Msgr. Wadsworth to celebrate solemn 25th anniversary ordination Mass Wednesday at St. Thomas Apostle

A Missa Solemnis for the Feast of St. Jerome will be celebrated at 7:00 pm this Wednesday evening, September 30, at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Msgr. Wadsworth, who was ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ on September 30, 1990, is assistant pastor of St. Thomas Apostle Church and moderator of the community-in-formation for the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in the Archdiocese of Washington. He also serves as Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).

All are invited to attend Wednesday evening’s Mass, which will be followed by a drinks reception in the parish hall. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Tuesday evening, Saturday morning

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

On Tuesday evening, September 29, Mass of the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the parish, will be offered at 6:00 pm. Mass of the Feast of St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, October 3.

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.

Our Sorrowful Mother’s peerless example of perseverance

From the writings of Father Frederick Faber (1814-1863) of the Oratory:

All efforts in the spiritual life, properly speaking, have to be sustained till the end. The difficulty, and therefore the costliness of perseverance, consists in its tension never being relaxed. It is on this account that perseverance is an uncreaturelike grace, a supernatural similitude of God. Others again do not regret the efforts expended or the sacrifices made, but they look at once for their reward. They lower the nobility of what they have done by a want of disinterestedness.

We are not offended when little services look for their reward. But great services remind us of God, and do not look so palpably unworthy of Him, and therefore they offend us by the mention of their recompense. So it is that, in one way or the other, there are few souls who do not somewhat disfigure and impair their sacrifice, and take the unearthly freshness from it.

Thus when we see anyone persisting in his complete sacrifice with the same ardor and fortitude and magnanimity and patience, almost gracefully unconscious that he has done or is doing any great thing, not that he does not understand what he has done, but because when all his thoughts are fixed on God there are none left for attention to himself, then do we call it the most magnificent of all interior dispositions, a shadow of the rest of the unfatigued Creator when His sabbath succeeded to the making of the world.

Such was Mary’s disposition in [her] seventh dolor [i.e., the burial of Jesus]. It was the sabbath of her world of sorrows. But when we think of the sacrifice which she had made, of the completeness with which she had made it, and then of her quiet bravery in that desolate solitude of creatures which was all around her lonely soul, we may conceive how far it is beyond our power to realize the intrinsic majesty of such a disposition. How much in our own minds we should lower it, if we strove to compare it with the corresponding disposition in the saints, to which in the lack of words we are inclined to give the selfsame name. God rested on Himself in the hollow of uncircumscribed eternity, when His dread sabbath came. Can a creature share in such a sabbath? Yet to what else shall we liken Mary in the repose of her dolors finished?

The Foot of the Cross with Mary (1858)

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered Sunday, September 27, 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 18th Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 am. Confessions will be heard from 7:30 to 7:55 am. A second collection will be taken up to benefit the Catholic University of America.

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, September 29, 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, associate pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, will be the celebrant. This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

Four Ember Week Traditional Masses to be offered by Fr. Carr

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

  • Monday morning, September 21, 7:00 am
    Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
  • Wednesday morning, September 23, 7:00 am
    Ember Wednesday in September
  • Friday evening, September 25, 6:00 pm
    Ember Friday in September
    6:15 am Mass.
  • Saturday morning, September 26, 6:45 am (note earlier starting time)
    Ember Saturday in September

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.

For Dedication on Sept. 29, what better St. Michael novena prayer?

Tuesday, September 29, commemorates the Archangel Michael in both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars of the Roman Catholic Church. In the traditional calendar, the observance is of the Dedication of St. Michael, in reference to a basilica bearing the Archangel’s name once located north of Rome, and is a feast of the first class.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Michael in Annandale, 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 following Prayer to St. Michael — as originally promulgated by Pope Leo XIII — as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the Feast of the Dedication:

O  glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels.

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory.

This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions.

In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude.

Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

℣. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
℟. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has conquered, the root of David.
℣. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
℟. As we have hoped in Thee.
℣. O Lord, hear my prayer.
℟. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy Holy Name, and as suppliants we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

Fr. Logan to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, September 20, 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 17th 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 sorrows: a participation in salvation

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon preached at the Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington, D.C., by Reverend Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 2015.

We thank Brother Rector Jeff Bedia of the Little Oratory for the audio file.

Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino will be offered Friday evening, September 18, at 6:00 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University.

This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule. Note that all Masses in the Fall 2015 semester are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.

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.