Dominican Rite Mass
September 21, 2012
NOTA BENE: For those planning to attend this Mass, please note that seating will be very limited. For priests planning to attend, please wear choir dress and, if you plan to receive Holy Communion, please bring a white stole. We will open the chapel for guests about an hour before Mass begins (6:15pm). Following the Masses celebrated for St. Thomas Aquinas’s feast at St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City, and St. Dominic’s Feast at St. Patrick’s in Columbus, OH, the Dominican friars announce the celebration of a Missa Cantata, celebrated according to the Dominican Rite, on Thursday, September 27 at 7:15pm at the main chapel of the Priory of the Immaculate Conception (Dominican House of Studies) in Washington, DC. The Dominican Order has long maintained its own liturgical rite, mostly unchanged since its adoption in the middle ages. With the Missal of Pope Paul VI, the Order largely set aside its own liturgical rite in favor of the new Roman Rite, although retaining the right to celebrate it. However, with the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae, the Holy Father has now given broad permission to all Dominican priests to celebrate the Mass according to the Dominican Rite, as it existed before the Second Vatican Council. It is, in a sense, the ‘extraordinary form’ for the Dominican Order. For more information on the Dominican Rite, see the special section in this website. This Mass is open to the public. Click on the image at left for a PDF copy of the announcement flyer for the Mass.