Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sung Latin Mass to be held every Sunday in Davenport.


Una Voce Quad Cities takes great pleasure in making the following announcement:

Beginning August 3, 2008, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in the extraordinary form (Missa Cantata) every Sunday at 4pm at St. Anthony’s Church in Davenport, Iowa. Frs. Scott Lemaster, David Brownfield, and Tim Regan will alternate in offering the Mass. For parish information see this.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Bishop Martin Amos and his director of liturgy, Deacon Frank Agnoli, who administered a diocese-wide survey of interest in the Traditional Latin Mass and then encouraged six diocesan priests to seek training in the extraordinary form. We are also deeply grateful to these priests (three of whom will be offering the Traditional Mass at St. Wenceslaus in Iowa City, also beginning August 3rd, at 1:30pm) for sacrificing their time and energy to offer us the ancient form of Mass, and to the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago who offered the (by all accounts superb) training program they attended in May. Thanks to Father Z

Apparently, fasting from Midnight is not necessary for Masses held at 4:00 p.m. A three hour fast will suffice, it has been said. But I would check with the parish with the later Masses, just to be sure.


Anonymous said...

is the fasting comment a joke-----you only need to fast from food and drink for an hour before receiving ---water is always allowed

Unknown said...

The one hour fast initially was applied to the Novus Ordo Mass that was created after the Second Vatican Council in 1964.

Under the older form Latin Mass, the requirement was fasting from food and drink from Midnight.

I remember walking with my Mom to my First Communion Mass, spitting all the way down the hill. I thought swallowing spit would have broken my fast.

In those days, there generally were no afternoon or evening Masses. And more importantly, not everyone went to Communion at every Mass, so there was no "social pressure" to receive lest your neighbor thought you to be a great sinner.

In 1957, the requirement was reduced to a three hour fast, probably to accomodate those at Masses later in the day.

The one hour requirement applies to all forms of the Mass today. Although many who attend the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass choose to observe longer fasts.