St. Dominic and the Dominican Rite

August 9, 2012

Before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, we Dominican friars celebrated almost exclusively our own ritual of Mass and the Divine Office.  Pope Benedict XVI has now called for wider knowledge and use of the older Rite of Mass, including our own Dominican Rite.  Under the Church’s calendar, the feast of St. Dominic is currently celebrated on August 8, but for many centuries before the Second Vatican Council it was celebrated on August 4.  I was privileged to be able to celebrate the Sung High Mass (Missa Cantata) according to our Dominican Rite on the feast of St. Dominic, August 4, 2012, at our church of St. Patrick in Columbus, OH.  The Sung High Mass calls for two acolytes, as well as a thurifer and accompanying server, roles performed admirably by our student brothers.  We were also delighted to have our Novices, who will be making profession of August 15.  Below are a few pictures from the Mass and the luncheon with the friars following.

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