Friday, April 18, 2008

Two Forms of the One Roman Rite

This weekend, I am going up to Troy, NY (near Albany) for a fraternity visit. We're celebrating the whole fraternity's anniversary (founded in 1904), and we have alumni corporation business to attend to.

On Sunday, I will be assisting at my first Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Peter's in Troy, NY. I will have my daily missal with me, and I'll be practicing my Latin beforehand! I'll also take some photos (but probably not during the Mass itself).

8 comments:

Mark said...

Fantastic news!

Do you mean you will be serving?

japhy said...

No, no, not serving. I meant "assisting" in the generic sense, that as a lay faithful in the pews, listening, praying, making the responses in Latin, adoring the Most Blessed Sacrament, and especially receiving Holy Communion, I will be actively participating in the Mass in a manner appropriate to my person.

I would like, eventually, to be an altar "boy" (I'm 26, man!) at a Mass in the EF, but I'd need a bit of training to do so. This is only my second EF Mass ever!

Moonshadow said...

I, too, was confused like mark, especially because I thought you'd been over to Berlin. I mean, how can you say "first?"

I noticed, yesterday, what a huge swath of QOM's front lawn was taken for the widening of Scudder Mills. I'm sure it will look fine in the end, but the front lawn (back lawn really) increased that church's "curb appeal," I think.

Fraternity founded in 1904? ... hmm, probably not Acacia since that's Masonic, so that leaves ΠΚΦ.

But I have to tell you, 'though you're probably pretty good at math yourself, that 1904-2008 isn't a typical anniversary year, centennial or whatever. Even related to the school's chapter, 1931 (77 years). Something peculiar to "the Greeks" to celebrate "off anniversary years?" You can see I wasn't a Greek ... and didn't attend an engineering school! :-)

Have fun.

japhy said...

Oops. Edited. I meant Sunday Mass.

japhy said...

And yes, it is Acacia fraternity.

As for Masonic association, I did not know then what I know now, and I do not consider myself associated to the Masons, since the fraternity itself is no longer a Masonic organization.

Oddly enough, being the Ritual Chairman and Senior Dean for the fraternity instilled in me the vigor I now have for the liturgy of the Catholic Church.

japhy said...

As for the anniversary, no, it's not a special anniversary, but we do celebrate it every year. We have a dinner-dance type thing called the Black & Gold (our colors).

Moonshadow said...

As for Masonic association, I did not know then what I know now, and I do not consider myself associated to the Masons, since the fraternity itself is no longer a Masonic organization.

Upstate New York, where Masons were prevalent. My favorite story on Masons comes from far, far away in Western New York, my hometown of Batavia, the story of William Morgan.

A religious hotbed, upstate New York - I didn't realize it growing up there, but getting away to another place put it in perspective.

May you find that spring has arrived there, too!

Mark said...

Oh, but do become an altar boy! This "boy" is going on 28!