Your Mass report and another blognic

On my last PODCAzT I extended a word of thanks to you who have been so supportive of this WDTPRS project.  I said I would on Tuesday 8 May say Mass in thanksgiving for you.   Yesterday, a friend came for the promised Mass and supper afterward.  It was, I suppose, a blognic, since this fellow posts here occasionally. 

I said the Mass in one of the chapels of the house where I live (after reorienting the altar, of course).  It was very simple. I used the 1962 Missale Romanum

The older, "Tridentine" form of Mass presents great flexibility for the prayers the priest can say in addition to the Collect, Secret and Post Communion.  I also used the prayers Pro devotis amicis which you can read here.

For supper, rather than go to a restaurant, we went to the shops and picked up a few supplies, including…

small black olive di Gaeta
prosciutto di San Daniele
mozzarella di bufala

robiola in verza leaves
gorgonzola piccante
salume di culatello

I got some bread and a salad of mixed greens from the refectory.

For the wine we turned to Umbria: cold Grechetto and not so cold, highly structured Sagrantino di Montefalco.

The prosciutto was sliced as thin as a whisper.  The buffalo milk mozzarella ooooooozed.  It was some of the best of its type I have had in a long time.  And it was plentiful.  Good mozarella di bufala is one of the material proofs that God loves us.

The sausage was unusual. Sausage is not normally made from the very best bits of a critter.  This stuff, however, was of culatello which is from the back of the pig’s hind leg.  Usually culatello is larger and round and tied up in cords.  This was a very different version, like a salami.  It nearly melted in the mouth, even though it is cured.

The robiola was exquisite.  Robiola is a ripened cheese of cow, sheep and goat milk.  The amounts of each will vary but what we had last night had a high proportion of goat milk.  It was wrapped in verza which is a kind of cabbage.  This sort of cheese was known to the ancient Romans.  Cheese like this was probably made and consumed by the legions on the march.  The little packets of leaves maintain the proper humidity for the ripening process and make it very portable.

Folks, the food I am describing is rather common here.  You can find these things in shops on every other corner.  You just have to know what to get.  This you learn over time, with the help of friends who live here, and by asking lots of questions.

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  1. Tim Ferguson says:

    The top picture looks like some new version of a saturno – saturno bianco con proscuitto…

  2. Zach says:

    Eat?!!?? What are you doing eating??????!!!! You shouldn’t be eating! There are people suffering, why are you eating????!!!!

    …sorry, I had to add the sour grapes aspect.

    p.s. I think you need to re-do some of your anti-spam words. I can only get about half of them to work.

  3. Jeff says:

    Father, weren’t the additional collects, secrets, and postcommunions abolished in the ’62 missal? I’m pretty sure they were.

    I assume when you say “other prayers” you are referring to those–second and third collects for Our Lady and the Pope, etc., etc. Or are you talking about something else? Collects for a votive mass perhaps?


    Ah, so it’s the Italians who eat well, is it? I had always thought it was the Indianians, but I guess I’ve been misreading. I guess I’ll have to cancel that gourmet trip to Terre Haute I’ve been planning: Darn!

  4. Janet says:

    Can a hick from Alabama ask a humble question: what exactly is Prosciutto, and is it raw, smoked, or what? (the picture makes it look somewhat like raw bacon!) Other than that acknowledgement of ignorance, I must say Italian food looks heavenly! I hope someday before I die to get to visit Rome. Thanks for the glimpses into a beautiful part of the world that I in Alabama can barely imagine.

  5. Henry Edwards says:

    Jeff, my paperbound desk copy of the Missale Romano 1962 editio typica includes — at the back, following the votive Masses — a section of “Orationes diversae” that includes 35 Collect-Secret-Postcommunion sets of what are called “Votive Collects” in 1962 Latin-English missals such as the Angelus Press missal. No. 30 consists of the Pro devotis amicis prayers Father Z mentions.

  6. Henry Edwards says:

    And of course it’s Missale Romanum in case one suspects a Missale “Romano” might be bogus (possibly even for the purpose of sneaking in forbidden prayers).

  7. mark says:

    Father, I wish you would comment on the newest post over at Rorate Coeli – on the Eucharistic Prayer the Pope will be praying at Masses in Brazil.

    How can we ever get to the point we need to if Papal Liturgies don’t follow the model that the Pope himself sets forth?

  8. Andrew Fanco says:

    A “Missale Romano” may be of interest to the Montanists who apparently used Cheese in their liturgy.

    use your browser to find “cheese” on that page.

  9. Dan O. says:

    Fr. Z,
    Thanks for the link to the prayers. That site has a wealth of other Latin texts. I shall be using it frequently.

  10. Anna says:

    Ick! You actually EAT that?!! Molding cheese?! Rotting Cabbage?! Give me some good ‘ol Tex-Mex anytime!

  11. Maria Lopez says:

    Dear Father: I am currently taking a liturgy class. One of the books has many quotes from the Missale Romano in latin which I cannot understand. Can I can find the English equivalent on-line?

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