Corpus Christi Mass, devotions set for Thursday at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

A Solemn High Mass and eucharistic devotions will be celebrated this Thursday, May 31, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland.

Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 9:00 am Thursday morning and continue throughout the day, including a Holy Hour of Reparation at noon. A Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 pm, followed at 7:15 pm with a Eucharistic procession through the town of Benedict and concluding with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 8:00 pm.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located at 7185 Benedict Avenue in Benedict, Maryland, about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

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.

First Friday, Saturday TLMs set at Benedict St. Francis

Two special Traditional Latin Masses will be celebrated this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, November 6, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in November, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • On Saturday morning, November 7, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass at 8:00 am.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

The greatest sin of modern worship: a refusal to adore

From a talk given in 2012 by the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan:

In order to speak of new evangelization correctly, it is necessary first to turn our gaze towards Him Who is the true evangelizer, namely Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Word of God made Man. The Son of God came upon this earth to expiate and redeem the greatest sin, sin par excellence. And this sin, humanity’s sin par excellence, consists in refusing to adore God, in refusing to keep the first place, the place of honor, for Him. This sin on the part of man consists in not paying attention to God, in no longer having a sense of the fittingness of things, or even a sense of the details pertaining to God and to the Adoration that is His due, in not wanting to see God, in not wanting to kneel before God.

For such an attitude, the incarnation of God is an embarrassment; as a result the real presence of God in the Eucharistic mystery is likewise an embarrassment; the centrality of the Eucharistic presence of God in our churches is an embarrassment. Indeed sinful man wants the center stage for himself, whether within the Church or during the Eucharistic celebration; he wants to be seen, to be noticed.

For this reason Jesus the Eucharist, God incarnate, present in the tabernacle under the Eucharistic form, is set aside. Even the representation of the Crucified One on the cross in the middle of the altar during the celebration facing the people is an embarrassment, for it might eclipse the priest’s face. Therefore the image of the Crucified One in the center of the altar as well as Jesus the Eucharist in the tabernacle, also in the center of the altar, are an embarrassment. Consequently, the cross and the tabernacle are moved to the side. During mass, the congregation must be able to see the priest’s face at all times, and he delights in placing himself literally at the center of the house of God. And if perchance Jesus the Eucharist is still left in His tabernacle in the middle of the altar because the Ministry of Historical Monuments—even in an atheist regime—has forbidden moving it for the conservation of artistic heritage, the priest, often throughout the entire Eucharistic celebration, does not scruple to turn his back to Him.

How often have good and faithful adorers of Christ cried out in their simplicity and humility: “God bless you, Ministry of Historical Monuments! At least you have left us Jesus in the center of our church.”

— “The Extraordinary Form and the New Evangelization” (January 15, 2012)

Holy Mass, Holy Communion and the Holy Rosary: sources of “accidental joy”

From the writings of St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716):

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gives boundless honor to the Most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer God the merits of Our Lord’s obedience, of His sufferings and of His Precious Blood. The whole of the heavenly court also receives an accidental joy from the Mass. Several doctors of the Church — together with Saint Thomas Aquinas — tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in Heaven rejoice in the Communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that by means of it men share in its fruits and work out their salvation.

Now, the Holy Rosary, recited together with meditation on the sacred mysteries is a sacrifice of praise to God to thank Him for the great grace of our redemption. It is also a holy reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ. It is therefore true that the Rosary gives glory, gives an accidental joy to Our Lord, to Our Lady and to all the blessed because they cannot desire anything greater or more contributive to our eternal happiness than to see us engaged in a practice which is so glorious for Our Lord and so salutary for ourselves.

The Secret of the Rosary

Act of reparation to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament

The following prayer, formerly indulgenced, was promulgated by Pope Pius VII in 1815 during a time of profound crisis for the West and for the Church. It would be especially appropriate for use during a Holy Hour, after receiving Holy Communion, or at any time that one hears of an outrage to the Most Holy Eucharist.

Jesus, my God, my Savior, true God and true Man, in that lowly homage with which the faith itself inspires me, with my whole heart I adore and love Thee in the most august Sacrament of the Altar, in reparation for all the acts of irreverence, profanation and sacrilege, which I myself may ever have been so unhappy as to have committed, as well as for all such like acts that ever have been done by others, or that may be done in ages yet to come. I adore Thee, my God, not indeed as Thou deservest, nor as much as I am bound to adore, but as far as I am able; and I would that I could adore Thee with all the perfection of which a reasonable creature is capable. Meantime I purpose now and ever to adore Thee, not only for those Catholics who adore and love Thee not, but also for the conversion of all bad Christians, and of all Heretics, Schismatics, Mohammedans, Jews and idolaters. Jesus, my God, mayest Thou be ever known, adored, loved and praised every moment, in the most holy and divine Sacrament. Amen.

Friday, Saturday TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Two special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, July 3, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, July 4, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass at 8:00 am.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

Corpus Christi weekend TLM events set at Benedict St. Francis de Sales

Three special Traditional Latin Mass events will be held this coming weekend at St. Francis de Sales Church in Benedict, Maryland:

  • On Friday evening, June 5, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Traditional Mass for the First Friday in June, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass and Adoration, there will be light refreshments in the rectory.
  • On Saturday morning, June 6, at 8:00 am, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass followed by light refreshments.
  • The regular Sunday morning TLM at 11:00 am on June 7 will be a Missa Cantata. Sunday’s 9:00 am Ordinary Form Mass will be followed by a Eucharistic procession in honor of the external solemnity of Corpus Christi.

These Masses have been added to our seven-day schedule.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

Corpus Christi High Mass, procession set at Washington Old St. Mary’s

A sung High Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church.

The Mass, which has been added to our seven-day schedule, will be followed by a Eucharistic procession. Readers are reminded that the feast day also coincides with the monthly first-Thursday worldwide Eucharistic novena for the 2015 Synod on the Family.

St. Mary Mother of God Church is located at 727 Fifth Street NW in Chinatown.

More than a meal

From Turning Toward the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer, by Rev. Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Cong. Orat.:

Pastoral experience of the last four decades shows that the understanding of the Mass as the sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Church has diminished considerably, if not faded away among the faithful. I do not want to suggest that the sweeping triumph of the celebration “facing the people” is the only reason for this deplorable development. However, the emphasis on the meal aspect of the Eucharist that complemented the celebrant priest’s turning towards the people [after the Second Vatican Council] has been overdone and has fallen short of the Eucharist as a visible sacrifice, as indeed the nature of man demands . . .