Fr. Tangorra to offer Palm Sunday Missa Cantata at 7:45 a.m. at Silver Spring

A Missa Cantata with schola will be offered this Sunday, March 25, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Reverend Father Philip-Michael Tangorra of the Diocese of Paterson will be the celebrant of the Mass of Palm Sunday. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Holy Mass will begin at 7:45 am (note the early start time). Confessions will be heard from 7:15 to 7:40 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.

The spiritual journey of Holy Week

The following excerpt from the writings of St. Andrew of Crete, the theme of a spiritual conference given by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth at the Oratorian Church of St. Thomas Apostle in Washington on March 28, 2015, is offered as a meditation for Holy Week as we prepare to commemorate the Passion of Our Lord and to renew our baptismal promises at the Vigil Mass of Easter.

Come, together let us ascend Mount Olivet and meet Christ as He returns today from Bethany and advances of His own free choice to His Passion, thus completing the mystery of our salvation. For He comes freely to Jerusalem as He once came from Heaven in order to exalt us with Himself. But He does not come with pomp and circumstance, like a man ascending a throne: He shall not dispute or shout aloud, nor shall anyone hear His voice upraised. He is meek and humble, and goes poorly clad.

Therefore, let us now devote ourselves to the Passion mystery and imitate those who went to meet Him. Ours is not to strew the way with palms but with ourselves, humbled in spirit, upright in mind and will.

Thus we shall receive the Word when He comes, and shall have God for our Guest.

The Word rejoices to come to us as our familiar Friend and to draw us to Himself. He has indeed ascended beyond the heavens and entered into the glory of His Godhead, but His love for mankind does not permit Him to depart from us, for He seeks to make us sharers of His exaltation.

Let us put on His grace, then, or, rather, His very self: As many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. Then we can make of ourselves a path for His feet to tread, and shout each day what the children sang: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord: the King of Israel.

Early Palm Sunday start set for Silver Spring TLM

A Missa Cantata with choir will be offered this Sunday, April 13, at the Traditional Latin Mass Congregation of Silver Spring, Maryland. Monsignor Thomas Olszyk, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, will be the celebrant of the Mass of Palm Sunday.

Because the Palm Sunday liturgy is slightly longer than that of most other Sundays, Holy Mass will begin at 7:50 am, ten minutes before the usual start time.  Confessions will be heard from 7:20 to 7:45 am.

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