Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,
Laudetur Iesus Christus! I pray you are all doing well. I have a few updates related to the Latin Mass in Charlotte. But first I wanted to boast for a moment about the new mural at St. Ann Catholic Church. My schedule only allowed me to stop by St. Ann for a few minutes tonight, but I was amazed at how well it turned out. It really has transformed the sanctuary.
The mural was based on the famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (y. 1432), better known as the Ghent Altarpiece from Ghent Cathedral in Belgium. I don’t have any any photos to share, and my poor words will not do it justice … so you will have to join us for the Latin Mass this Sunday at 12:30pm to see if for yourself. Of course you could go anytime to see it, but to see this scene of adoration with the priest offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing Christ the Lamb will be quite a sight to behold.
1. Latin Mass Class: We received a great deal of positive feedback from people wanting to learn more about the Latin Mass, both the theology and the practical aspects of the Mass from a lay perspective. We are looking at a few options to organize some face-to-face catechesis and/or book studies, but in the mean time, we will be sharing a few good online resources that might be a good starting point.
The first video we will share was done by the Catholic News Service and is a short 4 minute video of Father Joseph Kramer of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Father Kramer gives a historical perspective of Church tradition and the development of the liturgy. I love Father Kramer … he is one of those people who could read out loud the phone book and I would find it interesting. The video link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLeomOG3bN8
2. There are a few upcoming Masses at St. Ann Catholic Church. Keep in mind that these dates and times can change, so check the bulletin as the dates get closer.
Tuesday Dec 1st: Requiem Mass for Gordon Reid (7:00pm)(location TBD)
Tuesday Dec 8th: Immaculate Conception (7:00 pm)
Saturday Dec 20th: Rorate Mass of our Lady in Advent (6:30 am … yes AM)
Thursday Dec 24th: Vigil of the Nativity (6:30 pm)
3. Liturgy and Lager (3rd Wednesdays): All men of good cheer are welcome. Starting next month on Wednesday December 18th and ongoing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we will be gathering together for a mens’ social hour. We will be meeting up for a pint after the Wednesday night 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann. There is a small pub about a half mile away called Sir Edmond Halley’s. The pub also has a food menu for those who want to order food. You don’t have to, but if you chose to join us for the whole evening, the schedule is as follows:
— 5:00 pm Holy Hour of Reparation at St. Ann
— 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann
— 7:00 pm Liturgy & Lager at Sir Edmond Halley’s
Sir Edmond Halley’s
4151 Park Road
Charlotte NC 28209
You don’t have to go to Mass in order to join us … but it will be good for you 🙂