Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, commemorating the dedication of the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 335 AD, as well as triumph of the Cross against its persecutors and idolatry earlier in 311 AD when Constantine saw the Cross in the sky and conquered the opposing army, thus paving the way for the liberation of Christianity from its three centuries of persecution.
Relic of the True Cross & Latin Mass at St. Ann Parish Tomorrow
- From 8am – 6pm, St. Ann parish will venerate a relic of the True Cross (in lieu of Eucharistic Adoration). The relic will be exposed and one should venerate the relic the same as the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
- At 6pm, St. Ann will offer a High Mass for the feast day.
September 14, 2022: 15th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum’s Implementation
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 (and paved the way for more Sunday Latin Masses elsewhere in the diocese). Please consider attending Mass in thanksgiving for the Latin Mass’s return (protection and full restoration), while offering prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict, and as well as Pope Francis who’s curia has restricted the Latin Mass, at least among diocesan priests.
Dom Prosper Gueranger’s Entry for September 14
For this feast day, we also share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection for this feast day in his book, The Liturgical Year, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium:
Now was the time for Christ to take the offensive, and for his Cross to prevail. Towards the close of the year 311, a Roman army lay at the foot of the Alps, preparing to pass from Gaul into Italy. Constantine, its commander, thought only of revenging himself for an injury received from Maxentius, his political rival; but his soldiers, as unsuspecting as their chief, already belonged henceforward to the Lord of hosts. The Son of the Most High, having become, as Son of Mary, king of this world, was about to reveal himself to his first lieutenant, and at the time to discover to his first army the standard that was to go before it. Above the legions, in a cloudless sky, the Cross, proscribed for three long centuries, suddenly shone forth; all eyes beheld it, making the Western sun, as it were, its footstool, and surrounded with these words in characters of fire: In hoc vince: by this be thou conqueror! A few months later, the 27th of October 312, all the idols of Rome stood aghast to behold, approaching along the Flaminian Way, beyond the Bridge Milvius, the Labarum with its sacred monogram, now become the standard of the imperial armies. On the morrow was fought the decisive battle, which opened the gates of the Eternal City to Christ, the only God, the everlasting King…
..But another celebration, the memory of which is fixed by the Menology on the 13th of September, was added in the year 335 to the happy recollections of this day; namely, the dedication of the basilicas raised by Constantine on Mount Calvary and over the holy Sepulcher, after the precious discoveries made by his mother St. Helena. In the very same century that witnessed all these events, a pious pilgrim, thought to be St. Silvia, sister of Rufinus the minister of Theodosius and Arcadius, attested that the anniversary of this dedication was celebrated with the same solemnity as Easter and the Epiphany. There was an immense concourse of Bishops, clerics, monks, and seculars of both sexes, from every province; and the reason, she says, is that the Cross was found on this day; which motive had led to the choice of the same day for the primitive consecration, so that the two joys might be united in one.
Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Thursday September 15
Our Lady is never far from the Cross, and as such, the Church commemorates her seven sorrows on Thursday and St. Thomas will offer a 7pm Latin Mass. 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
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: https://staging2.sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/september-15-feast-of-the-seven-dolours-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/