Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Sunday June 28 is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. Dr. Michael Foley has a good article on the meaning of the secret prayer for today’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/rebel-wills-fourth-sunday-after.html. Here are some additional updates:
Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm: St. Ann will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass today. Tents will be set up outside but if you have an extra tent, please feel free to bring it.
Upcoming Feasts: Monday is the solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul (No Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte). Wednesday is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood – St. Ann normally has its 6pm Low Mass.
Revolutionaries & Iconoclasts: Over the past few weeks we’ve seen revolutionary mobs attacking statues of famous Catholics such as Christopher Columbus, St. Junipero Serra, and King Louis XVI of France. They often claim these saintly men had some evil past and hated certain classes or groups. These revolutionaries are not new to us Catholics as the Church encountered them in the French revolution (which beheaded King Louis XVI) and even earlier when iconoclasts attacked statues in the 8th century. In pushing back against revolution, it’s important to know the facts about who these revolutionaries attack, and even more important, to understand the nature and methods of the revolutionists.
- Christopher Columbus was a pious Catholic: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/12/for-columbus-is-ours-2019/
- St. Junipero Serra – breaking through misconceptions: https://www.tumblarhouse.com/blogs/news/breaking-through-misconceptions-the-positive-effect-of-the-missions
- King Louis XVI – died like a martyr: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/01/notes-for-2020-louis-xvi-saintly-king.html (Also: His last will & testament)
- The history of the “image breakers”: https://fssp.com/the-return-of-the-image-breakers/
- Pope Pius XI’s 1937 encyclical Divini Redemptoris on the nature of communists: (link)
- Pope Leo XIII’s 1884 encyclical Humanum Genus, on Freemasonry (link)
For the prior generation of Latin Mass attendees of the 1960s and 1970s , they also encountered revolutionaries – but inside their own parishes – who tore down high altars, votive statutes, white washed sacred artwork, suppressed sacred music, and of course came to attack the centerpiece – the Mass of the Ages (Latin Mass).
Sadly, we all know of a few examples of this revolution in a few older churches in our diocese, many which used to have magnificent high altars and sacred art. Some were removed immediately, others a step-by-step removal that occurred over years. Yet tragedies like this were not localized, but on a global scale as Michael Rose details in his book, Ugly as Sin: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/ugly-as-sin
The good news is the best way to restore tradition, including art, architecture, etc. is to restore the Mass of the Ages (Traditional Latin Mass), which we continue to see occurring in the diocese.
Bishop Schneider update: Speaking of the 1960s, His Excellency Bishop Schneider released a new appraisal last week on Vatican II and how to charitably engage discussion on correcting some of the ambiguous and misleading statements made in the documents: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4949-55-years-later-bishop-athanasius-schneider-s-appraisal-of-vatican-ii
Prayer to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart: Bishop Schneider has also created a prayer to implore Our Lady to provide the Pope with the graces necessary to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and to bring an end to this chaos, and usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart:
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana