The second Sunday in Tempus Septuagesimӕ is Dominica in Sexagesima or Sexagesima Sunday and a sung Mass will take place at St Winefride's, Holywell at 1130am. All welcome.
Many of those who know me will possibly have observed the fussiness I display when it comes to closing my hand missal or breviary - ensuring that pages are not creased and marker ribbons are not strangulating the page and so on. These are special books after all.
One of the issues with marker ribbons, especially those not made of satin, is that they fray, become unsightly and eventually fail to serve a purpose.
Well to help, I have discovered a product called Fray Stoppa (other similar brands are also available!). You place some of the clear solution on a piece of paper, dip the tips of your breviary or missal ribbons in it, allow to dry for no more then 5 minutes and hey presto no more fraying!
It is unobtrusive and for around a fiver, it will add years more service to your sacred books. I bought mine via Hobbycraft but it can be bought online from various outlets.
[I am now told that a viable alternate is clear nail varnish!]
The LMS is offering sponsorship for two young people (18-35) to attend the Roman Forum’s annual symposium at Lake Gardone in northern Italy this summer.
Originally the brainchild of the late Dietrich von Hildebrand and in recent years organised by Dr John Rao (who spoke at our last One-Day Conference), this eleven-day event has an impressive line-up of international speakers that would be of great interest to Catholics sympathetic to the Traditional Mass. Full details of the event can be seen on the LMS website here:
The headline cost of the event is €2100. The LMS is offering two bursaries of £500 each towards this cost. However, from our talks with the event organisers, we understand that they would be prepared to bring the price for our two sponsored places down further (they haven’t specified a figure yet).
Anyone person in the specified age range who is interest is invited to contact the LMS direct via firstname.lastname@example.org
It was with great sorrow that I learned recently of the death of Fr Timothy Brien who I met many times when he celebrated Mass at St Anthony of Padua, Saltney on supply.
Fr. Brien was born in 1935 and was ordained in 1973.
He was a character with a soft tone and really pleasant character which reached out when he conversed with you.
He will be received into the Church of Immaculate Conception, Coleshill Street, Flint at 7pm on Wednesday (12th February) with a Requiem at Noon Thursday (13th February).
Of your charity, please pray for the repose of his soul.
Mass times for Wrexham venues for the months of February through to May (God willing) are listed here.
It should be noted that the usual second Sunday Low Mass at Llay is changed in the month of April to the first Sunday - which is the 6th April.
Mass times for the the whole country can be downloaded from the LMS website by clicking here.
I read with interest the letter sent out by Father Butler, the chairman of Brentwood Diocese liturgy commission, in which he is very critical of the revised translation of the Roman Missal which was introduced in English and Welsh Dioceses and pretty much the English speaking world in Advent 2011.
The letter, which you can read here, suggests that clergy ought to revert back to the preceding edition.
As you can imagine this has caused a little bit of embarrassment for the local Ordinary, Bishop McMahon who has now rebuked his liturgy commission chair and as can be read here.
Last week in the Catholic Herald (31 January 2014), Catholic Publisher Kevin Mayhew was also critical of the translation, claiming not to have tendered to print the various new settings, as he is reported to have said “Early on, I made a judgment that it [the Missal text] was so poor it would not last and that I would not publish any part of it, although, like all publishers, we were asked to bid for the publishing rights.”
(A quick digression …. at the time of the tender to print the Missal being awarded to the Catholic Truth Society, Mr Mayhew was quoted as saying “I specifically asked if we could tender. It is the sort of thing we could do standing on our heads given the range of hymn books that we produce. They were going to get in touch and give us details. I am amazed that a publisher has been appointed.”)
Why I am referring to contretemps over the Norvus Ordo? Well, it made me cast my mind back to when the Third Editio Typica of the Roman Missal was introduced.
I recalled the shaking of heads, the finger pointing, the reluctant congregations and sadly some less than enthusiastic clergy all deciding that they knew better than our Holy Mother the Church.
Many became a Father Butler or a Kevin Mayhew, with many a parish tea room being the scene of a hastily assembled Liturgy Committee! It should be this way or that, yes, no or maybe.
Now to the point, how many times after leaving a Traditional Latin Mass do you hear “Father, didn't use the right text” or “Eucharistic Prayer II again!” or “I don’t like him using that penitential rite”.
Those impromptu liturgy groups are neither evident or required after Mass in the Usus Antiquior!
The Latin Mass Society has announced that Sarah Atkinson is be the new editor of 'Mass of Ages'.
Sarah has been a freelance journalist for 18 years. During that time she has been a regular writer for The Guardian, The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Observer and The Mail on Sunday, amongst other publications. She has also written for the Catholic Herald.
Congratulations on your appointment Sarah.
I'll also use this blog entry to convey my best wishes to outgoing editor, Gregory Murphy.
Many members see 'Mass of Ages' as a keystone of the Society and it is well regarded in and out of Traditional circles. Gregory's efforts have been most welcome, having developed the publication considerably since he took over from John Medlin.
The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV: the International Una Voce Federation) continues to publish short 'position papers' on specific aspects of the 1962 Missal. These are intended as contributions to the debate on the future development of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The work is being done by a subcommittee of the FIUV Council, the Liturgy and Spirituality Subcommittee, whose Moderator is Dr Joseph Shaw, a FIUV Council member and the Chairman of the Latin Mass Society.
The latest paper, No.18 was published at the end of January. This discusses 'The Dialogue Mass.'
I have combined all the papers thus far (1-18) into a single PDF file, it is 3MB in size and you can download it here.
A Missa Cantata will be held this Saturday (8th January) at Our Lady of the Rosary, Jubilee Road, Buckley. Mass begins at 1230pm.
Saturday is the Feast day of St John of Martha.
Tradition holds that John de Matha was born in Faucon (Provence), France around the year 1154. He completed his graduate studies with honours at the University of Paris where he later taught theology. Ordained to the priesthood he experienced a heavenly vision while celebrating his first Mass. He quickly realized that he had been destined by the Lord to redeem Christian captives.
To attain this objective, he founded the Order of the Most Holy Trinity at Cerfroid, France about 1193. He wrote the Order's Rule, which was approved by Pope Innocent III in 1198. Professing the Rule with great zeal, he was very active in redeeming Christian captives and performing works of mercy. All his life he sought the glory of the Triune God, whose mystery of love and redemption he set as the foundation and purpose of the Order. He died in Rome in the house of St. Thomas In Formis on the Caelian Hill on December 17, 1213.
40 days have passed since Christmas and the today Holy Mother the Church celebrates this with the Feast of the Purification in which Our Lady goes to the temple to follow Jewish ritual, 'post partum'. The ancient sacramentaries of the Roman Rite give this feast a Greek name: hypapante – which means meeting or encounter.
Although the Feast title is what it is, the liturgy only captures the purification ritual in one place in the Gospel. The scripture readings tell us of the Presentation of our Lord in the temple, the consecration of the first born son to God, and then the offering of a pair of turtledoves as means of redeeming the child.
The Gospel also tells us of Simeon, a devout Jew who had been promised by the Holy Ghost that he would not die until he had seen the Saviour. That promise of the Holy Ghost is realised at the Presentation as Simeon, who is present, Jesus into his arms and says the words words which we know as the Nunc dimittis (Luke 2:29-32), which is said each evening at Compline:
Today, in the 1962 calendar, St. Brigid takes liturgical precedence over St Ignatius in Wales and Éire.
St Brigid was born in 451 or 452 at Faughart, near Dundalk, in Éire. Her name is that of the pagan goddess of fire. She converted to Christanity, inspired by the preaching of St Patrick. She founded a double monastery, of monks and nuns, at Kildare, the first women’s monastic community in Ireland.
Kildare became an episcopal see, with St Conleth as the first bishop. St Conleth incidently lends his name to an Irish Traditional group and their website can be found here.
Brigid died there in Kildare in 525. Known as 'the Mary of the Gael', she is the secondary patron of Ireland after St. Patrick.
St Brigid - pray for us!
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.