Latin, Gregorian, Ad Orientem Novus Ordo Mass Monthly at St Brigid's Fitzroy

Joseph sent me this copy of the announcement of the Mass last Sunday:

Solemn Mass in the Modern Roman Rite (Novus Ordo) “ad orientem”, in Latin with Gregorian chant at St Brigid’s Church, Fitzroy North, commencing Sunday, 25 March at 6pm

A new initiative is being launched to offer Mass celebrated in a way that more closely follows the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) to restore a greater sense of reverence, mystery, beauty and the sacred to the celebration of Holy Mass.

Solemn Mass in the Modern Roman Rite (the Novus Ordo) will be celebrated in Latin, with Gregorian chant and in an “ad orientem” direction for the Liturgy of the Eucharist: where Priest and Congregation together face Liturgical East toward the Tabernacle, in accordance with the venerable tradition.

Why: Many people think that the Second Vatican Council mandated the removal of Latin and Gregorian chant in the Mass and required the Priest to face the people when saying Mass. However, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) mandated none of these things. It actually required that Latin and Gregorian Chant remain an essential part of the Mass and
envisaged no change to the venerable tradition of the Priest and Congregation together facing the Tabernacle (“Liturgical East” or “ad orientem”).

This initiative of the Parish of St Brigid’s in conjunction with the Glorificamus Society seeks to answer the call of Cardinal Ratzinger, now His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, for a return to a greater sense of reverence, mystery, beauty and sacredness in the celebration of Holy Mass, by recovering these traditions of Latin, Gregorian chant and ad orientem posture, for an authentic renewal of the liturgical rites sought by the Second Vatican Council.

When: Commencing on Sunday, 25 March 2007 at 6pm. It is hoped this will be a monthly event.

Next mass is apparently scheduled for April 29th at 6pm

Where: St Brigid’s Catholic Church, 378 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North (Melways Map 2C Ref A4).

The Principal Celebrant will be Fr Maurizio Pettenà CS, Parish Priest of St Brigid’s. All are most welcome to attend. Mass booklets with full Latin/English
translations will be available for those without their own Novus Ordo missals.

For more information: This initiative is supported by the Glorificamus Society for the renewal of Catholic Liturgy. Contact us at for more information.

We invite you pass on this notice to as many people as you can. We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to these Masses.

Viva la Revolucion!Let’s get behind this endeavour and make it the start of a serious movement in our Church!

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2 Responses to Latin, Gregorian, Ad Orientem Novus Ordo Mass Monthly at St Brigid's Fitzroy

  1. LYL says:

    Lovely! Wish I could be there!

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