Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 26: Mass and Office

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St. Stephen the Martyr
Vincenzo Foppa (1427-1515)

Monday, December 26
Special Semi-Retreat Day of Mass and Office

12:00 (Noon) Sung Mass for the Feast of St. Stephen
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Dennis Gordon, F.S.S.P.

17:00 (5 PM) Vespers of  St. Stephen
with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

18:30 (6:30 PM) Compline

Please come and join us on St. Stephen's Day (December 26) at St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove. Fr. Gordon will celebrate Holy Mass in the extraordinary form, which will be later followed by Vespers and Compline. A very Happy Christmas to all our friends and benefactors!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Saturday, December 10: Lady Mass

Initial R with the Annunciation, from a Gradual
Rorate caeli with Annunciation, illustrated, gold on parchment, c. 1300, upper Rhenish

Saturday, December 10, 10:00

Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form
for Our Lady on Saturday
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum. (Is. 45:8), Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One. Thus begins the Introit for the Mass of Our Lady on Saturday during Advent. Come and join us at St. John's in North Park and hear the expectation for the coming Messiah in the ancient Gregorian chants of the Traditional Latin Mass. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Holy Father on the Psalms and the Divine Office for Everyone

This week's address from the Holy Father concerning the importance of praying the psalms and the Divine Office is entirely consonant with the Brothers' own longstanding apostolate of celebrating the liturgical hours in parishes and with congregations. With that in mind we want to draw your attention through several links to the remarks of the Holy Father on these subjects.

First we include here a direct link to the Vatican Information Service's transcription of the Holy Father's remarks on the importance of praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has taken up the Holy Father's request that the faithful enrich their Catholic spiritual lives and identity by deepening their relationship with the psalms and the Divine Office. Here is his take:

Here the Rorate Caeli Blog emphasize that the traditional Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours in its reformed state, is meant for everyone, lay and those bound to its recitation:

Finally, New Liturgical Movement offer some considerations and their suggestions for establishing a practical routing with which the layman may involve him or herself with the Divine Office:

We hope you'll take this Papal encouragement to heart, and if you'd like to put it to practical and liturgical effect, please join us as we expand our apostolate at the parish of St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove. The office of Completorium (Compline) is sung with the encouragement of the Pastor and clergy on Monday evenings at 8:00pm, and Sunday Vespers will be forthcoming very soon. We'll keep you posted!

Brothers' new Channel

Follow this link to the Brother's new channel, where you'll find archived video-streams of First Vespers of All Saints at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Compline of Monday from St. John of the Cross Parish in Lemon Grove, and our Annual General Requiem at St. Augustine's Monastery chapel We'll be going high-def and hi-fi soon, but for now we hope you'll enjoy these examples of our liturgical activities.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Sung Requiem Mass

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Adriaen Isenbrandt (c. 1485 - 1551)
Mass of  St. Gregory - Oil on panel

Tuesday, November 15, 19:30 (7:30 P.M.)
Sung Requiem Mass with Absolution at the Catafalque

for Defunct Brothers, Friends, and Benefactors.

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

Join us at St. Augustine's Monastery for our annual anniversary Requiem Mass for defunct brothers, friends, and benefactors of the Little Oratory. The  Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, a.k.a. the Traditional Latin Mass, and sung in Gregorian chant. Immediately after Mass, the absolution at the catafalque will follow. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Musical Preparations for All Hallows Vespers

John Polhamus and members of the Tomas Luis de Victoria Choir of San Diego rehearse polyphonic numbers in preparation for First Vespers of All Hallows, scheduled for Monday 31 October at 7.30pm at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Polyphony will compliment the Gregorian chant, as sung by the Psalmists of the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego along with Chorus Breviarii San Diego.

Vespers is the evening hour prayer of the Divine Office (a.k.a. Liturgy of the Hours). All Hallows Vespers will be followed by Exposition/Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, chanting of the Litany of Saints and the seasonal Marian Anthem.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Images from the Brother's Ladie Mass

Priest's vestments laid out in the sacristy before mass.

The vessels and accoutrement are also prepared.

The Ladie Altar (Our Lady of Fatima) at St. John the Evangelist Church in University Hts.
Likely the only side altar where Mass of the BVM is offered in the Diocese.

The missal opened to Commons for Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fraters Roberto, George, and David assist as acolytes.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monday, October 31: Vespers of All Saints

Beato Angelico: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs (about 1423-24) 

Monday, October 31, 19:30 (7:30 P.M.)
Solemn First Vespers of the Feast All Saints
with Gregorian Chant Psalmody and Polyphony.

31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Una Voce Orange County, The Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego, and Chorus Breviarii San Diego invite you to  join us on All Hallows' Eve at the Mission Basilica (the new church) in San Juan Capistrano.  Clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Orange will officiate. Polyphonic music provided by the Tom├ís Luis de Victoria Choir of San Diego.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Brothers Lady-Mass for October, 22, 9:30

The Brothers mass for the month of October will be the mass of our Lady on Saturdays, "Salve sancta parens." The Brothers schola will sing Gregorian mass III, Deus sempiterne.

The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Harry Neely, OSA, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1638 Polk (at Park Blvd.), San Diego CA, 92103

Mass will begin at 9:30 am, on Saturday, October 22. Translational booklets will be provided. The public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday, October 22

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vespers of the Assumption at St. Augustine's

A few pictures from after Vespers at St. Augustine's Monastery. We were delighted to have as guests in the pews Fr. Shaughnessy, S.J. and Russian Orthodox clergy from Carlsbad.
Brs. Thomas, David and Fr. Harry Neely.
All of us with Fr. Neely.
With Fr. Paul J. Shaughnessy, S.J. and the Russian clergy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Solemn First Vespers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Oil on panel.

Sunday, August 14, 18:00 (6:00 P.M.)
First Vespers of the Assumption of the B.V.M.
with Gregorian chant psalmody.

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

Join us as we open the Feast of the Assumption of the BVM with solemn Gregorian Chant evening prayer in the Traditional form. Fr. Harry Neely officiates. Translation booklets and hymn sheets will be freely available. There is no charge but donations are always gratefully accepted. This is our first Vespers  outing of 2011, so we hope to make it as special as we can, especially for Our Lady's most glorious feast. We would like to initiate a small party following the Vespers. If you would like to contribute something in the way of dessert or drink, please let us know here and we'll expect your contribution in addition to what we are able to provide. Remember, the more the merrier!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Images from SPN External Celebration

Gold vestments and occassional Holy Cards are made ready.

Frater George-P. prepares the thurible for mass.

Sacristerial effects to be used for the Holy Sacrifice. Chalice, paten, burse, cruets, missal stand, veils, linens, ablution bowl, host, &tc...

Relic of Our Holy Father, St-Philip Neri, Confessor and Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.

Inside the sacristy of St-John the Evangelist Church, University Heights, San Diego.

At the High Altar, before mass.

Fraters Roberto-L and George-P rehearse the acolytle and thurifer functions.

Frater David-L. also rehearses.

Translation literature for the Ordinary and Propers of the Mass.

Schola sings "Mass for Three Voices" by William Byrd.

The High Altar of St-John the Evangelist Church.

Frater Tom-G in prayer before mass.

Frater George-P stokes the thurible embers.

Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A., vests just before mass.

Fraters James-C, Tom-G and Jon-V attently participate in the Holy Sacrifice.

The Brothers chant the Mass Propers.

Chanting from the Oratorian Graduale.

During the Canon of the Mass.

After the Final Blessing, a young girl venerates of the Relic of St. Philip Neri.

Celebrant and Acolytes pose after Mass.

The Brothers with their Chaplain emeritus after Mass.

Now that Mass and photos are completed, Fr. Neely can finally unvest.