How to hear Mass well (part 5)

This is the fifth 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:

At the Elevation, we should with the priest, in deepest reverence, adore Jesus, offering Him, the true Lamb of Sacrifice, to God the Father, for His Glory, in thanksgiving for graces received, in satisfaction for our sins and for the sins of the whole world; for help in our needs and our weakness, and in supplication for new graces, offering ourselves also entirely for the same objects.

After the Elevation, we should adore the Saviour present on the altar, thank Him for His gracious condescension, exciting in ourselves the ardent desire of a sincere union with Him and through Him with His Heavenly Father.

To be continued…

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, August 9, 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 Eleventh 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.

Novena prayers of thanksgiving for Our Lady’s Assumption

On Saturday, August 15, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary body and soul into Heaven is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro, 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 these prayers, formerly indulgenced, as a novena on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 15:

Adore the Eternal Father with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee, Eternal Father, my Lord and my God, in union with all the heavenly host, rendering Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to Mary, most holy Virgin, thy well-beloved daughter, and, above all, for that height of power to which Thou didst exalt her by her Assumption into heaven.
Adore the Eternal Son with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee too, Eternal Son, my God, my Lord, and my Redeemer, in union with all the heavenly host, rendering Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to Mary, Virgin most blessed, thy well-beloved Mother, and, above all, for the gift of highest wisdom with which Thou didst glorify her on her Assumption into heaven.
Adore the Holy Ghost with a Pater, Ave, and Gloria; then say,
I adore Thee also, O Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, my God and my Lord, and in union with all the heavenly host I render Thee infinite thanks for every grace and favor Thou hast granted to the most blessed Virgin, thy most loving Spouse, and, above all, for that most perfect and divine charity with which Thou didst inflame her most holy and most pure heart in the act of her most glorious Assumption into heaven. In the name of thy most chaste Spouse, I humbly beg of Thee to grant me the grace of remission of all my most grievous sins which I have committed from the first moment when I was able to sin until this day, for all of which I grieve exceedingly, firmly purposing rather to die than ever again offend Thy Divine Majesty; and relying on the high merits and most powerful protection of this Thy most loving Spouse, I beg of Thee to grant me the most precious gift of Thy grace and Divine love, by vouchsafing me those lights and special helps whereby Thy eternal providence has determined to will my salvation, and to bring me to Thyself.
Then say three times,
Holy Mary, all ye holy men and women, saints of God, intercede for us to our Lord, that we may merit His help and be saved. Amen.

To the Most Blessed Virgin.
I acknowledge thee and I venerate thee, most holy Virgin, Queen of Heaven, Lady and Mistress of the Universe, as Daughter of the Eternal Father, Mother of his well-beloved Son, and most loving Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Kneeling at the feet of thy great Majesty, with all humility I pray thee, through that divine charity with which thou wast so bounteously enriched on thy Assumption into Heaven, to vouchsafe me favor and pity, placing me under thy most safe and faithful protection, and receiving me into the number of thy happy and highly-favored servants. Deign, Mother and Lady most tender, to accept my miserable heart, memory, will, powers, and senses, internal and external; govern them all in conformity to the good pleasure of thy Divine Son, as I intend by my every thought and deed to give thee glory and honor. And, by that wisdom with which thy well-beloved Son glorified thee, I pray and beseech thee to obtain for me light that I may clearly know myself and my own nothingness, and in particular my sins, that so I may hate and loathe them; and that I may discern the snares of the infernal enemy, and all his modes of attack, whether open or hidden. Above all, most tender Mother, I beg of thee the grace of [name your intention].
Say three times,
Virgin of all virgins,
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle,
Chaste and gentle make us.

Let us pray.
Pardon, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the sins of thy servants; that we, who of our own actions know not how to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of Thy Son, our Lord. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us. Amen.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass this 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 5,  Low Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows will be offered. Low Mass of the Feast of St. Jean Marie Vianney will be offered on Saturday, August 8.

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.

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian announces Transfiguration TLM

A Solemn High Mass in observance of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord will be celebrated at Washington’s Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church this coming Thursday evening, August 6, at 7:30 pm. Reverend Father James Bradley of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be the celebrant of the Mass, assisted by deacon Reverend Father Paul Scalia of the Diocese of Arlington and subdeacon Reverend Father Daniel Richards of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Both propers and Ordinary will be sung in Gregorian chant. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church is located at 1357 East Capitol Street on Capitol Hill.

What’s a temple for?

Nescitis quoniam membra vestra, templum sunt Spiritus Sancti, qui in vobis est, quem habetis a Deo? — I Cor vi.19
Know you not, that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is in you, Whom you have from God?

Scriptum est: Quia domus mea domus orationis est: vos autem fecistis illam speluncam latronum. — Luc xix.46
It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.

Spiritual sloth, and the indulgence of disordered inclinations, impede our devotion and rob it of effectiveness. Left unchecked, they bind one ever more tightly to the forces of Hell.

It would be wiser by far to develop now a deep, all-pervasive prayer life, rooted in Holy Mass, than solely to presume, at an unknown day to come, on the mercy of Almighty God at the judgment seat. Is your house in order?

A novena prayer in honor of St. Lawrence the Martyr

On Monday, August 10, the feast of St. Lawrence, patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians, is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Ordered by the emperor Valerian to turn over the riches of the Church, he presented the emperor with a vast gathering of the poor and was sentenced to die. Characteristically cheerful in defiance, he joked with his executioners even as he was being roasted to death on a gridiron.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Lawrence the Martyr in Alexandria, 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 from the Prayers4Reparation website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 10:

Glorious St. Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbour. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favours and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly (name it). Help me, dear St. Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.
(Pater, Ave, Gloria)

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, August 2, 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 Tenth 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.

Could Satan be saved? A meditation for the feast of St. Alphonsus

Not even the intercession of the Virgin Mary could redeem the irredeemably prideful Devil, but that takes nothing away from the favor God has granted our Blessed Mother as Mediatrix of His infinite graces.

From the writings of St. Alphonsus de’ Liguori, whose feast we celebrate on August 2:

The blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget, that no sinner in the world is so great an enemy to God, that if he has recourse to her and invokes her aid, does not return to God and is not restored to His favor. And the same St. Bridget heard one day Jesus Christ saying to His mother, that she could obtain the Divine favor even for Lucifer, if he would humble himself so far as to ask her help. That proud spirit would never stoop to implore the protection of Mary, but if such a thing could happen, Mary would take pity upon him, and the power of her prayers would obtain from God His pardon and salvation. But what cannot happen to the devil may well happen to sinners who seek the help of this mother of mercy.

— The Glories of Mary