Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Monday, Saturday

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

On Monday morning, August 31, Mass of the Feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus will be offered. Mass of the Feast of St. Laurence Justinian will be offered on Saturday morning, September 5.

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.

How to hear Mass well (part 6)

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

The Church desires that the faithful should unite themselves at every Mass with Jesus by Communion, and through Him with His Heavenly Father, becoming one with Him, which is the great end of the Sacrifice of Jesus. But as actual Communion at every Mass is not possible, we should receive Communion spiritually, that is, excite in ourselves the fervent desire to be spiritually united with Christ; spiritually because we can then receive only the spiritual gifts and graces given to those who receive Him sacramentally.

If we desire to make a spiritual Communion with the priest at Mass, then we should, after the Pater Noster, sincerely repent of our sins, awaken in ourselves a vivid faith in Christ’s presence, a firm confidence in His merits, and a fervent love for Him, and then at the priest’s Communion excite within us an ardent desire to receive Christ and be united to Him. When this is done, we should thank God for the graces we have received and recall to our minds, during the day, the goodness and love of this divine Saviour, whose pleasure it is to be with the children of men, to enrich them with His blessings.

To be continued…

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, August 30, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Aidan Logan OCSO, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate the Mass of the 14th Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am.  Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am. After Mass, attendees will have the opportunity during the weekly social hour at the rectory to bid farewell to Reverend Father Jan Fiedurek, pastor of the Silver Spring TLM Congregation’s host parish of Our Lady Queen of Poland, who will moving to California in September to become the pastor of the parish of St. Brother Albert in San Jose.

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

St. Augustine on playing for keeps

In the following excerpt from The Liturgical Year, Dom Gueranger narrates the startling reaction of today’s saint, Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, to the threats of opponents whose reach extended even to directing the output of bakeries (sound familiar?):

Before Augustine’s arrival in Hippo, the Donatists were so great a majority of the population that, as he himself informs us, they could even forbid anyone to bake bread for Catholics. When the saint died, things were very different; but the pastor, who had made it his first duty to save, even in spite of themselves, the souls confided to him, had been obliged to spend his days and nights in this great work, and had more than once run the risk of martyrdom.

Pastoral zeal seems to have been exercised with a cruder vigor at that faraway time as compared with today’s more enlightened and refined practices, wouldn’t you say?

The leaders of the schismatics, fearing the force of his reasoning even more than his eloquence, refused all intercourse with him; they declared that to put Augustine to death would be a praiseworthy action, which would merit for the perpetrator the remission of his sins.

“Pray for us,” he said at the beginning of his episcopate, “pray for us who live in so precarious a state, as it were between the teeth of furious wolves. These wandering sheep, obstinate sheep, are offended because we run after them, as if their wandering made them cease to be ours. — Why dost thou call us? they say; why dost thou pursue us? — But the very reason of our cries and our anguish is that they are running to their ruin. — If I am lost, if I die, what is it to thee? what dost thou want with me?

“Encounter”? “Dialogue”? Perhaps a bit more than that:

“What I want is to call thee back from thy wandering; what I desire is to snatch thee from death. — But what if I will to wander? What if I will to be lost? — Thou willest to wander? thou willest to be lost? How much more earnestly do I wish it not! Yea, I dare to say it, I am importunate; for I hear the Apostle saying, ‘Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season.’ In season, when they are willing; out of season, when they are unwilling. Yes then, I am importunate: thou willest to perish, I will it not. And He wills it not, who threatened the shepherds saying: ‘That which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost.’

Augustine, having cited Chapter xxxiv of the Old Testament book of the prophet Ezechiel — words not without applicability in our modern, relevant, up-to-date Church — continues:

“Am I to fear thee more than Him? I fear thee not; the tribunal of Donatus cannot take the place of Christ’s judgment seat, before which we must all appear. Whether thou will it or not, I shall call back the wandering sheep, I shall seek the lost sheep. The thorns may tear me; but however narrow the opening may be, it shall not check my pursuit; I will beat every bush, as long as the Lord gives me strength; so only I can get to thee wherever thou strivest to perish.'”

Driven into their last trenches by such unconquerable charity, the Donatists replied by massacring clerics and faithful, since they could not touch Augustine himself. The bishop implored the imperial judges not to inflict mutilation or death upon the murderers lest the triumph of the martyrs should be sullied by such a vengeance. Such mildness was certainly worthy of the Church; but it was destined to be one day brought forward against her in contrast to certain other facts of her history, by a school of liberalism that can grant rights and even pre-eminence to error.

And which has once again burrowed its way into the Church at peril to souls. Let us ask St. Augustine to intercede that God may send his successor to us swiftly.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Wednesday, Saturday

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

On Wednesday, August 26, Low Mass of the Feast of St. Zephyrinus will be offered. Low Mass of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist will be offered on Saturday, August 29.

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.

St. Paul, apostolic evangelist of Marian spirituality

The reader will search in vain for an explicit mention of the Blessed Mother in the epistles of St. Paul. One needn’t read far, however, to appreciate how his writings are infused with a Marian spirit.

Consider the well-known verse 9 from Chapter xii of his second epistle to the Corinthians, shown here in the Vulgate and in the RSVCE translation.

Et dixit mihi: Sufficit tibi gratia mea: nam virtus in infirmitate perficitur. Libenter igitur gloriabor in infirmitatibus meis, ut inhabitet in me virtus Christi.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We find this resonant of several phrases from the Magnificat, such as verse 48 from the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, additional parallels to which the reader is encouraged to find and share:

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

For he has regarded the low status of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

At slightly different times and in vastly different ways, Our Lady and the apostle to the Gentiles recognized that we must freely admit our weakness and emptiness in order for the Holy Ghost to transform us. May we do likewise in imitation of both.

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered Sunday, August 23, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Reverend Father Aidan Logan OCSO, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate the Mass of the 13th Sunday after Pentecost.

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.

Our Lady’s Center schedules Tuesday evening TLM, potluck

On Tuesday, August 25, 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 Marc Lanoue, associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Severna Park, Md., will be the celebrant. This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.