Sunday, 22 March 2020

Missa Sicca for the Domestic Church - Fourth Sunday of Lent "Laetare"

Clearly, this was a waste of time. It won't be done again.

In an effort to assist you on this Fourth Sunday of Lent, I have put together this Mass for the Domestic Church interspersed with organ music, it is Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday and the Ordinary and Propers of the Mass for today. It's very much what I would have programmed, sung and lead had I been able to.

Look, I know not attending Mass is a hardship. I get it. What you must "get" is that yesterday, nearly 700 people died in Italy of the China Virus. Yes, I know, they had pre-existing conditions and they were old so they were going to die anyway. What kind of Catholic are you if you think this way?

St. Junipero Serra offered no Mass on the ship to the New World. It was not allowed, the Precious Blood would have spilt. St. Francis of Assisi offered no Mass in the mountain on his retreat. Even if he wanted to, he could not, he was a deacon. Stop the fuss. I predict that tomorrow, flights in North America will be grounded and the stock markets closed. Shortly thereafter, we will be ordered under martial law to shelter in place. Why? Because if we do not, 10,000,000 in North America are going to die by the end of August because this mitigation is not much better than doing nothing and people are not listening. If we bite the bullet, it will be over in seven weeks and we will be all together before Pentecost ad the dead will be held to around 10,000. Our grandparents were called to war, we are called to our couch and our gardens. We can do this. God has not abandoned us. 

Please remember Fox and me in your prayers. Let us pray for one another at this time.

God bless you.

Missa Sicca Pro Ecclesia Domestica 
(Dry Mass for the Domestic Church)

In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Isa 66:10-11
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all you who love her: rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.
Ps 121:1
I rejoiced because they said to me, We will go up to the house of the Lord.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all you who love her: rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.

The Confiteor
I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed (strike breast three times): through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary ever virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints, to pray to the Lord Our God for me. + May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

The Kyrie

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we who justly suffer for our sins may find relief in the help of Your grace. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
. Amen. 

Lesson from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians
Gal 4:22-31
Brethren: It is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a slave-girl and the other by a free woman. And the son of the slave-girl was born according to the flesh, but the son of the free woman in virtue of the promise. This said by way of allegory. For these are the two covenants: one indeed from Mount Sinai bringing forth children unto bondage, which is Agar. For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in slavery with her children. But that Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother. For it is written, Rejoice, O barren one, that do not bear; break forth and cry, you that do not travail; for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that has a husband. Now we, brethren, are the children of the promise, as Isaac was. But as then he who was born according to the flesh, persecuted him who was born according to the spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? Cast out the slave-girl and her son, for the son of the slave-girl shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. Therefore, brethren, we are not children of a slave-girl, but of the free woman - in virtue of the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.
Thanks be to God.

Ps 121: 1, 7. I rejoiced because they said to me, We will go up to the house of the Lord.
V. May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.

Ps 124:1-2 They who trust in the Lord are like Mount Sion, which is immovable; which forever stands.
V. Mountains are round about Jerusalem; so the Lord is round about His people, both now and forever.

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 6:1-15
At that time, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is that of Tiberias. And there followed Him a great crowd, because they witnessed the signs He worked on those who were sick. Jesus therefore went up the mountain, and sat there with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. When, therefore, Jesus had lifted up His eyes and seen that a very great crowd had come to Him, He said to Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? But He said this to try him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not enough for them, that each one may receive a little. One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him, There is a young boy here who has five barley loaves and two fishes; but what are these among so many? Jesus then said, Make the people recline. Now there was much grass in the place. The men therefore reclined, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, distributed them to those reclining; and likewise the fishes, as much as they wished. But when they were filled, He said to His disciples, Gather the fragments that are left over, lest they be wasted. They therefore gathered them up; and they filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. When the people, therefore, had seen the sign which Jesus had worked, they said, This is indeed the Prophet Who is to come into the world. So when Jesus perceived that they would come to take Him by force and make Him king He fled again to the mountain, Himself alone.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


Ps 134:3, 6.
Praise the Lord, for He is good; sing praise to His Name, for He is sweet; all that He wills He does in heaven and on earth.

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:


Invocation of the Saints
Almighty God, may our prayers be joined to the intercession of the glorious every virgin Mary Mother of God; also of the blessed Joseph, her spouse, and likewise of your blessed Apostles and martyrs, Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Thaddeus, Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, of all thy saints. Grant for the sake of their merits and prayers in all things we may be guarded and helped by Your protection. + Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Living
Be mindful, O Lord, of N… our Pope, N… our Bishop, N… our Priest, Your servants and handmaids N… and N…, and of those entrusted to my care, for whom this sacrifice of praise is offered, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by Your ordained priests throughout the world. Grant, O Lord, the redemption of their souls and the hope of their safety and salvation.
Prayer for the Dead
Be mindful, also, O Lord, of Your servants and handmaids N... and N... who are gone before us with the sign of faith and who sleep the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech You, a place of refreshment, light and peace. + Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Eternal Happiness
To us also Your sinful servants, who put our trust in the multitude of Your mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Your holy Apostles and martyrs: with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicitas, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and all your saints. Into their company we beseech You admit us, not considering our merits, but freely pardoning our offenses. + Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Our Father

Agnus Dei

Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Ps 121:3-4
Jerusalem, built as a city, with compact unity: to it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks to Your Name, O Lord.

The Last Gospel (John 1:1–14)
The beginning +︎ of the holy Gospel according to John.
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Joann. 1, 1-14.  
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light.
That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
R. Thanks be to God.

In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Marian antiphon




Kathleen1031 said...

What a generous heart you have. God bless you for this. Thank you.

I am hoping the naysayers will stop the complaining and the casting of doubt on how we must do all we can to try to prevent the spread. I have found it shocking at how cavalier some Catholics have become about life, certainly the lives of others. They are shrugging off victims, minimizing their loss, by rationalizing "they had pre-existing conditions...they were sick anyway", but someone 60 years old who still works full time and lives a full life with family etc., would meet those criteria! How many people over 60 don't have at least one medical condition, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. So by this definition anyone over 60 who dies "was sick anyway". That's horrible, they weren't "sick".
God has permitted this pandemic during the time of Lent. There's a lesson in there for us all. We have not security, health, food, toilet paper, even life itself, to take for granted, and at this time there is no Holy Mass nor sacraments to sustain us. We need rely on faith and prayer now. With God's help, we can do this.

Angelika said...

Wouldn't you think the Gradual is particularly ironic today of all days?

Vox Cantoris said...

Anonymous said...
I don't want this posted but this was the only way I could get a hold of you...

David. Stop it. The mortality rate is not 3%! The US rate JUST went below the rate of the annual flu season. The amount in Canada has not even come up to that level and viruses slow down in the warm months. You must stop it are now going to terrify people who are already scared. Get a grip on yourself man. What in the world are you reading? Read this instead. Stop being irrational.

Excuse me? You dare address me by my first name but don't have the courage to declare who it is you are?

You don't get it.

It is more contagious than the regular flu for scientific reasons and we have no immunity. Have you read the news from Italy?

I am not creating fear.

You want to lay blame? Lay it on the communist thugs in China and Bergoglio for worshipping an idol and selling out the Church in China. God his withdrawn his protection, at least for now.

Don't blame me and don't read this blog.

Vox Cantoris said...

Blogger Remnant Clergy said...
Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Vigano and a Bishop Schneider says that masses should not be cancelled. What do you say to them?

More anonymous trolls.

You'd rather have unnecessary death and suffering.

They have their opinion and are entitled to it.

But you go ahead and lick a hand rail in the subway in the Corona Virus Challenge.


Vox Cantoris said...