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In the darkness of Christmas Eve, December 24, is traditionally chanted the traditional Hour of Matins of the Divine Office for the Nativity of Our Lord, consisting of ancient antiphons, hymns, psalms, and the ancient commentaries of the Church Fathers on the significance of the Nativity. For example, in the Third Nocturn, Holy Mother Church provides us with the commentary of Pope St. Gregory the Great on the census proclamation of the Roman emperor that brought the Holy Family to Bethlehem, the commentary of St. Ambrose on the significance of the shepherds, and the commentary of St. Augustine on the Incarnation of the Word. Following Matins is traditionally held the procession to the creche and the High Mass of Christmas at Midnight (In Nocte), the First Mass of Christmas. It is most unfortunate that many traditional Catholics do not have access to the Midnight High Mass, let alone the Solemn Matins of Christmas Eve, which precedes it and prepares for it. Fortunately, the St. John Schola has made available to the traditional Catholic faithful these significant rites on two CDs. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department for Volume I and Volume II of that Gregorian schola's recordings of Christmas Matins and Christmas High Mass. For traditional Catholics who do not have the opportunity to attend these singular rites in person, at least they may participate in them spiritually through these recordings. These rites are an essential part of the traditional Catholic Faith.
Advent & Christmas: A Time to Help - 11/27/16
The TRADITIO Network has been furnishing information about all facets of traditional Roman Catholicism, answering questions both privately and publicly, for over 22 years now, longer than any other traditional site on the Internet. When we started, even the Vatican web site didn't exist! We wish that we could show you all of the personal letters we have received from troubled souls who have found here clear, traditional, and honest answers to their questions, free of organizational bias. Thousands of these have reverted or converted to the traditional Roman Catholic Faith as a result. Our work has always been done free of charge, but at this time of year, we like to remind you, particularly if you have benefited personally from the TRADITIO Network, to remember in your charity to make a donation to TRADITIO among your charitable works this time of year. See the Make a Donation to the TRADITIO Network's Apostolate section below.
All You Ever Wanted to Know about Advent and Christmas - 11/27/16
At this time of year the TRADITIO Network gets a number of questions about the religious significance of such things as Advent candles, the date of Christmas, Christmas carols (like the one that the English Catholic recusants composed to hide their faith from Queen Elizabeth), the Christmas star, St. Nicholas, the term Xmas, and even candy canes. For further information, see the TRADITIO Network's Library of Files for FAQ11: How Do You Explain These Traditional Catholic Practices?
Liturgical Calendar and Ordo Recommendations - 11/27/16
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 on the most traditional form of the Roman Rite, before the untraditional "modernizations" of 1951, 1956, 1960, and 1962. It is the one that corresponds 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, rubrics for 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.
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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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Where the Saint, rank, and color of the day are listed, together with any fast and abstinence applicable.
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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