Wednesday, 27 April 2011

May Mass & Social

Is coming up. 6.30pm, 13th May at Corpus Christi Maiden Lane. We're also meeting for Mass at Tyburn Convent on the 4th May, 6.30pm (Sung Mass) which coincides with my birthday celebrations. More on that later.

In the meantime, click here. Please do RSVP on facebook or juventutemlondon AT

Monday, 25 April 2011

Surrexit Dominus!


Somebody responded to the Holy Week Reforms post saying that the 'restoration' of the liturgies to their 'correct' times was a good thing.

Try telling that to my dear brother, who was responsible for giving me a lift home Holy Saturday evening!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Holy Week Reforms

An Anglo-Catholic minister from Canada observing the traditional rites of Good Friday.
There are some people who do not realise that the Holy Week rites in the 1962 books - particularly those of Palm Sunday and the Triduum - are recent inventions from 1951. A comparison of the texts and rubrics does, it seems, demonstrate the superiority and beauty of those codified in the Tridentine missal, which remained up until 1951. Saying this does not imply any disobedience or sedevacantism - Bl John XXIII himself used at least parts of the pre-reformed Holy Week when he was Pope. This is quite an interesting topic, and worth investigating. Here are a few links to start off with.

Text of Quo Primum, indicating that from the Papal side of things, priests may actually have the canonical right to use the 1570 Tridentine Missal in hits entirety, including the Holy Week ceremonies (NB: I don't know whether one needs Papal authority to do this or not. I do not know whether this document is actually saying what I think it's saying either. I'll leave that to smarter people than myself)

Rubricarius post on Palm Sunday and overview of the situation. His regular blog.

An Anglo-Catholic parish with pictures of the traditional rites

New Liturgical Movement Analysis

Fr Carusi's Comparsion and Critiques

Missal with capacity to compare rites

Most hand missals contain the reformed rites - but the St Andrew Daily Missal (which is available in the bookshop of the Brompton Oratory) and Fr Lasance's do not. Another good sources for this sort of thing is Fr Hunwicke's archive of posts.

UPDATE: In the future we'll have to talk about the Breviary.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Holy Week

We're doing two things in Holy Week: Tenebrae on Wednesday evening followed by drinks, and a visitation of seven altars after Mass on Thursday. Details are all available here. Also available there are all of the Triduum services and other London Masses this week. A big delegation from Juventutem London will be at St Bede's, Clapham Park, and it would be great to have others there too. Do get in touch about it!

Douai Retreat

There is now a facebook group for the Douai retreat. Sign up quickly before places go!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Fascinating account of the Solemn Papal Mass

Please correct me if anything below is incorrect.

We know that Low Mass is a concession granted when a Solemn Mass can't be offered due to lack of priests etc. A Sung Mass again is a concession granted for similar reasons. The Solemn High Mass with full ceremonial is the normative Mass offered by a priest. Where it is possible for this to be offered, it should be offered.

But a Solemn Mass offered by a priest is again a concession, with the normative Mass for a diocese being a  Solemn Pontifical Mass offered by the Bishop.

By this reckoning, is the Solemn Papal Mass the normative Mass of normative Masses? Below is a rather old account from New Liturgical Movement of the Solemn Papal Mass in use at least in 1957 or so. I post it below for your perusal and comment.


The Solemn Papal Mass


"The assistants at the Mass include the cardinal deacon, apostolic subdeacon, who carries the gospel-book in the entrance procession, Greek deacon and subdeacon, cardinal assistant bishop, two assistant cardinal deacons, two protonotaries apostolic, who raise the front of the falda as the Pope walks, two chamberlains carrying the train, dean of the Rota with the precious mitre, and finally two patriarchs or archbishops who carry the book and hand-candle respectively. A thurifer, with a smoking censer and seven acolytes bearing candles take part also in the entrance procession."

The Introductory Rites and Readings

"At the preparatory prayers, the cardinal bishop stands to the right of the Pope, the cardinal deacon to the left, with the other ministers behind.

"After the first censing, the cardinal deacons kiss the Pope on cheek and breast, and the Pontiff retires to the throne before the of St. Peter’s Chair in the apse.

"The senior deacon, who wears a mitre, sits on a faldstool before the altar and facing the throne; the apostolic subdeacon, together with the Greek ministers, sit on the steps of the altar; while the assistant bishop and the two assistant deacons remain near the throne.

"The Byzantine subdeacon and deacon, who respectively chant epistle and gospel in Greek after they have been sung in Latin, normally monks from the Italo-Greek badia of Grottaferrata. The subdeacons of the two rites, at the conclusion of the epistles, go together and kiss the feet of the Pope. Seven taperers assist at the Latin gospel: two at the Greek gospel. The Pope kisses the two texts."

The Offertory

"Precautions are taken against poison, and a pregustatio ceremony for the tasting of the bread and wine takes place at the offertory. After Et homo factus est has been sung in the Creed, the cardinal bishop and apostolic subdeacon their wash hands at a credence, and then unfold a linen cloth, edged and divided with gold lace, over the mensa of the altar. The cloth originally served as a corporal and covered the oblata. The subdeacon in a humeral veil brings up the burse and corporal, two purificators and a silver box of hosts. The burse and hosts are received by the deacon, who spreads the corporal. In the meanwhile, the sacristan in a humeral veil carries the chalice, paten, purificators and gold spoon to the papal credence on the gospel side of the altar, accompanied by an acolyte with two empty cruets and a small vase. The sacristan assisted by the cup-bearer or pantler, then purifies the sacred vessels, spoon and cruets with wine, and the water cruet with water. A small quantity of wine and water are poured into a vessel, and consumed by the cup-bearer: the remainder put into the cruets and given to the acolyte. The sacristan in a humeral veil places the vessels on the altar. Then the cardinal deacon takes the three hosts, and lays them on the paten: with one of them he rubs the paten, and with another touches the inside and outside of the chalice. These two hosts are consumed by the sacristan with his face turned towards the Pope; while the third serves for the Mass. The testing of the oblations is concluded by the cardinal deacon pouring a little of the wine and water into a vessel, which the cup-bearer immediately drinks. The deacon pours enough wine into the chalice for three people, and the subdeacon adds the water with a gold spoon. If the occasion of the Mass should be a canonisation, candles, bread, wine, water, young turtle-doves and two other small birds are offered to the Pontiff after the Creed.

"Eight prelates carry torches for the elevation, but there is no bell either then or at any other time in a papal Mass. The use of a small bell has never been introduced, even for a Mass said in the presence of the Pope."

"At the Elevation of the Host and Chalice, the Pope raises his arms perpendicularly, turning first to the right and then to the left. The symphony of Silveri by the trumpets of the noble guard, which is played at the moment of elevation, was restricted by Leo XIII to this time.


"Before the Pater noster, an acolyte takes the cruets and a small vessel to the credence; while the sacristan in a humeral veil carries the golden fistula in his right hand, and the chalice for the ablutions in his left. The cup-bearer then empties the cruets and purifies them together with the vessel, fistula and ablution chalice. The pregustatio ceremony is repeated as before, after which the acolyte goes to the right of the throne with the cruets and vessel: the sacristan with the fistula, chalice and two purificators.


"The pax is given in its normal position to the bishop assistant and the assistant cardinal deacons, but it is deferred until the Communion for the deacon and subdeacon of the Mass."

Papal Communion in the Solemn Mass

"The Pope retires to the throne to make his Communion. The following ceremonies are observed: The cardinal deacon first takes the paten, on which the master of ceremonies has placed the asterisk, elevates it to the height of his forehead so that it may be seen by the people, turns to the right to show it to the Pope, raises it higher in making a semicircle, and then returns to the left in such a way that it may be exhibited for the third time to both the faithful and the Pope."

"The subdeacon, kneeling at the gospel side of the altar, receives the paten and asterisk, and takes them to the Pope, his hands covered by a rich veil embroidered with gold (linteum pectoralis). The asterisk is a safeguard in the form of a star, which is placed over the paten as a covering for the Host when it is carried to the throne. It has twelve rays on which are inscribed the names of the twelve Apostles. In the Byzantine rite, an asterisk is a normal liturgical ornament, which is employed to prevent the veil from touching the Eucharistic bread. The Eastern type is formed by two half circles, with a little star suspended in the centre.

"The chalice is elevated by the cardinal deacon with the same ceremony as for the paten. Then the master of ceremonies covers the chalice with a gold-embroidered pall, and the deacon takes it to the throne."

"Two archbishops hold the book for the communion prayers; while a third assists with a hand-candle. The second master of ceremonies removes the asterisk, and the Pope, taking two particles of the Host in his left hand, says: Panem coelestem and Domine non sum dignus."


"The deacon approaches with the chalice, and the sacristan gives the fistula to the assistant bishop. Then the Pope places the fistula in the chalice, and so receives the precious Blood. The Agnus Dei is concluded by the choir after the Pope has made his Communion."

"The second half of the Host is given at the throne to the deacon and and subdeacon: the former stands and the latter kneels. They both kiss the ring and receive the pax. The ministers then return to the altar: the deacon carries the chalice and fistula and the subdeacon the paten. The paten is purified over the chalice by the subdeacon, and the deacon consumes a part of the precious Blood by means of the fistula. The remainder of the chalice is taken by the subdeacon, but without making use of the ‘reed’. The chalice is then purified.

"The Pope in the meanwhile takes the ablutions in a chalice specially provided for the purpose, which is offered to him by the assistant bishop."

"He then returns to the altar for the communion and postcommunion."

"The auditor of the Rota, vested in a tunicle, stands by the Pope as he gives the blessing, holding the pontifical cross.

"Both maniple and pallium are left on the altar. When the Pontiff has received the tiara, gloves and ring, the archpriest of the basilica, accompanied by two of the canons, presents himself before the Pope, in order to give him a purse of silk embroidered with gold in which there are twenty-five jules of ancient papal money. The archpriest, as he presents the honorarium, says:Beatissime Pater, capitulum et canonici hujus sacrosanctae basilicae, Sanctitatae [sic] vestrae consuetum offerunt presbyterium pro missa bene cantata. Then the hand of the Pope is kissed by the archpriest, and the foot by the two canons. The Pope gives the purse to the cardinal deacon for his train-bearer, who in his turn takes it to the canon sacristan of the basilica, receiving in exchange five ecus, which was about twenty-seven francs before the first World War."


Here also is an image of Pope John Paul II wearing the Papal Fanon, a vestment reserved to the Pope.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Juventutem Oxford...

... have just released next term's term card. Take a look.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Choir Funds

Juventutem London are assembling their own schola so that they can have regular sung Masses, sung by members. This however is not cheap, as we need funds for the choirmaster and materials. This is going to be well worth it, and will allow us to have high quality liturgical music, ad majorem Dei gloriam. Please give generously!

The paypal 'donate' button is on the right.

We will shortly be arranging a sponsored event for this cause.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Juventutem Bristol gets own blog

Juventutem Bristol now also have their own blog and shall be commencing regular events after Easter. Please pray for the sanctification of youth and the success of these apostolates.

Other Juventutem groups:

Young Catholic Adults ('Juventutem England')
Juventutem London
Juventutem Oxford
Juventutem Reading
Cheltenham Catholic Adults ('Juventutem Cheltenham')

Juventutem Oxford get their own Blog

We are pleased to announce that Juventutem Oxford have established their own, independent blog. There are some details on there about upcoming events so stay tuned!

Also, Juventutem Bristol have a facebook group and things should be starting with them soon.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Douai Retreat Theme Announced

"The Dictatorship of Relativism"

Juventutem weekend for young people: 9-11 September 2011. Young Catholic Adults will be running a Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey, led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray, FSSP. The weekend will be full- board. YCA will have half of the retreat centre to itself. Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung and Low Masses in the Extraordinary Form, Confessions and socials. Doctrinal conferences by Fr. de Malleray FSSP on the theme :  "The dictatorship of relativism".
Prices range from £5 to £51 per person per night. Booking and info: please call Damian Barker: 07908 105787 or 01452 539503.

FSSP Dowry Magazine features Juventutem groups

Full magazine here
Juventutem growing in England

Juventutem is the traditional youth movement. It was started in 2005. Its aim is the sanctification of the young people according to the Roman traditions of the Church. Its first branch in England is Young Catholic Adults, led by Damian Barker, with a yearly weekend at Douai Abbey, Berks., as its main and successful event. Since last September, local Juventutem groups have started in London, Oxford and Reading. By definition youth groups are transient realities, as those committed to them grow older, get married or enter religious or consecrated life and often move away. All the more important is the recent founding of Juventutem groups in England. They deserve our attention, our prayer and our good publicity. Their very existence bears witness to the perennial and universal value of the Roman traditions of the Church, which clearly cannot be sidelined as relics from a pre-modern Church history. The fact the usus antiquior appeals deeply to young people who have not known it in their own youth is a ―sign of the times‖ well perceived and received by the highest authorities in the Church, as is manifest from Cardinal Levada‘s letter next page, quoting the Holy Father himself.

Juventutem officially partook in the two previous World Youth Days. In Cologne in 2005 and in Sydney in 2008, one young pilgrim out of a thousand was registered with Juventutem (1,000 out of one million and 250 out of a 1⁄4 million respectively). It was the first time many young people, clerics and media would see the traditional liturgies and communities. Twice the Cardinal President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome has sent an official letter of encouragements.

The Latin Mass Society has allocated a generous sponsorship for up to 20 young English people to attend WYD with Juventutem. More are welcome of course. Please contact urgently our Juventutem UK Coordinator Teresa Nevard for inquiries and booking: 07411 077822 -
We are currently trying to find sponsors for seminarians willing to accompany the young people on the base of £590 per seminarian for the full package (including travel, first week in Bilbao, second week in Madrid). Seminarians are key actors in the success of Juventutem, as they accompany each of the smaller groups of young people during, set a good example if needed and give spiritual instructions as well as serve in the complex EF solemn High Masses or Vespers with Bishops. Since seminarians cannot earn money to pay for WYD (they already find it difficult to formation), they rely on our generosity. Please consider that about 2 million young people will be in Madrid for WYD this August. Each seminarian (wearing his cassock even under the sun!) will be seen each day by thousands of young pilgrims. The chances are high for some among them to come and ask him questions and thus be strengthened in their faith and possibly discover the beauty of the Roman traditions. At this stage we have only raised enough for one seminarian with Fr de Malleray. Please help us send seminarians to Spain this August and be a Missionary Sponsor! (your cheque to be made payable to  ̳FSSP England‘ and kindly sent to our address in Reading specifying:  ̳For an FSSP seminarian at WYD 2011‘). Info: Thank you very much!

11 February: at the initiative of the Good Counsel Network, Fr de Malleray offers Solemn High Mass at Corpus Christi Church (Maiden Lane) in London, with Fr Bede Rowe as Deacon and Fr Alex
Redman as Subdeacon. The Schola Abelis from Oxford sings the Mass. On the top of the regular congregation, nearly 50 young adults attend that Mass advertised by the Juventutem traditional youth movement. In a nearby restaurant afterwards, it appears that most of the young people have attended an EF for the first time and are very pleased by the experience:

2 March: On the feast of St Chad, the diocesan patron, Fr Leworthy attends the first event by the Juventutem Oxford group for young people. After a Sung Mass at SS Gregory & Augustine Church, students and young professionals met at the nearby Catholic Chaplaincy where they were welcomed by the Chaplain [of the university, Fr Simon Bishop SJ].

4-8 March: Fr de Malleray travelled to Fribourg in Switzerland to attend the yearly gathering of representatives of the International Juventutem Federation. Up to 22 persons did take part in the weekend, including delegates from Spain, France, Slovakia, Switzerland and England. The delegates discussed the daily organisation of the Federation and stressed the importance of a regular contact, at least by email, with each of the registered groups. On the agenda was also the preparation of World Youth Day in Madrid this summer. For the third year, the Secretary to the papal Nunciature in
Switzerland attended in choir the Solemn High Mass of the international Juventutem gathering.

7 March: inaugural meeting of the Reading Juventutem group. The young people intend to meet weekly at various venues either for social, prayer, or doctrinal instruction. All 16-30