Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday marks the beginning of the 2 week period within Lent called Passiontide, where the faithful focus more specifically on Our Blessed Lord’s Passion. As noted by Dr. Mike Foley, images are veiled, and the Judica Me, and the Gloria Patri, are omitted from the Mass henceforth until Easter, as noted in his weekly commentary on Sunday’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-secret-for-passion-sunday.html
First Sunday Latin Mass at Salisbury (4pm)
There will be a 4pm Latin Mass today Sunday April 3rd at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Fr. Alfonso Gamez will offer the Mass. There will not be a social afterwards. To stay updated on the Salisbury Latin Mass Community visit: http://salisburylmc.org/
Holy Face Devotions Monday & Tuesdays
Mondays 2-3pm, St. Mark parish; Tuesdays after 7am Novus Ordo Mass in St. Ann chapel (around or after 7:30 or so). The Holy Face devotion is a powerful reparation for sins of blasphemy, violations of Sundays, and communism. With Passiontide upon us, meditating on the Holy Face of Our Lord can help appease Our Lord for the injustices He received.Incidentally, TAN Books is about to publish a new book (endorsed by Bishop Schneider) on the Holy Face: The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society -by Fr. Lawrence Carny. https://tanbooks.com/products/books/tan-books/pre-order/the-secret-of-the-holy-face/
Charlotte Diocese Cancels ALL Traditional Confirmations
According to St. Ann parish, by order of Bishop Jugis, all Traditional Latin Confirmations in the diocese of Charlotte are now canceled based on His Excellency’s interpretation of Traditiones Custodes. We share an excerpt of the bishop’s letter to Fr. Reid that the parish e-mailed families, explaining Bishop Jugis’ decision:
“It is [Bishop Jugis’] understanding in light of the recent motu proprio Traditiones Custodes and the subsequent clarifications from the Office of Divine Worship, that bishops should no longer authorize confirmation according to the preconciliar liturgical rites. Such prerogatives have been given to personal parishes and the traditional communities that serve them.”
CLMC note: CLMC plans to issue a formal statement on this matter this coming week. Please keep Bishop Jugis in your prayers as he finds himself is a most difficult situation which continues to deepen. It should be noted that “traditional communities” referenced in the second part of this excerpt are likely referring to the “Ecclesia Dei” communities, e.g. parishes that are served by priests of the Institute of the Good Shephard, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, or Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Those congregations, parishes and their priests may continue to administer the Traditional Latin Confirmation without restrictions…
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- Sitientes Saturday, The Last Day of Lent: Greg DiPippo pens a helpful article on how the Church migrates from first part of Lent to the 2 week season of Passiontide: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/04/sitientes-saturday-last-day-of-lent.html#.YkkMfDUpCHs
- Bishop Schneider: Pope Francis should grant SSPX the faculties to celebrate Mass: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bp-schneider-sspx-who-have-integrity-of-the-faith-should-be-granted-faculties-to-say-mass/
- The Sagacious Saints of April: Dr. Mike Foley reviews a few of the great saints upcoming in the Latin Mass calendar: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/04/the-sagacious-saints-of-april.html#.YkkL1jUpCHs
- Mythbusting: Why the TLM’s Lectionary Is Superior to the New Lectionary: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, one of the preeminent liturgical scholars of our time, whom the CLMC hosted last November, examines, using fixed criteria, the contents of the Novus Ordo and Latin lectionary (cycle of readings at Mass), to see which one is more faithful to the Mass, and even to Vatican II: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/03/full-text-of-dr-kwasniewskis-talk-on.html
- Our Holy Emperor in Heaven: For some of the newcomers to the Latin Mass may ask, why does the CLMC, and other Latin Mass attendees have a devotion to a recently beatified Emperor (2004). What’s the connection to the Latin Mass and tradition? Well, OnePeterFive has a helpful article examining the link between Blessed Karl (whose anniversary of death was Friday) and the Latin Mass and its adherents: https://onepeterfive.com/holy-emperor-heaven/
- 85 Years of The Encyclicals of March 1937: Divini Redemptoris and the ever-present dangers of Communism: March 19, the feast of St. Joseph marked the 85th anniversary of Pope Pius the XI’s encyclical against Communism, entitled Divini Redemptoris. Rorate Caeli has an excellent summary of it, which is still applicable to these times: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/03/85-years-of-encyclicals-of-march-1937.html#more
- Bishop Schneider Writes New Prayer: Hastening the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart: As noted last week, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has composed a new Fatima prayer imploring Our Lady to hasten the triumph of her Immaculate Heart. One can find it here: https://www.livefatima.io/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Immaculate-Heart-of-Mary.pdf
Passiontide – Dom Prosper Gueranger
To close this update, we want to close with Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB, the great 19th century Benedictine liturgist who wrote in The Liturgical Year, this reflection, which we excerpt for brevity:
During the preceding four weeks, we have noticed how the malice of Jesus’ enemies has been gradually increasing. His very presence irritates them; and it is evident that any little circumstance will suffice to bring the deep and long nurtured hatred to a head. The kind and gentle manners of Jesus are drawing to him all hearts that are simple and upright; at the same time, the humble life he leads, and the stern purity of his doctrines, are perpetual sources of vexation and anger, both to the proud Jew that looks forward to the Messias being a mighty conqueror, and to the Pharisee, who corrupts the Law of God, that he may make it the instrument of his own base passions. Still, Jesus goes on working miracles; his discourses are more than ever energetic; his prophecies foretell the fall of Jerusalem, and such a destruction of its famous Temple that not a stone is to be left on stone.
Everything around us urges us to mourn. The images of the Saints, the very crucifix on our Altar, are veiled from our sight. The Church is oppressed with grief. During the first four weeks of Lent, she compassionated her Jesus fasting in the desert; his coming Sufferings and Crucifixion and Death are what now fill her with anguish.
This Sunday is called Passion Sunday, because the Church begins on this day to make the Sufferings of our Redeemer her chief thought. It is called also Judica, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass; and again, Neomania, that is, the Sunday of the new (or, the Easter) moon, because it always falls after the new moon which regulates the Feast of Easter Day.