Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) for the Feast of St. Camillus de Lellis will be offered at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 18, by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

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.

After July 19 hiatus, Sunday Vespers to resume July 26 at D.C. Oratory

The Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church, have announced that, after a one-week break on Sunday, July 19, the Community will resume public celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction on Sunday afternoons the following week.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, will not be conducted on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, but will resume each Sunday at 4:00 pm beginning on Sunday, July 26.  The service, sung entirely in Gregorian chant, is believed to be the only such weekly public celebration of the traditional Office on the Eastern Seaboard.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. After Vespers, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed briefly for adoration and Benediction.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park, one block up from the Woodley Road Metrorail and Metrobus stops at Connecticut Avenue.

Bringing up a child in the TLM: a challenge worth accepting

The following is an excerpt from an essay by Professor Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College entitled “Helping Children Enter the Traditional Latin Mass.” As with all of Professor Kwasniewski’s writings, we recommend it without reservation.

I think it’s fair to say that it will always be a challenge to initiate children into the richness and intricacy of traditional Catholic worship. It can never be taken for granted in any age that the next generation will be liturgically initiated, as if it were an automatic process.

It is a worthwhile challenge to embrace, because the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is your children’s point of contact with the greatest, longest, and deepest religious tradition in the entire world. As the fulfillment of the Old Covenant, the Sacrifice of the New Covenant supersedes Jewish worship and therefore most fully embodies all that God gave to Israel. The Mass is an act of sacrifice that, as the Roman Canon reminds us, circles all the way back to the prefiguring sacrifices of Abel, Abraham, and Melchisedech. Within the Christian tradition itself, the Rite of the Church of Rome is among the most ancient. Its single historic anaphora, the Roman Canon, is older than that of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Within the Western tradition, there is no loftier expression of the divine mysteries, no more nourishing access to them. The hard work it takes to enter into this liturgy is repaid a thousandfold in the never-depleted insights and consolations it affords. For this reason, the work of teaching another how to enter into it is a genuine spiritual work of mercy.

All of this presupposes the importance of entering into the liturgy. As Dom Gueranger and the original liturgical movement emphasized, we need to get to know and love the prayer of Holy Mother Church, and doing so requires an effort to become well acquainted with it.

Fr. Spiering to offer Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered July 12 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost will be Reverend Father Samuel Spiering, parish priest of St. Leo the Great Church in Lewistown, Montana.

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.

A novena prayer in honor of St. Vincent de Paul

On Sunday, July 19, the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the “Great Apostle of Charity” of the 17th century, is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Enslaved by the Muslims for two years as a young priest, the saint eventually founded the French religious orders of the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Mission (“Vincentians”).

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Vincent de Paul in Washington, 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 this novena prayer, formerly indulgenced, on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on July 19:

O glorious St. Vincent, heavenly patron of all charitable associations and father of all the unfortunate, who in thy lifetime didst not reject anyone who had recourse to thee; see now by how many evils we are oppressed, and come to our assistance. Obtain from Our Lord help for the poor, solace for the sick, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, charity for the rich, conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquility among nations, and salvation for all. May all feel the effects of thy merciful intercession, so that, sustained by thee in the miseries of this life, we may be able to join thee above, where there will be no more strife, lamentation or sorrow, but joy, exultation, and beatitude for ever. Amen.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Wednesday, Saturday mornings

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Wednesday and Saturday mornings of this week by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

On Wednesday morning, July 8, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal will be offered.  On Saturday morning, July 11, Low Mass of the Feast of Pope St. Pius I will be offered.

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.

Act of reparation to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament

The following prayer, formerly indulgenced, was promulgated by Pope Pius VII in 1815 during a time of profound crisis for the West and for the Church. It would be especially appropriate for use during a Holy Hour, after receiving Holy Communion, or at any time that one hears of an outrage to the Most Holy Eucharist.

Jesus, my God, my Savior, true God and true Man, in that lowly homage with which the faith itself inspires me, with my whole heart I adore and love Thee in the most august Sacrament of the Altar, in reparation for all the acts of irreverence, profanation and sacrilege, which I myself may ever have been so unhappy as to have committed, as well as for all such like acts that ever have been done by others, or that may be done in ages yet to come. I adore Thee, my God, not indeed as Thou deservest, nor as much as I am bound to adore, but as far as I am able; and I would that I could adore Thee with all the perfection of which a reasonable creature is capable. Meantime I purpose now and ever to adore Thee, not only for those Catholics who adore and love Thee not, but also for the conversion of all bad Christians, and of all Heretics, Schismatics, Mohammedans, Jews and idolaters. Jesus, my God, mayest Thou be ever known, adored, loved and praised every moment, in the most holy and divine Sacrament. Amen.

How to hear Mass well (part 4)

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from an article written around the year 1800 by Reverend Father Leonard Gossine and republished in the March 31, 2015, issue of The Remnant:

We can [at the Memento for the living] follow St. Francis Borgia, who vividly represented to himself, during the holy Sacrifice, the Bloody Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and meditated in his memento upon the five wounds of Jesus. At the thought of the wound of the right hand, he recommended to God the Pope, bishops and priests; at the wound of the left hand, officers of justice, and heads of civil power; at the wound of the right foot, all spiritual orders; at the left, all relations, friends, benefactors, and all who had commended themselves to his prayers. The wound in the side he reserved for himself; into this he entered and hid himself with all his wishes and anxieties. He made the memento for the dead in the same way, commending his departed friends, benefactors and all for who he intended to pray, and all forsaken souls, through the wounds of Jesus, offering them with Him to God.

To be continued…

Fr. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, July 5, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost will be Reverend Father Paul Czarnota of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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.

Friday, Saturday TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Two special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, July 3, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, July 4, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass at 8:00 am.

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

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.