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Welcome to the Website of the Madison Tridentine Mass Society

The Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison, founded in 2007, is a private association of the Roman Catholic faithful dedicated to the preservation of the "ancient form of the Roman rite" or an Extraordinary Form, as a legitimate usage of the Church's liturgy.

The Society was formally recognized by His Excellency, Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison. The Society includes lay members drawn from every age group and walks of life and is open to religious who "continue to adhere with great love and affection to the earlier liturgical forms."

Those who wish to support the special projects of the Tridentine Mass Society may do so by mailing a contribution to the Society at 529 Echo Valley Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521.

Rorate Mass in Madison

On Saturday, December 20th, 2014. at 7:00am, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf will celebrate a sung Rorate Mass at St. Mary's in Pine Bluff. More information courtesy of Diane Korzeniewski at Te Deum Laudamus, can be found below.

Rorate Mass



What is a Rorate Mass and why is it celebrated with white vestments and by candlelight?
The Rorate Mass got its proper name from the first word of the Introit (Entrance antiphon): "Rorate caeli désuper et nubes pluant justum". "Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness". We know Gaudete and Laetare Sunday which also got their names from the Introit.
Before the liturgical changes after Vatican II this Mass was celebrated very early in the morning on all Saturdays. In some areas it was celebrated on several or even all weekdays during Advent.
The Rorate Mass has a long tradition in the Church, especially in German-speaking countries. It is a Votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother for the season of Advent. Our Lady shows herself in a special way as our leader through Advent to Christmas. The celebration by candle light had originally a more practical reason. According to the Missal of 1570 no Mass could be said after 12.00 Noon. On the other hand, people had to go to work in the morning. Also the Rorate Masses were celebrated in a more solemn form and therefore would last longer. For these reasons the Masses had to begin relatively early in the morning when it was still dark due to winter-time.
There is a beautiful symbolism associated with the Rorate Mass. Through the snow and cold and darkness of early morning the faithful would trudge with lanterns and candles in their hands to the then brightly lit Church (no electric light!) where the Mass was celebrated.
In Advent we live spiritually between the Annunciation and the birth of Christ. Mary teaches us the spirit of Advent and inner attitude we should have during Advent. During the nine month of pregnancy Mary lived a hidden life, in the spirit of silence and intense intimacy with Christ she carried in her womb. This spirit of intimacy with God the faithful are to cultivate during the season of Advent more intensely by listening attentively to God's message and by obedience to His word.
Today this Mass with candlelight can either be celebrated in the morning or in the evening when it is dark, because there is no restriction any more with regard to the hours Mass can be said. In fact it is frequently celebrated in German-speaking countries because of its popularity). Popular piety attributed to these Masses a special efficacy and they were held in great esteem. People would ask these Masses to be said for their intentions far in advance.
What we see so often in Church history: certain things have been done first for practical reasons, but then in the course of time there was also attributed a spiritual meaning. And the use of candles during Advent belongs into this category. The symbolism of the candle matches very well with the spirit of Advent. Advent is dawn. It is still not the bright light of Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation for something exceedingly joyful that will be going to happen. The Church and the soul are still struggling through the darkness toward the Light. There is a longing and expectancy of Advent. The light of our candles is a symbol for our longing for the coming of our Savior Whose light is already dawning. On Christmas Eve we will enter the Church in procession by candlelight. When the Gloria is sung all the lights will be turned on meaning that Christ is now born.


Pontifical Mass for the Immaculate Conception - December 8, 2014

On Monday, December 8, Bishop Robert Morlino will be the Celebrant at a Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass begins at 7:00pm at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison, WI. The Tridentine Mass Society also purchased a full set of vestments for this Mass, and for use at future pontifical Masses as well (as Fr. Zuhlsdorf, the president of the TMSM details here).

Pontifical Requiem on November 3, 2014

On November 3, 2014, The Most. Rev. Bishop Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical Requiem Mass at the throne for the commeration of the feast of All Souls.

Mass begins at 7:00pm at the Bishop O'Connor Center in Madison, WI. The St. Gregory Schola Cantorum will be singing Victoria's Requiem for Four Voices.

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St. Mary's of Pine Bluff Parish
3673 County Highway P
Cross Plains, WI 53528
Telephone: (608) 798-2111
Fax: (608) 798-2112
Office E-mail: catholic@tds.net

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