Author Archives: John Rotondi

Schedule of public Offices at Mater Ecclesiae: Feb – May 2014

Sunday, Feb. 2 (Purification/Presentation/Candlemas) – Terce @ 10:30am N.B. No First Friday Vespers or Compline in February Sunday, Feb. 9 (5th. after Epiphany) – Terce @ 10:30am Sunday, Feb. 16 (Septuagesima) – Terce @ 10:30am Sunday, Feb. 23 (Sexagesima) – Solemn Vespers @ 1:15pm Sunday, Mar. 2 (Quinquagesima) – Terce @ 10:30am Friday, Mar. 7 [...]

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Schedule of Offices at Mater Ecclesiae (Dec 2013 – Jan 2014)

Sunday, Dec. 1 – Terce @ 10:30am Friday, Dec. 6 – Sung Vespers @ 6:30pm; Compline @ 8:20pm Sunday, Dec. 8 – Terce @ 10:30am Sunday, Dec. 15 – Solemn Vespers @ 1:15pm Sunday, Dec. 22 – Terce @ 10:30am Sunday, Dec. 29 – Terce @ 10:30am Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Terce @ 10:30am Friday, [...]

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Burial of the Alleluia on Septuagesima Eve

In a few days hence, the Church transitions from the Cycle of the Incarnation to the Cycle of the Resurrection commencing with Septuagesima Sunday. Symbolic of the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity, the name “Septuagesima” is a Latin adjective meaning “Seventieth” (in the feminine to agree with the feminine noun “Dominica” for Sunday), though this [...]

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January-May 2013 Part II

The schedule for public Divine Office services at Mater Ecclesiae for the next five months is as follows: 1. Sung Vespers – Every Sunday of Lent, except Palm Sunday (i.e. from February 17-March 17 inclusive), and on the Second Sunday after Easter (April 14). These will generally take place at 1:00pm on the assigned days [...]

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January-May 2013 Part I

The weekly public recitation of Terce will resume on Sunday, January 13 at 10:30am at Mater Ecclesiae. Unless Vespers be scheduled or otherwise noted, Terce will be prayed every Sunday as such, inclusive of the summer months. A pending schedule of sung Vespers and Compline services for the next five months  is currently under review and [...]

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Christmas Season Offices now scheduled

December 30 – Sunday within the Octave of Christmas: Terce (recited) at 10:30am January 1 – Terce, sung in full chant, for the Octave Day of Christmas at 10:30am January 4 – Compline (sung) after the evening Mass of First Friday (Ferial Day of Christmastide) January 5 – First Vespers of the Epiphany at 6:00pm January [...]

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Sung Vespers on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Vespers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, including the Great “O” Antiphon “O Emmanuel” for 23 December, will be chanted at Mater Ecclesiae @ 1:00pm.

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Happy New Year!

As we begin another liturgical year, the Confraternity renews one of its primary aims, which is to promote the public, communal praying of the Divine Office. Yesterday, on the First Sunday of Advent, we recited the Office of Sext in the chapel at Mater Ecclesiae following the High Mass & Benediction. Each Sunday, our goal will [...]

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October 2012 Updates

After an unfortunate, fallow period, public Divine Offices have restarted at Mater Ecclesiae with Compline and then Matins & Lauds during the 40 Hours’ Adoration this past weekend. Fr. Pasley and I are still working on a schedule for the upcoming year, so stay tuned to this site for regular updates. Also, we bring to your [...]

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100th. Anniversary of Divino Afflatu

The Confraternity of St. Benedict calls the readers’ attention to the discussion going on over at Rorate Caeli concerning the 100th. Anniversay of St. Pius X’s monumental liturgical reforms commissioned under Divino Afflatu. Divino Afflatu was and continues to be a significant piece of liturgical history and legislation especially for those of us who pray [...]

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