Friday, April 20, 2007

The New Indult Mass in The OC

Last Sunday, I attended the new indult Mass for the Diocese of Orange. Some of the details can be found here. The address and a map can be found here.

It's a low Mass celebrated by a young Norbertine priest, whose name I didn't catch. We were blessed with a good "Norbertine" sermon about Mercy Sunday. The chapel is designed for the Novus Ordo -- tabernacle at the side, no altar rails, a moveable altar which is pushed back to the wall for the traditional Rite. But it's nicely decorated with a lot of traditional touches. There is a huge, and very beautiful icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa behind the altar. It turned about to be a very quick and easy drive from here: 23.6 miles from this keyboard on my speedometer. It took between 20 to 25 minutes. Somehow, I remember Yorba Linda being further away.

The unfortunate part is that it was very sparsely attended. I would guess about 40 people. Maybe as many as 50, but no more. I suspect that's due to the early time; a family with young children would have a hard time getting all the little ones ready for a 7:00 a.m. start time.

If you're anywhere near and can pry yourself from the arms of Morpheus before cock-crow on a Sunday morning, do think about attending. It would help to keep the numbers up. They count these things, you know.