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Three Dominican Rite Masses To Be Celebrated At Our Lady Of The Rosary Monastery Starting This Friday, 10/20/17


This month, there will be three Dominican Rite Masses celebrated by Fr. Bernard Confer, OP, at Our Lady of the Rosary Dominican Monastery located at 335 Doat Street in Buffalo. The first Low Mass in the Dominican Rite will be celebrated Friday, 10/20/17 in the Monastery Chapel at 3:00 P.M. On Friday, October 27, another Low Mass will be celebrated at the same time. On Sunday, October 29 (Feast of Christ the King), there will be a Missa Cantata, also celebrated at 3:00 P.M.

The Dominican Rite of Mass dates back to the middle of the twelfth century, having been ratified by the Dominican Order in 1256. It became an official liturgy of the Church in 1267 by Papal  Bull of Pope Clement IV. The Dominican Rite of Mass, while rooted in the Traditional Latin Mass, contains significant differences, primarily in the preparatory prayers for Low Mass. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Dominican Rite, and one it shares with Eastern Catholic liturgies, is the preparation of the chalice before Mass.

The Dominican Rite was maintained as an distinct liturgy until Vatican II, when the Novus Ordo Roman Rite was adopted. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, issued an instructional letter regarding the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, entitled Universae Ecclesiae, in which the Holy Father made clear that members of religious orders are permitted to use their own liturgical books in force in the year 1962.

We encourage everyone to support Fr. Bernard and the Dominican Nuns and to attend one of these Masses. More information about the Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary can be found at https://opnuns.org/home/



“It is vitally important that these new priests and religious, these new young people with ardent hearts, should find -- if only in a corner of the rambling mansion of the Church -- the treasure of a truly sacred liturgy still glowing softly in the night. And it is our task – since we have been given the grace to appreciate the value of this heritage -- to preserve it from spoliation, from becoming buried out of sight, despised and therefore lost forever. It is our duty to keep it alive: by our own loving attachment, by our support for the priests who make it shine in our churches, by our apostolate at all levels of persuasion...

--- Dr. Erich Vermehren de Saventhem, founding President of the International Una Voce Federation, New York 1970

“A renaissance will come: asceticism and adoration as the mainspring of direct total dedication to Christ will return. Confraternities of priests, vowed to celibacy and to an intense life of prayer and meditation will be formed. Religious will regroup themselves into houses of 'strict observance'. A new form of 'Liturgical Movement' will come into being, led by young priests and attracting mainly young people, in protest against the flat, prosaic, philistine or delirious liturgies which will soon overgrow and finally smother even the recently revised rites..."


--- Dr. Erich Vermehren de Saventhem, founding President of the International Una Voce Federation, New York 1970


"Immediately after the Second Vatican Council it was presumed that requests for the use of the 1962 Missal would be limited to the older generation which had grown up with it, but in the meantime it has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them."

Pope Benedict XVI, Given at St. Peter’s, July 7, 2007.