Basilica to host Dominican Rite Mass Sept. 19

| September 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

A Mass celebrated in the Dominican Rite will be offered 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Father Dominic Holtz, a Dominican who teaches philosophy in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, or Angelicum, will celebrate the special Mass, which originated in the 1200s.

The Mass has been organized by the local chapter of Una Voce, an international organization formed in 1966 to maintain the use of the extraordinary form of the Mass in Latin and to promote the use of Latin, Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony in the Church’s musical traditions.

The Dominican Rite Mass is similar to the extraordinary form of the Mass but has notable differences, said John Dick, the local chairman of Una Voce and a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo.

The extraordinary form of the Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass, is tied to the Roman Missal St. Pope Pius V promulgated in 1570 following the Council of Trent. (“Tridentine” comes from “Trent.”) Before the missal standardized the Mass, it was common for religious orders to use their own variation of the liturgy. Similarities between the Tridentine Mass and the Dominican Mass suggest the Tridentine Mass form originated centuries earlier than the Council of Trent, Dick told The Catholic Spirit.

“For me, the extraordinary form of the Mass is not simply about the language used, but that the traditional form of the Mass together with the Latin language brings one out of the everyday world and into the sacred,” he said.

After the Second Vatican Council, Blessed Pope Paul VI promulgated the new Roman Missal, replacing the Tridentine Mass, which was last revised in 1962. The Mass in new Roman Missal is widely known as the “novus ordo,” or new order, Mass. Translated from Latin into vernacular languages, it is the Mass typically celebrated in Roman Catholic parishes.

Following Vatican II, the Dominicans also adopted the new Roman Missal, but some still celebrate the Dominican Rite Mass in special circumstances.

“As the Basilica celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, we have the chance to be a part of that history with a Mass that has very likely never or rarely been celebrated there,” Dick said. “There is special bond between the Dominicans and our Lady, and having one of her spiritual sons celebrate this ancient Mass in her Basilica makes it an even more unique event.”

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