A previous stalwart of the LMS and former holder of both the office of secretary and president of Una Voce, Leo Darroch has written a book, published by Gracewing on the history of Una Voce, the international umberella body of traditional societies.
LMS Patron, Lord Gill says of the book:
Here is a unique contribution to modern Catholic literature. Leo Darroch presents in chronological order a factual history, fully referenced, of the work of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, a movement of lay people formed after the sudden and insensitive enforcement of Novus Ordo Missae. It is the first fully documented account of the decades-long struggle for the preservation of the traditional rite of the Mass in the face of unrelenting opposition from the bishops of the Church.
This book is a straightforward document. It eschews the debate on the merits of the old rite and the shortcomings of the new. It does not dwell on the consequences to Catholic liturgy of the introduction of the Novus Ordo. It simply records in unemotional detail the ways in which for nearly forty years faithful Catholics were denied access to the old rite.
Meanwhile, His Lordship Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana said:
With his masterly present work, Leo Darroch, the former President of the FIUV, has given to the present and the future generations of Catholics a valuable documentation of the glorious history of the noble battle of intrepid lay faithful, who were committed to the restoration of the perennial liturgical sense of the Church. It was a battle of good sons and daughters for the honour and beauty of their mother, the Church, May this book receive a wide diffusion and contribute in its readers a deeper appreciation of the perennial liturgical treasure of the Church, which is the classical Roman Rite.
Father Charles Ike, FSSP was ordained priest on the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (15 August) at the FSSP Church in Umuaka, Nigeria. The church is still under construction and is known as the Nne Enyemaka Shrine.
The photo below, taken after the new ordained priests' First Mass, shows (left to right): Fr Angelo Van de Putten, FSSP, Fr Anthony Sumich, FSSP, Fr Charles Ike, FSSP, and Fr Evaristus Eshiowu, FSSP.
Photos courtesy of the FSSP
Mass for the XII Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated in the
Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
St Winefride's, Well Street, Holywell, Flinstshire, CH8 7PL
Sunday 27th August 2017 at 11.30pm
All very welcome
The parable of the Good Samaritan encapsulates the history of mankind as well as our own personal lives into a few simple words. The man coming down to Jericho represents Adam and therefore each of us. From the spiritual realms, we descend to worldly realms. Adam left Paradise and entered the worldly life symbolized by Jericho. On the way down, we have fallen among robbers — the devils.
The robbers first stripped the man of his garments; the devils first strip men of their spiritual garments. They first lead us to question God, to doubt the true Faith. Once the garment of the faith is removed the devils find no obstacles to prevent them from inflicting harm upon us. Adam was first stripped of the true faith because he preferred to listen to his wife rather than God. Eve was first stripped of the true faith because she preferred to listen to the serpent rather than God and Adam. Once deprived of spiritual life, it was nothing for the devils to take away the physical life. Adam had freely chosen death; the moment he chose not to listen to God. Each time we individually sin we renew within ourselves the suicidal choice of Adam.
With the sin of Adam, he and all mankind were left to die by the robbers/devils. The Law and the Prophets both passed by, unwilling or unable to give any help. The Law and Prophets only served to further condemn us. That which is forbidden only arouses the desire to do what is forbidden. Without the garment of faith and grace, we become incapable of improving our lot, but only make matters worse with every attempt. The sick person seldom knows or does what is best for his health. He often seeks relief of his pain, only to end up making matters worse than before. This is the case of mankind and the case of every sinner. The sick person needs the physician to diagnose the problem, determine a course of action and to implement it — because he cannot clearly see his own malady or what is truly in his best interest.
The Divine Physician is revealed to us in today's parable as the Good Samaritan. Jesus Christ is the Good Samaritan — Who has come along and taken pity upon us. He has bound our wounds, poured on oil and vinegar. The curative medicines that the Samaritan administered symbolize to us the Words of Christ. If we will only allow the Words of God to touch us, they will heal us. The binding of the wounds may be painful, the pouring on of vinegar will be painful, but the oil will soothe and help to heal us. Some of the Words of God are painful and sting us, while other Words of God soothe and heal our souls.
The Samaritan does not stop here. He raises the poor man upon his own beast and takes him to an inn. Christ is, likewise, not content just to apply the healing remedies, but He takes us spiritually upon Himself and carries us to the inn. The Fathers of the Church tell us that the inn represents the Church. Jesus Christ brings us to the Church. In the morning (after the Resurrection), Jesus entrusts us to the inn-keeper promising to repay the inn-keeper whatever he spends, in the care of us, upon His return. We are entrusted to the Church hierarchy who shall be repaid for all their efforts for our cure when Christ returns at the end of time.
This is what Jesus has done for all of mankind, and this is what Jesus has done for each of us individually. What is left for us, is simply to not resist; and to follow the prescription of the Divine Physician. We must not fear the cross and painful cures that our disease of sin makes necessary. Instead of wincing and turning away from the stinging cleansing and purging, we should welcome them. If we welcome these, then we will soon discover the soothing healing oil being poured upon us. Our crosses will be made sweet and joyful. Our burden will become light as Christ picks us up and carries us. Once we find ourselves at the inn (The Church), we must not turn away or refuse the inn-keeper (the clergy). It is true that they are not Jesus, but they are His representatives and He has entrusted us to them. We must allow them to continue the cleansing and purging that are necessary for our healing. They will apply the curative Word of God to our souls. Sometimes it will cause a sting of pain or hurt; but if we realize this is what God has given the Church to do and that it is for our own good; then, we will welcome it. And from time to time our souls will be soothed and filled with the gladness of the Word of God, as the Church pours on the healing oils.
Keep the Superiors and Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in your prayers as their General Chapter Meeting commences on Monday 28th August for the week at the mother house in Gricigliano, Italy.
During the Chapter Meeting, Canons will be given their assignments for the forthcoming 12 months.
An excellent little video outlining the forthcoming programme for the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage.
Mass locally tomorrow for the XI Sunday after Pentecost:
St Claire of Assisi - click here for details
The liturgy of this Sunday (XI Sunday after Pentecost – 20th August) begins three Sundays stressing the Sacraments necessary for salvation.
This Sunday accentuates Baptism and Holy Eucharist. We reflect upon the fact in the Introit that the church is actually the dwelling place of God. It is here that “He shall give power and strength to His people.”
Only in the church, and strengthened by the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance in particular, can we gain strength to withstand the onslaught of the World, the Flesh and the Devil.
The Epistle renews our faith in the doctrines of the Catholic Church. St. Paul lists proofs for the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead. St. Paul recalls his own Baptism wherein he received the Grace of the Sacrament which “did not remain fruitless within me.” The joy of our own Baptism is recalled in the Gradual and Alleluia of the Mass.
The Gospel emphasizes that we are spiritually deaf and dumb and need the graces of God through the Sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist to open our ears to the teachings of Christ and then use our tongue to spread His Word. The Church since earliest times has used this Gospel as a symbol of Baptism. By extension the Holy Eucharist continues what Baptism initiated.
Today is Feast of St. Bernard Abbot and Doctor which falls in the Octave of the Assumption. Of royal blood, St. Bernard at age 22 became a monk and attracted 30 other noblemen to his Cistercian Order in early XII Century France, later founding the great monastery of Clairvaux where 700 monks eventually gathered. St. Bernard fought heretics and preached the II Crusade against the Turks. Upon his death, the Saint left 165 monasteries in both Europe and Asia. Although not commemorated in the Mass using the 1962 rubrics, we should pray though the intercession of St. Bernard for wisdom today in spreading the Catholic Faith to others.
Having attended Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I was delighted to find that a High Mass was to be celebrated (I had expected a Missa Cantata).
Canon Tanner was celebrant, Canon Parant was deacon and Abbé Campbell was sub deacon.
I took some photographs and these can be viewed over at the Dome of Home website here.
Mass of Ages is the quarterly magazine of the Latin Mass Society. It contains reports on our many activities across the country, national and international news of Traditional Catholic events, feature articles on different aspects of traditional Faith and culture, and opinions and views on developments in the Catholic Church.
The autumn 2017 edition is now available. The cover article, History in the Making, is a report on the first Ordinations in the Traditional Rite in England for more than 50 years. Other features are Angels and devils, by Canon Amaury Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on the writings of St Francis de Sales, Thirty years of the Old Rite, a history of the Traditional Mass on the Isle of Wight and The Peace of Christ, in which the LMS Chairman, Dr Joseph Shaw, looks at the history of the paxbrede.
Also in the edition of Mass of Ages:
Glorious tradition, in which Canon Gwenaël Cristofol, of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, reports on exciting developments for the Institute in Preston, as they are given direct administration of English Martyrs’ Church in the city.
This, together with the founding of a school and a House of Discernment for young men over 18 years of age, is testimony to how much the Bishop of Lancaster values the presence and ministry of the ICKSP in his diocese.
Andrew Brayley discusses the published diary kept by Mgr (later Cardinal) Pericle Felici during Vatican II.
Barbara Kay, one of the LMS Assistant Reps for the diocese of Northampton, reports on The Guild of St Clare’s first ever Sewing Retreat.
Mackenzie Robinson remembers a special experience at Buckfast Abbey.
Our regular columnists:
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Thanks to the cooperation of priests in whose parishes the Traditional Mass is celebrated, Mass of Ages is available from more than 110 cathedrals and churches around the country.
If you do not live near one of these but would like a copy of the magazine, we would be very happy to send one from the LMS Office. However, due to the high cost of postage, we do ask that you cover the cost of postage. See here for details.
To help the Latin Mass Society continue its work of promoting and developing Traditional life and practice in the Church, please consider signing up to our Anniversary Supporters’ Appeal.
Just over the border in Chester, probably a mile from where I am right now, there is a Low Mass on the Third Sunday of the month at 12.30pm
This 'stable group' was out at St Thomas Becket, Tarporley for many years but they and the Mass have now found a new home at St Clare's in Lache, Chester.
The LMS is very grateful to the Parish Priest, Fr Emeka Nwachukwu and the Bishop of Shrewsbury for the use of the church. We are really pleased to have a Mass in the historic City of Chester after many years.
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will now celebrate the Mass each month, one of the Canons from New Brighton will travel and the LMS is grateful to them for their continued suppport.
Next Mass: Sunday 20th August 2017 at 12.30pm
This Sunday might be regarded as “Mercy Sunday” as the liturgy shows us how humility and penitence on the part of man brings forgiveness from God. Sin cuts off the flow of Divine Graces to the soul.
Pride, the basis of all sin, turns us into devils. Humility makes us the friend of God again. The Introit reminds us that God hears our “voice” when we are humble. The Collect reflects the sentiment that God shows “mercy and pity” in exercising His Power. It is a matter of serious reflection that the Epistle warns us that the Holy Ghost will enter only into the soul of the humble person. Rather than attempting to do things on our own, without the help of God we should implore Him to “Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thy eye; protect me under the shadow of Thy wings.” (Gradual).
The Gospel gives Our Lord’s own views on the subject of humility: “everyone who exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” With all the science of today, most people in the world live as atheists, having as Satan told Adam and Eve the attributes to “be like God, knowing good and evil,” which is only an arrogant manner of saying as Satan did “I will not serve” rather than humbling oneself and accepting the teachings of Our Lord.
The Offertory is our plea for God to intervene and keep our enemies at bay who try to prevent us from following the teachings of Our Lord.
The Secret reminds us that the gifts being offered first came from God, and that we are but returning them. At Communion time we should remind ourselves of the humility of the publican so ashamed of his weakness and sinfulness. Rather than raise his eyes to Heaven he merely struck his breast and said: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” The Postcommunion reminds us that our strength comes from humble reception of the “Holy Sacraments.”
But for the 13th August falling on a Sunday, today would be the the Feast of SS Hippolytus and Cassian Mm. The former was a schismatic priest who opposed St. Callistus the Pope but was sent to Sardinia at beginning of the III Century, with then Pope Pontian, was reconciled to the Faith, and was then martyred in 235. Cassian, a schoolteacher, was murdered by his pagan students who stabbed him to death in about 303. Although impeded by the II Class Sunday, we can still perhaps pray for strength to suffer for Our Lord and the Church if called on to do so.
Little is known of St. Philomena's life and she is the only Saint to have revealed her story via private revelation. She was martyred at about 14-years-old in the early days of the Church.
In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was covered by stones, the symbols on which indicated that the body was a martyr named Saint Philomena. The bones were exhumed, cataloged, and effectively forgotten since there was so little known about the person.
In 1805 Canon Francis de Lucia of Mugnano, Italy was in the Treasury of the Rare Collection of Christian Antiquity (Treasury of Relics) in the Vatican. When he reached the relics of Saint Philomena he was suddenly struck with a spiritual joy, and requested that he be allowed to enshrine them in a chapel in Mugnano. After some disagreements, settled by the cure of Canon Francis following prayers to Philomena, he was allowed to translate the relics to Mugnano. Miracles began to be reported at the shrine including cures of cancer, healing of wounds, and the Miracle of Mugnano in which Venerable Pauline Jaricot was cured a severe heart ailment overnight. Philomena became the only person recognized as a Saint solely on the basis of miraculous intercession as nothing historical was known of her except her name and the evidence of her martyrdom.
Pope Leo XII granted permission for the erection of altars and churches in her honor. Pope Gregory XVI authorized her public veneration, and named her patroness of the Living Rosary. The cure of Pope Pius IX, while archbishop of Imola, was attributed to Philomena; in 1849, he named her patroness of the Children of Mary. Pope Leo XIII approved the Confraternity of Saint Philomena, and raised it to an Archconfraternity. Pope Pius X raised the Archconfraternity to a Universal Archconfraternity, and named Saint John Vianney its patron. Saint John Vianney himself called Philomena the New Light of the Church Militant, and had a strong and well-known devotion to her. Others with known devotion to her include Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Saint Euphrasia Pelletier, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, Saint Madeline Sophie Barat, Saint Peter Chanel, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, and Venerable Pauline Jaricot.
I've just added a brief guide on Mass Classification in the Extraordinary Form.
The Traditional Catholic Calendar contains four primary classifications of Feast Days. Though the terminology has changed over the years, the concepts broadly remain the same. The guide can be read here.
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.