Showing posts with label Ambrosian Rite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ambrosian Rite. Show all posts

Friday, December 4, 2015

Folk Music Instead of Choral --- Milan's Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis Shown the Door

Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis
(Milan) The famous Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis of Milan, which is dedicated to the care of Gregorian and Ambrosian chant, has been removed from the Basilica of San Vittore al Corpo from Milan to make room for folk singing.
The Choral Schola founded in 1980 by the famous musician Giovanni Vianini and since then,  choral schola director, consists of a men and a women's schola, which currently includes 20 singers each. Together they form a mixed choir. Vianini is internationally recognized as a choral expert.
For 35 years, the Schola serves the dual founding mission: the liturgical choir service and the care and preservation of Gregorian and Ambrosian chant. In Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan, as well as in the Basilica of San Vittore, remains true to the Ambrosian Rite of the Catholic Church. It goes back to the Church Father Ambrose, who was archbishop of Milan from 374-397. The first church of San Vittore is dated to the fourth century according to tradition. Today's Baroque edifice comes from the 16th century.

School of the Ambrosian Chant

The schola has  introduced  more than a thousand students from around the world to choral singing in the past 35 years. The Schola can refer to numerous recordings. 23 CD's are currently commercially available. In addition to radio and television appearances, the Schola sang in numerous cathedrals and monastery churches in Italy, but also abroad, such as Fontgombault, Chartres, Rouen, Paray le Monial, Poitiers, Citeaux, Senanque,  in Metz, Einsiedeln, Disentis, Engelberg, Müstair, Uznach , St. Gallen, just to name a few.
In its care of Gregorian Chant, the schola follows the school of the Benedictine monks of Solesmes. In the care of  Ambrosian chant, it forms its own school, which is based on the publications and studies commissioned by Cardinal Ildefons Schuster (archbishop of Milan from 1929 to 1954) and his own studies of the medieval codices.

"Choral's Prayer, is the sung word of God in the sacred liturgy"

"The singers are not professionals, but devote themselves seriously to the study and care of this important repertoire of sacred music. It's a musical treasure that is carried forward especially in the sacred liturgy, because this music is prayer,it  is the sung word of God, the language of the ineffable," it says on the website of Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis." Gregorian chant is for the sacred music like the sunlight is for the trees, " with these words Schola Master Vianni explained the importance of choral singing to his students. "Gregorian chant rises literally to Heaven."
However, in the Basilica of San Vittore, where the Schola has done their volunteer service for 35 years, there is no room for the chant. "The Choral must make room for shallow singing with guitar accompaniment and electronic organ. The tradition of folk singing is not to be underestimated, however, to distinguish it from the sacred music. What is today but offered as contemporary folk singing, is neither liturgical either in its   music or its lyrics. The melodies often have nothing to do with the Church music and the lyrics are sometimes at best merely religiously inspired," said a disappointed member Schola.

"The verticality of choral singing must yield the horizontality of a flat folk song"

The expulsion of the Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis is no single case. "The verticality of choral singing must give way to the horizontality of a flat, modern folk singing. This involves a misunderstanding of the active participation of the faithful. In Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan there  is unfortunately a systematic rejection of the Ambrosian and Gregorian chant under way," said Messa in Latino.
A Sample of Schola director Giovanni Vianini. One of many recordings, with whom he recorded songs of the Ambrosian chant.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: MiL
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

From Saul to Paul of the Traditional Rite

(Milan) The Christian faith always aims to conversion and repentance This is what distinguishes the truth of God from the ideologies of men. This lifetime opportunity and possibility is what distinguishes Christianity. This allows diverse and unexpected ways. Such is reported from the Archdiocese of Milan. ""The infamous Msgr. Luigi Manganini until the end of 2012 was Archpriest at the Cathedral of Milan and master of ceremonies for the Archbishop, a sworn enemy of the traditional rite and as grim and zealous opponent of the Catholic tradition, has celebrated today in the traditional form of the Roman Rite", says the traditional site Chiesa e postconcilio.

For Decades, a Bitter Opponent of the Traditional Rite

For decades Msgr. Manganini was a fierce opponent of tradition and the traditional rite, he "insulted it in every possible way". Among other things, he spoke publicly of "old scrap iron destined for the heap,"  said Messa in Latino.
Canon Manganini was not just any priest, but until his retirement in late 2012, the most prominent liturgist in the Ambrosian Archdiocese.
Notorious is the episode when the already elderly Msgr. Angelo Amodeo as privately celebrating Msgr. Manganini canon of the Cathedral of Milan, was on his way a few months before his death in 2012 in the house of the canons, to say the Holy Mass in the traditional Ambrosian rite, as it had been approved in 1954 by Blessed Archbishop Cardinal Ildefons Schuster. On the way he met Msgr. Manganini. When he saw the maniple and chalice veil, he berated him loudly and hurled against Msgr. Amodeo all the  curses  which one can only imagine. This Holy Mass was known as the "insult Mass" in  Milan Church history.

"The Holy Mass was to be celebrated, as if we were in the Soviet Union"

Msgr. Manganini at the celebration of Holy Mass in the traditional rite
Or the episode where in Saregno he forbade the celebration of the traditional Mass at first, then allowed, but only behind "closed doors", on the grounds that such a celebration would trigger "astonishment" among the faithful. Without rehashing all the details: In Saregno a conference on  Blessed Newman took place in 2010 with.Abbé Jean-Pierre Herman, the Secretary of the then Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, the just consecrated Msgr. Leonard who wanted to celebrate the Holy Mass in the traditional rite.  Msgr. Manganini forbade it and then allowed the celebration only when Rome intervened. Nevertheless, he tried wherever possible to hinder the celebration. He knew at that very time already that the traditional Mass attracts the faithful. Therefore, the doors of the Church had to be closed. The faithful could only reach  it through the sacristy into the church. They had almost to secretly sneak into the church, as if they did something illegal or  to hide in the Jacobin France of the Revolution or in Communist Russia of the Soviet era. But what happened in Saregno 2010 was not played out in the time of the French Revolution and not in the Soviet Union, but in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan under Archbishop Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi  and had been ordered by Msgr. Manganini.

The Rediscovery of the Traditional Rite

Msgr. Manganini is now retired and it was very quiet around him. A few months ago he accepted the request of a group of faithful in Milan to celebrate the traditional Rite. "The formerly so despised and traditional believers are apparently the only ones still showing  honor to him, while in the higher church circles that he defended so zealously, no one seems to look after him," said Chiesa e postconcilio.
"What would those now say of Msgr. Manganini who was once an idol? Will they also go the way to Damascus, which was opened by Christ for all? " says Messa in Latino.
But Christ makes it possible that from Saul there can always be a Paul. And so it was that old Msgr Manganini, from whose mouth now came the words, which are a cause of real "astonishment":. Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui Laetificat Juventutem meam.
Msgr. Manganini was ordained a priest on 21 June 1958 by the then Archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Battista Cardinal Montini, the future Pope Paul VI.  even in traditional Ambrosian rite.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Chiesa e postconcilio
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ordinarium Missae of the Traditional Ambrosian Rite is Here

(Milan) From the traditional cultural club Signum Ambrosianum  has just now published the Ordinarium Missae  in the traditional form of the Ambrosian Rite.The Archdiocese of Milan gave the imprimatur .
A simple printed Latin-Italian version is already available, a fully colored, beautifully designed edition will be completed before Christmas. It already can Ordinarium as a PDF on the website of Signum Ambrosianum be viewed. Also one has been e-book version for tablet and smartphone provided. Ordinary Mass can free downloaded, printed and circulated. The only condition is that the source is - ISBN 978-88-907422-2-4 .

Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in Milan without validity

Canon Amodeo celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in ancient Ambrosian rite
When Pope Benedict XVI. issued  the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum in 2007, the Archbishop Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini (1979-2002) and the Milan clergy were little enthused. When the seminarians of the Archbishop's Seminary  requested   training in the "extraordinary" form,   Martinis successor Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi (2002-2011) represented the view that the Motu Proprio applies only to the Roman rite, but not for the Ambrosian rite. The Archdiocesan canon lawyer based his interpretation  that only the Roman rite is mentioned in the Motu Proprio. Accordingly, it applies to the scope of the Ambrosian rite stemming from the Motu Proprio  Ecclesia Dei of  1988.
Under the incumbent, since 2011, Archbishop Cardinal Angelo Scola established a change in the attitude of the Archdiocesan Curia. Cardinal Scola  as Patriarch of Venice  had transferred the care of the faithful who wanted the old rite to the FSSP, the rectorate of a church on the Grand Canal.  For the celebration of the traditional form of the Ambrosian rite two Milan canons, Canon Angelo Amodeo and Canon Attilio Cavalli strove mightily to celebrate it. After the death of Canon Amodeo  the traditional Ambrosian rite found a strong advocate in the new archdiocesan master of ceremonies,  Msgr. Claudio Fontana. The Society of St. Pius X began, after the death of Msgr. Amodeo with the celebration in the traditional Ambrosian rite, since they had celebrated in Milan only in the traditional Roman Rite.

Ambrosian Rite in Parts of Lombardy and of the Ticino

The Ambrosian rite is the official liturgical rite of the Archdiocese of Milan. The Superior is the Archbishop of Milan. The ritual goes back to the canonization of the Church Father Ambrose, who was from 374-397 Archbishop of Milan, but is much older in essential parts.
When Pope Gregory I at the end of the 6th century, expanded the Roman Rite in the Latin Church, the Ambrosian rite, next to the Mozarabic (Iberian-Visigothic) and other local rites, such as the Aquileiean Rite. While the rite of the patriarch of Aquileia and Venice was  replaced by the Council of Trent  with the Roman rite, the Ambrosian rite is there to this day. This fact is attributed to the fact that Pope Pius IV. was Milanese and was the soul of the Council of Trent, while  Saint Charles Borromeo was Archbishop of Milan 1560-1584 .

Charles Borromeo kept the Ambrosian rite, Paul VI. subjected him to the Liturgy Reform

Imprimatur of the Archdiocese of Milan
Conversely, the Ambrosian rite was addressed by the post-conciliar liturgical reform, because Paul VI. was before his election as Pope, Archbishop of Milan. He took a personal interest that the liturgical reform was implemented in his former diocese. This worried his successor, Cardinal Giovanni Colombo, who performed the liturgical reform with "iron will" (Vita Pastorale 9/2008). Under Cardinal Tettamanzi "reform in the wake of the Second Vatican Council" (Vita Pastorale) in 2008 with the "New Ambrosian Lectionary" (NLA) was largely completed was introduced in 1976 ad experimentum.
The Ambrosian rite originally comprised much of northern Italy. Today it is still celebrated throughout the Archdiocese of Milan (except two small enclaves) as well as some adjacent areas of the dioceses of Bergamo, Lodi and Novara, and especially in the north of the Swiss diocese of Lugano.
The cultural association founded in 2012 Signum Ambrosianum is dedicated to the care of the traditional form of the Ambrosian rite. So far,  next to the Ordinarium Missae  there is already  published a Antiphonale Missarum and Laudamus Te  with the most important songs of the Ambrosian liturgy. The publication of the Ambrosian Psalters and publications on the Ambrosian chant are in preparation.
Signum Ambrosianum works closely with the existing since 2011 Cantori Ambrosiani and the Association Res Musica together, who are committed to the care of the Ambrosian chant in the liturgy.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Signum Ambrosianum
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Church Desecration: Tabernacle Broken Into and Consecrated Hosts Smeared with Excrement

(Milan)   Again the Catholic Church has been a target of sacrilege. The scene of the crime was the Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano, in Lombardy. Unknown vandals broke the tabernacle and threw the consecrated Hosts on the floor and smeared it with human excrement, with which they also defiled the altar.
The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows they blackened with the soot of candles and hot wax was poured  over her head. The face of suffering Jesus and  the large cross was blackened, which is venerated in the church, and gave it its name. The perpetrators stuffed wax in the mouth, ears and eyes of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Luciano Premoli called the parish to atonement and prayer. "We have been faced with such a serious, indeed, unimaginable desecration of the Holy Eucharist," said the pastor. Because of the desecration, the   church remains closed for the time being. Many believers have expressed their outrage, sadness and affection for Christ and His mother by candles and flowers in front of the church door. The mayor and the local government  have offered a bouquet as a sign of solidarity. "To the perpetrators, I can only say: shame on you," said the mayor. 
On Sunday, the Rosary is prayed and the desecrated crucifix will lead the procession. Then the Episcopal Vicar Monsignor Gian Paolo Citterio will say the purification ritual  for the desecrated church.
The Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano was consecrated in 1393 by the then Archbishop of Milan, Antonio de Saluzzo (1376-1401). In 1703 it was rebuilt in the Baroque style in its current form. The church belongs to the Archdiocese of Milan, and thus uses the Ambrosian rite of the Roman Catholic Church.
Police are investigating.  The investigators do not want to offer an opinion as to whether or not they are Satanists or not.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred

Friday, September 14, 2012

Monsignor Angelo Amodeo, Canon of Milan Cathedral is No More, RIP

Edit: there isn't much we can add but only that it's fitting that he died so close to the birth of the legislation he did so much to bring about.  God grant him rest and pardon.  Let us not fail him in death who did so much as a shepherd of souls and always carried a generous heart and pray for the repose of his immortal soul.  Here's a slightly edited google translation from the wonderful, Messa in Latino:
We have just been informed by telephone that recently fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 80 years, after a period of illness, Monsignor Angelo Amodeo, minor canon of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Milan, was a great lover of Tradition Ambrosian Liturgy and Roman.
He was ordained in 1957 by Cardinal Montini of Milan, and was priest of great humility. He always wanted to come to the aid generously to all those who needed him, in different parts of Italy (Rome to Imperia, from Venice to Meda) to celebrate Mass in the ancient rite of the Church or to play the role of assistant priest. always remember with immense gratitude that Monsignor Amodeo its September 14, 2007, the day he came into force the long-awaited Motu Proprio " Summorum Pontificum "of the reigning Pope, took a long journey to Loreto to play the role of assistant priest at the Pontifical celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos in the Basilica (bottom) of the Holy House.
Hurry, expiate his human faults, his soul will be received into heaven to sing with the angels for divine liturgies.
Link to Messa in Latino...