Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,
Laudetur Iesus Christus! The CLMC is pleased to announce we now have a patron saint — St. Gregory the Great; and next Wednesday May 4th we will take advantage of his patronage with a special rosary novena to him for our future spiritual needs. We invite you to join us in praying this novena.
St. Gregory makes a wonderful patron for our apostolate as he was a 6th century Benedictine abbot who is most noted for his reform of the Roman Liturgy (i.e. the Latin Mass and the chant, which bears his name). Thanks to Father’s suggestion, we are pleased to have him as our patron — and St. Ann’s has his relics!
Back to the CLMC, we are starting this novena because many of us Latin Mass faithful desire to grow in holiness further through full sacramental life (parish life) in the Extraordinary Form. This means daily Latin Mass and Confessions, Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, Extreme Unction, First Friday and Saturday devotions, Easter Triduum, Christmas midnight Mass, Divine Office recitation — all according to the 1962 liturgical books.
In short, we would like to live out this extraordinary faith everyday. Right now, however, the priest shortage in the diocese makes it difficult to fulfill these needs (N.B. Father is aware of our needs and continues to generously meet them as he can–Deo Gratias!).
Therefore, beginning May 4th and ending on May 12, the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we will be offering a Rosary Novena to St. Gregory, asking for his intercession (and Our Lady of Fatima) for our spiritual needs and to send more priests to assist the Latin Mass faithful. The novena consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days, and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory.
Might you consider joining us? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).
Rosary Novena Prayer to St. Gregory the Great
- Pray a Rosary each day beginning May 4 and ending May 12.
- At the end of each Rosary, add this prayer:
St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need. Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter. We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons.
I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek (full sacramental life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese).
Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.
St. Gregory the Great pray for us. Amen