Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed Martinmas Day! This day, in which the Church honors the great bishop, St. Martin of Tours, was also the thanksgiving and harvest celebration throughout Catholic Europe in centuries past. Families would attend Mass, and spent the day in celebration, and feasting on cooked goose. It has been supposed that the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. instituted by protestants, was to some degree based on this ancient Catholic custom in Europe (more on that in two weeks). St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm High Mass this evening.
This feast day also served as the beginning of the ancient St. Martin’s Lent (beginning the next day), a 40 day period of fasting an prayer leading up to Christmas. To learn more about this feast day and the mini-Lent that accompanied it, we share these excellent articles posted on OnePeterFive and Fisheaters:
- Forgotten Customs of Martinmas and St. Martin’s Lent: https://onepeterfive.com/forgotten-customs-of-martinmas-and-st-martins-lent/
- Feast of St. Martin (Martinmas): https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost15.html
Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation Video
We are pleased to share with our readers a video and talk of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s presentation last Saturday.
- VIDEO: https://youtu.be/m2fM4ZkzzPs
- Full Text of Dr. Kwasniewski’s Charlotte Lecture: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/11/given-choice-why-should-i-consistently.html
Resources mentioned in the presentation:
- The Liturgical Year Calendar – Sophia Institute Press: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/the-liturgical-year-calendar
- Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass: https://www.tumblarhouse.com/products/reclaiming-our-roman-catholic-birthright
- Must Catholics Obey Francis: Discerning True and False Obedience in the Era of Traditionis Custodes: https://remnant-tv.com/video/must-catholics-obey-francis-discerning-true-and-false-obedience-in-the-era-of-traditionis-custodes-
- Praying the Divine Office of the Traditional Latin Mass: https://divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/horas/officium.pl# (online version of the Divine Office)
- Dr. Kwasniewski’s website: https://www.peterkwasniewski.com/
How Often Should We Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?
During his lecture, Dr. Kwasniewski raised several interesting points, the first two, inspired by the rule of St. Benedict:
- The Traditional Latin Mass is a superior home or environment in which to settle down spiritually (stability of heart and place)
- It could be harmful to be nomads who do not have a settled liturgical home
- When one attends the Traditional Latin Mass consistently, one can receive the full benefits and graces this liturgy offers throughout the year
If these points are indeed true (which are self-evident), how can one regularly attend the Traditional Latin Mass in Charlotte, build a spiritual home, and partake in the full benefits of this timeless liturgy, when it is offered so infrequently and irregularly during the week? It’s an excellent question to ask in a diocese that appears to be quite supportive of the Latin Mass – a question many CLMC readers noted over the years.
While on Sundays, there are two diocesan Latin Masses an hour apart, there are gaps in the schedule including early-mid Sunday mornings which are easier for younger families. During the week, Latin Masses are not offered Mondays or Tuesdays, and scattered Latin Masses are offered from Wednesday – Saturday across three Charlotte-area parishes (formerly four) – leaving the faithful to spend much time behind the wheel, instead of in front of the Blessed Sacrament. By comparison, Novus Ordo Masses are offered in each neighborhood parish daily, often at multiple times and hours.
Setting aside the supposed restrictions placed on the Latin Mass by the new Motu Proprio, how can the faithful grow in holiness on a daily basis – and save their souls – according to the Traditional Latin Mass and its spiritual and sacramental life, when it is voluntarily offered on a mere limited basis? These are questions that the diocese of Charlotte will need to address if it indeed considers the Traditional Latin Mass to be part of its liturgical vision and future. Let us continue to pray for the priests and our bishop of this diocese. St. Martin of Tours, pray for us!