Final TLM of semester scheduled at G’town Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community has announced its final Traditional Mass of the Spring 2014 semester. A Missa Cantata will be offered Friday evening, May 2, at 5:30 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University by Father Stephen Fields, S.J.

This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Copley Crypt is located at the rear of Copley Hall, directly north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.

A preacher faithful unto death

On April 29, the timeless liturgy of Holy Mother Church reminds us how to use the word ensample in a sentence, and what it takes to be one. To set the context, let us ponder a riddle making the rounds recently (surely not for the first time) that goes like this:

Q:  Who’s greater, the Dominicans or the Jesuits?

A:  The Dominicans were founded to combat Albigensianism.
The Jesuits were founded to combat Protestantism.
So: seen any Albigensians lately?

Not, to be sure, that the defense of the Faith by the Society of Jesus has been without cost, as witness the North American martyrs to whom Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University is dedicated. That said, April 29 is dedicated in the traditional calendar to St. Peter of Verona, a Dominican who was assassinated at the hands of Manichean heretics (or “dissenters,” as the specious “spirit of Vatican II” would have it) in the 13th century.

Perhaps you thought the Manicheans died out a few years after St. Augustine of Hippo? If so, think again. And the dualistic legacy of their heresy lives to this day.

The Collect of the Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St Peter, Martyr:

Præsta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut beáti Petri Martyris tui fidem cóngrua devotióne sectémur; qui, pro eiúsdem fídei dilatatióne, martýrii palmam méruit obtinére. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Grant us grace, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, to follow with zeal conformable thereto after the pattern of that great ensample of faith, thy blessed Martyr Peter, who, for the spreading of the same faith, did so run as to obtain the palm of martyrdom. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Three weekday TLMs set at Annandale St. Michael

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at the following times on Monday morning, Wednesday evening, and Saturday morning of this week at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale, by parochial vicar Rev. Fr. Richard Carr.

  • Monday, April 28, 7:00 am: St. Paul of the Cross
  • Wednesday, April 30, 6:15 pm: St. Catherine of Siena
  • Saturday, May 3, 7:00 am: Immaculate Heart of Mary

Note that the Wednesday Mass will be offered at 6:15 pm instead of the usual time of 7:00 am.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

The fear of faith

[The faith of the modern rationalistic Catholic] seems ashamed of itself. It speaks in a whisper, lest it should be criticized; and when it does venture to make itself heard, it adopts a phraseology which may take off the sound of the divine. As to those miracles which it wishes had never taken place, and which it would have advised God not to work, they are a forbidden subject. The very mention of a miracle, particularly if it happened in our own times, puts it into a state of nervousness. The lives of the saints, their heroic virtues, their sublime sacrifices — it has a repugnance to the whole thing! . . .

Now it was for the instruction of persons of this class that our Lord spoke these words to Thomas: “Blessed are they who have not seen, and have believed.” Thomas sinned in not having the readiness of mind to believe. Like him, we also are in danger of sinning, unless our faith have a certain expansiveness, which makes us see everything with the eye of faith, and gives our faith that progress which God recompenses with a superabundance of light and joy.

Abbot Guéranger, The Liturgical Year

Fr. McDonell to offer Low Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, April 27, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Rev. Fr. Clint McDonell of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be the celebrant of the Mass of Low Sunday.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m.

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

From feast to everlasting feast

The Collect of the Traditional Latin Mass for Easter Saturday:

Concéde, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui festa paschália venerándo égimus, per hæc contíngere ad gaudia ætérna mereámur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.  Amen.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who have kept worshipfully the Passover holidays, may at last worthily pass from keeping Feasts unto thee here to the everlasting jubilation hereafter. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

JP2 relic to be displayed at St. Francis de Sales

Via the blog A Priest Life, we are informed by Fr. Kevin Cusick that a relic of Pope (Blessed, soon Saint) John Paul II will be displayed for veneration at St. Francis de Sales Church in Charles County, Maryland, on the evening of Saturday, April 26, and at all Masses and Eucharistic adoration until 5:00 pm Sunday, April 27.  The display is scheduled to coincide with this weekend’s canonization of the late Pope.

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Francis de Sales Church at 11:00 am each Sunday.  St. Francis de Sales Church is located at 7185 Benedict Avenue in Benedict, Maryland.

Easter Friday TLM scheduled at GU Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, April 25, at 5:30 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the Mass of Easter Friday.

Copley Crypt is located in the rear of Copley Hall, directly north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.

Recapturing the joy of being Catholic

Father Z, via his Blog, sums it up well, wouldn’t you say?

Can we recapture something of the joy and zeal of converts in our participation in Holy Mass?

A Church-wide liturgical catechesis could help.  So will Holy Mass celebrated in such a way that we can sink into it, grow from it, rest in it, be nourished by the mysteries our Church sacramentally re-presents in it for us.  Mass is not just play-acting or simple remembering: it is about Life itself.   Everything we do and say during Mass has meaning, sometimes plain, often veiled.