Missa Solemnis to be celebrated Friday evening at Alexandria St. Mary

On Friday evening, February 18, a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered at 7:30 pm at historic St. Mary Church in Alexandria.

Reverend Father James Bradley of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be the celebrant. Opportunities for Confession will be available. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Mary Church is located at 310 South Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Thursday, Saturday TLMs set this week at Fairfax St. Leo

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be celebrated this Thursday evening and Saturday morning at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax.

A Low Mass will be celebrated Thursday evening, March 17, at 7:00 pm. On Saturday afternoon, March 19, a Missa Cantata will be celebrated at 2:00 pm. These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Leo the Great Church is located at 3700 Old Lee Highway, between U.S. Route 50 and Main Street in Fairfax. Ample free parking is available.

Fr. Markey to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered Sunday, March 13, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The celebrant of the Mass of Passion Sunday 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.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Saturday morning

A ferial Low Mass of Lent in the Extraordinary Form, with a commemoration of Pope St. Gregory the Great, will be offered at 9:30 am on Saturday morning, March 12, by Reverend Father Richard Carr at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale.

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.

Alexandria St. Rita sets Requiem Missa Cantata for Justice Scalia

At noon this Saturday, March 12, a Requiem Missa Cantata will be celebrated at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Alexandria. Reverend Father Daniel N. Gee will be the celebrant of the Mass for the repose of the soul of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the 30-day anniversary of his passing. This “Month’s Mind” Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Rita of Cascia Church is located at 3815 Russell Road, at the north end of Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, and offers ample free parking.

What to do at Mass?

From the writings of French Jesuit devotional author Père Jean Croiset (1656-1738):

You do not know what to do at Mass? Have you never offended God? Do you not offend Him every day, and every hour of the day? Run over, during Mass, all the faults you have committed since the Mass of the preceding day, and ask His pardon for them. But do you want nothing? You complain every day of your parents, your friends, your children: ask then Almighty God to make such a one more reasonable, another more modest, another less exasperated; to change the heart of another, to grant yourself more meekness, more patience, more courage and more zeal for your salvation, and above all, His perfect love. To obtain all these graces, offer to Him Jesus Christ as a sacrifice. He can never refuse your requests. For what you offer is worth infinitely more than all that you can ask for.

It is extraordinary that our Lord can fill His house only by using violence, and forcing us, as it were, to enter. But it is still more extraordinary that we should enter the house of God so often, and assist every day at the most august of all sacrifices, and yet draw no fruit from it. We do not even understand the ineffable advantages which we can derive from it. This ignorance and negligence is one of the things we have most reason to deplore among Christians. What a misfortune, that we possess in the midst of us an immense and inexhaustible treasure, and that, from not being aware of it, we live in indigence! But if we know this treasure, and yet derive no benefit from it, are we not still more to be pitied?

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1691)

Msgr. Smith to offer Sunday TLM at Silver Spring

A Low Mass will be offered this Sunday, March 6, 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 Fourth Sunday of Lent (Lætare 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.

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

Contemplation stokes a thirst for beauty

From the spiritual writings of Reverend Father Jacques Philippe:

By bringing us into communion with God, prayer makes us share in God’s creativity. Contemplation nourishes our creative faculties and our inventiveness, particularly in the realm of beauty. Contemporary art is cruelly lacking in inspiration and very often produces nothing but painful ugliness, when people are so thirsty for beauty. Only a renewal of faith and prayer will enable artists to rediscover the sources of true creativity, so that they will once again be able to provide people with the beauty they so badly need, as was done by Fra Angelico, Rembrandt, or Johann Sebastian Bach.

Thirsting for Prayer (Scepter, 2014)