Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom, we provide a reflection on Sunday’s Collect:

Latin Masses This Week

  • Monday September 12  – Feast of the Holy Name of Mary (sadly no Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte this day)
  • Wednesday September 14 , 6pm (Special High Mass, St. Ann – Feast of the Holy Cross (the 15th anniversary of the implementation of Pope Benedict’s directive, Summorum Pontificum, which allowed greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass)
  • Thursday September 15, 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas – The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Friday September 16, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark) – Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian

Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation Video Now Available

As noted earlier this week, we are pleased to share the video of Dr. Kwasniewski’s talk to the CLMC the week prior. The video, including both his presentation and the panel discussion can be viewed here:

Holy Face Devotions

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • 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/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage – September 17, Washington DC: To support the Latin Mass faithful in Arlington and Washington DC dioceses, a pilgrimage is being organized around the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s directive allowing greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. The pilgrimage will start at the Cathedral in Arlington and conclude at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington. All are welcome to participate:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Abel’s Holy Sacrifice or Cain’s Meal Offering?: The CLMC’s own Chris Lauer has written a helpful piece in understanding the attacks on the Latin Mass by looking at the account of Cain and Abel’s own sacrifices and applying them the Novus Ordo and Latin Masses today. We share an excerpt:

In Genesis, Chapter 4 we learn about Cain and Abel, the two sons of Adam and Eve.  Abel (“Abel the Just” as he is referred to in the Roman Canon) was a shepherd and his brother Cain, a farmer.  When the time came for them to offer thanks to God, the brothers built two altars onto which they each placed their offerings.  Abel offered a sacrifice of flesh, the first of his flock.  Cain, however, offered a meal. (Sound familiar)?

God accepted Abel’s offering, sending down a pillar of fire consuming his sacrifice of flesh.  The next line in scripture is, “But to Cain and his offerings, God had no respect.”  Rather than humbly admitting his error, Cain instead blamed his brother for God’s decision.  Later when they were together in the field, Cain rose up and murdered Abel.  As punishment for this violence, God cursed Cain such that for the remainder of his days his fields would yield no harvest.

  • Final parish TLM in DC: St. Anthony Padua parish in Washington DC will be holding its last Latin Mass on September 20, thanks to the restrictions implemented by the Archdiocese of Washington. It will offer a votive Mass of Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for being able to offer the Traditional Latin Mass for the past several years (including an Easter Triduum last spring if memory serves):

CLMC comment: Is it too early to detect a pattern that religious orders and congregations may be exempt from Traditiones Custodes, and only diocesan priests are restricted (at least for the moment)? If this yes proves true over time (a big “if”), would it not make sense to invite religious orders and congregations to dioceses to help protect the Latin Mass and allow it to be offered freely?

Feasts this Week

This week will feature several important feast days in the liturgical calendar worth noting.

  • Monday September 12 – 339th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna & Feast of the Holy Name of Mary: The Church remembers the magnificent victory of Polish King John Sobieski against the Muslim Turks during the siege of Vienna. In thanksgiving, the Pope extended the local feast of the Holy Name of Mary to the entire Church. To learn more about the battle, we share this excellent sermon courtesy of Sensus Fidelium:

Additionally, Dr. Mike Foley has a write-up about the battle and the feast day’s origins:

  • Wednesday September 14 – feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: As mentioned above, Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s document granting more liberty to the Traditional Latin Mass – a document which eventually enabled the CLMC to petition Rome for the Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann. Also, according to the St. Andrew Missal, it is the 1,687th anniversary of the dedication of Constantine’s Church of the Holy Sepluchre in Jerusalem, which was also the date when the actual Cross was discovered in the same location. We share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for this feast day:

CLMC comment: Being the day Summorum Pontificum was implemented, September 14 is a significant feast day for the Traditional Latin Mass and Latin Mass faithful, and with the Latin Mass under attach, we encourage all to attend the 6pm High Mass offered at St. Ann on Wednesday.

  • Thursday September 15 – feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary: To conclude the ancient octave of the Nativity, the Church celebrates the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother, which is symbolically placed next to the feast of the Holy Cross to help draw a connection between Our Lady’s sorrows and the Cross of Christ. Those sorrows are:

1, The prophecy of Simeon

2. The Flight into Egypt

3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in the Temple

4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary

5. Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb

We conclude with an excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for September 15 about the Blessed Mother:

Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, in might, and in grace, in these latter times: in mercy, to bring back and lovingly receive the poor strayed sinners who shall be converted and shall return to the Catholic Church; in might, against the enemies of God, idolaters, schismatics, Mahometans, Jews, and souls hardened in impiety, who shall rise in terrible revolt against God to seduce all those who shall be contrary to them, and make them fall by promises and threats; and finally, she must shine forth in grace, in order to animate and sustain the valiant soldiers and faithful servants of Jesus Christ, who shall do battle for his interests. Mary must be terrible as an army ranged in battle, principally in these latter times. It is principally of these last and cruel persecutions of the devil, which shall go on increasing daily till the reign of Antichrist, that we ought to understand that first and celebrated prediction and curse of God, pronounced in the terrestrial Paradise against the serpent: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed.

Feast of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

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