Two All Souls TLMs to be offered at Clifton St. Andrew’s

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered twice on Tuesday, November 2, at St. Andrew’s Church in Clifton, Virginia. Low Mass for the Commemoration of All Souls will be said at 4:30 pm and at 6:00 pm. These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Andrew’s Church is located at 6720 Union Mill Road in Clifton, two and a half miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29). Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, November 1, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of All Saints 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.

Alexandria St. Lawrence announces Sunday All Saints Missa Cantata

A Missa Cantata for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Alexandria at 12:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, November 1. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Church is located at 6222 Franconia Road, about three quarters of a mile south of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 95/495), and offers ample free parking.

Dominican Rite Requiem Mass to be offered All Souls’ Day at D.C. Priory

A Solemn Requiem Mass in the Dominican Rite will be offered at 7:30 pm on Monday, November 2, at the Priory of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

The Priory, a religious community of friars within the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, is located at 487 Michigan Avenue NE, about five minutes’ walk from the Brookland-CUA station of Metrorail’s Red Line. Parking is available on neighborhood streets off Michigan Avenue; limited parking is available on the Priory grounds.

This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

All Saints Pontifical Mass to be celebrated at Lancaster St. Anthony

A Pontifical Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be offered at 1:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, November 1, at St. Anthony’s Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Celebrant of the Mass will be The Most Reverend Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg. Music will be provided by the Academy Chamber Ensemble of the Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts, which will sing the Missa “O Quam Gloriosum.” All are welcome to attend.

St. Anthony’s Church is located at 501 East Orange Street in Lancaster, Pa.

Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a votive Friday Missa Cantata of the Sacred Heart will be offered Friday evening, October 30, at 6:00 pm in Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University. This Mass is being added to our seven-day schedule.

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.

Wednesday evening TLM events announced at Benedict St. Francis

A Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Father Kevin Cusick at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, October 28.

Mass will be preceded at 6:00 pm by Eucharistic Adoration and confessions. After Mass, novena devotions to St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer sufferers, will be held, including healing prayers and veneration of the saint’s relic. This Mass has been added to our seven-day calendar.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County, Maryland, approximately 45 minutes to an hour from the Capital Beltway via Maryland Routes 5 and 231, and offers ample free parking.

Human-centered liturgy: making God the Great Absent One

His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on the degradation of liturgy after the Second Vatican Council:

Unfortunately, right after the Council, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [Sacrosanctum Consilium, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1963] was understood, not in terms of the fundamental primacy of adoration, of the Church humbly kneeling before the greatness of God, but rather as a book of formulas. . . . We have seen all sorts of “creative” liturgical planners who sought to find tricks to make the liturgy attractive, more communicative, by involving more and more people, but all the while forgetting that the liturgy is made for God. If you make God the Great Absent One, then all sorts of downward spirals are possible, from the most trivial to the most contemptible.

Benedict XVI often recalled that the liturgy is not supposed to be a work of personal creativity. If we make the liturgy for ourselves, it moves away from the divine; it becomes a ridiculous, vulgar, boring theatrical game. We end up with liturgies that resemble variety shows, an amusing Sunday party at which to relax together after a week of work and cares of all sorts. Once that happens, the faithful go back home, after the celebration of the Eucharist, without having encountered God personally or having heard Him in the inmost depths of their heart. What is missing is this silent, contemplative, face-to-face meeting with God that transforms us and restores our energies, which allows us to reveal Him to a world that is increasingly indifferent to spiritual questions. The heart of the eucharistic mystery is the celebration of the Passion and tragic death of Christ and of His Resurrection; if this mystery is submerged in long, noisy, elaborate ceremonies, we have to fear the worst. Some Masses are so hectic that they are no different from a county fair. We have to rediscover the fact that the essence of the liturgy will eternally be characterized by care in seeking God as His sons and daughters.

God or Nothing (2015)

Fr. Tunink to offer Sunday Traditional Mass at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, October 25, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Shawn Tunink of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

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, October 27, 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.