I’ll be spending Friday, September 14th at Fenway Park watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees while, hopefully, destroying any remaining post-season pretensions that Yankee fans may still possess.

On the Ecclesiastical calendar, September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and it is the day that Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum  — on the use of the Traditional Latin Mass — takes effect.  From that date onward, the old Latin Mass will be “liberated” from forty years of relative obscurity.

For those of you with an interest in Latin, Gregorian Chant, or liturgy, the Catholic cable network EWTN will be broadcasting a live Solemn High Mass according to the old rite at 8:00 AM (EDT) on Friday morning. (To be re-aired at 6:00 PM and 12:00 AM)

You can download and print a Latin-English booklet Missal for this specific Mass here. (N.B. the document also includes explanatory notes for those unfamiliar with the rite.)

Anyone watching should clearly be remembering Red Sox post season hopes in their prayers…