The Seed

The Seed

The Way We Celebrate Mass

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

Since Father Hess and I have been here you may have noticed some adjustments in the way the mass is celebrated. For the priest’s part, you may have noticed a more solemn or subdued demeanor, especially during the canon of the mass (the canon is the prayers that the ... Read More »

Good Stuff!

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

I am grateful for so much good going on in the cluster. On February 2nd, we had a beautiful, (mostly) candlelit Mass for the Feast of the Presentation. Of course, the weather made things a little uncertain, but it held off and I was pleased that we had such ... Read More »

The Depth of Our Tradition

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

The Italians have a rather cryptic proverb: “Traduttore, traditore” – which in English means: “Translator, traitor”. What our Mediterranean brethren mean by this proverb is: when translating, something of the original meaning is always lost. The translator always bears a certain amount of “guilt” for “betraying” the original and ... Read More »

The Devout Life

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

I wrote this week’s article on the feast of St. Francis de Sales (January 24th), who is one of my all-time favorite saints. I’m not sure when he and I became acquainted, but I have been drawn to his spirituality and approach to Christian holiness for some time now. ... Read More »

Behold, this is my Beloved Son: Listen to Him

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

Sunday we celebrated the end of the Christmas Season, concluding this year with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This feast is an important one, but unlike Christmas or Epiphany, its importance is perhaps not as evident as the other feasts of this season...

Of course, ... Read More »

Rorate Caeli

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

The Rorate Caeli Mass gets its name from the antiphon recited or chanted at the beginning of Mass: "Rorate Caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justum" - "Drop down dew, ye Heavens from above, and let the clouds rain down the just."

The Mass is offered in honor of the ... Read More »

The Coming of Christ

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

While many of us know how to prepare for Christmas during Advent, I think preparing for Christ’s Second Coming is not always as present to our minds, but this is no less important during these four weeks; in fact, the preparation we make for Christ’s Second Coming are in ... Read More »

Happy New Year!

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

The 1st Sunday of Advent is affectionately called “Catholic New Year” because it is the beginning of a new year of prayer and worship, a new cycle of life and grace as the Church continues its pilgrim journey to Heaven. Advent is a special time of preparation for us, ... Read More »

Why tell my sins to the priest? Isn't it between me and God?

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

God the Father sent His only begotten Son to be made the perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Our Lord died on the cross so that we would have this grace, the grace of forgiveness of our sins, the grace of conversion of our hearts to Him. ... Read More »

Preparing for Antiphons: Singing the Antiphons

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

Preparing for Antiphons (Part 3 of 3)

Next week we will finally begin chanting the antiphons - for those who are still uncertain about all of this “chant” talk, rest assured: you’ve been doing it already! Every time I chant something at Mass and you respond, you’re chanting. Chant ... Read More »