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Solemn Rites of Holy Week and Easter - 04/14/19
It is most unfortunate that many traditional Catholics do not have access to the Solemn Rites of Holy Week and Easter in the fully-traditional rites before they were "modernized" in 1956. Even some of the so-called "traditional" groups scandalously use the "modernized" version instead of the traditional rites going back to the early Church. Fortunately, the St. John Schola has made available to the traditional Catholic faithful these significant rites on CD. For further information, click on the TRADITIO Network's Gregorian Chant department for Volume IX of that Gregorian schola's recordings of Holy Week and Easter. For you traditional Catholics who do not have the opportunity to attend these singular rites in person, at least you can participate in them spiritually through these recordings. Do not lose the opportunity. These rites are an essential part of your traditional Catholic Faith.
The Sacred Triduum - 04/18-20/19
These three days -- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday -- are the most sacred in the entire liturgical year. For this 72-hour period, the Church, and we, meditate upon the truths most central to our Roman Catholic Faith: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. The drama of these days is transfixing as we hear the various Evangelists' versions of the treachery of the Church establishment (Annas, Caiphas, the Sanhedrin), the abandonment of Christ by the first pope (the three denials of Peter) and the Apostles, the Faith beginning to touch the Gentiles (Pontius Pilate, the centurion Longinus), and the small number who stood by Christ in the end (the Marys and St. John). The liturgy of these days is the most ancient in the Church. Much is preserved from the very time of the Apostles, including the use of Greek in the Good Friday service. Up until a few hundred years ago, these were Holydays of Obligation, and no Catholic would think to miss them. Traditional Catholics should make even heroic efforts to be present at these solemn rites, in their Traditional Catholic Latin form, the ancient form that existed before 1956. Those who do not have access to the traditional Latin rites should take ample time during this period to read the solemn rites in their missals, listen to the marvelous chant appointed for these days available on recordings, perform the Via Crucis, read the Passions in Scripture, review the Imitation of Christ, and engage in other such practices.
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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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