Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a votive First Friday Missa Cantata of the Sacred Heart will be offered Friday evening, December 4, 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. Czarnota to offer TLM Sunday at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered Sunday, November 29, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the First Sunday of Advent 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.

All singers are invited to join the TLM Schola and the Mixed Choir:

    • The men’s Schola sings Gregorian chant on the 4th Sunday of the month. Rehearsal and warm up is usually at 7:10 am before Sunday Mass.
    • The Mixed Choir are men and women who sing Chant and polyphony on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  Choir rehearsals are usually on the Thursday or Friday evening before the 2nd Sunday, and warm up / rehearsal is at 7:10 am before Sunday Mass.

For more information, contact Jonathan Hellerman after Mass, or call 301-312-4030, or email jonhellerman@msn.com.

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

A prayer of Eucharistic thanksgiving

It is from the Greek word εὐχαριστία, meaning thanksgiving, that Christianity derives the word eucharist. Thus it would seem especially appropriate to observe this United States civic holiday of Thanksgiving for Our Lord’s blessings and protection by assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Collect of the traditional Votive Mass of Thanksgiving — equally suitable, as rendered below, for a devotional prayer after Holy Communion — reminds us of all we have to be thankful for.

Deus, cuius misericordiæ non est numerus, et bonitatis infinitus est thesaurus: piissimæ maiestati tuæ pro collatis donis gratias agimus, tuam semper clementiam exorantes: ut qui petentibus postulata concedis, eosdem non deserens, ad præmia futura disponas.

Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere.

Deus, qui neminem in te sperantem nimium affligi permittis, sed pium precibus præstas auditum; pro postulationibus nostris, votisque susceptis gratias agimus, te piissime deprecantes, ut a cunctis semper muniamur adversis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

O God of Whose mercies there is no number, and of Whose goodness the treasure is infinite: we render thanks to Thy most gracious Majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us, always beseeching Thy clemency; that as Thou grantest the petitions of them that ask Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the greater rewards that still await them.

O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation.

O God, Who allowest no one that puts his trust in Thee to be stricken beyond endurance but givest a gracious hearing to his prayer, we thank Thee for having granted our petitions; and we pray that we may be delivered henceforth from all harm. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Wednesday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered this Wednesday by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. On Wednesday morning, November 25, Mass of the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria will be offered at 7:00 am.

Please note that this Mass is scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and is not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

A first-century witness for Roman Catholic unity

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 Pope St. Clement I, November 23, 2015.

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

An unlikely candidate for the priesthood

From Paul Thigpen’s recently published Saints Who Battled Satan (TAN Books, 2015):

It was in fact a young soldier in Napoleon’s army who was to become the most famous spiritual warrior of post-Revolutionary France. John Vianney had been born during the Revolution and raised in a devout Catholic family of farmers that had traveled to distant farms in order to celebrate Masses in secret. He grew up admiring priests as spiritual war heroes because they risked their lives to minister to the people.

Not surprisingly, then, at the age of twenty, John enrolled in a school to be trained for Holy Orders. But he struggled with his studies, especially Latin. In 1809, he was drafted for the army, even though ecclesiastical students in most areas of the country were exempt from the draft. Unable to put his heart into Napoleon’s ill-advised wars, he deserted and hid from the authorities until the emperor issued an amnesty for deserters.

John resumed his studies, yet he continued to struggle. His teachers had serious doubts about his intellectual competence to become a priest. But at last he was ordained and eventually appointed as the parish priest in a little village named Ars, a town of about 230 residents. He spent the rest of his life there.

In time John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, became one of France’s most beloved and sought-out pastors. After a life marked by unstinting effort and heroic humility and penitence, he died in 1859 at the age of 73. He was canonized in 1925 and is the patron saint of pastors and confessors. May his example inspire Catholics to pray and work for a resurgence of the Faith in all nations, especially those in which the Church and Her faithful are most threatened.

Fr. Tunink to offer Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered November 22 at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. The celebrant of the Mass of the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost will be Reverend Father Shawn Tunink of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.

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 Polish seminary of the Society of Christ for Poles Living Abroad, which staffs the parish that makes Old St. John’s Church available for the Silver Spring TLM Congregation.

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, November 24, 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. Everyone is invited to attend.

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.

Fr. Carr to offer Traditional Mass on Saturday morning

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered this Saturday by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. On Saturday morning, November 21, Mass of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at 7:00 am.

Please note that this Mass is scheduled at the discretion of the celebrant, and is not part of the parish’s published Mass calendar. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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. Felix of Valois will be offered Friday evening, November 20, 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.