Rogation Day (3rd Sunday After Easter)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday April 25 is the 3rd Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s reflection on the orations for the Mass:

Major Rogation Day – Sunday April 25 (Tomorrow at St. Thomas Aquinas parish 11:30am)

April 25 is also Major Rogation Day, which, unique to the traditional calendar, is a day instituted of petitions and formerly penances to God to protect against natural disasters and plagues. It comes from the Latin word “rogare” which is to ask or petition. Sometimes it is accompanied by a procession and the chanting of the litany of the saints. There are two types of Rogation days – major and minor. The major day is April 25, Roman in origin, and was established by Pope St. Gregory the Great in 590 A.D. for deliverance from plagues as notes

“Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and Rogation Days are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert the chastisements He makes manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside to remind us how radically dependent we are on God through His creation, and how prayer can help protect us from nature’s often cruel ways.  Hence, its mood is somber and beseeching; its liturgical color is purple.

Minor Rogation Days: The minor Rogation days come during three days of Ascension week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), and is more ancient than the major Rogation day, and comes from France in the late 5th century as New Liturgical Movement explains:

Rogation Day Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas – Sunday April 25: While some parishes will be offering the Latin Mass for the 3rd Sunday After Easter, St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering their regular 11:30am Latin Mass this Sunday for the Major Rogation day. If you attend, please consider uniting your Mass intentions with the Rogation petitions.

N.B. Fr. Christopher Smith, who offers the Traditional Latin Mass at Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (Two hours southwest of Charlotte) has compiled an extensive but wonderful explanation of the Rogation and Ember Days in the Traditional Rite. You can download it here:

St. Peter of Verona & Blessing Palms – Thursday April 29

We are pleased to share that this Thursday April 29 is the feast of St. Peter Martyr or St. Peter of Verona, a 13th century Dominican Friar.  A disciple of St. Dominic, Pope Gregory IX appointed St. Peter as a general inquisitor to combat the Manichean heresy, and St. Peter defended the faith across Italy through his preaching. He was martyred in 1252.   In the Traditional Rite, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor.  Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters. To learn more about the patron saint of inquisitors, visit:  

  • Blessed Palm Kits Available: As custom each April 29, the CLMC has arranged to have palms blessed (by Fr. Jones this year) to be distributed to the faithful so the palms can be buried in one’s property. We will have those kits available next Sunday May 2nd at our Latin Mass info table before or after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. Feel free to pick them up while quantities last. Note: If you already have them from prior years, you do not need new ones.
  • 7pm Latin Mass for St. Peter Verona: St. Thomas Aquinas will offer the normal 7pm High Mass on Thursday April 29 for this great saint’s feast day.

Latin Mass Interest Survey at St. Leo the Great in Winston-Salem

We are pleased to share that a Latin Mass interest survey is now circulating at the beautiful St. Leo’s parish in Winston-Salem. Specifically, there is a group at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem who are exploring the possibility of petitioning for a Traditional Latin Mass at their church. They are collecting information to establish the level of interest.  If you are interested, please fill out this survey:

Latin Mass history: We also note that in February 1985, St. Leo the Great hosted the 1st diocesan supported Latin Mass (since 1970) after Pope St. John Paul II’s 1984 indult granted worldwide access for Traditional Latin Masses  – albeit with a bishop’s permission.  The CLMC’s predecessor, the Society of Traditional Roman Catholics explains in their newsletter which you can view here:

Fr. Barone’s Latin Institute Update and Request for Help

As you may have read the other week, Fr. Barone’s new Latin Institute is up and running and he wanted to share an update and ask for help:

The Veterum Sapientia Institute, founded in Charlotte this past November, is up and running, serving the Church in the promotion of her sacred languages of Latin and Greek. Since November, VSI successfully concluded its first quarter of online classes.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that several traditional communities are utilizing our classes. The spring quarter will begin this week. Registration is still open, including a Latin class for beginners who seek to use learn Latin as language (listening comprehension and speaking). Word about VSI is getting out, too. The Sensus Fidelium podcast interviewed me in January. Articles have also appeared about VSI in Inside the Vatican and the Traditionalist magazines. Lastly, VSI is nearing an agreement with the Pontifical Institute for Higher Latin in Rome to be able to grant diplomas.

As VSI continues to expand, we seek your assistance. In particular, we’re seeking help from those who have experience in fundraising, even if it is merely offering advice. If you have professional experience in other areas that you think would be of help, please let me know. You’re also welcome to “stimulate” the economy via VSI merchandise or donations (a yellow donation button can be found at the bottom of our website). God reward you!

Latin Mass and Traditional News

  • 1st Sunday Latin Mass Resumes at Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury (new time of 3pm): After an 13 month hiatus, beginning Sunday May 2nd at 3pm, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass). For more information contact Mark Hartley with the Salisbury Latin Mass Community:
  • Fr. Ripperger Interview With Taylor Marshall – Is the Traditional Latin Mass is Superior to the Novus Ordo?: For those of us who attend the TLM regularly, we’ve known that the Mass of Ages is better than the Novus Ordo for many reasons. Noted exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger (who offers the TLM exclusively) actually goes into how it’s spiritually superior to the Novus Ordo. In short, you get what you pray for:

As we’ve noted last week, and other times in the past, the Traditional Latin Mass contains a theological outlook or perspective of 2,000 years that is vastly different from the new modern theology that accompanies the Novus Ordo Mass and contemporary Catholic “thinking”. These differences are clearly unveiling themselves for all to see during the COVID situation.

What to do? Attend the Traditional Latin Mass, pray the Rosary and learn the Catholic faith as it was taught for nearly 2,000 years. A good start may be reading a traditional book on the faith, like the catechism book that Fr. Ripperger endorses:

As Bishop Schneider exhorted us on his 2017 visit: Be Catholic!

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