Bishop Schneider to celebrate Bl. Karl pontifical Mass Saturday at Old St. Mary’s

A Pontifical Solemn High Mass for the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria, Emperor and King, will be offered at 1:00 pm this Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, home of the first shrine dedicated to Blessed Karl in the Washington area.
Karl Poster 2017 first.pdf

The celebrant of the Mass will be His Excellency Athanasius Schneider orc, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Music will be provided by St. Mary’s Schola, by St. Benet’s Schola, and by the polyphonic choir Musikanten, directed by Kerry Krebill. A first-class relic of Blessed Karl will be displayed for veneration.

After the Mass a reception will be held nearby on Fifth Street NW. Guests of honor at the reception will be Prince Dmitri Galitzine, great-grandson of Blessed Karl, and Princess Alexandra Galitzine.

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

Bishop Schneider to celebrate Bl. Karl pontifical Mass Friday at Old St. Mary’s

A Pontifical Solemn High Mass for the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria, Emperor and King, will be offered at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 21, 2015, at Washington’s St. Mary Mother of God Church, home of the first shrine dedicated to Blessed Karl in the Washington area.

The celebrant of the Mass will be His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Music will be provided by St. Mary’s Schola, by St. Benet’s Schola, and by the polyphonic choir Musikanten, directed by Kerry Krebill. A first-class relic of Blessed Karl will be displayed for veneration.

After the Mass a reception will be held at Market-to-Market Café across Fifth Street from St. Mary’s. Guests at the Mass and reception will include Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl, and Raymond de Souza KM.

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

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)

Lauda, Jerusalem! Charles Town Canons to celebrate two ordinations in October

On Saturday morning, October 17, at 10:00 am, two brothers of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem will join the Very Reverend Prior Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer CRNJ as priests of the Charles Town, West Virginia, monastic community.

Dom John Berchmans Tonkin CRNJ and Dom Alban Baker CRNJ will be ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ at the hands of the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider ORC, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, during a traditional Mass of Ordination in the presence and with the approval of their Ordinary, the Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. The ordinations will be celebrated at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town. A reception will follow.

On each of the two days following, a public First Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by one of the new ordinands at the Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 301 South George Street, Charles Town. Dom John Berchmans will celebrate a First Mass on Sunday morning, October 18, at 10:15 am. On Monday evening, October 19, Dom Alban will celebrate a First Mass at 7:30 pm.

Sunday Solemn Vespers, Benediction continue at D.C. Oratory

A weekly celebration of Solemn Vespers and Benediction that was initiated last October at Washington’s St. Thomas Apostle Church will continue through the Lenten season and beyond. The Sunday afternoon Vespers service is an integral part of the Woodley Park parish’s liturgical program, which is administered by the Oratorian Fathers of the Community of St. Philip Neri, currently in formation at St. Thomas Apostle.

Vespers, the evening prayer of the Church’s Divine Office, is offered each Sunday at 4:00 pm.  The service is sung entirely in Gregorian chant; those interested in participating are encouraged to assist in the preparation of the music beginning at 3:30 pm. Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, who will be visiting Washington this coming weekend, will be among the attendees on Quinquagesima Sunday, February 15.

St. Thomas Apostle Church is located at 2665 Woodley Road in Woodley Park.

Bishop Schneider to speak, offer Mass in D.C. February 14-15

Acclaimed author of Dominus Est! It Is the Lord, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan, will visit Washington, D.C., on the weekend of February 14-15, 2015, to deliver a lecture and to celebrate Holy Mass.

On Saturday afternoon, February 14, at 2:00 pm, Bishop Schneider will speak on the topic “Some Aspects of the Renewal of the Church and Its Liturgy” at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW. His Excellency’s lecture, which is sponsored by the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, will be followed by a reception generously provided by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.

Bishop Schneider will also be the celebrant of the regularly scheduled Traditional Latin Mass at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 15, at St. Mary Mother of God Church, 727 Fifth Street NW. Readers may recall that Old St. Mary’s was the venue of last month’s Pontifical Mass for Life, also sponsored by the Paulus Institute.

Both Saturday’s lecture and Sunday’s Mass are open to the public.