Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Gold Roman-cut chasuble set for the Feast.

Fr. Neely, O.S.A., prepares the sacred vessels for the Sacrifice.

The Psalmists musically prepare for the mass.

Alleluia. V. Augustine lux doctorum.

Chapel of St. Augustine Priory.

Psalmist in Choir.

Psalmist receiving Holy Communion.

Fr. Neely, O.S.A., blesses the Psalmists post-mass.

Details from a Priory chalice based on the design of the "Ardagh Chalice".

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Missa Cantata for the Patronal Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo


Saturday, August 28, 11:00
Mass in the Extraordinary Form
for the Feast of St. Augustine

Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A.

Donations will benefit St. Augustine Monastery

Come and join us to celebrate the feast of this great saint and, arguably, the most influential thinker in Western thought. The Mass will be sung in Gregorian chant and it represents a unique opportunity to hear the sequence of St. Augustine, De profundis tenebrarum. Sequences are medieval liturgical hymns to be sung before the Gospel. They were almost completely eliminated after the Council of Trent (1545-1563) because, despite their undeniable orthodoxy, great beauty, and piety, their extra-biblical origin made them an easy target for the Protestant revolutionaries. Fr. Neely, our celebrant, is an Augustinian monk and enjoys the privilege of his order of using the ancient sequence on the feast day of their patron saint.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More Images From First Vespers of the Assumption 2010

Towards the nave from behind the altar.

The Pslamists after completing vespers.

Fr. Victor Szczurek, O. Præm. vests for vespers.

The Psalmists have a quick rehearsal in the gardens prior to vespers.

After vespers inthe sacristy, de-vesting.

Sacristerial effects: Monstrance, stole, cotta, biretta, crucifix.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Assumption Vespers Report

Assumption Vespers were sung in the historic Serra Chapel of the Mission San Juan Capistrano on the evening of 14 August, 2010, before an enthusiastic congregation numbering some sixty to seventy. The Brothers of the Little Oratory were joined by members of Una Voce Orange County, making up the number of the liturgical choir to an impressive eighteen. Fr. Victor Sczurek, O.Praem., served as Hebdomadarius and performed the Benediction. Also in choir was Br. Aiden of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem. The Vespers were accompanied from the loft-organ, and the singing from both liturgical choir and congregation was at once tuneful and assertive throughout.

This occasion marked the second time that liturgical vespers have been sung before the beautiful gilt altar of the Serra Chapel, and it is hoped that another vespers occasion will be forthcoming in the near future. Afterwards a large impromptu gathering of the singers and congregants was held in a local restaurant, rounding out the beginning of Our Lady's great feast with splendid good-fellowship. More photos as they become available.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Assumption Vespers and Benediction at Mission San Juan Capistrano

The Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego, in conjunction with members of Una Voce Orange County, will sing First Vespers of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Serra Chapel of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Saturday evening 14 August, 2010, at 7:30pm. The celebrant for the Vespers will be one of the Norbertine (O.Praem) fathers of St. Michael's Abbey. The traditional Vespers will be sung in Latin with organ accompaniment, and translational booklets will be available. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow immediately after the conclusion of Vespers.
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