Historic St. Anthony Catholic Church
258 Ohio, Wichita, Ks
2nd St. & Ohio
Two blocks east of Old Town
Sunday Mass at 1:oo
English/Latin missals provided. Join us for coffee and donuts after mass downstairs in the St. Clair/Sunshine room, south exterior basement entrance.
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish: Fr. Ben Nguyen
EFLR Celebrants: Fr. John Jirak, Fr Nicholas Voelker
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Strunk
Choir Director: Bernie Dette

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Mass Propers, the readings that change everyday, can be found in the red missalettes at the entrance of church?

Fr. Nicholas Voelker celebrates Low Mass Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 106 East 8th street, Newton. There is no mass this Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Post #93

Topics:On The Mass:By Fr. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D....Clear Creek Monastery: Upcoming Events....The Empire That Was Russia: Photographic History....Sacrament Houses: Historical Method of Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament....Una Voce: Altar Your View Ad Campaign....Overheard Through History: Various Quotes...Small Duties: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Necessaries

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is the only local church celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (EFLR) in the Wichita area. Though this blog is loosely centered around this parish and it's members, Venite Missa Est! is by no means, in any way an official voice of, or for, St. Anthony Parish or the Diocese of Wichita. Venite Missa Est is strictly a private layman's endeavor.

Blogger's note: Fr. McKnight, S.T.D., pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, has given us permission to reprint an excellent article on the Mass dialogue, Dominus vobiscum . . . Et cum spiritu tuo. A hearty thanks to James Spencer for procuring this article.
On The Mass
By Fr. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.
Reprinted with permission from the August 23, 2009 issue of the
Blessed Sacrament Parish Bulletin
Submitted by Jim Spencer
The most common dialogue in the Mass consists of the greeting, “Dominus vobiscum,” and the response, “et cum spiritu tuo.” Since 1970 this Latin phrase has been translated as: “The Lord be with you. And also with you.” As part of the revised translation of the Roman Missal, now taking place, the translation has been revised to: “The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.” This retranslation is necessary because it is a more correct rendering of et cum spiritu tuo. It is interesting to note that the other principal European language translations of the Mass have always been more literal: E con il tuo spirito (Italian); Et avec votre esprit (French); Y con tu espiritu (Spanish); Und mit deinem Gheiste (German). We have been the odd-ball all these years with our English translation of “And also with you.” Recent scholarship on the meaning of this somewhat ambiguous phrase has opened up a greater understanding of its significance and meaning in the Mass. The response et cum spiritu tuo is found in the early liturgies of both East and West. It is recorded in a document, dated around 215 A.D., known as the Apostolic Tradition of St. Hippolytus. The dialogue is only used between the priest and the people, and by way of exception between the deacon and the people. In the Roman liturgy it is never used between a non-ordained person and the assembly. By greeting the people with the words “The Lord be with you,” the priest expresses his desire that the dynamic activity of God’s spirit be given to the people of God, enabling them to do the work of transforming the world that God has entrusted to them.

The expression et cum spiritu tuo is only addressed to an ordained minister. Some scholars have suggested that spiritu refers to the gift of the spirit he received at ordination. In their response, the people assure the priest of the same divine assistance for the priest to use the charismatic gifts given to him in ordination and in so doing to fulfill his prophetic and priestly functions in the Church. All of that is contained in that simple phrase: And with your spirit.

Fr. McKnight cited as his sources various web pages of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, and many other documents he has collected and studied.


Clear Creek Monastery
By Larry Bethel

For those of you interested in Clear Creek Monastery south of Tulsa here is some news of coming events.
On Oct 14, Dom Antoine Forgeot, abbot of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault where several of the monks of Clear Creek were monks for 20 years, will come to Clear Creek for a month.During the stay, there will be several events that are worth putting on your calendar; on Oct 19 four of the monks will be taking simple vows, taken after 2 years.On Oct 25 one of the monks will be receiving priestly ordination and on Nov 1 two will be taking their solemn vows, usually taken after 7 years at the monastery.
For information and directions to the Monastery please go to www.clearcreekmonks.org/
There are also lots of pictures there.


The Empire That Was Russia
The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated
The Photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)
United States Library of Congress

Blogger's note: While this article is not Catholic it is a very interesting look into Russia’s past in architecture, technology, work and her incredible diverse population in the late 19th and early 20th century. I have chosen a few images that pertain to the orthodox Church and left the others for you, good readers, to discover on your own.

If you visit this site (and please do), you will find the photographic process for creating color pictures (which actually had not been "invented" yet) to be ingenious and fascinating. These pictures are testament to a once grand culture and one incredible photographer.

On this site you will view a dichotomy of cultures exisitng in the turbulent pre WWI era...growing industrialism beside centuries old tradition.

Church of the Nativity of the Virgin
Founded around 1330, the Trinity-Ipat'ev Monastery in the old Russian Volga River city of Kostroma, northeast of Moscow, contained within its walls several old churches, including the Church of the Nativity of Virgin the shown here. Originally constructed in the sixteenth century, the church was demolished in the early Soviet period. This photograph may be the only color photograph ever taken of the church.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God in Ipatevskii Monastery, 1910.

Iconostasis and Miraculous Icon
This photograph of the interior of the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Smolensk shows the icon screen that in an Orthodox church separates the altar area from the congregation. At the right is a special shrine for the miracle-working icon known as "Odigitria," traditionally associated with the city of Smolensk.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Miraculous Icon of Mother of God-Odigitria in the Mother of God Church, 1912.

Church of the Resurrection
Russian churches featured exterior and interior decoration in the forms of mosaics, frescoes, and carvings, often in brilliant colors. The Church of the Resurrection in Kostroma in the northern part of European Russia was built in the 1650s and demonstrates the exuberant decoration of the exterior characteristic of its period. However, in spite of the dramatic exterior, the church is noted primarily for its interior wall paintings.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Church of the Resurrection in the Grove, 1910.


Sacrament Houses
By Shawn Tribe
From The New Liturgical Movment

Recently, we looked at the hanging pyx as one of the historical methods of reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. Since we mentioned that, I determined we should also document another method of reservation, that of the "Sacrament House".

From my research, these seem to be particularly in evidence within Northern Europe where they are called "Sacramentstoren" or "Sakramentshäus".

Archdale King has this to say of them in Eucharistic Reservation in the Western Church:

The elaborate stone structure in which the Eucharist is reserved in many of the churches of Germany and the Low Countries, isolated from the altar and normally on the gospel side of the sanctuary, is known as a sacrament house. They were often sculptured in the form of a monumental tower,
approached by several steps, and with a railing around, on which candles were placed. Sometimes, also, there were two or more storeys and a space above for a light.

These sacrament houses appeared first in Germany in the fourteenth century (c. 1380), and became increasingly popular both there and in the Low Countries in the two subsequent centuries.

Sacrament houses are found also in France, although they are comparatively rare.


Altar Your View Ad Campaign

Una Voce Quad Cities is launching an ad campaign designed to expose as many as possible to the beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), to inform them about its status in the Church, and to invite them to attend the TLM nearest them. To see the ads, click here.
We plan on releasing versions of these ads in local papers, on internet sites, in 16x20 posters, etc. and also making versions (with modified information) available for a nominal fee to other groups promoting the TLM.

Each of the ads has the following text:
Mystery. Attraction. Sacrifice. These are the elements which comprise a great love story. In fact
these are the features of the greatest love story ever told: God’s intense, relentless love for
humanity. This ancient love of Christ made present to saints like Thomas Aquinas, Theresa of
Avila, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Sienna, Ignatius of Loyola, is presented anew today in the
Extraordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, often called the Traditional Latin Mass.
Come and experience the heritage, reverence and mystery which captivated the saints throughout
history. Come receive the ever ancient, ever new love God is offering you in the majestically
transcendent Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Holy Mass is offered in its classical form
every Sunday at two locations in the Diocese of Davenport—Davenport and Iowa City. To
find out how you can experience the liturgy that shaped our Catholic heritage, see
In addition, each ad has the following text:
Ad 1: Treasure: The Traditional Latin Mass “is a treasure that is the heritage of all and to which, in one way or
another, everyone should have access.” — Cardinal Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
Ad 2: Kneeling: “Where it has been lost, kneeling must be recovered, so that, in our prayers, we remain in
fellowship with the apostles and martyrs, in fellowship with the whole cosmos, indeed in union with Jesus
Christ Himself.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Ad 3: Youth: “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
Ad 4: Ad orientem: “The real action in the liturgy is the action of God Himself. . . . We are drawn into that
action of God. Everything else is secondary.”— Pope Benedict XVI


Overheard Through History

Blogger's note: I fired up the time machine today (do't you wish you had one?) and went for a ride, stopping here and there to gather up some wisdom from our collective Catholic past to share with you.
If you have some quotes you would like to list here, mail them bumpy187@gmail.com and I will list them.

So pray and pray fervently and follow all of the true teachings of the Church... and to do this make sure you actually read the infallible declarations from the Popes and Councils and please... please... use good orthodox sources like the Roman Catechism... and please don't rely on the extremely confusing teaching of Vatican II and the New Catechism. And please go to the old Roman Rite Mass and the traditional Eastern Rite Liturgies and open yourself to the traditions of the Church... they have been producing Saints for nearly 2000 years.

"Do not innovate anything. Rest content with Tradition."
-Pope Saint Stephen

“Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.”
-Saint Thomas Aquinas

Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass.
They will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.

-St. John Vianney

"Mary has the authority over the angels and the blessed in heaven. As a reward for her great humility, God gave her the power and mission of assigning to saints the thrones made vacant by the apostate angels who fell away through pride. Such is the will of the almighty God who exalts the humble, that the powers of heaven, earth and hell, willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands of the humble Virgin Mary. For God has made her queen of heaven and earth, leader of his armies, keeper of his treasure, dispenser of his graces, mediatrix on behalf of men, destroyer of his enemies, and faithful associate in his great works and triumphs."
-Saint Louis Marie de Montfort


Small Duties
St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "Little" Saint"

All this volunteering stuff is wearing me out. Larry Bethel on bells, Nellie Roets in house…phew!

It reminds me of St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "little" saint of simplicity and abandonment in God's service and of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.

From New Advent (online)

She was the ninth child of saintly parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, both of whom had wished to consecrate their lives to God in the cloister. The vocation denied them was given to their children, five of whom became religious, one to the Visitation Order and four in the Carmelite Convent of Lisieux. Brought up in an atmosphere of faith where every virtue and aspiration were carefully nurtured and developed, her vocation manifested itself when she was still only a child. Educated by the Benedictines, when she was fifteen she applied for permission to enter the Carmelite Convent, and being refused by the superior, went to Rome with her father, as eager to give her to God as she was to give herself, to seek the consent of the Holy Father, Leo XIII, then celebrating his jubilee. He preferred to leave the decision in the hands of the superior, who finally consented and on 9 April, 1888, at the unusual age of fifteen, Thérèse Martin entered the convent of Lisieux where two of her sisters had preceded her.

The account of the eleven years of her religious life, marked by signal graces and constant growth in holiness, is given by Soeur Thérèse in her autobiography, written in obedience to her superior and published two years after her death. In 1901 it was translated into English, and in 1912 another translation, the first complete edition of the life of the Servant of God, containing the autobiography, "Letters and Spiritual Counsels", was published. Its success was immediate and it has passed into many editions, spreading far and wide the devotion to this "little" saint of simplicity, and abandonment in God's service, of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.

The fame of her sanctity and the many miracles performed through her intercession caused the introduction of her cause of canonization only seventeen years after her death, 10 Jun, 1914.

[Editor's Note: After the publication of this article, St. Thérèse was canonized and later declared a Doctor of the Church.]

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