A few photographs of Mass can be seen here.
Diolch yn fawr Canon!
The Latin Mass Society in Wrexham was very pleased to say Croeso I Cymru to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest once again today as Canon Poucin de Wouilt made the short pilgrimage from the Dome of Home to celebrate our 4th Sunday Mass in place of Canon Doyle.
A few photographs of Mass can be seen here.
Diolch yn fawr Canon!
Mass will be celebrated for the Third Sunday after Epiphany at
St Winefride's, Well Street, Holywell at 11.30am on Sunday 27th January 2019.
We welcome Canon Poucin de Wouilt ICKSP of New Brighton as Guest Celebrant.
The Gospel describes two miracles of Christ, confirming His Divinity before Jewish priests through the cleansing of the despised leper who came to Him personally; also, before the Gentile world through the amazing cure of a lowly paralytic utterly unable to come. "They all wondered at these things." (Communion).
We must show our faith in His Divinity by never despising anyone, however lowly, for our God is a God of Mercy; again, as the Epistle warns, never to render evil for evil, since He is the God of Justice, who will avenge all injustice.
Then will He "stretch forth the right hand" (Prayer) of His Divinity to heal our souls from the leprosy and paralysis of sin (Secret). The Gospel finally speaks of the eternal banquet where humanity will feed on Divinity; out-side of which, non-believers in His Divinity will suffer eternal night.
The 27th January is the Feast of St. John Chrysostom E. C. D., one of the Four Great Doctors of the Eastern Church, Archbishop of Constantinople, whose body now lies in the Vatican, and who passed away in 407. Famous as an orator, he was honoured with the name Chrysostom, meaning golden-mouthed. He is not commemorated according to the 1962 Missal but it may nonetheless be a prompt to read some of his works and gain wisdom of the Saint.
As mentioned here, the Holy Father has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
The functions of the PCED will be taken over by the the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Vatican’s daily Bolletino has published a motu proprio dated two days ago. Sorry, but it is in Italian only! The Vatican News website also carrlies these news.
As I said in my St Stephen's Day post - this is probably not the end of world!
UPDATE - Google translate of Moto Proprio:
Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu just about the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", 19.01.2019
For over thirty years the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, established with the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta, of 2 July 1988, has acquitted with sincere concern and praiseworthy concern the task of collaborating with the Bishops and the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, in facilitating the full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, communities or individuals religious and religious, linked to the Fraternity founded by Mgr. Marcel Lefebvre, who wished to remain united to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church, preserving their spiritual and liturgical traditions.1
In this way, it was able to exercise its authority and competence on behalf of the Holy See on these companies and associations, until otherwise provided.2
Subsequently, under the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of 7 July 2007, the Pontifical Commission extended the authority of the Holy See over those Institutes and religious communities, which had adhered to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite and had assumed the previous traditions of life. religious, overseeing the observance and application of the established provisions.3
Two years later, my Venerable Predecessor Benedict XVI, with the Motu Proprio Ecclesiae Unitatem, of 2 July 2009, reorganized the structure of the Pontifical Commission, in order to make it more suitable for the new situation created with the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated without a pontifical mandate. Moreover, considering that, after such an act of grace, the matters dealt with by the same Pontifical Commission were primarily doctrinal, he has more organically linked it to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while retaining its initial aims, but modifying its the structure.4
Now, since the Feria IV of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of November 15, 2017 made the request that the dialogue between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X be conducted directly by the aforementioned Congregation, since the issues treated are of a doctrinal nature, to which request I gave my approval in Audientia to the Prefect on the following 24th and this proposal received the Plenary Session of the same Congregation celebrated from 23 to 26 January 2018, after ample reflection, I have come to the following Decision.
Considering today the conditions that had led the Holy Pontiff John Paul II to the establishment of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei;
noting that the Institutes and the religious communities that usually celebrate in extraordinary form have today found their own stability of number and life;
noting that the aims and issues dealt with by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei are of a predominantly doctrinal nature;
wishing that these aims are increasingly evident to the conscience of the ecclesial communities,
with the present Apostolic Letter 'Motu proprio data',
1. The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, instituted on 2 July 1988 with the Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta, has been pressed.
2. The tasks of the Commission in question are assigned in full to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, within which a special Section will be set up to continue the work of supervision, promotion and protection so far conducted by the suppressed Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Gods.
3. The budget of the Pontifical Commission is part of the ordinary accounting of the aforementioned Congregation.
Moreover, I establish that the present Motu proprio, to be observed in spite of anything contrary, even if worthy of particular mention, is promulgated by publication in the newspaper L'Osservatore Romano outgoing on 19 January 2019, entering into immediate force, and subsequently inserted in the official Commentary of the Holy See, Acta Apostolicae Sedis.
Given in Rome, at St. Peter's, January 17, 2019, VI of Our Pontificate.
1CF. Joannes Paulus PP. II, Litterae Apostolicae 'Motu proprio datae', Ecclesia Dei adflicta ', 2 Iulii 1988, AAS, LXXX (1988), 12 (15 November 1988), 1495-1498, 6a.
2 Cf. Rescriptum ex Audientia Sanctissimi, 18 Oct. 1988, AAS, LXXXII (1990), 5 (3 Maii 1990), 533-534, 6.
3 Cf. Benedictus PP. XVI, Litterae Apostolicae 'Motu proprio datae', Summorum Pontificum, 7 Iulii 2007, AAS, XCIX (2007), 9 (7 Sept. 2007), 777-781, 12.
4 Cf. Benedictus PP. XVI, Litterae Apostolicae 'Motu proprio datae', Ecclesiae Unitatem, 2 Iulii 2009, AAS, CI (2009),
8 (7 Aug. 2009), 710-711, 5.
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Today's gospel reading shows us a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Marriages have been contracted since the beginning of time and will continue to the end. God, Himself instituted marriage and Christ raised it to the level of a Sacrament. Marriage is an honorable state and those who enter it do no wrong, but we must not loose sight of the fact that it is a vocation and those who enter into this vocation must have a calling from God for this state in life.
Because marriage is a Sacrament it should be received only after the same careful preparation as is made for the reception of the other sacraments. Those who receive Holy Communion while in the state of mortal sin become guilty of a sacrilege. Likewise those who contract marriage with the words "I do" while in the state of sin, at that very moment have committed a sacrilege. It is feared that many marry merely to gratify their lust, and this is contrary to the pure and holy purpose for which God has instituted and Christ has raised this contract to the dignity of a sacrament. We must remember the words of the Angel Raphael to Tobias: "They who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves and from their mind, and to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and the mule, which have not understanding, — over them the devil hath power." Tob. 6: 17.
People often think and talk much about a civil contract before they enter into it. How much more should we consider and pray before we enter into the sacred contract of matrimony? Those who without due preparation enter into the married state, or do so inconsiderately and frivolously, as is often done, act against the will of God, and thereby commit a sin.
St. Paul says: "Husbands, love your wives as Christ also loved the Church." _ Eph. 5:29. Such a love is faithful, indulgent and holy. Christ never did nor will He ever forsake the Church. His love never grows cold. He offers Himself up daily for her and unceasingly imparts to her His grace. The love of married people must not grow cold in the course of time, nor turn into indifference, much less into aversion and hatred. Attractions, charms and beauty may pass away, but love must be enduring.
Christ is always patent with our many faults. How mercifully He treats sinners. In like manner married people must be indulgent with each other, and bear with patience their mutual faults and frailties.
The Apostle says that Christ thinks continually "of sanctifying and purifying His Church and presenting her to Himself without spot or wrinkle." Likewise Christian married people must endeavor by instruction, good example, and prayer, to assist each other in the path of virtue and holiness.
The primary purpose of marriage is the bearing and raising of children. This is an essential element in the sacrament of marriage. Therefore married people are not allowed to frustrate this natural purpose in any way. They must learn to welcome every child they may be given as a gift from God to be treasured and returned to Him one day in Heaven.
It is not enough to just bring children into this world. Parents are bound to bring up their children as useful members of society and as pious members of the Church. Parents must see that their children learn some trade or business, accustom themselves form childhood to economy and a regular life, act honestly, and conduct themselves properly; for only in such a way is there hope that they will eventually fulfill their duties as citizens and contribute to the common good of society.
Most importantly parents must implant religion and the fear of God in the hearts of their children from their earliest years; they must instruct them in Christian doctrine. They must guard them against seduction, sin, and vice; exhort them to prayer and the use of the means of salvation, and give them a good example. Woe to parents if they be satisfied with providing for their children in this life, but care not whether they be saved or damned. They neglect the principle end for which matrimony was instituted, and cannot stand without trembling before the judgment seat of God.
As the married state imposes such great and important duties, married people evidently need great graces; for with human strength alone these duties can not be fulfilled. And can all those who have entered the state of matrimony reasonably expect these special graces? Not if, contrary to the known will of God, and despite their vocation to another condition of life, they have rashly taken upon themselves the burdensome duties of the married state. Recognise therefore the necessity of a divine vocation for the holy state of matrimony.
On Sunday 10th Feburary 2019, His Lordship, the Rt. Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will celebrate Pontifical High Mass in his Cathedral at Shrewsbury. More details can be found here.
The 10th February is also the Second Sunday of February and would usually see a Mass take place at St Francis, Llay.
Many of the regular Llay regular congregation wish to travel to Shrewsbury to cherish the rare and graceful celebration of a Pontifical High Mass by a Bishop in his own Cathedral and therefore having spoken with Canon Lordan at Llay, we have agreed to cancel the February Mass.
The next Mass at Llay will be on Sunday 10th March at 12:30pm.
Additionally, also concerning Llay, it has become customary to observe the Feast of Passion Sunday in place of Palm Sunday. This will occur again this year.
This is due to the Parish Novus Ordo Mass being longer and meaning that it would have a knock on effect to the Latin Mass commencement time which is already quite late.
Therefore, Mass will be on the First Sunday at Llay in April (7th April) and not the usual Second Sunday. A schedule of all Masses on their appointed dates can be viewed here.
A new feast of the Holy Family was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 as a model and protection against anti-Christian governments and to combat godless theories and practices that would force Christ out of the modern home.
"Subject to them" is the oft-repeated phrase in this Mass. When the Son of God came, He did not exempt Himself from obedience to Divine and human law. He did not live an isolated life away from men when He became the Son of Man.
The Unity of the Holy Trinity was reflected in the unity of the three Persons of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, Joseph; each working for the other. This obedience to law (Communion) is singled out as the basis of happiness here and hereafter (Prayer).
The Epistle explains in detail this Christian law for the Christian family, especially charity and unity. Obedience to "My Father's business" (Gospel) must come first, before all other business, if earth and Heaven are to find our family unbroken.
Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph will be celebrated at St Francis of Assis Church, Llay at 12:30pm on Sunday 13 January 2019
Epiphany this year falls on the first Sunday of the year and we continue in the joy of the Birth of Our Lord. What was made manifest to the chosen people by rational beings (angels and prophets) - God chose to reveal to the Gentiles through inanimate signs (a star). Herod and all those with him represent to us a fictional chosen people. The shepherds were chosen as we see because angels came and informed and instructed them. King Herod was however a servant of the Roman Empire hating been appointed by them and not by God. Herod had access to all the prophesies but not to wisdom and understanding. When the Magi ask for information Herod through the priests was able to instruct while still being blind and ignorant. The rational instructions of the prophets were useless to them while the inanimate sign of a star reseals Truth to the Gentiles.
After Mary and Joseph we see the shepherds enlightened by angels came to adore God. The Gentiles came forward next before the king and priests. There is an order of worthiness, we might say as we consider who came first and who followed. Mary and Joseph ranked first in worthiness, or pleased God first and so worshiped Him first: next the shepherds who were of the chosen race but remained humble, honest, simple, and lowly (all virtues loved by God), thirdly came the Magi or Gentiles (these were the elite, noble learned. wise of the Gentile nations The Magi even though they were elevated in the eyes of men remained humble and therefore pleasing in the eyes of God also They Were not too proud to come bow and adore a new-born infant King in the humblest of surroundings.
The faith was given to the humble of the chosen people and then to the Gentiles, but it was refused to the proud of the "chosen people" and those who falsely claim that title of "chosen". Herod had a false title. The priests were filled with pride and therefore blinded and denied the faith and salvation. We later witness that this Levitical heretical priesthood must die out because of their pride and rejection of Christ.
The Magi present us with symbols of profound doctrinal importance. They offered gold indicating that Jesus is a true King: frankincense indicating that Jesus is true God: myrrh (which is used for burials) indicating that Jesus is truly human and must die for our sins
The Magi are led home by another path and do not return the way they came. This indicates to us that we too must not go back or return to the life or path of sin from our past but rather that we must go forward on another path the path of life and virtue. We are to return to that Paradise that Adam left. It is not to be found by returning along the road we have taken (sin) but rather the return must be by a new road (virtues of charity, humility, chastity).
Once on that new road, and a rocky road it is, we must take care to pursue it and not turn back.
It was the humble town of Bethlehem that first received Our Lord, but then He was forced to find shelter in Egypt - the land to the East - the land of the Gentiles. Christ was rejected once in His humble servant Joseph by the other sons of Israel, and Joseph found shelter in Egypt just as we see Our Lord is forced to do again. This parallel is most interesting. Joseph saved his people during the drought in bringing them into Egypt. St. Joseph saved Christ and therefore us by fleeing to Egypt. When Moses went to free Israel from the bondage of slavery it was necessary that God should send an angel and destroy the first-born of all the Egyptian oppressors The devils aping God and attempting to mock His ways inspired Herod to murder the Holy innocents in an attempt to destroy Christ and therefore the salvation of Egypt and the entire world as well as Israel's own salvation.
Pride and other vices always seek to destroy God and His people (His people today are the members of the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church). The devils and the vices they inspire evil men with always fail. History proves this over and over, yet the devils never give up and foolish men continue to listen and follow these demons as they lead them to eternal death.
Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui facis mirabilia magna solus: praetende super famulos tuos, et super congregationes illis commissas, spiritum gratiae salutaris; et, ut in veritate tibi complaceant, perpetuum eis rorem tuae benedictionis infunde.
Kevin Jones is the local representative for the Latin Mass Society in Wrexham Diocese. Any views expressed neither represent those of the Latin Mass Society or the Diocese of Wrexham.