The Latin Mass Community of Jersey City
2017 Christmas Eve Latin Mass at St. Anthony of Padua
Courtesy of John Delacruz Photography.
"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful." H.H. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Traditional Latin Mass Jersey City was established in 2002 by Indult granted by His Grace Archbishop John J. Myers to be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church. In January 2014, at the invitation of Very Rev. Canon Joseph Urban and with the approval and support of Archbishop Myers the celebration of the Mass moved to St. Anthony of Padua Church.
On Sunday, January 5, 2014 the Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s for the first time in more than forty five years. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. John A. Perricone who has since become the principal celebrant. On the second Sunday of the month Mass is celebrated by Rev. James Carroll who has been the pillar for the continuation of the Mass in Jersey City.
St. Anthony of Padua is a stunning church in which to experience this form of the Mass. The magnificent Italian marble High Altar is now used regularly after decades as a backdrop during the celebration of Mass. The church is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and worth a visit.
The Latin Mass Community now based at St. Anthony's is devoted to the propagation and celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Roman Missal of St. John XIII more commonly referred to as the Latin Mass or Tridentine Rite and now referred to as the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.
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The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated in accordance with the wishes of H.H. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as expressed in his Apostolic Letter "Summorun Pontificum" given motu proprio and published on July 7, 2007.
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One very special component of The Traditional Latin Mass is the music which accompanies its celebration. We are extremely fortunate and proud of Cantantes in Cordibus (Singing from the Heart) our outstanding Choir and Schola. The choir presently under the direction of Simone Ferraresi has expanded its repertoire to include Masses by Mozart, Haydn, Morales, Palestrina and Schubert just to name a few. The Choir also sings many of the Masses in Gregorian chant.
The Schola of men directed by Art Bryan Malabat and Joseph Orchard is responsible for singing those parts of the Mass known as the Propers. The Propers which change with each Mass are sung using the official music of the Catholic Church known as Gregorian chant. The Schola sings this ancient music with skill and precision creating a meditative and prayerful environment during the Mass.
Through the images and music posted on these pages we hope to encourage and inspire fellow Catholics to experience the celebration of Holy Mass in this ancient and venerable form. It is our inheritance and patrimony available freely to all interested in experiencing the Mass of All Ages and of The Saints.
Holy Mass is celebrated on Sundays at 9:00am and on Holy Days at 5:30pm or as announced.