Sunday, December 14, 2008

Liturgy: The Extraordinary Form of the Mass in the Metuchen Diocese

This comes via Fr. Z's blog, What Does the Prayer Really Say?
[I]n the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ we have a shrine chapel where TLM has gone from once a month to every day! The former St. Bernard parish church in Raritan, NJ was no longer used because the parish moved to a bigger piece of property and a larger church. The diocese turned the church into the Shrine Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament for daily all-day adoration and Confessions. It has served in the capacity for over a decade now.

Every day mass is celebrated in the morning in the Novus Ordo (in English and Latin ad orientem) and then the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. There are Confessions heard every day. Each evening there is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:45pm followed by TLM at 7:00pm. On Sundays TLM is celebrated at 11:00am and there is Benediction in the afternoon. The bishop has also given his permission for those who request it to have other Sacraments (like Baptism) celebrated at the Shrine in the extraordinary form and to have funerals there if they desire to have a funeral in the extraordinary form. It is not a parish church but it is a sort of "quasi-parish".
I will need to find the time to attend Mass there (in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms).

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Aristotle A. Esguerra said...

Bring a camera too, if you have one. Looking forward to your report whenever you post it.

japhy said...

Good idea!