Christ governs the Church as Head and shepherd

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

Because Christ is so exalted, He alone by every right rules and governs the Church; and herein is yet another reason why He must be likened to a head. As the head is the “royal citadel” of the body50—to use the words of Ambrose—and all the members over whom it is placed for their good51 are naturally guided by it as being endowed with superior powers, so the Divine Redeemer holds the helm of the universal Christian community and directs its course. And as to govern human society signifies to lead men to the end proposed by means that are expedient, just and helpful,52 it is easy to see how our Savior, model and ideal of good Shepherds,53 performs all these functions in a most striking way.

While still on earth, He instructed us by precept, counsel and warning in words that shall never pass away, and will be spirit and life54 to all men of all times. Moreover He conferred a triple power on His Apostles and their successors, to teach, to govern, to lead men to holiness, making this power, defined by special ordinances, rights and obligations, the fundamental law of the whole Church.

50 Hexæm., VI, 55: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Latina [P.L.], XIV, 265.
51 Cf. August., De agon. Christi, XX, 22: Migne, P.L., XL, 301.
52 Cf. St. Thos., Summa Theologiæ I q. 22, a. 1-4.
53 Cf. John, X, 1-18; I Peter, V, 1-5.
54 Cf. John VI, 63.

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Fr. Logan to offer Sunday Missa Cantata at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered Sunday, October 8, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Aidan Logan ocso, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will celebrate the Mass of the Eighteenth 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. Ample free parking is available at the Knights of Columbus Hall across the road.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Saturday morning

ol_rosaryThe Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 am on Saturday morning, October 7, at St. Michael Church, 7401 St. Michael’s Lane, Annandale. Reverend Father Richard Carr will celebrate Low Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

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.

Fr. Saguto to offer Sunday TLM, give talk at Baltimore St. Alphonsus

Fr. Kiefer to offer additional Sunday Mass at 7:00 am

fr_gerard_sagutoThis Sunday, October 8, at 11:30 am, the Traditional Latin Mass at the Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore will be celebrated by Reverend Father Gerard Saguto, North American District Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. After Mass, Father Saguto will give a talk in the Shrine’s courtyard. All are invited to attend.

Also, this Sunday only, Shrine pastor Reverend Father Joel Kiefer will offer an additional Low Mass at 7:00 am.

The Shrine is located at 114 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. Free street parking for Sunday Mass will be available, as well as in the lot at the corner of Saratoga and Liberty Streets. Attendees are advised to be aware of road closures for Sunday afternoon’s Columbus Day parade.

Our Lord is exalted above all as Head of the Mystical Body

From Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (1943):

That this Mystical Body which is the Church should be called Christ’s is proved in the second place from the fact that He must be universally acknowledged as its actual Head. “He,” as St. Paul says, “is the Head of the Body, the Church.”43 He is the Head from whom the whole body perfectly organized, “groweth and maketh increase unto the edifying of itself.”44

You are familiar, Venerable Brethren, with the admirable and luminous language used by the masters of Scholastic Theology and chiefly by the Angelic and Common Doctor, when treating this question; and you know that the reasons advanced by Aquinas are a faithful reflection of the mind and writings of the Holy Fathers, who moreover merely repeated and commented on the inspired word of Sacred Scripture.

However for the good of all We wish to touch on this point briefly. And first of all it is clear that the Son of God and of the Blessed Virgin is to be called the head of the Church by reason of His singular pre-eminence. For the Head is in the highest place. But who is in a higher place than Christ God, who as the Word of the Eternal Father must be acknowledged to be the “firstborn of every creature?”45 Who has reached more lofty heights than Christ Man who, though born of the Immaculate Virgin, is the true and natural Son of God, and in virtue of His miraculous and glorious resurrection, a resurrection triumphant over death, has become the “firstborn of the dead?”46 Who finally has been so exalted as He, who as “the one mediator of God and men”47 has in a most wonderful manner linked earth to heaven, who, raised on the Cross as on a throne of mercy, has drawn all things to Himself,48 who, as the Son of Man chosen from among thousands, is beloved of God beyond all men, all angels and all created things?49

44 Cf. Eph., IV, 16; Col., II, 19.
45 Col., I, 15.
46 Col., I, 18; Apoc., I, 5.
47Tim., II, 5.
48 Cf. John, XII, 32.
49 Cf. Cyr. Alex., Comm. in Ioh. I, 4: Migne, Patrologiæ Cursus completus, Series Græca, LXXIII, 69; St. Thos., Summa Theologiæ I, q. 20, a. 4, ad 1.

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Monday evening TLM set at Crystal City Lourdes

The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at 7:00 pm this Monday evening, October 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Arlington. Reverend Father Eric Schafer will be the celebrant of the Mass of the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. All are welcome to attend.

The church is located four blocks west of U.S. Route 1 in Crystal City and offers ample free parking. Metrorail provides frequent service at the Crystal City station on the Yellow Line, a 15-minute walk from the church.