Three Traditional Masses to be offered this week by Fr. Carr

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

  • Monday, October 19: St. Peter of Alcantar (Low Mass)
  • Wednesday, October 21: St. Ursula and Companions with commemoration of St. Hilarion (Low Mass)
  • Saturday, October 24: St. Raphael the Archangel (Low Mass)

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.

If the Holy Rosary could reform a monastery, can it reform the Church?

From the writings of St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716):

A nobleman who had several daughters entered one of them in a lax monastery where the nuns were very proud and thought of nothing else but worldly pleasures. The nuns’ confessor, on the other hand, was a zealous priest and had a great love for the Holy Rosary. Wishing to guide this nun into a better way of life he ordered her to say the Rosary every day in honor of the Blessed Virgin while meditating on the life, passion and glory of Jesus Christ.

She joyously undertook to say the Rosary and little by little she grew to have a repugnance for the wayward habits of her sisters in religion. She developed a love for silence and prayer and this in spite of the fact that the others despised and ridiculed her and called her a fanatic. It was at this time that a holy priest, who was making the visitation of the convent, had a strange vision while he was making his meditation: he saw a nun in her room, rapt in prayer, kneeling in front of a Lady of breathless beauty who was surrounded by Angels. The latter had flaming spears with which they repelled a crowd of devils who wanted to come in. These evil spirits then fled to the other nuns’ rooms under the guise of vile animals.

By this vision the priest became aware of the lamentable state the monastery was in and he was so upset that he thought he might almost die of grief. He immediately sent for the young religious and exhorted her to persevere.

As he pondered on the value of the Rosary, he decided to try to reform the sisters by means of it. He bought a supply of beautiful rosaries and gave one to each nun, imploring them to say the Rosary every day, even going so far as to promise them that, if they would only say it faithfully, he would not try to force them to alter their lives. Wonderful and strange as it may seem the nuns agreed to this pact and were glad to be given the rosaries and promised to say them.

Little by little they began to give up their empty and worldly pursuits, letting silence and recollection come into their lives. In less than a year they all asked that the monastery be reformed.

So the Holy Rosary worked more changes in their hearts than the priest could have worked by exhorting and commanding them.

The Secret of the Rosary

Fr. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, October 18, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the 21st 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. A second collection will be taken up for World Missions / Propagation of the Faith.

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

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. Hedwig will be offered Friday evening, October 16, 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.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Monday, Saturday

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

On Monday morning, October 12, at 8:30 am, Low Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar will be offered (note the later time because of the Federal holiday).  Low Mass of the Feast of St. Margaret Mary will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, October 16.

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.

The greatest sin of modern worship: a refusal to adore

From a talk given in 2012 by the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan:

In order to speak of new evangelization correctly, it is necessary first to turn our gaze towards Him Who is the true evangelizer, namely Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Word of God made Man. The Son of God came upon this earth to expiate and redeem the greatest sin, sin par excellence. And this sin, humanity’s sin par excellence, consists in refusing to adore God, in refusing to keep the first place, the place of honor, for Him. This sin on the part of man consists in not paying attention to God, in no longer having a sense of the fittingness of things, or even a sense of the details pertaining to God and to the Adoration that is His due, in not wanting to see God, in not wanting to kneel before God.

For such an attitude, the incarnation of God is an embarrassment; as a result the real presence of God in the Eucharistic mystery is likewise an embarrassment; the centrality of the Eucharistic presence of God in our churches is an embarrassment. Indeed sinful man wants the center stage for himself, whether within the Church or during the Eucharistic celebration; he wants to be seen, to be noticed.

For this reason Jesus the Eucharist, God incarnate, present in the tabernacle under the Eucharistic form, is set aside. Even the representation of the Crucified One on the cross in the middle of the altar during the celebration facing the people is an embarrassment, for it might eclipse the priest’s face. Therefore the image of the Crucified One in the center of the altar as well as Jesus the Eucharist in the tabernacle, also in the center of the altar, are an embarrassment. Consequently, the cross and the tabernacle are moved to the side. During mass, the congregation must be able to see the priest’s face at all times, and he delights in placing himself literally at the center of the house of God. And if perchance Jesus the Eucharist is still left in His tabernacle in the middle of the altar because the Ministry of Historical Monuments—even in an atheist regime—has forbidden moving it for the conservation of artistic heritage, the priest, often throughout the entire Eucharistic celebration, does not scruple to turn his back to Him.

How often have good and faithful adorers of Christ cried out in their simplicity and humility: “God bless you, Ministry of Historical Monuments! At least you have left us Jesus in the center of our church.”

— “The Extraordinary Form and the New Evangelization” (January 15, 2012)

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered October 11 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  Reverend Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith, pastor of St. Bernadette parish in Four Corners, will be the celebrant of the Mass of the 20th 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.

Pray the Rosary every day for victory and peace

Click the play button in the audio bar below to hear a sermon that was 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 the Rosary, October 7, 2014.

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

UPDATED: Blessed Karl of Austria feast day Solemn High Mass set at Old St. Mary’s

A Solemn High Mass for the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria, Emperor and King, will be offered at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, home of the first shrine dedicated to Blessed Karl in the Washington area.

The celebrant of the Mass will be Reverend Father James Bradley of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, assisted by deacon Reverend Father Lawrence Lew OP and subdeacon Brother Alexander Castorena of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Music will be provided by St. Mary’s Schola, by St. Benet’s Schola, and by the polyphonic choir Musikanten, directed by Kerry Krebill. A first-class relic of Blessed Karl will be displayed for veneration.

After the Mass a reception will be held at Market-to-Market Café across Fifth Street from St. Mary’s. Guests at the Mass and reception will include Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.