9th Sunday after Pentecost – The fall of Jerusalem

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As noted prior, today August 1st commemorated the Holy Maccabee martyrs who restored right worship to the Temple in Jerusalem less than 200 years before the birth of Christ. Tomorrow, Sunday August 2nd, the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, is when the Church commemorates, through its readings, an opposite story: the Temple’s destruction and the fall of Jerusalem under the Roman legions of Titus (~August 4, A.D. 70). Below are the two main Latin Masses in the city of Charlotte for tomorrow.

Sunday Latin Masses

  • St. Thomas Aquinas, 11:30am – as of Saturday evening, there are still some inside seats available if you sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast (they also have outdoor slots – all will have opportunity to receive Holy Communion)
  • St. Ann, 12:30pm – St. Ann will offer its normal Sunday Latin Mass, under the usual constraints.
  • Sacred Heart in Salisbury – FYI: 1st Sunday Mass still on hiatus

The Fall of Jerusalem

This fateful event, commemorated Sunday and prophesized by Our Blessed Lord (Luke 19:41-48), was one of the more horrific sieges in history.  Dom Prosper Gueranger noted that the Temple of Jerusalem flowed with blood, most of its inhabitants killed, not just by Roman soldiers from without, but by lawless, unspeakable violence committed by Jewish Zealots (upon their own people) from within inside the city walls. Further north, the sea of Galilee turned red as bodies piled up after that Jewish revolt was crushed by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus had reported that years prior to the siege, residents of Jerusalem would see signs in the sky including a flaming sword and chariots foretelling the pending doom (Luke 21:11). The Catholics, seeing the signs, were spared the terror as they remembered Christ’s prophecy (Luke 21:21, Matthew 11:21-24), and escaped to safe harbor.

As Dr. Mike Foley notes in his article below: “The destruction of the Temple is a stern reminder of divine chastisement and the need for our repentance and conversion. As St Paul teaches in the day’s Epistle (1 Cor. 10, 6-13), we must never think we stand on our own, lest we fall.”. For a fuller account of the siege please see these articles:

On an aside, Gueranger noted that an act of Divine Providence protected the holy site of the Ascension near the Mt. of Olives from the Roman soldiers, chariots and horses as they prepared to lay siege to the city (Friday after the Octave of Ascension):

These venerable authorities tell us that when the Roman army, under Titus, was encamped on Mount Olivet while besieging Jerusalem, divine Providence protected these holy marks, the farewell memorial left by our Lord to His blessed Mother, to His disciples, and to us: it is here that He stood when last seen on earth, it is here that we shall again see Him when He comes to judge mankind. Neither the rude tramp of the soldiers, nor the ponderous chariots, nor the horses’ hoofs, were permitted to efface or injure the sacred footprints. Yes, it was on this very mount, forty years after the Ascension, that the Roman banner was first unfurled, when the time of God’s vengeance came upon the city of deicide.

Other Latin Mass and traditional news

Lastly, Sunday August 2nd is also the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori the great moral doctor of the Church (suppressed to the 9th Sunday after Pentecost). Much can be written about him, but suffice to say, if you haven’t read any of his books you are missing out: https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/author-st-alphonsus-liguori-1.html

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