Laudetur Iesus Christus!Sunday is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost and we share commentary Sunday’s orations (prayers) for the Latin Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/07/the-palpably-agricultural-and-mildly.html
Diocesan Latin Masses This Week
- Wednesday July 20, St. Jerome Emiliani (Confessor), 6pm Latin Mass, St. Ann parish
- Thursday July 21, St. Lawrence of Brindisi (Doctor), 7pm Latin Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas
- Friday July 22, St. Mary Magdalene (Penitent), 7am Latin Mass, St. Ann, and 12:30pm St. Mark
- Saturday July 23, St. Apollinaris (Martyr), 8am Respect Life Latin Mass, St. Ann
- Holy Face Devotions: Tired of some Church leaders disparaging the Latin Mass? Why not push back by praying the powerful Holy Face devotion of reparation? As background, in 1843, Sr. Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun in the monastery in Tours, France, received a series of revelations from Jesus telling her that reparation for certain sins were an imperative, and that it was to be done through devotion to the Holy Face. The primary purpose of this apostolate is to, by praying certain prayers, make reparation for the sins committed against the first three Commandments of the Lord: The denial of God by atheism (communism), blasphemy, and the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days. Devotion to the Holy Face has been referred to as the devotion for Jesus Crucified. The schedule is as follows:
- St. Mark – Mondays 2-3pm
- St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
- St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet which takes 15-20 minutes)
Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Saturday was the great Marian feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. As custom, Fisheaters has a good write up on the brown scapular and the Sabbatine Privilege which accompanies those who wear it faithfully: https://www.fisheaters.com/scapulars.html
Additionally, it’s also a great time to support traditional Carmelites who offer and follow the Traditional Carmelite Rite (similar to the Traditional Latin Mass). We share two congregations, one of hermits, the other of the sisters:
- The Discalced Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: https://www.edcarm.org/donate/
- Fairfield Carmelite Nuns: https://www.fairfieldcarmelites.org/
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- The Votive Mass of St. Thomas More: Last weekend the Traditional Rite commemorated the martyrdom of Ss. Thomas More and Fisher, and Dr. Mike Foley has an informative write up on the special votive Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/07/the-votive-mass-of-st-thomas-more.html#.YtOU84TMKHs
- “The Rupturist Rubric”: The Attempt to Cut Off the Liturgy from Tradition – by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/07/the-rupturist-rubric-attempt-to-cut-off.html#.YtOXh4TMKHt
- St. Swithin’s Day July 15: Dr. Mike Foley’s article recounts the life of a little known English saint whose feast day (locally) was Friday: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/07/saint-swithins-day-july-15.html#.YtOYmYTMKHs
- Savannah Bishop announces end of Latin Masses, cowardly blaming the Vatican: In an unusual act of pastoral “tenderness”, the Bishop of Savannah, Georgia has decided to cancel all Traditional Latin Masses in his diocese beginning May 23, 2023. https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/07/savannah-bishop-announces-end-of-latin.html
- Will Archdiocese of Chicago Persecute the Institute of Christ the King?: According to Fr. Zuhlsdorf, the Archdiocese of Chicago is attempting to place restrictions, cancel all Latin Masses, or even expel the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest by August 1. As readers may recall the Institute is a religious order that offers the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively and operates dedicated Latin Mass parishes throughout the world. An announcement may be forthcoming today. https://wdtprs.com/2022/07/action-item-prayer-to-avert-a-serious-act-of-persecution/
CLMC comment: “[L]et him sell his coat, and buy a sword.” – Luke 22:36
- How excessive restrictions on the Latin Mass could push away some ordinary Catholics: In the above post, Fr. Z references a surprising article published by America magazine, the official publication of the Jesuits, and hardly the place of fondness for the Latin Mass and tradition. However, they did publish a piece by a conservative Catholic who likes to attend those reverent (and seemingly rare) Novus Ordo Masses which have Latin, chant, and ad orientum worship. The author warns that dioceses – including Chicago – who are being heavy handed with their Latin Mass restrictions, may actually alienate Novus Ordo Catholics who like a little reverence and tradition mingled into the Novus Ordo Mass. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2022/07/15/latin-mass-restrictions-pope-francis-242539
- Back to the Sixties? Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes for Departure From Doctrine on Contraceptive Sex: The Pontifical Academy for Life, a once faithful Vatican institution defending the cause of the unborn and marriage but now filled with many anti-family modernists, has decided it has more authority than Our Lord Jesus Christ, and is advocating for the Church to change its teaching on contraception. https://www.ncregister.com/news/analysis-pontifical-academy-for-life-pushes-to-change-churchs-opposition-to-contraception
CLMC comment: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: How we pray, is how we believe. Is there any connection between the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass, and the lack of faith among its adherents? Is the COVID-19 vaccine, safe and effective?
Traditiones Custodes: One Year Later
Saturday also marked the one year anniversary of the infamous Traditiones Custodes, Pope Francis’ decree restricting the Latin Mass in many situations. Greg DiPippo has helpful review on it, here: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/07/one-year-later.html#.YtOX4oTMKHs
The CLMC wishes to re-share what we wrote just days after the Motu Proprio’s release last July and we stand by it today:
July 18, 2021: While many may be anxious over the Pope’s new decree “restricting” the Latin Mass, one should remember that Christ still reigns over His Church, and that Christ loves the Traditional Latin Mass so much that he allowed it to be offered for most of His Church’s history, at least1,600 years and counting. One cannot say that for the Novus Ordo, which is 52 years (and may not make it to 60!). Many of the primary Novus Ordo proponents are aging, dying or dead, and an entirely new generation of priests and laity have discovered the Traditional Latin Mass – born years and decades after Vatican II. The action from Rome last week may be seen perhaps as an act of desperation of a dying regime, whose collapse may occur sooner than expected.
An excellent secular example of regime collapse actually happened 30 years ago this summer. In August of 1991 the Cold War was practically over, the Berlin Wall was down, Germany reunified, free elections were being held across Eastern Europe, and former Soviet Union satellite states were angling for independence. However, for a group of hardline Soviet communists, this turn of events was a disaster and must be reversed. In mid-August 1991, these eight hardliners launched a coup to depose the Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev (also a communist), who they blamed for the implosion. The coup lasted but 3 days, and failed, as pro-independence forces rallied against them. However the end result was an further acceleration of the Soviet Union’s demise. Four months later on Christmas Day 1991 the nation dissolved itself and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.
Although no analogies are perfect, Traditionis Custodes, appears to represent a similar “dying gasp” of the aged Vatican II generation in the Church. While Traditionis Custodes’ imposition may last longer than a 3 day “Soviet coup”, it should be no surprise, as CLMC readers will note over the many months, that the Novus Ordo Mass, and its ambiguous new “doctrine” may be seeing its final days. The modernists still can’t believe that after 50+ years of propaganda, tyrannical suppression of tradition, and modernist seminary formation, that there could be any Catholics left alive who would still like the Traditional Mass and its perennial teachings. Such modernists apparently have not attended many Latin Masses.
What to do?
- Pray for Pope Francis’ conversion: He is only getting older, and like us someday, will soon have to face judgement (which, due to his state in life is much more difficult than any lay person). Pray for his conversion, pray he consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Archbishop Viganò had a massive conversion after meditating on his own life, and look how much good he has done since then.
- Pray for our priests and Bishop Jugis: Pray they will have the strength and fortitude to defend Our Lord Jesus Christ and HIS Traditional Latin Mass.
- Pray the Rosary daily and Make/practice the 1st Saturday Devotions: Following Our Lady of Fatima’s request ought to be obligatory for anyone attending the Traditional Latin Mass
- Continue to Promote the Traditional Latin Mass: The Latin Mass IS the future. Continue to invite friends and family to attend the Latin Mass, promote it anyway you can.
- Don’t worry: Focus on one’s state in life, receive the sacraments frequently, heed little about what is happening in other dioceses, Rome, or at some faraway place. As we learned with COVID, much of the modernist media rhetoric is designed to cause fear and agitation, not reporting news.
Lastly, we’d like to close with a timely quote by Pope St. John Paul II, who issued an interesting apology to traditionalists in 1980 encyclical for those heavy-handed tactics of the Vatican II proponents (credit: Dr. John Rao at the Roman Forum):
“I would like to ask forgiveness-in my own name and in the name of all of you, venerable and dear brothers in the episcopate-for everything which, for whatever reason, through whatever human weakness, impatience or negligence, and also through the at times partial, one-sided and erroneous application of the directives of the Second Vatican Council, may have caused scandal and disturbance concerning the interpretation of the doctrine and the veneration due to this great sacrament. And I pray the Lord Jesus that in the future we may avoid in our manner of dealing with this sacred mystery anything which could weaken or disorient in any way the sense of reverence and love that exists in our faithful people.” – John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae #12, February 24, 1980
The Latin Mass is the future. Where are you attending Mass today?