Saturday, September 29, 2007

Michaelmas at St. Rita's in Alexandria, VA

Taken during the beginning of the Canon of the Mass

On 29 September 2007, Fr. Paul Scalia, the son of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, offered a Missa Cantata of the "extraordinary use" of the Mass at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia for Michaelmas (the Feast of Michael the Archangel on the traditional calendar). As far as I know, this is the first public "extraordinary use" Mass at St. Rita's since the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum went into effect on 14 September.

[Update, 9/30/2007: I forgot to mention earlier that Fr. Scalia gave an excellent homily on Holy Michael the Archangel, and how he, along with Our Lady, with be our patron in the battle against relativism and Islam.]

Elevation of the Body of Christ after the Consecration of the Host.

Elevation of Precious Blood of Christ after the Consecration of the Wine.

Fr. Scalia during the procession at the conclusion of Mass.

St. Joseph.

Our Lady and the Christ Child.

St. Rita of Cascia.

Video Taken During the Mass:


Anonymous Leland Vallow said...

Tears filled my eyes and my heart filled with joy.

Leland Vallow

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome. Finally everyone praying in the same direction...towards God. This Mass is effectively responsible for the vast majority of our saints.

9:41 PM  
Blogger JHQuinn said...

We assisted at a Solemn Requiem High Mass at Old St. Mary's in D.C. over a year ago and very much appreciated that celebration. We didn't know until after the Mass that the celebrant was Father Scalia. His rubrics were perfect and his Latin was flawless.

Expect more from Father Scalia.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Bailey Walker said...

I was privileged and blessed to attend Father Scalia's Mass last Saturday. He preached well, the servers were well trained and enthusiastic, the schola was beautiful and the congregation (with many young people, families and children) was reverent. Anyone who thinks there was no "active participation" at this Mass is seriously mistaken.

Thank you, Father Scalia. Your Latin was so good that I did not need my venerable St. Jospeh Daily Missal to follow along.

Oremus pro invicem.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be a downer... but it's a horrible state of affairs when everyone fawns over a priest doing what he's supposed to have been doing all along, offering a sacrafice to God, in the traditional form, as it's been done for (at least) the last 500 years. No extra points for doing what is supposed to be done. Thank his for doing it and doing it well.. but don't make a celebrity of him...

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

I am so excited to hear about this. Will he be offering the Traditional Mass on a regular basis? Does anyone know of any other Parishes that will be offering the Traditional Mass? I live in the Fredericksburg area and have learned that as of this time, none of our parishes will be offering the Traditional Mass. We have to go to St. Joseph's in Richmond . . .

1:20 PM  
Blogger CateGoodhaus said...

Thank you, Matt, for the excellent coverage. It was such a beautiful Mass. I wish you had caught some of the organ during the recessional. It was breathtaking!
In response to Jacob, Fr. Carr is offering daily Mass at the University of Mary Washington campus Catholic Student Center on Monday's at 11 and Friday's at 11:45. He's also offering a special mass in honor of the feast of St. Therese October 3 at 11. Sometimes the time fluctuates so it's good to call the Student Center to verify.
Hope to see you there!

5:11 PM  
Blogger CateGoodhaus said...

Thank you, Matthew, for the excellent photos and video. I wish you had caught some of the organ during the recessional. It was breathtaking!
In response to Jacob, Fr. Carr is offering daily Mass at the UMW Campus Catholic Student Center Monday's at 11 and Friday's at 11:45. He's also offering a mass October 3 at 11 in honor of the feast of St. Therese. The mass times fluctuate so it's a good idea to call the Student Center to verify.
Hope to see you there!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Traditional Mass is being offered (daily, I think) at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's been hundreds of celebrations of the Tridentine Latin Mass in the USA since the Motu Proprio went into effect Sept. 14th. Surprisingly huge support for it in Europe. And in Latn America (Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Peru).
IN my area (Philadelphia), at least 2 parishes are starting up regular Tridentine Latin Masses each Sunday.
And EWTN, the Catholic Cable Channel broadcast the TLM, and is planning to make the Tridentine Latin Mass a part of its regular weekly schedule!!
All this in only 2 weeks since the Motu Proprio came out.
So much for the liberals, who claimed that no one wants the Tridentine Latin Mass.
God bless and congratulations to Fr. Paul Scalia for celebrating the Tridentine Latin Mass so beautifully.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fr. Scalia will be offering a public Traditional Latin Mass
(Low) on Saturday the 6th at 10AM at St. Rita's.

6:54 PM  
Blogger poeta said...


It's often true that in demonically bad times, a person can be a great saint just by doing what everyone would do in saner times.

4:39 AM  
Blogger David L Alexander said...

Concerning the celebration of other Traditional Latin Masses in northern Virginia...

Beginning October 21 at noon, there will be a Missa Cantata according to the classical Roman Rite, at St John the Beloved in McLean, Virginia. The pastor, Father Franklyn McAfee, will be the celebrant. On the following Sunday (the Feast of Christ the King in the old calendar), it will be a Missa Solemnis, with the other priests in residence expected to serve as deacon and subdeacon.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog.

Do you know if the Tridentine Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita's every Saturday morning at 10 am?

10:36 PM  
Blogger Sid said...

For those of you living in or traveling through Southern Maryland, there is a 11:00 Tridentine Mass on Sundays at St. Francis de Sales in Benedict, MD.

The church is located on Benedict Avenue, just south of Rt 231 on the western shore of the Patuxent River.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous AlmadeDios said...

Me gusta mucho la Misa en Latin, Creo que hay mas solemnidad que la misa regular, tanto para el Sacerdote como para el pueblo. Que Dios bendiga siempre a el Padre Scalia.

11:34 AM  
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