Fr. Fenton to offer Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered May 18 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the Fourth Sunday after Easter will be Rev. Patrick Fenton, pastor of St. Luke’s parish in Wills Point, Texas.

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

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

Reminder: weekday TLMs on Silver Spring schedule

As noted here last week, Rev. Patrick Fenton from Texas will offer Mass at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland, each morning from Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, at 11:00 am, as well as on Tuesday, May 20, at 11:00 am. On each of these days, Confessions will be heard from 10:30 to 10:55 am.

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

Annandale St. Michael announces Wednesday, Saturday TLM

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

On Wednesday, May 14, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Boniface of Tarsus will be offered at 7:00 am.  On Saturday, May 17, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Paschal Baylon will be offered at 7:00 am.

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

Prayers for the suffering Church, then and now

In a column written for the U.K.’s Catholic Herald on the ever-popular British subject of disestablishment, Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith considers the position of established (and disestablished) religion in, among other countries, Russia, and delivers himself of the following assessment regarding Russian president Vladimir Putin:

Catholics who support Mr Putin (who do not of course live in Russia, where his regime’s popularity relies on a state-controlled media, and who have little idea what life in Russia is really like) are being used by the Russian dictator. Moreover, Putin’s anti-Westernism contains within it a profound anti-Catholicism, so Catholics who express admiration for Putin are in fact idolising an anti-Catholic, if they but knew it.

Perhaps indirectly related to current goings-on in Russia, there is a move afoot to append a prayer to all Masses that would (we are told, but do not quite see) entreat, among other things, the end of the persecution of Christians:

Almighty, ever-living God, your incarnate Son taught us that those who suffer for your name are blessed. Give love for their neighbor to all people of goodwill. Inspire rulers and governments to work tirelessly for peace, justice and freedom for all. Give us a spirit of solidarity and of service for those who suffer and who are poor, that we may bring to them that love your Son made manifest by his suffering and death on the cross. Help us to recognize the face of the Evil One in our day and give us the strength and means to confront his many works. Amen.

Mindful of tonight’s blasphemous Black Mass with which Harvard University sees fit to twit its Catholic neighbors, help in recognizing and combating Satan is a timely intention for which to pray.  On the other hand, considering how self-styled public “Catholics” have perverted the notions of “peace,” “justice,” and “solidarity” to deprecate marriage and family, one is impelled respectfully to suggest an alternative prayer such as the following:

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord.

Of course, if you’ve attended a Traditional Low Mass today, you’ve already joined in this latter prayer, which was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1884 and was prayed from 1929 through 1964 for the conversion of Russia.  Even if you attend the Novus Ordo, why not start adding this prayer, if you haven’t already, to your thanksgiving after Holy Communion or spiritual communion — along with, say, three Hail Marys, a Hail Holy Queen, a Prayer to St. Michael, and three invocations of the mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

Solidarity with the suffering — the basis of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy — is a Christian duty, for fidelity in which it is worthy to entreat Almighty God.  Solidarity with the Communion of Saints would seem to be a good position from which to do so.

Sunday, weekday TLMs set at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, May 11, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Rev. Msgr. K. Bartholomew Smith, pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Silver Spring, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Third Sunday after Easter.

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

Later in the week, Rev. Patrick Fenton from Texas will offer Mass at the Silver Spring TLM Congregation each morning from Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, at 11:00 am.  Fr. Fenton will also offer Mass at the Silver Spring TLM Congregation at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 20.  These Masses are being added to our seven-day schedule.  On each of these days, Confessions will be heard from 10:30 to 10:55 am.

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

Ecclesiam tuam benignus illumina

The Secret prayer of the Mass of the Feast of St. Pius V, Pope and Confessor:

Oblátis munéribus, quaésumus, Dómine, Ecclésiam tuam benígnus illúmina: ut, et gregis tui profíciat ubíque succéssus, et grati fiant nómini tuo, te gubernánte, pastóres. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.

We beg Thee, O Lord, through the gifts which we have offered, in Thy kindness enlighten Thy Church: so that everywhere Thy flock may prosper and her Shepherds by Thy guidance be pleasing to Thy name. 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.

Members of the body of Christ

From a sermon preached on the Second Sunday after Easter 2014 by Rev. Fr. James Bradley of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:

Monsignor Ronald Knox, commenting on the parable of the good shepherd which we hear in today’s gospel, writes that just as the shepherd guides and cares for each of his flock individually, so God in this very church “doesn’t see a mob of people hearing Mass; he sees you and me” (Knox, Homily on 31 August 1947). Of course, we come as the Church at prayer in the Eucharistic sacrifice, but we also come, each of us, as the individuals who make up the Body of Christ, to receive the sacrament of his body and blood. The Lord knows us each and we, by our reverence and devotion to him in Holy Communion — by our proper disposition and preparation — come to know and acknowledge him.