REMINDER: Third annual Nellie Gray Mass set at Old St. Mary’s

The Paulus Institute will sponsor the third annual Nellie Gray Mass at 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, which was the late Miss Gray’s place of Sunday worship.  Thursday afternoon’s Mass will come at the conclusion of the annual March for Life in Washington.  This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, will offer a pontifical Solemn High Mass of the Holy Innocents from the faldstool. Also participating in the votive Mass for the unborn, in whose defense Miss Gray worked tirelessly for many years until her death in 2012, will be assistant priest Reverend Father John Zuhlsdorf, deacon Reverend Monsignor Charles Pope, and subdeacon Reverend Father Paul Scalia. Choral accompaniment will be provided by The Schola Cantorum from The Lyceum School of South Euclid, Ohio.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

A prayer in honor of St. Raymond of Peñafort

On Friday, January 23, the feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Raymond, a Dominican friar in Catalonia during the 13th century, served as personal confessor to Pope St. Gregory IX and is the patron saint of lawyers.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Raymond of Peñafort in Springfield, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the Collect of the Mass of the Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on January 23:

Deus, qui beatum Raymundum poenitentiæ sacramenti insígnem ministrum elegisti, et per maris undas mirabiliter traduxisti: concede; ut eius intercessione dignos poenitentiæ fructus facere, et ad æternæ salutis portum pervenire valeamus. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, You Who chose blessed Raymond to be a renowned minister of the sacrament of Penance, and miraculously brought him through the waves of the sea, grant that by his intercession we may produce good results from our penitence and reach the heaven of eternal salvation. 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.

UPDATED TIME: Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 9:15 am (note the updated time) on Saturday of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. Saturday’s Mass will be in observance of the Feast of St. Anthony, Abbot.

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 updated on our seven-day schedule.

Our Lady’s Center schedules Tuesday evening TLM, potluck

On Tuesday, January 20, at 6:30 pm, a Low Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady’s Center, 3301 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, Maryland.  A potluck dinner will follow in the Center’s conference room.

Reverend Father Canisius Tah will be the celebrant.  Father Tah, associate pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, was ordained in June 2014 for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM on Monday evening, Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 6:30 pm on Monday (note the evening start time, because of the anticipated freezing rain Monday morning) and 7:00 am on Saturday of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Monday evening, January 12, a daily Requiem Mass will be offered.  The Mass of the Feast of St. Anthony, Abbot, will be offered on Saturday morning, January 17.

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.

G’town TLM Community releases Mass schedule for Spring 2015

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass Community has released its schedule of Masses for the Spring 2015 semester.  All Masses will be offered on Friday evenings and will be accompanied by a Gregorian student schola.

Unless indicated otherwise below, Masses will be offered in Copley Crypt of the North American Martyrs.  Readers are asked to note that all Masses on this schedule will begin at at 6:30 pm, one half hour later than in previous semesters.

Masses will be offered on the following Fridays.

  • January 9: Feria of Epiphanytide
  • January 23: St. Raymond of Peñafort, Confessor
  • February 6: St. Titus, Bishop and Confessor
    (in St. William’s Chapel, directly above Copley Crypt Chapel)
  • February 27: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Confessor
  • March 20: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    (in St. William’s Chapel)
  • March 27: St. John Damascene, Confessor
  • April 10: Easter Friday
  • April 24: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr
  • May 1: St. Joseph the Worker

Both Copley Crypt Chapel and St. William’s Chapel are located at, and accessed separately from the exterior of, the rear of Copley Hall directly north of Healy Hall on the main campus of Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW, Washington.

Fr. McDonell to offer Missa Cantata Sunday at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered this Sunday, January 11, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Clint McDonell of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of the Holy Family.

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.

The Liturgical Fidget

It bears noting that not everyone was sanguine about the prospects for liturgical change on the eve of the Second Vatican Council. Protestant denominations not noted at the time for radicalism had begun carrying out experiments, some jarring, as had the Catholic Church in some places.

Here is C. S. Lewis, an Anglican, on the subject as published in the early 1960s, shortly before his death:

. . . The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.

But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself; and thinking about worship is a different thing from worshipping. . . .

A still worse thing may happen. Novelty may fix our attention not even on the service but on the celebrant. You know what I mean. Try as one may to exclude it, the question “What on earth is he up to now?” will intrude. It lays one’s devotion waste. There is really some excuse for the man who said, “I wish they’d remember that the charge to Peter was Feed my sheep; not Try experiments on my rats, or even, Teach my performing dogs new tricks.” . . .

It may well be that some variations which seem to me merely matters of taste really involve grave doctrinal differences. But surely not all? For if grave doctrinal differences are really as numerous as variations in practice, then we shall have to conclude that no such thing as the Church of England exists. And anyway, the Liturgical Fidget is not a purely Anglican phenomenon; I have heard Roman Catholics complain of it too.

Letters to Malcolm (1962)

Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata will be offered Friday, January 9, at 6:00 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.  Father Stephen Fields, S.J., will be the celebrant of the ferial Mass of Epiphanytide.

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

Fr. Carr to celebrate three Traditional Masses in Epiphany week

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

  • Monday, January 5, 7:00 am
    Pope St. Telesphorus, Martyr
  • Tuesday, January 6, 6:30 pm
    Epiphany of the Lord
  • Saturday, January 10, 7:00 am
    Saturday of Our Lady

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.