Soul of Christ, sanctify me

Although fallen into relative disuse after the Second Vatican Council, the Anima Christi prayer is rich in devotional allusions to the wounds of Our Blessed Savior and the mysteries of the Holy Eucharist.  It is worthy of frequent recitation by all who aspire to union with Christ and who wish to make reparation for outrages, sacrileges and negligence toward the Blessed Sacrament, especially as we approach the traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus on July 1.

The Anima Christi is believed to have been composed in the early fourteenth century AD.  It is included at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

ANIMA CHRISTI

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
In saecula saeculorum
Amen.

SOUL OF CHRIST

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Never let me be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with Thy Saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever
Amen.

Sacred Heart Missa Cantata set at G’town Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

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.

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

Annandale St. Michael schedules 3 weekday TLMs

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

  • On Wednesday morning, June 25, Low Mass of the Feast of St. William of Vercelli will be offered at 7:00 am.
  • On Friday evening, June 27, Sung Mass of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be offered at 7:30 pm.
  • On Saturday morning, June 28, Low Mass of the Vigil of Ss. Peter and Paul will be offered at 7:00 am.

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

Mater Ecclesiae Fund makes leap of faith

Because of a decrease in the number of grant applications and a sharp increase in financial support, the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations has decided to make financial awards to all 23 applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance in 2014.  According to the Fund, “This act equates to a commitment to raise an additional $75,000 each year for more than a decade.”

Often, men and women who have discerned a religious or priestly calling are impaired from pursuing their vocation by large amounts of outstanding student loans, whose settlement normally must be arranged prior to entering the novitiate or seminary. The Mater Ecclesiae Fund seeks to remove these impairments by paying candidates’ student loan installments while candidates pursue their vocations.

At present, more than 100 men and women are being helped by the Mater Ecclesiae Fund to follow their vocations. The fund has assisted a number of newly ordained priests, including Fr. Daniel Heenan who was ordained last Saturday in Leesburg as a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Contributions to the Mater Ecclesiae Fund are tax-deductible and may be made year-round. While the 2014 grant application cycle has completed, the 2015 application cycle is expected to open on September 15, 2014.

Msgr. Olszyk to offer his final pre-departure TLM at Silver Spring

Monsignor Thomas Olszyk, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate Mass of the Second Sunday after Pentecost on June 22, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  As announced previously, Sunday’s will be the last TLM that Msgr. Olszyk will offer in Silver Spring before he moves away from Washington, D.C.

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

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

TLM to be offered 10 a.m. Saturday at Annandale St. Michael

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered on Saturday morning, June 21, at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale, by parochial vicar Rev. Fr. Richard Carr. Low Mass of the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor, will begin at 10:00 am.

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

Where do I want to eat?

From an unofficial translation of the homily of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the square of the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Corpus Christi 2014:

If we look around us, we realize that there are so many food offerings that are not from the Lord and that apparently meet more. Some are fed with money, others with success and vanity, others with power and pride. But the food that nourishes us and that really satisfies us is only what the Lord gives us! The food that the Lord offers us is different, and maybe it does not seem as tasty as some food that gives us the world. So we dream of other meals, like the Jews in the desert, who regretted the meat and onions they ate in Egypt, but they forgot that those meals they ate at the table of slavery. They, in those moments of temptation, they had memory, but a memory sick, a selective memory. A memory of a slave, not of being free.

Each of us, today, it may be asked, and I? Where do I want to eat? At which table do I want to fed? The Lord’s table? Or dream of eating tasty food, but in slavery? In addition, each of us can ask ourselves: what is my memory? That the Lord save me, or that garlic and onions of slavery? With what memory I satiated my soul?

The Father tells us: “I have fed you with manna which you did not know.” We recover the memory. This is the task, retrieve the memory. And we learn to recognize the fake bread which deceives and corrupts, because the result of selfishness, self and sin.

First Masses set for FSSP ordinands

Rev. Fr. Daniel Heenan and Rev. Fr. Zachary Akers, who were ordained on Saturday at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg by Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, will each be celebrating several First Masses as prescribed in the Rite of Ordination.

Father Heenan will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 15, at 9:30 am at Christ the King Chapel of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.  Other First Masses to be offered by Fr. Heenan:

Father Akers will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 15, at 12:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Virginia.  Other First Masses to be offered by Fr. Akers:

  • Monday, June 16, 7:00 pm, Our Lady of Angels Church, Woodbridge
  • Tuesday, June 17, 10:30 am, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel), Washington
  • Thursday, June 19, 7:30 pm, St. Mary Mother of God Church, Washington
  • Sunday, June 22, 11:00 am, St. Joseph Church, Richmond, Va.

Msgr. Olszyk to offer 2 final TLMs at Silver Spring before leaving D.C.

Monsignor Thomas Olszyk, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will soon retire from the military tribunal and move away from Washington, D.C.

Before his departure, Msgr. Olszyk will celebrate two Masses at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  On Sunday, June 15, the Low Mass of Trinity Sunday is scheduled, while a Missa Cantata of the Second Sunday after Pentecost is scheduled to be offered on Sunday, June 22.

On both Sundays, Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am, and Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am.

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