edition of the Directory because we frequently refer our readers to it for traditional Mass locations and traditional resources, as well as the answers to many questions.
This 200-page E-book, in the universal and free Adobe Acrobat PDF format, includes the only complete list, by sponsoring organization, of the approximately 700 Traditional Catholic Latin Masses in the pre-Vatican II Roman Rite, regularly and publicly celebrated in North America, as well as contacts for Mass sites outside North America. It also includes a list of traditional Catholic periodicals, suppliers, organizations, seminaries, religious orders, lay societies, retreats, schooling, and a necrology of traditional Catholic priests.
For further information, click on the Official Traditional Catholic Directory department, provided to the TRADITIO Network by the National Registry of Traditional Latin Masses.
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Listen to Gregorian Chant Provided to the TRADITIO Network by the St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant
For Gregorian chant recorded live, we recommend the St. John Schola CD series: A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant:
Volume I: Christmas Matins of the Divine Office-An Abridgement (December 2006) Volume II: First Mass of Christmas (December 2006) Volume III: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 2007) Volume IV: Pentecost (May 2007) Volumes I-IV: Box Collection (May 2007) Volume V: 14th Sunday after Pentecost (September 2007) Volume VI: 4th Sunday after Easter (February 2008) Volume VII: Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul (January 2009) Volume VIII: Cantus Populares-Popular Chants (December 2009) Volumes V-VIII: Box Collection (December 2009) Volume IX: Holy Week and Easter (February 2011) Volume X: Feast of the Precious Blood (November 2012)
In addition to its CD series, the St. John Schola has provided to the TRADITIO Network chant clips with supporting music sheets and booklets, which can be downloaded free of charge. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department.
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