Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 5th Sunday after Pentecost and as Dr. Mike Foley (whose column has resumed) notes in his commentary on the Sunday propers (prayers at Mass), the Collect hints towards the upcoming feasts of Ss. Peter & Paul which the Church celebrates this Tuesday (see more below):
Feast of SS. Peter and Paul –Tuesday June 29, 7pm Cathedral Latin Mass: As noted above, this Tuesday is a major feast day, the feasts of Ss. Peter & Paul. The Cathedral of St. Patrick will offer its annual Solemn High Latin Mass at 7pm on this Tuesday June 29. The address is 1621 E. Dilworth Road, Charlotte. It will be with the Cathedral Choir and feature Missa Brevis in E minor by Carl Heinrich Biber.
Dom Prosper Gueranger has an excellent reflection on this feast day and the Church’s first pontiff and notes that St. Peter’s protagonist, Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9-24) reappears in Rome in 67 AD as sorcerer to the Emperor Nero, and sets himself up as a “rival to the Vicar of Christ”. The sorcerer using diabolical means, promises to fly in front of the emperor. Yet the effort failed due to St. Peter whose prayers thwarted such diabolical arts, causing the magician to plummet to his death, leaving the Emperor embarrassingly covered in the magician’s blood (and presumably quite enraged), compelling St. Peter to flee Rome where he met Our Lord:
Feast of St. Paul – June 30: Not to be omitted is the feast of other great apostle of June 29, martyred at the same time, St. Paul, who receives more focus on his own feast day the next day. St. Ann will offer its 6pm Low Mass this Wednesday evening: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/june/june-30-the-commemoration-of-saint-paul-apostle/
The Vigil of SS. Peter & Paul – Monday June 28: As we noted last week, like Christmas, Assumption, Ascension and St. John the Baptist, this week’s solemn feast day is also preceded by its own vigil, the day prior, on Monday June 28. In the traditional calendar, vigil days are days of penance and prayer to prepare for the great feast day. This is not to be confused with the Novus Ordo “anticipatory Mass” the evening prior. Hence, traditionally, the vigil of Ss. Peter & Paul was a day of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal). Though optional today, readers may consider practicing this day of penance for Pope Francis, who certainly could use a prayer or two these days. Here is Gueranger’s reflection for this vigil day:
The Octave of Ss. Peter & Paul: As a side note, in the pre-1955 Latin Mass calendar, there used to be an octave for this grand feast day which would conclude July 6. Typically the Church would not schedule certain feast days during the Octaves, and this is likely why the feast of St. Isabel of Portugal (died July 4) was moved to July 8, and St. Thomas More (died July 6), is celebrated on July 9. Sadly this octave has been removed after the 1955 liturgical “reforms”, the precursor to Vatican II.
Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Thursday July 1, 7pm High Mass: This is a feast day that is unique to the Traditional Latin Mass, as it does not appear on the Novus Ordo calendar as a standalone feast day. St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a 7pm High Mass this Thursday. Also, July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. You can pray the litany to the Precious Blood here: https://www.fisheaters.com/litanypreciousblood.html
SAVE THE DATE: Traditional Confirmations – Sunday July 11, 12:30pm: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the Diocese, will come to St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations. CLMC hopes to organize a reception afterward Mass. More details next week.
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- The Dawn Mass of St John the Baptist: Gregrory DiPippo provides some history on the ancient Mass at dawn for the feast of St. John the Baptist, a tradition that complements the 2nd Mass of Christmas, which also occurs at dawn: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/06/the-dawn-mass-of-st-john-baptist.html
- The Omission of 1 Corinthians 11, 27-29 from the Ordinary Form Lectionary: What We Know, and a Hypothesis: Often times, proponents of the Novus Ordo Mass will extoll the benefits of having the entire scripture read at Mass through a 3 year cycle (e.g. more scripture) in comparison to the Traditional Latin Mass’s more limited use of scripture. However, what is often overlooked is that not all of scripture is contained in the Novus Ordo Mass cycle. Notably omitted (or moved from Sundays to lesser attended daily Masses) are scripture passages that contain “difficult” moral teachings such as condemnations against immoral sexual acts or receiving the Eucharist unworthily (1 Cor. 11:27-29).
New Liturgical Movement has a great article explaining the background: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/06/the-omission-of-1-corinthians-11-27-29.html
CLMC note: One can only wonder if the difficult time U.S. bishops are having* with developing a policy to restrict pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion stem from the omission of such critical passages decades prior. Manmade-tinkering with God’s Liturgy can have dire consequences.
*Incidentally this difficulty does not exist in the dioceses of Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta, as they do have a policy, since 2004, to prohibit pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion. https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/worthy_to_receive_the_lamb.pdf
- COVID Catholicism: An After-Action Review: With the COVID-19 crisis abating (at least apart from the vaccine issue), Crisis Magazine published an interesting review of the U.S. dioceses’ collective response and where the Church went off the rails and how it really should have acted: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/covid-catholicism-an-after-action-review
- Fraternity of St. Peter Apostolate in Nigeria Makes Hand Made Scapulars: The Fraternity of St. Peter is an order of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively, and oversee a number of parishes both in the U.S. and abroad. Their missionary apostolate in Nigeria has published a video of how they are making scapulars to help provide parishioners with a means to provide for their families: https://www.missiontradition.us/fssp-nigeria-making-hand-made-scapulars
- Thomas Gordon Smith, RIP: The Church has lost one of its great architects, Thomas Gordon Smith, who helped revive traditional Church architecture in our age. He helped design the Fraternity of St. Peter’s Seminary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Denton, Nebraska (where 2 St. Ann parishioners attend), and also helped design Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. Requiescat in Pace. https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/06/thomas-gordan-smith-rip.html
- The “original” St. Mark parish in Huntersville: Speaking of great architects and buildings, one of the lost gems that never was, was the original design for St. Mark parish in Huntersville, about 12-15 years ago. Legendary traditional architect Duncan Stroik proposed a breathtaking parish design that would have rivaled St. Ann’s of today and many other North Carolina parishes of the last 100 years. Sadly, due to a variety of reasons, this design was not pursued. What could have been: http://www.bryanmorales.com/st-marks.html
Viganò Interviewed on the Vatican II ‘Great Reset’
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has penned another prescient commentary on the Traditional Latin Mass, its future, and the complete incompatibility between the Traditional Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass. This is something to consider when placing a Traditional Latin Mass side by side a Novus Ordo Mass in the same parish. At some point, there is not enough room for both theological outlooks to exist at the same parish, in the long run. As Fr. Reid ‘s Easter bulletin seems to confirm, unless something changes, we may be seeing those early signs in Charlotte.
Additionally, Abp. Viganò notes that the movement to “reverentize” the Novus Ordo Mass is a dead letter and should be abandoned in favor of the Traditional Latin Mass. His Excellency does a great service to the Church by opening up this needed conversation on Vatican II, and makes many important points (too many to list) of which we share a few excerpts:
- Once we understand that the liturgy is the expression of a specific doctrinal approach — which, with the Novus Ordo, also became ideological — and that the liturgists who conceived it were imbued with this approach, we must analyze the conciliar corpus liturgicum to find confirmation of its revolutionary nature (emphasis added).
- Anyone who thinks that the Editio typica in Latin (Ed. note: e.g. Novus Ordo Mass in Latin) corresponds to the rite that should have been celebrated after the Council sins in naivety as well as in ignorance: nothing in that liturgical book was really intended for daily use by priests, beginning with the pitiful graphic layout, which was clearly neglected precisely because of the awareness that practically no one would ever celebrate the Novus Ordo in Latin (emphasis added).
- Lastly, I would like to point out that this awareness of the doctrinal incompatibility of the ancient rite with the ideology of Vatican II is claimed by self-styled theologians and progressive intellectuals, for whom the “Extraordinary Form” of the rite can be tolerated as long as the entire theological framework that it implies is not adopted. This is why the liturgy of the Summorum Pontificum communities is tolerated, provided that in preaching and catechesis one is careful not to criticize Vatican II or the new Mass (emphasis added).
- …[W]hat is the point of celebrating the Novus Ordo towards the East, changing the Offertory and distributing Communion on the tongue, when the Tridentine Mass has always provided for this?
- This “liturgical revival” (Ed. note: efforts to make more reverent the Novus Ordo Mass) starts from the same erroneous presuppositions that animated the conciliar reform: modifying the liturgy at will, now distorting the venerable ancient rite to modernize it, now dressing up the reformed rite to make it look like what it is not and does not want to be. In the first case, we would be forcing a queen to wear clogs and dress in rags, in the second we would have the commoner wearing a royal tiara over ruffled hair or sitting on a throne in a straw hat (emphasis added).
- I believe that behind these attempts, which seem to be motivated by pious intentions, lies a fact that none of these prelates dare confess: the failure of the Council and even more so of its liturgy. Returning to the ancient rite and definitively archiving the squalor of the Novus Ordo would require great humility, because those who would like to save it from shipwreck today were yesterday among the most enthusiastic supporters of the liturgical reform, and of Vatican II with it (emphasis added).
- The next Pope will have to restore all the liturgical books previous to the conciliar reform and banish from Catholic churches its unseemly parody, in whose realization notorious modernists and heretics collaborated (emphasis added).