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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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An Extraordinary Concert
published 3 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

At our Late Vocation Seminary where I teach, we have concerts to celebrate the first year of our lovely new chapel. Imagine at this time of shortage of priests, over seminary overflowed to such an extend we had to build a new chapel for them!

The soloist was a world class violinist, Charles Rex. Maybe some of you know him. He played a concerto of Beethoven I didn’t know but most of you Watershedders probably know — #7 in C Minor. He did it with such perfection that we all felt as if we had entered heaven. I, who always spout that maxim that “the perfect is the enemy of the good” to excuse my lack of willingness to edit my work, had to realize that the really perfect is much, much, much better than the merely good!’

While I am on music I am remembering how my late son, Charlie, when asked why he wanted to study cello, hard for him because he had poor eye hand coordination, when he could have majored in English which was a snap, he replied “because music is more beautiful!”

And, I thought of my sister, the dancer, who has a finer ear for music than I do, once amazed me. We were rushing somewhere and I yelled,“turn off the phonograph, we gotta get out of here.” She replied, “well, we still have 5 minutes, why not five minutes more of beauty!”

Oh, dear God, thank you for the gift of sublime music, such a foretaste of heaven!”

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