Solemn High TLM for Fátima centenary set at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fátima, a Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass will be offered at 7:30 pm this Friday evening, October 13, at Washington’s Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church. Musical accompaniment, including polyphonic works by Byrd and Palestrina, will be provided by the vocal group Chantry. All are invited to attend.

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church is located on Capitol Hill at 1357 East Capitol Street SE.

Woodbridge St. Elizabeth Ann Seton sets Missa Cantata for Seven Sorrows

A Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, this Friday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is located at 12805 Valleywood Drive in Lake Ridge. Ample free parking is available.

Dominican Rite Solemn Mass to be offered Monday evening at D.C. Priory

A Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite for the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be offered at 7:30 pm on Monday, November 21, at the Priory of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

The Priory, a religious community of friars within the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, is located at 487 Michigan Avenue NE. Parking is available on neighborhood streets off Michigan Avenue; limited parking is available on the Priory grounds.

This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Missa Cantata for Seven Sorrows of Mary set at Clifton St. Andrew

A Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated at 7:00 pm this Thursday evening, September 15, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, Virginia.

Holy Mass will be preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by Rosary, Novena and Benediction beginning at 6:30 pm. Confession will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Adoration will continue after Mass from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

St. Andrew the Apostle Church is located just north of Compton Road (Virginia State Route 658) about a mile east of Centreville Road (Virginia State Route 28). Ample free parking is available.

Blasphemy of the Blessed Mother at her namesake university on her name day: a call for reparation

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, was established in 1842 under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary and dedicated to her as Our Lady of The Lake (the institution’s full name translated from the native French of its founders, the Congregation of the Holy Cross).

Today, September 12, is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Until the 1970 upheaval of the liturgical calendar that reduced this date from a feast day of the third class to an “optional memorial,” it might have been expected that on this date the University would have engaged in joyful and reverent celebration of its patron’s name day.

This afternoon at 5:30, the President, Law School, and Student Government of the University of Notre Dame are sponsoring and promoting a public speaking appearance by pro-abortion, anti-marriage Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. Against this outrage, not so much as a whisper has been heard from the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or anyone else of authority in the Church in the United States or elsewhere.

We ask our readers to join us in prayer at that hour—perhaps, if possible, at Holy Mass or at a chapel of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—in reparation for this evening’s blasphemy, and in petition to her whose intercession stays God’s just punishment of the myriad, continual infidelities and blasphemies toward Jesus Christ, the living and true God of life, and his Blessed Mother by ourselves, our nation and its notionally “pro-life” and “pro-marriage” Catholic establishment.

Sancta Maria, refugium peccatorum, ora pro nobis!

Juventutem DC schedules Mass, recollection Thursday at Lourdes Chapel

A Day of Recollection sponsored by Juventutem DC will be held Thursday afternoon, September 15, at 4:00 pm in Lourdes Chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington.
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Reverend Father Brian Sanderfoot, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Northeast Washington, will celebrate the Mass of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary and afterward will offer a recollection on the theme “The Roman Canon: We Don’t Change It, It Changes Us.” A men’s Gregorian schola will provide musical accompaniment to the Mass, including the sequence “Stabat Mater.”

The Mass and recollection are free of charge and open to the public; new and returning students at the Catholic University of America and other area colleges and universities are especially invited to attend. Afterward, a social hour is planned at Brookland Pint, 716 Monroe Street NE.

Lourdes Chapel is located on the lower level of the Basilica adjacent to the Crypt Church. The Basilica is about a 10-minute walk from the Brookland-CUA station on Metrorail’s Red Line. Ample free parking is available on the Basilica grounds and in a surface lot across Harewood Road.

Alexandria St. Rita to host Thursday evening reception in honor of Nativity of Mary

Following regularly scheduled 7:30 pm Low Mass at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Alexandria for the feast of the Nativity of Mary on Thursday, September 8, the parish’s Legion of Mary will host a welcome reception in the parish center reception hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Rita of Cascia Church is located just off Mount Vernon Avenue at the north end of the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Ample free parking is available.

A prayer for conversion in perilous times

Over the space of several generations we Catholics have stood by, mostly silent, as Modernists have distorted the truths of our Faith; have robbed us of our liturgical patrimony; have extolled the perceived virtues of Judaism, Islam, various Protestant denominations, and other non-Catholic religions; and have impeded missionary work toward the union of all peoples in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. As our reward, we have witnessed the collapse of the Church in the West and the advance of bloody terror to Her very gates.

By our silence, our wavering, our equivocation, our failure in stewardship, we have brought mortal peril upon our society and upon our souls. Even so we may yet take comfort that God in His Mercy will stay His hand and save us if we turn to Him with our whole heart, proclaim and live His Gospel, and work toward the establishment of the Social Reign of Christ the King.

Let the time for equivocation now end. We implore our pastors, our hierarchs, and all our Catholic brethren to join in the following prayer, formerly indulgenced, promulgated by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.

O most loving and beloved Heart of Jesus, prostrate before Thee we fervently beseech Thee to extend over the Church and throughout the world those streams of living water, which flow from Thee as from an inexhaustible fountain springing up into eternal life. O Jesus, son of David and Son of the living God, have compassion upon us, the children of Thy pierced Heart. O take not from us the gift of Thy most holy Faith, though we deserve as much for our sins and ingratitude; hide not Thyself from our eyes, Thou Who art the true light and our one hope; but remain with us, O Lord, while the darkness of error grows thicker, and fill us with the fire of charity, which Thou camest on earth to bring, and desirest to be enkindled in the hearts of all men.

O Jesus, sacrificed for us upon the altar of the Cross, draw us to Thee, and with us draw the Jews and Turks, for whom also Thou hast shed Thy Blood to the last drop.

May this Blood, once invoked by some in malediction, descend in benediction upon their heads and save them. May this Blood, despised and profaned by other nations, give forth for these a cry for mercy and purify them. Succour, O Lord, we implore Thee, the poor sons of Isaac and Ishmael, for whom Thou wouldst again undergo Thy dolorous Passion and Death. We appeal on their behalf to those most holy Wounds in Thy Hands and Feet and Side, which Thou dost keep ever fresh and open, as the price of the world’s redemption. To their powerful pleadings are united those which issue from the heart of Thy most sweet Mother. That heart, transfixed with a sword of grief, plunged in a sea of suffering, tormented with Thine at the foot of the Cross, we offer to Thee, O Jesus, for the salvation of all those unhappy souls.

O sweet heart of Mary, do thou speak to Jesus as we ourselves know not how to speak, and He will hear thee, so that even if a miracle be necessary to overcome the resistance of those for whom we pray, we ask it of thee, O Virgin Immaculate, by that immense love which thou bearest to Jesus.

Only deign to appear to the Jews and Turks as thou didst once appear to Ratisbonne,1 and, at a signal from thy right hand, like him they will be suddenly converted.

Oh! may the day soon come when the Holy Trinity shall reign through thee in all hearts, and all shall know, love and adore in spirit and in truth the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

1 Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne (1814-1884), a convert from Judaism who experienced a vision of the Blessed Mother in his youth, became a Jesuit, and later co-founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion.

Fr. Carr to offer TLM this Thursday, Saturday

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

On Thursday, April 7, a ferial Low Mass of Easter will be offered. Low Mass of Our Lady on Saturday will be offered on April 9.

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.

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.