Author Archives: David Smith

Tenth Annual Assumption Mass of Thanksgiving

Mater Ecclesiae will celebrate its Xth Annual Assumption Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday, August 15 at 7:00 PM at St. Peter the Apostle Church (National Shrine of St. John Neumann), 5th St. and Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA. There are three parking lots which together can hold up to 250 cars. Two of the parking lots [...]

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Solemn First Vespers of the Assumption – Sunday, August 14

Mater Ecclesiae and the Confraternity of St. Benedict will be celebrating Solemn First Vespers of the Assumption on Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 PM. There will be Solemn Mass at 11:00 AM in place of the usual Missa Cantata. A potluck dinner will follow Holy Mass in Bishop DiMarzio Hall. Please make an effort to [...]

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We like real books, but

This definitely seems like a worthy app for your iOS device.

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Vespers for the First Sunday of Lent

There has been a change in the time for Vespers for the First Sunday of Lent. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated at 6:00 PM rather than our usual time of 1:30 PM. This change is being made to move Vespers to its appropriate evening hour to coincide with the beginning of the Parish Mission that [...]

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First Sunday of Lent – II Vespers

Title: First Sunday of Lent – II Vespers Location: Mater Ecclesiae Description: We are celebrating Vespers (hopefully Solemn Vespers) on the second Sunday of the month in March rather than the third Sunday as has been our custom. Date: March 13, 2011 Time: 1:30 PM

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For those who are traveling today

A prayer from the appendix to the Breviary: Itinerarium.

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Fr. Zuhlsdorf prayercast: Vespers and Compline

Fr. Z has kindly recorded Sunday Vespers and Compline from the Roman Breviary.

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Public Compline during the Triduum

In addition to Tenebræ, we shall also have, for the first time at Mater Ecclesiæ, public Compline on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. On Thursday, Compline will take place after  the Stripping of the Altars at the conclusion of the evening Mass. On Friday, Compline will follow after Stations of the Cross. In both cases, this [...]

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Maundy Thursday Tenebræ

We had previously posted that the PDF file of Tenebræ for Maundy Thursday had been uploaded. However, it had not, in fact, been uploaded — until today. Please click on the following link below, or click on the link in our menu on the right-hand side. Tenebræ of Maundy Thursday Please accept our apologies for [...]

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Fr. Zuhlsdorf: Lent and Passiontide

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has a great article today on the “pruning” of the Liturgy during Lent and Passiontide: Lent and Passiontide: Dying with the Church

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