Friday, December 08, 2006

Rochets for everyone!

This is a video of a Missa Cantata, or sung Low Mass, offered on the Last Sunday after Pentecost at the Roman Catholic parish of St. Nicholas in Paris, France.

This is the Eucharistic liturgy of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

A "missa cantata" is an approved form of celebration of the Traditional Roman Rite of Mass which serves as a compromise between a Low Mass and a Solemn High Mass.

Note: The video is 1 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds in length. The opening scenes alone are well worth quick a view.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best not to wear them when eating spagetti.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Wendell said...

Nice of you to give a heads up on how long the video lasts.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Kim and Jim said...


9:36 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

An over-tunic usually made of fine white linen (cambric; fine cotton material is also allowed), and reaching to the knees. While bearing a general resemblance to the surplice, it is distinguished from that vestment by the shape of the sleeves; in the surplice these are at least fairly wide, while in the rochet they are always tight-fitting. The rochet is decorated with lace or embroidered borders--broader at the hem and narrower on the sleeves.

Note: The vestments worn by the army of red-cassocked servers in the video are actually embellished surplices. Rochets are worn by the hierarchy.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Mike Alvarez said...

Dear Father:

Seems to me like this would be a good in-between for for the TLM and the Novus Ordo.

If for instance, the parts of the server were all sung by the congregation, then who could possibly say that it was not in the "Spirit of Vat II" when it comes to more participation by the faithful?

12:51 AM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...


11:16 AM  
Blogger Moneybags said...

GREAT VIDEO! I posted it on my blog.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Woody Jones said...

St Nicholas is a must see location in Paris (just a couple of blocks in on the left bank, more or less opposite (!) Notre Dame). When I wandered in at about 1:00 p.m. on a weekday some years ago, the clergy were just finishing saying Sext in choir.

Also around the corner is the Librairie St Nicholas, a very interesting bookstore which charmingly mixes right wing Catholicism with right wing French politics.

I saw some things there that are not available in English anywhere, to my knowledge, including a kind of collected works of Pope Pius XII, a multi-volume catechism (it looked like at the adult level), many magazines like "Sel de la Terre", and others.

Ah, yes, and a very interesting volume that evidently is prepared annually for use by the pilgrims in the annual Chartres/Sacre Couer Pentecost pilgrimage (the SSPX and its followers now march the reverse route from the FSSP et al on the Notre Dame/Chartres pilgrimage, at the same time), setting forth the themes of the pilgrimage, readings, prayers, etc. At about 200 pages, a not inconsiderable undertaking.

I do plan to return.

12:07 PM  

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