Summorum Pontificum will be exerting a powerful influence on the way people understand liturgical practice, the ars celebrandi, what our liturgical heritage is, how to think of worship in terms of continuity rather than rupture. The thought and example of Papa Ratzinger will bear fruit.
But some pastors have understood these things all along. For years, even decades, they have worked – very much an uphill climb – to implement the Church’s liturgical changes and documents as they were written, in keeping with our heritage. They faced opposition, but remained firm in their purpose, building rather than tearing down.
St. John Cantius has been in the vanguard of the continuity movement ever since Fr. Frank Phillips took over in the 1980’s and found a devastated parish in the depressed part of town.
Patiently, he worked to restore the parish’s identity – which is a critical dimension of Papa Ratzinger’s "Marshall Plan" for the Church – especially by embracing the Polish heritage of the people who built the church and once lived in that area of Chicago. He made sure Holy Mass was celebrated reverently, and with the full possibilities of sacred music, not only in the Novus Ordo but also with the "Tridentine" Mass.
Then Fr. Phillips had the vision of starting a group of Canons who would extend this same understanding of liturgical and spiritual continuity.
In such an environment, with such a vision, the vocations, of course, started to blossom.
No surprise there. None at all. Do what the Church asks – men will respond. No surprise. This is not rocket science. It’s just common sense.
Here is some wonderful liturgical eye-candy from the great St. John Cantius Church on the north side of Chicago.
Here is the page from their site, which they asked me to share with you!
Jun. 2, 2008
On May 29, 2008, Rev. Anthony Rice, S.J.C. and Rev. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C. were ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. The Mass of Ordination was offered in Latin according to the Ordinary Form (Missale Romanum 2003). The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry and The Most Rev. Thomas A. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago were in attendance. Numerous priests concelebrated the Mass. The church was full as parishioners and friends of St. John Cantius Church as well as the patrons of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius were present for this special occasion.
The Resurrection Choir and Orchestra provided music, along with the Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great. Some of the pieces included:
Missa Brevis in D Major, K 194 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Ecce Sacerdos – Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Concerto in D Major – Giuseppe Torelli (1685 – 1709)
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C Major, RV 537 – Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Fr. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C. offered his Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 1st at 12:30 p.m. at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, delivered the homily at the Solemn High Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missale Romanum). The Resurrection Choir and Orchestra will sing the Mozart Mass in C, K 220.
On Sunday, June 1st, at 9:00 a.m., Fr. Anthony Rice, S.J.C. offered a Tridentine Solemn High Mass (1962 Missale Romanum) at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., Founder and Superior of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, offered the homily.
Photos of the Ordination
During the litany of saints
“Do you promise respect and obedience to me and my successors?”
H.E. Francis Cardinal George ordaining Fr. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C. and Fr. Anthony Rice, S.J.C.
H.E. Francis Cardinal George and Fr. Frank Phillips, C.R. extending the sign of peace to the newly ordained.
Deacon Paul Guzman assists Francis Cardinal George during the incensing of the altar at the offertory
Elevation of the Host
Elevation of the Chalice
Incensing the altar during the singing of the Te Deum
Newly ordained Fr. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C. and Father Anthony Rice S.J.C giving their first priestly blessing to His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, and The Most Rev. Thomas A. Paprocki.