Feast of Christ the King

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the solemn feast of Christ the King, an important day for the Church and the CLMC, that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations and societies on earth today.  There is also a tradition to organize a Eucharistic Procession to process the King of Kings through the streets, and both parishes in Charlotte will do so today. The feast occurs on the last Sunday in October in the Traditional Rite and is fitting to fall near All Saints, as today’s feast day also symbolizes the Church Militant, while All Saints and All Souls focus on the Church Triumphant in Heaven, and the Church Suffering in Purgatory, respectively. As custom, we share a commentary on the prayers for Sunday’s Latin Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-orations-of-feast-of-christ-king.html

Novena to the Poor Souls for a Dedicated Latin Mass Chapel & FSSP (10/24 – 11/1)

We thank those who are participating in our novena (which concludes Tuesday) to the Poor Souls in purgatory praying that Bishop Jugis will establish a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). If you have not joined in but would like to, you can find the novena on our webpage or see the second attachment: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2022/10/24/begins-today-poor-souls-novena-for-latin-mass-chapel-and-fssp-begins-october-24-november-1/

Latin Masses This Week

  • Sunday October 30, 11:30am (St. Thomas Aquinas) & 12:30pm (St. Ann). Eucharistic Processions to follow. St. Ann will process down to Holy Trinity Middle School and back. It will conclude in the church with a special consecration prayer that carries an indulgence.
  • All Saints & All Souls – See schedule below
  • Thursday November 3, 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas, Feria (Mass for the Dead)
  • Friday November 4, 7am (St. Ann) & 12:30pm (St. Mark), First Friday & St. Charles Borromeo
  • Saturday November 5, 10am St. Thomas Aquinas, First Saturday & Feria (Mass for the Dead)

Plenary Indulgence TODAY Sunday October 30: There is a plenary indulgence attached this day to whom recites the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please see this article from 2012 to learn more: https://fssp.com/act-of-consecration-of-the-human-race-to-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus/ St. Ann will pray this at the end of the procession.

All Saints & All Souls Masses (Updated – Charlotte Masses in bold)

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

November 2 – Feast of All Souls

Note: On All Souls Day, a priest can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

Annual All Souls Novena – November 1- 8

The Church grants a plenary indulgence applicable to the poor souls in purgatory each day from November 1-8 for those who receive Holy Communion, visit a cemetery and offer prayers for the dead. See our webpage for more details and the conditions to obtain the indulgence:

Holy Face Novena for the Elections Begins TODAY Sunday October 30 – Monday November 7

Although we are finishing one novena (for a Latin Mass chapel), there is another important novena being organized by the Holy Face group at St. Mark parish starting today October 30 that is worthy for consideration – a prayer for the elections. As a reminder this traditional devotion is a powerful work of reparation against communism, which is no doubt very active in our country these days. The novena begins today Sunday October 30 (Feast of Christ the King) and ends the day before Election Day, Monday November 7. The prayer is below:

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Your adorable Face, to ask of You the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech You, above all, to give us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what You require of us by Your Holy Commandments and Your Divine inspirations. O Good Jesus, Who has said: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” give us, O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient. Grant us, by the pure effect of Thy Charity and for Thy eternal glory, the graces we need and which we look for from Thine infinite mercy, particularly   (here mention the favor desired).    Amen. Be merciful to us, O God, and reject not our prayers when, amid our afflictions, we call upon Your Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Your Adorable Face.   Amen.  We thank You, O Lord, for all Thy benefits, and we entreat You to engrave in our hearts feeling of love and gratitude, putting upon our lips songs of thanksgiving to Your eternal praise.   Amen. – By Venerable Leo Dupont, the “Holy Man of Tours”

Intention: For the U.S. to return to God, defeat and conversion of communists, and for pro-life candidates to be elected who will end abortion. 

Community News

  • 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)
  • Holy Spirit (Denver) – Tuesdays 10-11am after the Novus Ordo Mass (NEW: BEGINS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?
  • Fr. Chad Ripperger Event – Saturday March 11, 2023: Renowned exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger is coming to St. Thomas Aquinas this coming March. The parish has announced that all seating for the event is full and the parish will not be able to accommodate additional attendees.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • All Hallows Eve (Halloween) in the Traditional, Pre-1955 Liturgical Books:  Tomorrow Monday October 31 is the ancient vigil of All Saints, otherwise called All Hallows Eve. Before the 1955 “liturgical reforms”, many feast days had special penitential vigil days the day prior (a few are still retained like Christmas Eve, or the Vigil of the Assumption). Perhaps next to the vigil of Pentecost, one of the more solemn of these vigils was All Hallows Eve. Learn how in this excellent article which re-share each year around this time: https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com/2019/09/all-hallows-eve-halloween-in.html
  • “It Rains in the Classroom”: How Mission Tradition Is Persevering to Teach Children in Colombia: The Fraternity of St. Peter, a society of priests who offer the Latin Mass exclusively and administer parishes throughout the U.S and other continents, but it also runs a few missions including one in Columbia. We share a recent article/interview about their efforts to spread tradition and the Latin Mass in the poorest areas of this South American country: https://www.missiontradition.us/it-rains-in-the-classroom/
  • Praying for the Dead and the Requiem Mass: As our community, and the diocese mourn the passing of Tom Savoy, we share a timely article by Fr. William Rock, FSSP, on the importance of praying for the deceased. We share two excerpts from this article about hope and the importance of continually praying for the dead: https://fssp.com/praying-for-the-dead-and-the-requiem-mass/

[The] uncertainty concerning the final state of the souls of the Church’s children who have died is, in a sense, a blessing for those who survive the departed.  This is because our Faith teaches us that one can always pray for good outcomes of past events whose conclusions are hidden from mortal eyes.  As God is outside of time, past, present and future have no real meaning for Him.  As strange as it might seem, God can act in the past due to things which happen in the future.  Therefore, prayers offered on behalf of the dead not only effect their state in Purgatory but can also have an influence at a moment of death that occurred in the past of those praying.

While treating of the ceremonies of All Souls’ Day, Dom Guéranger explains this as follows: “to God, Who sees all times at one glance, this day’s supplication was present at the moment of the dread passage, and obtained assistance for the straitened souls.” It should always be remembered that death does not end relationships, but only changes them.

History of the Feast of Christ the King

The feast day was established by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, which was written to address the growing revolutions against the Church – particularly in Mexico, and is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and His teachings.  Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited us five years ago and gave a talk on this doctrine. Below are some additional links of the feast day:

We conclude with some excepts from Pope Pius XI’s 1925 encyclical Quas Primas:

“With God and Jesus Christ,” we said, “excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.”

When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.

Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King in the Traditional Rite. With society “tottering to its fall”, is it not time for society to recognize Christ the King? What Mass are you attending Sunday?