Our chapter's annual Mary Magdalene retreat on July 17-19 was a success. A big thank you to all those who made it possible, from the cleanup crew to the cooks to Maria Turner and the chant schola to the newly-ordained Fr. Gabriel Mosher, O.P. who stepped in for Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P. as our retreat master. He offered a Dominican Rite Mass every day of our retreat, culminating in sung High Mass on Sunday. We were glad to see a fair number of folks from outside the chapter join us for Mass in the main room of our chapter house, where we have set up a temporary chapel with a real battlefield altar. Herewith some images (hopefully discreetly shot) from the retreat:
Adoration on Friday night. Father leads us in the Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart.
The Dominican Rite, which belongs particularly to the Order of Preachers and which predates the Council of Trent, is similar in many, but not all respects, to the traditional Roman Rite. Here the altar is set up for High Mass in the Dominican Rite. Notice that the chalice is not set up as it would be for the Latin Rite. In the Dominican Rite the chalice is set up at the beginning of Mass. Also notice the extra, unlit candles at either end of the altar. These are the Sanctus candles. They are lit during the Sanctus.
Vesting for Mass. Father has the amice over his head and is putting on his maniple.
The sprinkling rite, done sans chasuble.
Altar servers are much more integral in the Dominican Rite than in the Roman Rite. There were three servers at this High Mass, and they had a lot of complicated maneuvers to perform. There is a constant orbiting around the altar, like a solar system. In fact, it is a kind of solar system, with Christ -- represented by the altar -- as the center around which all of creation revolves. This makes the liturgy a sort of dance, proving that there is a legitimate form of liturgical dance, with no gauze involved.
Preparing the incense. Notice that there are a lot of candles in the Dominican Rite.
Elevation of the Host, with incensing.
After Mass, Father blessed candles, rosaries, salt and water for us according to the traditional Dominican rites of blessing and the Rituale Romanum. If you have access to a Dominican friar who is willing to use the traditional formulas, there is a special Dominican blessing on rosaries that allows one to gain a plenary indulgence with each use of the beads. We have now a tsunami of holy water, and enough exorcised salt to carpet-bomb every level of hell.
There are many places where the old guard from the '70s and '80s still has the upper hand; but, as we saw this weekend, many of our new young priests and friars love the treasures of our Catholic patrimony and have very little use for the "wonderful" "new" ideas that so captivated their elders.