Fr. Langevin to offer Dominican Rite Mass Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass in the Traditional Dominican Rite will be offered Sunday, September 17, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. The celebrant of the Mass of the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost will be Reverend Father Dominic Langevin op, Instructor in Systematic Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am. Confessions will be heard from 7:10 to 7:50 am. There will be no coffee social after Mass, as Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, the congregation’s host, prepares for its annual Fall Festival from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, to which all congregation attendees are invited.

Silver Spring TLM Congregation meets at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist, 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Forest Glen. Ample free parking is available.

Visiting Fr. Insco FSSP to offer Masses, first blessings at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

A visiting priest of the Priestly Society of St. Peter, Reverend Father Caleb Insco, will offer the 12:10 pm Masses at the Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore this Wednesday, September 13, and Friday, September 15.

Father Insco, a recent FSSP ordinand, will offer individual First Blessings after Friday’s Mass and Sacred Heart devotions. All members of the faithful are encouraged to receive Fr. Insco’s blessing, which is indulgenced during a priest’s first year after ordination.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Parking is available nearby in metered spaces, on surface lots, and in garages.

Woodbridge St. Elizabeth Ann Seton sets Missa Cantata for Seven Sorrows

A Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, this Friday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is located at 12805 Valleywood Drive in Lake Ridge. Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Thompson to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered this Sunday, September 10, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father D. B. Thompson of the Diocese of Lake Charles will be the celebrant of the Mass of the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am. Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am. A second collection will be taken up for the Catholic University of America.

Silver Spring TLM Congregation meets at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist, 9700 Rosensteel Avenue, Forest Glen. Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass this Friday morning [UPDATE: Saturday cancelled]

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered on Friday and Saturday mornings of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Friday morning, September 8, Low Mass of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at 6:45 am. Low Mass of Saturday of Our Lady with commemoration of St. Gorgonius will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, September 9. [UPDATE: Because of a last-minute schedule change, there will be no TLM Saturday morning.]

Please note that these Masses are scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and are not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

By the power of the Cross, Our Lord unites and reigns over His Mystical Body

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death,36 in order to give way to the New Testament of which Christ had chosen the Apostles as qualified ministers;37 and although He had been constituted the Head of the whole human family in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, it is by the power of the Cross that our Savior exercises fully the office itself of Head of His Church. “For it was through His triumph on the Cross,” according to the teaching of the Angelic and Common Doctor, “that He won power and dominion over the gentiles”;38 by that same victory He increased the immense treasure of graces, which, as He reigns in glory in heaven, He lavishes continually on His mortal members; it was by His blood shed on the Cross that God’s anger was averted and that all the heavenly gifts, especially the spiritual graces of the New and Eternal Testament, could then flow from the fountains of our Savior for the salvation of men, of the faithful above all; it was on the tree of the Cross, finally, that He entered into possession of His Church, that is, of all the members of His Mystical Body; for they would not have been untied to this Mystical Body through the waters of Baptism except by the salutary virtue of the Cross, by which they had been already brought under the complete sway of Christ.

36 Jerome and Augustine, Epist. CXII, 14 and CXVI, 16: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina, XXII, 924 and 943; St. Thos., Summa Theologiæ [ST] I-II, q. 103, a. 3, ad 2; a. 4; ad 1; Council of Flor. pro Jacob.: Mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova et Amplissima Collectio XXXI, 1738.
37 Cf. II Cor., III, 6.
38 Cf. ST III, q. 42, a. 1.

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Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, September 2, at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. Reverend Father Richard Carr will celebrate Low Mass of the Feast of St. Stephen, King of Hungary.

Please note that this Mass is scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and is not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

The Church was born in Our Lord’s Passion and Death

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

That [Christ] completed His work on the gibbet of the Cross is the unanimous teaching of the holy Fathers who assert that the Church was born from the side of our Savior on the Cross like a new Eve, mother of all the living.28 “And it is now,” says the great St. Ambrose, speaking of the pierced side of Christ, “that it is built, it is now that it is formed, it is now that it is . . . molded, it is now that it is created. . . . Now it is that arises a spiritual house, a holy priesthood.”29 One who reverently examines this venerable teaching will easily discover the reasons on which it is based.

And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ. For, while our Divine Savior was preaching in a restricted area—He was not sent but to the sheep that were lost of the House of Israel30—the Law and the Gospel were together in force;31 but on the gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees32 fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross,33 establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race.34 “To such an extent, then,” says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of our Lord, “was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many sacrifices to one Victim, that, as Our Lord expired, that mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom.”35

28 Cf. Gen., III, 20.
29 Ambrose, In Luc, II, 87: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina [P.L.], XV, 1585.
30 Cf. Matth., XV, 24.
31 Cf. St. Thos., I-II, q. 103, a. 3, ad 2.
32 Cf. Eph., II, 15.
33 Cf. Col., II, 14.
34 Cf. Matth., XXVI, 28; I Cor., XI, 25.
35 Leo the Great, Serm., LXVIII, 3: Migne, P.L. LIV, 374.

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Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, August 26, at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. Reverend Father Richard Carr will celebrate Low Mass of Saturday of Our Lady with commemoration of St. Zephyrinus.

Please note that this Mass is scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and is not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

CORRECTION: Revised TLM schedule to begin this week at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Three weekday Masses to move to midday

Beginning this Monday, August 21, the time of the weekday Traditional Latin Mass at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will change to 12:10 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the TLM will continue to be offered at 7:00 am as previously. Confessions will be heard from 11:30 am to noon Monday through Saturday, as well as during the half-hour previous to every [CORRECTION: Sunday, not necessarily weekday] Traditional Latin Mass.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Parking is available nearby in metered spaces, on surface lots, and in garages. There is no charge for street parking before 8:00 am on weekdays; however, motorists are cautioned not to park on the south side of Saratoga Street, or on Park Avenue north of Saratoga Street, during weekday morning rush hours from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. MTA bus service runs frequently on Saratoga Street and on nearby Cathedral Street.