I hope you are staying cool and dry in this crazy hot and rainy summer. I wanted to give you a heads up (if you are not already aware): Fr. Cizik is offering an EF (Extraordinary Form) Mass at St. Blaise on the 13th of each month in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. The next one will be on Tuesday, August 13th at 7pm, which will be a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass). With this, I am working to offer more chant related opportunities, so you can expect a little more action on this site in a couple of weeks.
If you were able to attend the previous two EF Masses with Fr. Cizik and it was your first experience, you may have been a bit lost at times. Don’t worry, it eventually becomes familiar enough to where you don’t need to follow every word of the missal (it took me 6 Masses before I was completely comfortable). There are some resources that can help embed what is occurring into your mind. One very helpful book is “Know Your Mass” by Fr. Manousos O.F.M. – it is written for older kids, so it aims to be enjoyable while also offering a good amount of content. Getting to know the EF Mass can also help in your appreciation of what is occurring in the OF (Ordinary Form) Mass.
Also, here is a video providing reflections from St. Francis De Sales throughout a Low Mass. There are also other images spliced into the video in order to assist your meditation.