Georgetown TLM scheduled Friday evening at Copley Crypt Chapel

The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) Community announces that a votive Missa Cantata for Ember Friday in Lent will be offered Friday evening, February 17, 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. Markey to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata will be offered Sunday, February 14, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of the First Sunday in Lent will be Reverend Father Greg Markey of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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.

Once composure has been established, the Liturgy is possible

From the writings of 20th-century liturgical essayist Msgr. Romano Guardini (1885-1968):

Composure is more than freedom from scattered impressions and occupations. It is something positive; it is life in its full depth and power. Left to itself, life will always turn outward toward the multiplicity of things and events, and this natural inclination must be counterbalanced. Consider, for a moment, the nature of respiration. It has two directions: outward and inward. Both are vital; each is part of this elementary function of life; neither is all of it. A living organism that only exhaled or only inhaled would soon suffocate. Composure is the spiritual man’s “inhalation,” by which, from deep within, he collects his scattered self and returns to his center.

Only the composed person is really someone. Only he can be seriously addressed as one capable of replying. Only he is genuinely affected by what life brings him, for he alone is awake, aware. And he is not only wide awake in the superficial sense of being quick to see and grab his advantage — this is a watchfulness shared also by birds and ants. What we mean is true awareness: that inner knowledge of the essential; that ability to make responsible decisions; sensitivity, readiness, and joy.

Once composure has been established, the Liturgy is possible.

Not before. It is not much use to discuss Holy Scripture, the deep significance of symbols, and the vitality of the liturgical renewal if the prerequisite of earnestness is lacking. Without it, even the Liturgy deteriorates to something “interesting,” a passing vogue. To participate in the Liturgy seriously we must be mentally composed. But, like silence, composure does not create itself; it must be willed and practiced.

Meditations Before Mass (1939)

Pilgrim Icon of Częstochowa to visit Silver Spring Old St. John’s

This week at the Historic Church of St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, Our Lady Queen of Poland parish is hosting the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, which is a special copy of the original painting of the Black Madonna in Częstochowa, Poland. Immediately after Sunday’s 8:00 am Mass, Fr. George, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Poland, will lead the Silver Spring Traditional Latin Mass congregation in prayer in commemoration of the visit of the Icon. All are invited to participate.

Old St. John’s Church is located at 9700 Rosensteel Avenue in Forest Glen.

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, February 7, 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 Quinquagesima Sunday. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

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 the Cardinal’s Appeal.

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

February 3 TLM moved to evening at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore announces that its regular Wednesday Traditional Latin Mass on February 3 has been rescheduled from 12:10 pm to 7:00 pm. In observance of the feast of St. Blase, throats will be blessed. This change has been posted to our seven-day schedule.

St. Alphonsus Church is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Parking is available nearby in metered spaces, on surface lots, and in garages.

Candlemas evening TLM to be offered at McLean St. John

A Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:30 pm Tuesday evening, February 2, at St. John the Beloved Church in McLean. Tuesday evening’s Mass, which has been added to our seven-day schedule, will be in observance of the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Candlemas.

St. John the Beloved Church is located at 6420 Linway Terrace in McLean, near the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Birch Road, and offers ample free parking.