Sunday, February 25, 2007


This article in the parish bulletin at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Providence (my favorite former parish) for 2/25/07:

Pope Leo XIII in 1884 prescribed that three Hail Marys, a Hail Holy Queen followed by a versicle and response with the prayer for the conversion of sinners and the freedom and exaltation of holy Mother the Church (changed in 1886) followed by the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. All of these prayers are said kneeling. Pope St. Pius X in 1904 added as optional the triple invocation in honor of the Sacred Heart. Pope Pius XI ordered in 1930 that these prayers be said that Christ “permit tranquility and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia.” They were never printed in the Roman Missal and were normally recited in the vernacular language.
Although the Leonine prayers are no longer obligatory since 1962, they are still commonly recited out of devotion at many Masses celebrated in the Classical Roman Rite. His Excellency Bishop Tobin has graciously given permission for the restoration of the Leonine Prayers after low Mass here at Holy Name. Please pray for our Bishop as he continues to show great good will towards our parish.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin - definitely one of our better bishops over the last couple of decades. Youngstown's loss is our gain! :-)

Also at Holy Name - the parish recently received a donation of fifty 150-year-old choir stalls from the Sisters of Mercy. Woohoo! Nice!

Side note: Holy Name has Mass in English on Saturday at 4 PM and Sunday at 9 AM, and a Tridentine Latin Mass at 11 AM. There is also an African Community Mass at 12:30 PM. Unless it's changed since I left in August 2003, the Latin Mass was Low Mass on Sundays during the summer and Holy Days of Obligation, and High Mass on Sundays the rest of the year.



Argent said...

Pardon my ignorance. What's an African Community Mass?

Brian Michael Page said...

Exactly that - it's the weekly Mass "geared towards Nigerians/Liberians, etc." The priest that says that Mass is a Nigerian himself. I'll admit the music for it is not that good. That ministry didn't arrive until a couple of months before I left there. Even so, the responsibility of that Mass was never mine to begin with(thank God).

The Nigerian priest that says that Mass also has a very good sense of chant and uses it well at the other Masses. The one thing I never got to see was him do before I left was a Tridentine High Mass. I'll bet he would have had it mastered.