Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday June 14 is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (or the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi). We wanted to thank Fr. Matlak who kindly offered Thursday’s Corpus Christi Low Mass on short notice. Please keep him in your prayers this weekend as a thanksgiving for his kindness in offering Thursday’s Mass.
Speaking of Corpus Christi, there are some rich musical traditions associated with this feast day. The New Liturgical Movement blog has a wonderful post about the hymns associated with the ancient Divine Office (Matins, Lauds, etc.) for Corpus Christi: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/hymns-for-medieval-office-of-corpus.html Additionally, St. Ann parish has compiled a selection of traditional chants associated with this feast day: https://www.stanncharlotte.org/playlists/
Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann: Today, Sunday June 14, St. Ann will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass as normal, except for the attendance limitations (arrive early). For abled body gentleman, please consider allowing the women, children, and elderly, etc. to have first priority for seating. St. Ann will have tents again, but if you have your own tent, you may consider bringing it in case we need some extra shade.
Important change at St. Thomas Aquinas – this week: Beginning this week, the Wednesday 7pm Latin Mass has been permanently transferred to Thursdays at 7pm. The first of these new Thursday Masses is this Thursday June 18. There is no longer a Wednesday 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. Mark Latin Mass resumes this Friday June 19: St. Mark will be resuming its regular 12:30pm Friday Latin Mass this Friday with a special sung Latin Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday June 19: St. Ann will offer two Latin Masses for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. First, the normal 7am Friday Latin Mass. Secondly, the parish will offer a special Holy Hour of Reparation at 5pm for the sins against human sexuality/purity followed at 7pm by a Solemn High Latin Mass with the Carolina Catholic Chorale.
As noted above, St. Mark will also offer a 12:30pm sung Latin Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart is a 1st class/Solemnity in the Church and as such the normal Friday penances are waived (i.e. you can have meat today).
Summer course in theology (July 27 – 31, Madison, Wisconsin)
If you’re looking to travel cross country for an excellent public Catholic event, this week long course on Aquinas & theology looks promising. It will also feature a Traditional Latin Mass during the program. It’s hosted by the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies in Madison, Wisconsin and runs from July 27-31. To learn more click here:
Other Latin Mass & related news
- How home altars can help celebrate the liturgical seasons: https://fssp.com/the-home-altar-through-the-liturgical-year/
- How the missionaries evangelized the Indians in the pacific northwest: https://fssp.com/salvation-history-on-a-stick/
- Viganò’s latest letter in which he addresses the effects of the “spirit of Vatican II” and observes that a parallel church developed after Vatican II:https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/06/vigano-mentions-tlm-gets-presidential.html For an expanded treatment read the full letter in the Remnant (here)
- Bishop Schneider: Follows up on his proposed clarifications for the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium by confirming that Muslims do not share the same God as Catholics: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-schneider-catholics-and-muslims-share-no-common-faith-in-god-no-common-adoration
- How the Traditional Latin Mass promotes racial and ethnic integration: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/how-traditional-liturgy-contributes-to.html#.XuA9I6Z7nwd
Amidst the civil strife occurring in our country, the last article above is quite profound. The Traditional Latin Mass has a track record of uniting cultures, classes, nations, races & ethnicity together through the Latin liturgy. As Peter Kwasniewski notes: The old Latin liturgy united nations, clans, tribes, races. Everyone had (more or less) the same kind of liturgy. It was in a high style, said in a language no longer anyone’s vernacular; it was celebrated “just so,” in a way that was distinctively its own, because it came from so many centuries and influences.
That’s an important distinction and something that Dr. John Senior took even further in his book the Restoration of Christian Culture. He wrote that the Mass is the center of culture:
Whatever we do in the political and social order, the indispensable foundation is prayer, the heart of which is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the perfect prayer of Christ Himself, Priest and Victim, recreating in an unbloody manner the bloody, selfsame Sacrifice of Calvary. What is Christian Culture? It is essentially the Mass. That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of two thousand years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature–all these things when they are right, are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Essentially, we can’t restore/heal the culture until we restore the liturgy. That is why the Charlotte Latin Mass Community continues to advocate for the full restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Catholic Church, as a means to restoring Catholic culture to society.