Ascension Thursday Update

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Today Wednesday May 25 is the Vigil of the Ascension, and tomorrow May 26 is Ascension Thursday, one of the most important feast days in the Church’s history, when Our Blessed Lord ascended into Heaven, 40 days after Easter. 

Acts 1:8-11: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And whilst they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments; Who also said; Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, so shall he come as you have seen him going into heaven.

We link to the commentary of the Ascension Mass Collect and the customs and traditions of Ascension Thursday:

Ascension Thursday Latin Masses – Thursday May 26

Although not a holy day of obligation in our metropolitan archdiocese (sadly), Ascension Thursday May 26 is indeed celebrated in the Traditional Latin Mass calendar on its actual date (40th day after Easter). As such, the following parishes will be offering Traditional Latin Masses on Ascension Thursday:

Rogation Wednesday (Wednesday May 25)

As noted in Sunday’s update, Wednesday May 25 is not just the Vigil of Ascension, but the 3rd day of the minor Rogation days (to petition God for mercy against natural disasters such as famines, diseases, etc.). In the waning hour of the last day of Rogationtide, we wanted to share a video of a Rogation procession offered by one of the Fraternity of St. Peter Latin Mass parishes: https://fssp.com/video-rogation-day-procession-and-mass/  and a reflection by the Fraternity of St. Peter from Monday’s traditional breviary (1962): The Fraternity of St. Peter has a nice reflection on it for today: https://fssp.com/rogation-monday-st-ambroses-lessons-from-the-roman-breviary/

May 25 – Anniversary of the finding of St. Philomena’s Relics

Today Wednesday May 25 is also the 220th anniversary of the finding of St. Philomena’s relics in 1802, whom some in our community has a devotion to. She was martyred in the early days of the Church and was buried in the Roman catacombs, but her tomb (and devotion) were largely forgotten for 17 centuries until the discovery of her relics, and a vial of dried blood in 1802 during an excavation. Her relics were later moved to the basilica in Mugnano (Italy) where her shrine is today. To learn more about the discovery visit: http://philomena.it/May252015.html

It’s interesting and providential to note that one of the people instrumental in spreading St. Philomena’s devotion after the relics were discovered was actually beatified just last week. Blessed Pauline Marie Jaricot was a 19th century Frenchwoman who promoted the Association of the Living Rosary devotion, as well as founding the Association for the Propagation of the Faith to help re-evangelize France after the revolution through good Catholic books.  Although deathly ill with a serious heart condition, she traveled to Rome around 1835, and met Pope Gregory XVI. In their meeting she asked if His Holiness would give formal approval to St. Philomena’s devotion if St. Philomena would heal her at the church in Mugnano (where the relics reside). The Pope agreed but figured she so near death she would not live much longer. However, Blessed Pauline walked ~ 140 miles to the shrine, and by miracle was healed after visiting it, and then walked back to Rome to see the Pope. Shocked and amazed, the Pope then proceeded to give his approval for a formal devotion to St. Philomena. Blessed Pauline isn’t the only one to have a devotion to this saint, as St. John Vianney (whom Blessed Pauline met) also had a devotion as well as several others from that era. Saint Philomena’s devotion continues to this day, although sadly Rome removed her from the liturgical calendar in 1960. Her feast day is August 11.

Last week, His Eminence Cardinal Tagle, in the presence of over 500 priests, offered the Mass for Blessed Pauline’s beatification (although sadly no mention of Philomena in the article): https://www.vaticannews.va/en/africa/news/2022-05/the-beatification-of-pauline-jaricot-brings-pilgrims-from-all-ov.html

Next Wednesday June 1 – Day of Prayer and Fasting for End to Abortion: Looking ahead to next week, with the Supreme Court soon to be issuing its decision on the abortion case Dobbs. v. Jackson, Bishop Jugis and the Diocese’s Family Life Office is asking people to pray and fast on Wednesday June 1 for an end to abortion, and the overturning of Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey abortion decisions. Faithful are encouraged to participate, attend Mass, and wear white rose pin or sticker to generate awareness about the sanctity of human life.  St. Ann will offer a 6pm Latin Mass as scheduled that evening.

Ascension Thursday Reflection

We close with a reflection by Dom Prosper Gueranger about the importance of Ascension Thursday and how nature reflects the joyous event by the beautiful flora of spring. Taken from his book, The Liturgical Year (Vigil of the Ascension entry):

The disciples are all assembled in Jerusalem. They are grouped around the blessed Mother, in the cenacle, awaiting the hour when their divine Master is to appear to them for the last time. Recollected and silent, they are reflecting upon all the kindness and condescension He has been lavishing upon them during the last forty days; they are ruminating upon the instructions they have received from His sacred lips. They know Him so well now! They know in very deed that He came out from the Father.[2] As to what regards themselves, they have learned from Him what their mission is: they have to go, ignorant men as they are, and teach all nations;[3] but (Oh sad thought!) He is about to leave them; yet a little while, and they shall not see Him![4]

What a contrast between their sorrow and the smiling face of nature, which is decked out in her best, for she is going to celebrate the triumphant departure of her Creator! The earth is blooming with the freshness of her first-fruits, the meadows have put on their richest emerald, the air is perfumed with blossom and flower; and all this loveliness of spring is due to the bright sun that shines upon the earth to give her gladness and life, and is privileged to be, both by its kingly splendour and the successive phases of its influence upon our globe, the grand symbol of our Emmanuel’s passage through this world.

Let us go back in thought to the dismal days of the winter solstice. The sun looked then so pallid; his triumph over night was slow and short; he rose, and sank again, often without our seeing him; his light had a certain timid reserve about it, and his heat was, for weeks, too feeble to rescue nature from the grasp of frost. Such was our divine Sun of justice, when first He came on earth; His rays made but little way in the world’s thick gloom; He kept His splendour in, lest men should be dazzled by too sudden a change from darkness to light. Like the material sun, He gained upon the world by slow advances; and even so, His progress was shrouded by many a cloud. His sojourn in the land of Egypt, His hidden life at Nazareth, were long periods during which He was wholly lost sight of. But when the time came for Him to show Himself, His glory shone forth, with all its magnificence, upon Galilee and Judea; He spoke as one having power,[5] His works bore testimony to His being God,[6] and the people hailed Him with the cry of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’

He was almost at the zenith of His glory, when suddenly came the eclipse of His Passion and Death. For some hours, His enemies flattered themselves that they had for ever put out His light. Vain hope! On the third day, our divine Sun triumphed over this final obstruction, and now stands in the firmament, pouring out His light upon all creation, but warning us that His course is run. For He can never descend; there is no setting for Him; and here finishes the comparison between Himself and the orb of day. It is from heaven itself that He, our beautiful Orient, is henceforth to enlighten and direct us, as Zachary foretold at the birth of the Baptist.[7] The royal prophet, too, thus exultingly sang of Him: ‘He hath rejoiced, as a giant, to run the way: His going out is from the highest heaven, and His circuit even to the summit thereof: and there is no one that can hide himself from His heat.’[8]

This Ascension, which enthroned our Emmanuel as the eternal centre of light, was, by His own decree, to take place on one of the days of the month which men call May, and which clothes in its richest beauty the creation of this same God, who, when He had made it, was pleased with it, and found it very good.[9] Sweet month of May! Not gloomy and cold like December, which brought us the humble joys of Bethlehem; not lowering and clouded like March, when the Lamb was sacrificed on Calvary; but buoyant with sunshine, and flowers, and life, and truly worthy to be offered, each year, to Mary, the Mother of God, for it is the month of her Jesus’ triumph.

St. Philomena, pray for us!

Fifth Sunday After Easter (Rogationtide)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the fifth and last Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide a reflection on Sunday’s Collect and propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/05/the-school-of-love-in-orations-of-fifth.html

Ascension Thursday Latin Masses – Thursday May 26

Although not a holy day of obligation in most dioceses (sadly), Ascension Thursday May 26 is indeed celebrated in the Traditional Latin Mass calendar on its actual date (40th day after Easter). As such, the following parishes will be offering Traditional Latin Masses on Thursday May 26:

  • St. Ann – 7pm Solemn High Orchestral Mass
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – 7pm High Mass
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone – 9:30am Latin Mass (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon – 6:30pm Latin Mass (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 7pm High Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

Minor Rogation Days this Monday – Wednesday (Rogationtide)

This week, Monday through Wednesday of Ascension week are minor rogation days, a once penitential time where the Church implores God’s protection and aid against natural disasters (rogare is Latin for “to ask”). Traditionally a blessing of fields or procession would occur on this day as well. To learn more on this period please see this informative article by Dr. Mike Foley at The New Liturgical Movement, which we excerpt below: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/05/rogationtide.html#.Yoh_oVTMKHs

“Rogationtide commemorates nature in relation to man and the city, from his tilling of the soil to his collective aversion of meteorological and seismic calamities. This not only invites a deeper meditation on our stewardship of the earth, it adds a communal dimension to Rogationtide’s acknowledgement of nature as both a source of bounty and potential harm. As one introduction puts it, ‘the processions are a reminder to feeble man to turn with humility and confidence to the Giver of all good.’”

Rogation Masses: Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC will be offering 12 noon Latin Masses followed by a Rogation procession on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. They are located 1209 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors, SC: https://princeofpeacetaylors.org/

Deacon Peter Rusciolelli to Preach at Latin Mass on Sunday June 5: On Saturday June 4, seminarian Peter Rusciolelli will be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Jugis. We are pleased to announce that the next day, Sunday June 5, the future Deacon Rusciolelli will preach at the 12:30pm Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann parish where he has served the Latin Mass frequently. Please keep him in your prayers as he approaches his diaconate ordination.  

Upcoming Respect Life Latin Masses

  • Saturday May 28 is fourth Saturday and St. Ann will offer an 8am Respect Life Latin Mass, followed by prayers at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility (also a Holy Hour in the Church)
  • Wednesday June 1 Day of Prayer & Penance – With the Supreme Court decision on abortion expected in June, Bishop Jugis has declared Wednesday June 1 a day of prayer and penance. St. Ann will offer its regular 6pm Latin Mass that evening. Faithful are asked to pray and fast for the overturning of Roe & Casey Supreme Court decisions, and wear a white rose pin or sticker to generate awareness.

Tuesday May 24 – World Day of Prayer for Church in China: The universal Church sets May 24 as a day of prayer for the Catholics in China. Please consider offering a Rosary for the Chinese Catholics. To support the underground Church, please visit the Cardinal Kung Foundation: http://www.cardinalkungfoundation.org/

CLMC Synod Response: We thank everyone who participated in our Synod survey over the past two weeks and are pleased to share the results with our Community. We encourage you to read our Synod response which was submitted to the Synod: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/clmc-synod/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Of Liturgical Interest: Three New Books on the Papacy, Tradition, Authority, and Obedience: There are many problems in the Church today, but one of them that intersects with, and poses obstacles for, the Traditional Latin Mass, is that of clerical hyper-obedience, also known as ultramontanism or hyper-papalism (where anything a bishop or Pontiff says or does must be obeyed).  In the “post-McCarrick Church” one would hope that most Catholics now realize that clerical authority has limits and declining to follow Church leaders when they order or request something that is immoral, spiritually harmful or merely outside their authority, is not sinful or disobedient. To expand on this topic, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (whom the CLMC hosted last year) has recently penned an important book on the proper understanding of obedience, and now has an additional two-volume work on the nature of papal authority. We share his article and books here: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/05/of-liturgical-interest-three-new-books.html
  • Mass of Ages Part II Trailer Released: The new installment on the documentary of the sacred liturgy, entitled Mass of Ages, has a new trailer from those who saw the first preview. The documentary will be released this Thursday May 26. View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/711884489 To watch the documentary come Thursday, visit: https://latinmass.com/

CLMC comment: Although its joyful occasion to move into a new and formal parish, a question that remains unclear is whether this consecrated land will remain in the diocesan family, or will it be sold off by the diocese for profane uses as we find the old Our Lady of Assumption on Shenandoah Road in Charlotte, the old St. Therese in Mooresville, or the old St. James in downtown Concord.

Rogationtide

We close this update by revisiting the topic of the fields and rogation days, which the Church commemorates this week with beautiful processions in the fields to implore God’s assistance and to appease His anger due to the sins of man. Furthermore in a few weeks the Whit Ember Days will arrive where the Church sets aside three days of fasting and penance each season to thank God for the gifts of creation. Today Church leaders often preach on the need to “care for creation”, which results in mainly support for Marxist-environmental policies. Yet Catholics who truly desire to “care for creation”, would benefit from learning from the riches of the Church’s traditions and ancient teachings relating to man’s dominion over creation, agriculture, and the connection between sin and natural calamities (as noted below). To ignore the Church’s wisdom and embrace naturalistic ideologies promoted by today’s pagans (or even some Church leaders) can only render the cause sterile and fruitless. To learn more about the Church’s teachings on creation, we recommend the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation.  Additionally, these following books about Church and agriculture are also excellent reads:

For Rogation Tuesday, we share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection (perhaps prophetic) on the importance of this week:

The Rogation Days were instituted for another end besides this of averting the Divine anger. We must beg our Heavenly Father to bless the fruits of the earth; we must beseech him, with all the earnestness of public prayer, to give us our daily bread. The eyes of all, says the Psalmist, hope in thee, O Lord! and thou givest them food in due season. Thou openest thy hand, and fillest with blessing every living creature. In accordance with the consoling doctrine conveyed by these words, the Church prays to God, that he would, this year, give to all living creatures on earth the food they stand in need of. She acknowledges that we are not worthy of the favor, for we are sinners: let us unite with her in this humble confession; but, at the same time, let us join her in beseeching our Lord to make mercy triumph over justice. How easily could he not frustrate the self-conceited hopes, and the clever systems of men! They own that all depends on the weather; and on whom does that depend? They cannot do without God! True,—they seldom speak of him, and he permits himself to be forgotten by them; but he neither sleepeth nor slumbereth, that keepeth Israel. He has but to withhold his blessing, and all their progress in agricultural science, whereby they boast to have made famine an impossibility, is of no effect. Some unknown disease comes upon a vegetable; it causes distress among the people, and endangers the social order of a world that has secularized itself from the Christian Law, and would at once perish, but for the mercy of the God it affects to ignore.

If, then, our Heavenly Father deign, this year, to bless the fruits of the earth, we may say, in all truth, that he gives food to them that forget and blaspheme him, as well as to them that make him the great object of their thoughts and service. Men of no religion will profit of the blessing, but they will not acknowledge it to be His; they will proclaim louder than ever, that Nature’s laws are now so well regulated by modern science, that she cannot help going on well! God will be silent, and feed the men that thus insult him. But why does he not speak? Why does he not make his wrath be felt? Because his Church has prayed; because he has found the ten just men, that is, the few for whose sake he mercifully consents to spare the world. He therefore permits these learned Economists, whom he could so easily stultify, to go on talking and writing. Thanks to this his patience, some of them will grow tired of their impious absurdity; an unexpected circumstance will open their eyes to the truth, and they will, one day, join us both in faith and prayer. Others will go deeper and deeper into blasphemy; they will go on to the last, defying God’s justice, and fulfilling in themselves that terrible saying of holy Scripture: The Lord hath made all things for himself; the wicked also for the evil day.

As to us,—who glory in the simplicity of our Faith, who acknowledge that we have all from God and nothing from ourselves, who confess that we are sinners and undeserving of his gifts,—we will ask him, during these three days, to give us the food we require; we will say to him, with holy Church: That thou vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth: We beseech thee, hear us! May he have pity on us in our necessities! Next year, we will return to him, with the same earnest request. We will march, under the standard of the Cross, through the same roads, making the air resound with the same Litanies. We will do this with all the greater confidence, at the thought that our holy Mother is marshalling her children in every part of Christendom, in this solemn and suppliant Procession. For fourteen hundred years has our God been accustomed to receive the petitions of his faithful people, at this season of the year; he shall have the same homage from us; nay, we will endeavor, by the fervor of our prayer, to make amends for the indifference and ignorance which are combining to do away with old Catholic customs, which our forefathers prized and loved.

Rogation Days – Tuesday: https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/easter/rogation-days-tuesday/

Only the Traditional Latin Mass retains the prayers, litanies and customs of Rogation week. What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Fourth Sunday After Easter

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the 4th Sunday after Easter, and as custom we share a reflection on Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-school-of-love-in-collect-for.html

Additionally we share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s commentary for this Sunday: https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/easter/fourth-sunday-after-easter/

CLMC Synod Response

We thank everyone who participated in our Synod survey over the past two weeks and are pleased to share the results with our Community. Among the highlights are:

  • The importance of the Traditional Latin Mass in each person’s life and how it has helped us grow further in holiness
  • The challenges, often imposed by the Diocese of Charlotte’s antiquated pastoral framework, that have caused spiritual difficulties for the Latin Mass faithful
  • The near unanimous desire for a dedicated Latin Mass chapel in Charlotte which offers the Latin Mass exclusively, daily, with fulltime priests
  • How this survey has inspired the CLMC to pursue further the idea of requesting a Traditional Latin Mass chapel in Charlotte

We encourage you to read our Synod response which was submitted to the Synod this past week: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/clmc-synod/

Please consider praying that the diocese will be open minded to meeting the needs of the Latin Mass the faithful and finding alternative pastoral solutions.

Holy Face Devotions

Three parishes in Charlotte now offer the Holy Face devotions – a timely and powerful devotion to combat communism (among which abortion is its “anti-sacrament”). 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 (new!) – 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)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Newly Ordained Priests and Permission to Offer the Traditional Latin Mass: Ordination season is almost upon us and the big question on many minds is – what will new Latin Mass-friendly diocesan priests (and their bishops) do when ordained? Will they offer the Latin Mass as granted by the Church for well over a thousand years, or “obey” Traditiones Custodes (albeit selectively) and restrict themselves or their new priests from offering the Mass of Ages? Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (whom we hosted last November) examines this issue and references a February interview with canonist Fr. Gerald Murray on the canonical limitations of the new Motu Proprio and how bishops are not authorized to seek permission for their newly ordained priests: https://onepeterfive.com/newly-ordained-priests-and-permission-to-offer-the-traditional-latin-mass/
  • Obedience, Disobedience, and Rash Obedience: a Virtue in a time of Crisis: On the topic of obedience, Dr. Joseph Shaw has written a helpful review of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s recent book on said topic, and Shaw wisely addresses the problems caused by conservative priests (orthodox priests, who may even offer the Latin Mass, but try to operate under the problematic modernist theology established after Vatican II) in obeying certain spiritually harmful rules that come down from authority and the problems it causes.  https://onepeterfive.com/obedience-disobedience-rash/

CLMC note: Although Dr. Shaw’s article doesn’t explain it explicitly, his analysis can help explain the rigid legalism that is practiced in many “conservative” dioceses (as noted in our above Synod report), much to the detriment of the Church.  

  • Viganò on Liturgical Revolution and the Holy Week Reforms of Pius XII: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò pens a fascinating letter to priest offering his thoughts on the 1955 Holy Week liturgical “reforms” and expresses the view that there is no reason why a traditional priest or traditional society of priest that offer the Mass of 1962 exclusively cannot also offer the Pre-1955 Holy Week (as we had for a few years). Furthermore, His Excellency spells out his preferences plain and simple:

First of all, because I do not agree with the co-existence of two forms of the same rite in the Church of the Roman Rite…and I am convinced that the Novus Ordo should simply be abolished and prohibited and the traditional rite should be declared the only Roman Rite in force.

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5963-vigano-on-liturgical-revolution-and-the-holy-week-reforms-of-pius-xii

CLMC note: Viganò is setting the stage for the future Church, in which after the liturgical wars have ended and the Latin Mass is restored to the throne as the unique expression of the Roman Rite.   

Cardinal Burke’s Reflection: Mary the Mirror of Justice

Lastly, to close out this Sunday’s update, we share with you Cardinal Raymond Burke’s most recent letter, during the month of Mary, about the Blessed Mother compared to the secular view of justice.

In a totally secularized culture, the exercise of judicial power becomes simply a way to accomplish certain ends without respect for the order with which God has created us and the world for which we are His stewards. In its worst manifestations, it becomes absolute and leaves society bereft of all justice and on the way to self-destruction. The ministry of justice, on the other hand, is exclusively at the service of the order inscribed by God the Father in creation and, above all, in the human heart, and restored by the Redemptive Incarnation of His only-begotten Son. It protects and builds up the individual and society in unity and peace. Our Blessed Mother inspires us and guides us in the service of our brothers and sisters through the administration of justice. Given to us as our Mother by her Divine Son, as He died upon the Cross for our eternal salvation, the ever-Virgin Mary draws us with maternal love to her Immaculate Heart, under which God the Son took a human heart, as Pope Saint John Paul II reminded us (Angelus Address, 14 July 1985). She leads us to place our hearts, with her Immaculate Heart, totally into His Sacred Heart. She guides us to trust in God’s never-failing mercy, to trust, as she trusted, that God’s promises to us will be fulfilled.

https://www.cardinalburke.com/presentations/mirror-of-justice

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

CLMC Synod Response

Greetings and a special thanks to the families who participated in the CLMC Response to the Diocese of Charlotte Synod.

We assembled all 179 responses into one collective response form for our Community and submitted our response to the Diocese yesterday.  

It was reassuring to see such a strong unity in the responses from our Community.  One illustrative example of this, with the survey question about preference for having a dedicated Latin Mass chapel versus having a Latin Mass offered at a Novus Ordo Parish, a staggering 97 percent of the 179 families were in agreement in preferring a dedicated Latin Mass chapel. 

Our full response to the Synod is below:

Question 1:  The first synod question asked, “What are the most significant signs of the Lord’s presence in your life?” In 500 words or less, please describe the common answers and themes that emerged during the conversation AND the participants’ most inspiring or moving responses or questions.

Our Community is made up of approximately 1,000 families distributed throughout the Diocese of Charlotte and, as such, these responses are not a reflection of any one parish. 

For the 179 synod respondents from our Community, the most significant sign of the Lord’s presence in our lives is found in praying the Traditional Latin Mass and following the traditional liturgical calendar throughout the year including customs, traditional blessings, divine office, and feast days.  The Lord’s presence in our lives is also manifest as we joyfully welcome newcomers to the Latin Mass each week.

Our Community is also blessed with many young families and a great abundance of children and vocations.  Additional signs can be seen in the reverence that is shown for the Eucharist by our Community, where our Lord is received only kneeling and on the tongue, and where the congregation typically remains in their pews long after Mass to offer thanksgiving.  The Traditional Latin Mass is the wellspring of grace for these signs of the Lord’s presence in our lives.

A great many of the respondents to this synodal question credit the Traditional Latin Mass as being responsible for – and necessary to – their conversions and thereby the salvation of their souls.  It carries us through every malady; inspires us to truth, beauty, and goodness; and strengthens us against temptations. But most of all, this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in this ageless liturgy, offers up Christ as the Holy Victim in sacrificial worship to God in Heaven – making visible, through the Latin language, silence, Gregorian chant, contemplative prayer, and the unique readings and orations at the Mass – the Lord’s presence for all to see.

The Lord’s presence in our lives is uniquely tied to our worship at the Traditional Latin Mass.  For our Community, this liturgy is responsible for drawing us into the Church, converting our souls, nourishing our vocations, attracting newcomers from the peripheries, inspiring our belief in Jesus Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, and allowing the Gospel to be proclaimed in a time of great difficulty.  The Traditional Latin Mass with its silent catechism of reverence is why belief in the real presence in the Eucharist is nearly universal in our Community, as compared to the Church as a whole where polling shows that belief in the true presence has fallen below 30 percent.

Question 2:  The second synod question asked, “What are the biggest challenges or questions you face in responding to the Lord’s call?” In 500 words or less, please describe the common answers and themes that emerged during the conversation AND the participants’; most inspiring or moving responses or questions.

For our Charlotte Latin Mass Community, our greatest challenge is that while trying to respond to the Lord’s call, we are left with the feeling of being neglected by our Diocese, which instead prefers a rigid top-down pastoral framework without consideration of our spiritual needs.  In particular:

  • Our Community is left to a nomadic existence, forced to travel to different and distant parishes on select days, often at inconvenient hours, for Mass times without a consistent and stable Mass schedule.
  • Diocesan priests are forced to minister to both Novus Ordo and Latin Mass attendees, who have different spiritual needs, creating division and limiting priests’ ability to serve the laity.
  • Our Diocese maintains a rigidity and has been unwilling to dialogue with our Community preventing them from considering alternative pastoral solutions and inspirations by the Holy Spirit.
  • Our Diocese lacks pastoral sensitivity by declining to invite outside religious orders to meet our Community’s spiritual needs while simultaneously inviting in several outside priests from far-away continents to meet the needs of the Novus Ordo faithful.
  • Our Diocese provides dedicated chapels for numerous other ethnicities, nationalities, and rites, but refuses to consider a dedicated chapel for our Community.
  • Our Bishop canceled our Community’s worship at the Latin Easter Triduum and the Sacrament of Confirmation this year without any explanation to the laity; ignoring our repeated requests for meetings to consider alternative arrangements.

As a part of this synod process, we surveyed our Community with additional questions in order to obtain a sense of their spiritual needs.  The 179 responses clearly confirm the above concerns:

  • 97 percent of respondents would prefer having a dedicated chapel with full sacramental life exclusively offering the Latin Mass daily and all the Sacraments as opposed to the current model of a Novus Ordo parish offering a Latin Mass.
  • 85 percent of respondents were personally hurt and spiritually damaged by the recent restrictions and cancellations of traditional Sacraments by the Diocese.
  • Only 13 percent of respondents felt that the Diocese is doing a good job of listening to our spiritual needs.
  • 96 percent of respondents would like to see the option of a Traditional Latin Mass offered at the annual Eucharistic Congress.

Most alarming of all, there were 21 respondents who are either already ordained priests or in some stage of discernment toward the priesthood.  Of these 21 respondents, 17 (81%) answered that the recent restrictions on the Latin Mass by the Diocese of Charlotte were an obstacle or danger to their vocation and/or discernment.  

Some in our community have received the impression that the Bishop seems unaware of our concerns or that our spiritual needs are unimportant.  We hope that this is not true, but believe the diocese needs to do more to repair this perception.  The current pastoral framework makes us feel that we are on the margins of diocesan life. This makes it difficult for our families to pass the faith down to their children and limits our ability to respond to the Lord’s call.

Question 3:  The third synod question asked, “What steps is the Holy Spirit suggesting to you and your community to respond more fully to the Christian vocation?” In 500 words or less, please describe the common answers and themes that emerged during the conversation AND the participants’ most inspiring or moving responses or questions.

Our Community is called, like all Catholics, to live our Catholic Faith in union with the Church.  Canon Law (Can. 208 – 215) speaks eloquently on the obligations and rights of the Christian faithful.  We are called to:

  • Maintain communion with the Church. 
  • Fulfill duties owed to the Church. 
  • Spread the divine message of Salvation.
  • Obey our sacred pastors in faith and morals, within right reason, only inasmuch as they represent Jesus Christ.
  • Fulfill our duty to make known our spiritual needs to the Church.
  • Fulfill our rights to receive from the sacred pastors the spiritual goods (i.e. Sacraments) of the Church.
  • Fulfill our right to worship God and follow our own form of spiritual life as long as it is consonant with the doctrine of the Church.

We feel called to pray more for our priests and bishop. While the clergy in our Diocese are pious, prayerful men, with a heart for Christ, it is with sadness that our Community feels at times that our Diocese practices a rigid form of legalism by selectively imposing restrictions and limiting our worship without understanding the spiritual harm that they cause.

Due to the denial of our rights, families from our Community have felt called to move away to other dioceses that provide for their spiritual needs.  Numerous other families have been called to worship at the nearby chapel run by the Society of Pius X or leave the Latin Rite altogether and worship at Eastern Rite communities.  Sadly others, through the confusion of being deprived of their rights owed to them by the Church, have stopped attending Mass or even apostatized by joining schismatic sects.  The current diocesan restrictions have only heightened this exodus from diocesan parishes.

To remedy this, our Community feels called by the Holy Spirit to renew our request to the Diocese to provide full sacramental life in the Traditional Latin Mass through a dedicated chapel staffed by full-time priests, allowing us to maintain communion and fully participate in the life of a diocese.

Our Community has something to offer to this diocese, as the Latin Mass is missionary and reaches out to those on the margins, and calls back the lost sheep such as lapsed Catholics, Protestants, or even those faithful Catholics who don’t “fit in” elsewhere.

The Latin Mass and its devotees can assist in evangelizing the Gospel, as it draws people to learn more about the faith, helps to grow in holiness and in faith, strengthens marriages, and fosters vocations.

A fully dedicated Latin Mass chapel, during this time of liturgical transition, can allow us to respond even more fully to the Christian vocation here in Charlotte.  

This Synod may be a providential opportunity for the diocese to reach out from these conversations, and create a renewed and constructive relationship with our Community, which will allow the Gospel to be more broadly proclaimed.  

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Please join us in prayer that the spiritual needs of our Community will be received in love and acted upon in the most constructive way.

May 13 Day of Fasting and Penance

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! In light of the U.S. Supreme Court draft decision recently, the US Bishops inviting all Catholics to a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow Friday May 13. This day is also the 105th anniversary of Our Lady’s first appearance to the three children in Fatima. Below is an article and the fasting intentions:

Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the Rosary on Friday in Midst of Tensions Over Leaked Draft Supreme Court Opinion: https://www.usccb.org/news/2022/faithful-invited-fast-and-pray-rosary-friday-midst-tensions-over-leaked-draft-supreme

In case one wanted to attend a Traditional Latin Mass tomorrow, here are the diocesan Latin Mass times:

Charlotte

7am – St. Ann

12:30pm – St. Mark

Outside Charlotte

8:30am – St. John the Baptist, Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte)

9:30am – St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

12 noon – Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

Third Sunday After Easter (Apparition of St. Michael)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the Third Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on the orations for the Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-joyful-orations-of-third-sunday.html

St. Peter of Verona Palms Available at St. Ann today (12:30pm Mass)

As noted in last Sunday’s update, we have blessed St. Peter of Verona palms available for those who did not receive them in prior years. When buried on one’s property, tradition holds that they protect against natural disasters.  To learn more visit our update from last year: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/04/29/feasts-of-ss-peter-of-verona-and-joseph-the-workman/

Relics of St. Bernadette Coming to Linville, NC:

St. Bernadette parish in Linville (2 hours northwest of Charlotte) will be hosting the relics of its patron, St. Bernadette provided by the Sanctuary in Lourdes, France starting tomorrow Monday May 9 – 11.  This will probably be one of the most important relics visiting the diocese in recent years – perhaps exceeding St. Maria Goretti’s relics a few years ago. To attend, one needs to be familiar with the special transportation setup for the relic visit. To learn more visit and about the parking arrangements please visit: https://www.catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/8166-lourdes-to-linville  or visit: www.lourdestolinville.org

Holy Face Devotions

Three parishes in Charlotte now offer the Holy Face devotions – a timely and powerful devotion to combat communism (among which abortion is its “anti-sacrament”). 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 (however on Monday May 9, due to a funeral it will be offered from 3-4pm)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (new!) – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass

Latin Mass & Traditional News

Why Ecclesia Dei Communities Should Avoid Concelebrating the Chrism Mass: Our friend, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (whom the CLMC hosted last November) has penned an excellent piece explaining why Ecclesia Dei communities such as the Institute of the Good Shepherd, Fraternity of St. Peter, or Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, whose priests offer the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively in various dioceses, should not stray from liturgical tradition and be forced to join a concelebration for a diocese’s Novus Ordo Chrism Mass during Holy Week: https://onepeterfive.com/why-ecclesia-dei-communities-should-avoid-concelebrating-the-chrism-mass/

Forgotten Customs of May, Month of Mary: With May being the month of Our Lady, readers may find this article from OnePeterFive helpful in learning some of the traditions for this month: https://onepeterfive.com/forgotten-customs-of-may-month-of-mary/

Enter His Courts With Praise: Liturgical Reverence for Christ the King: Dr. Kwasniewski also gave a talk recently in New Jersey outlining the courtliness of the Traditional Latin Mass, and how it honors the kingship of Christ: https://www.newliturgicalmovementorg/2022/05/enter-his-courts-with-praise-liturgical.html#.YnDRPtPMKHs

May 11 – Feast of St. Philip and St. James the Less, Apostles: In the 1962 calendar, this Wednesday May 11 is the feast of Ss. Philip and James, apostles of Our Lord. In more ancient times, the feast was actually commemorated on May 1. We share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for these two inspiring  saints and apostles: “Two of the favored witnesses of our beloved Jesus’ Resurrection come before us on this first day of May. Philip and James are here, bearing testimony to us, that their Master is truly risen from the dead, that they have seen him, that they have touched him, that they have conversed with him, during these forty days. And, that we may have no doubt as to the truth of their testimony, they hold in their hands the instruments of the martyrdom they underwent for asserting that Jesus, after having suffered death, came to life again and rose from the grave. Philip is leaning upon the cross to which he was fastened, as Jesus had been; James is holding the club wherewith he was struck dead.” https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/may/may-1-st-philip-and-st-james-the-less-apostles/

The Truth About Communion in the Hand – Part 1 – by John Vennari: Often times traditionalists are blamed for being “against” the Vatican II, typically by someone who marvels at the Novus Ordo Mass, with its most distinguishing (and offensive) feature: Communion in the hand. Yet the late John Vennari, one of the early defenders of the Latin Mass explains,  “Communion in the hand is not mentioned in a single document of the Second Vatican Council, nor was it mentioned during any of the debates during the Council. In all sixteen documents of Vatican II, there is no mention of Communion in the hand. Before the Second Vatican Council, there is no historic record of bishops, priests or laity petitioning anyone for the introduction of Communion in the hand. Quite to the contrary, anyone who was raised in the pre-Vatican II Church will distinctly remember being taught that it was sacrilegious for anyone but the priest to touch the sacred host.” Vennari goes on to explain how Communion in the hand was introduced by disobedience and deceipt:https://oltyn.org/2022/04/29/the-truth-about-communion-in-the-hand-part-1/

CLMC note: Among many things, Communion in the hand is one of the reasons why a dual-form parish whereby the Latin Mass and Novus Ordo are offered in the same parish (as in Charlotte), is simply untenable in the long run. At one Mass, parishioners (perhaps some in ignorance or unaware of this grave problem) receive Communion on the hand, but as Vennari points out, the practice creates two forms of sacrilege, or at least scandal. First the communicants touch the Host with their hands despite traditional Church teaching to the contrary; second, in many cases, the Host often leaves tiny Particles of Jesus that fall from the hand to the floor, and is trampled upon by the next several Communicants. What is worse however is that we Latin Mass attendees who receive Communion on the tongue and abhor such practices may also be forced to possibly trample upon tiny Particles of Our Lord if they were left on the floor from prior Novus Ordo Masses. At a dedicated chapel where the Latin Mass is offered exclusively this simply does not happen as Communion is distributed only on the tongue. Please consider praying for a resolution to the problematic dual-form liturgical framework that exists in many dioceses including Charlotte, or at the very least that Communion in the hand will be ceased immediately (it’s not sin to eliminate it!).

For further education we recommend the following three sources, especially Dr. Kwasniewski’s history on the topic:

Sunday May 8 – Feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel

In the ancient Pre-55 missal, today May 8 was the feast of the apparition of St. Michael the Archangel on Mt. Gargano, Italy, where around 490, St. Michael appeared to a bishop in a cave on the mount, and declared the grounds holy (the rocks of the cave are considered “relics” of St. Michael). Another time, on May 8, St. Michael appeared again to the bishop, and eventually the bishop decided to build a church dedicated to the saint, which still exists today (and one can also request relics from this sanctuary): https://www.santuariosanmichele.it/ Incidentally, the other feast of St. Michael, on September 29, was established to mark the dedication of a different, basilica, that of St. Michael in Rome.

A Catholic World Report article provides additional historical background: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/05/07/calling-upon-st-michael-the-archangel-on-mount-gargano/

In closing, as the Church is besieged by diabolical attacks from within, and from without, we share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s inspiring commentary on St. Michael who among his many titles is Guardian Angel of the Church:

Guardian Angel of Holy Church! now is the time for thee to exert all the might of thine arm. Satan is furious in his efforts against the noble Spouse of thy Master; brandish thy bright sword, and give battle to this implacable enemy. The Kingdom of Christ is shaken to its very foundations. Rome is in danger of seeing the Vicar of Christ dethroned within her walls. Is it that the reign of the Man of Sin is about to be proclaimed on the earth? Are we near that Last Day, when this guilty world having been destroyed by fire, thou art to exercise, in the name of the Sovereign Judge, the terrible office of separating the goats from the sheep?—If this earth is still to exist; if the mission of the Church is not yet completed; is it not time for thee, O Michael! to show the Dragon of hell that he may not, with impunity, insult on this earth the God who created it, who redeemed it, and whose name is King of kings, and Lord of lord? The torrent of error and crime is unceasingly dragging the world to the brink of the precipice; save it, O glorious Archangel, by confounding the dark plots which are laid for its destruction!

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in praelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperat illi Deus; supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae coelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

St. Michael, Guardian Angel of the Church, pray for us!

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

St. Dominic Savio Latin Mass Tomorrow Friday May 6

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Tomorrow Friday May 6, is not only first Friday, but it is the annual St. Dominic Savio Mass for altar servers at 6pm at St. Ann parish. This year the Mass will be a Traditional Latin Mass (High) and all are invited. This will be in addition to the 7am Mass already offered. Here is the first Friday schedule for tomorrow:

First Friday May 6

  • 7am – St. Ann (Low)
  • 12:30pm – St. Mark (Low)
  • 6pm – St. Ann (High)

First Saturday May 7: Looking ahead to first Saturday May 7, St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer its regular 10am Latin Mass followed by blessing of religious objects in the traditional Latin blessing. We encourage everyone to try and make the first Saturday devotions as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.

Lastly, today May 5, is the feast of St. Pius V, the great Pope who organized the campaign to fight the Ottoman Turks in the famous naval battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. However, this holy pope was also known for something more important – the preservation of the Latin Mass as declared from his papal bull, Quo Primum. Sadly, many in the Church over the last 50  years have not taken this bull seriously and instead, in an act of barbaric legalism weaved with pseudo-obedience, decide to follow the current winds of the age and cancel or curtail the Mass of All Ages, related sacraments, and traditions, customs, and culture. We close with an except from this great document:

We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.

Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription – except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing.

Quo Primum, Pope St. Pius V, July 14, 1570: https://www.papalencyclicals.net/pius05/p5quopri.htm

St. Pius V, pray for us!

Feast of St. Joseph the Workman (Second Sunday After Easter)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday May 1, is the Second Sunday after Easter (also known as Good Shepherd Sunday) and it is also the feast of St. Joseph the Workman, a more recent feast, instituted by Pope Pius XII to counter the communist May Day “celebrations”. Since our country (and our Church?) is now facing a socialist/Marxist takeover from a global dictatorship, is there not a better time to Ite Ad Joseph (Go to Joseph), the patron saint against communism and socialism, and ask for his intercession?

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish Today: This First Sunday there will be a 4pm Latin Mass offered by Fr. Joseph Wasswa at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury this Sunday, followed by a potluck in Brincefield Hall (please bring a dish or snack to share). For questions or to join their e-mail list, visit the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: www.salisburylmc.org

St. Peter of Verona Palms Available at St. Ann today (12:30pm Mass)

Friday was the feast of St. Peter of Verona, and there is an ancient custom only in the traditional rite to bless palms on his feast day. Tradition holds when the palms are buried around the 4 corners of one’s property, they protect against natural disasters. Father Reid has kindly blessed the palms and we will be handing out these our Latin Mass welcome table after Mass while quantities last. Please note: If you already received one in prior years, you do not need new palms year (unless you moved). We also thank Fr. Reid for taking the time to bless the palms. To learn more about St. Peter of Verona, the 13th century Dominican martyr, please visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/04/29/feasts-of-ss-peter-of-verona-and-joseph-the-workman/

(also see our note about Blessed Carino, St. Peter’s assassin below)

Relics of St. Bernadette Coming to Linville, NC:

St. Bernadette parish in Linville (2 hours northwest of Charlotte) will be hosting the relics of its patron, St. Bernadette provided by the Sanctuary in Lourdes, France from May 9 – 11.  This will probably be one of the most important relics visiting the diocese in recent years – perhaps exceeding St. Maria Goretti’s relics a few years ago. To attend, one needs to be familiar with the special transportation setup for the relic visit. To learn more visit and about the parking arrangements please visit: https://www.catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/8166-lourdes-to-linville  or visit: www.lourdestolinville.org

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Conversion of St. Peter of Verona’s Assassin: As noted earlier, Friday April 29 was the feast of St. Peter of Verona, a 13 century Dominican who was martyred for defending the faith against heresy in Italy. However, there is actually more to the story. Like many saints, St. Peter’s martyrdom resulted in the conversion of his assassin, who is now beatified. To learn more about this story visit: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/blessed-carino-assassin-of-st-peter.html
  • Diabolic Influence (the Priest Edition) with Fr. Ripperger: Steve Cunningham with Sensus Fidelium has another intriguing interview with Fr. Chad Ripperger, this time on his new book for priests entitled Diabolic Influence (see links in video page): https://youtu.be/2zinoi8Fd3g
  • Holy Thursday 2022 Photopost (Part 1): If any of our readers had doubts that Charlotte was one of the few – or only – dioceses to strangely cancel their Triduum (even Rome, Chicago, Raleigh and Knoxville had them), one can cast aside all reservations as New Liturgical Movement begins to share Holy Week photos from Latin Mass Triduums offered around the country and the world starting with Holy Thursday: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/04/holy-thursday-2022-photopost-part-1.html#more
  • A Qualified Defense of St Pius X’s Breviary Reform: Often times, newcomers to the Latin Mass believe all the problems in the Church and the liturgical reforms began in the 1960s. As readers know with the Pre-55 Triduum, this is not so. Modernizers were working for decades prior to 1960 to undermine the liturgy. One early example comes actually from Pope St. Pius X, who approved some quite untraditional changes to the Divine Office (as noted by Bishop Schneider in 2018). Greg DiPippo however examines those changes and offers an alternative view which we share: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/04/a-qualified-defense-of-st-pius-xs.html#.YmoLMNPMKHs

The Importance of Ceremonies in the Catholic Church

This past week, New Liturgical Movement also posted a 2012 article from Latin Mass magazine by Dr. Mike Foley, which examines the importance of ceremonies in the practice of the Catholic faith. In this lengthy but worthy piece, Foley examines the history and need for ceremonies, and how they differ from the Old Testament ceremonies, yet retain some qualities about them. As we have noted in prior updates, the Church did not continue explicitly Old Testament ceremonies and related feasts but does subtly recognize them throughout the liturgical year and with its accompanying rituals. We share some excerpts which begin to touch upon this topic:

“Since man is composed of soul and body,” Saint Thomas explains, he needs both external and internal worship, with the external ordered to the internal. (ST I-II.101.2) Good Aristotelian that he is, Aquinas holds that as human beings we ascend to the intelligible through the sensible. This ascent is not obliterated by the gift of supernatural faith; on the contrary, grace presupposes nature, healing and elevating it. Rather than eliminate man’s basic need for external gestures, Christianity fulfills that need with appropriate ceremony.

In terms of external worship, the early Church did not replicate the altar of incense in the Holy Temple, but she has used incense in her own way. She did not duplicate the High Priest’s vestments and ephod, but she has embraced the practice of sacred vestments with a style all her own (indeed, several styles varying with time, place, and liturgical patrimony). And she did not face west when she offered sacrifice like the Levites on the Temple Mount, but she did adopt the concept of directional prayer by facing east and orienting her altars accordingly. [7] While servile reproduction is forbidden, resourceful and prudent development is an entirely different matter. [8]

The example that Aquinas gives is how the “solemnities of the Old Law are supplanted by new solemnities” in the liturgical year. The Lord’s Day replaces the Sabbath. Good Friday and Easter replace the Passover. Pentecost or Whitsunday replaces the Jewish Festival of Weeks, or Shavu’ot. Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, replaces the monthly feast of the New Moon, or Rosh Chodesh, for it is with the Annunciation that there “appeared the first rays of the sun, i.e. Christ, by the fulness of grace.” The feasts of the Apostles replace the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah. The feasts of martyrs and confessors replace the Feast of Expiation, Yom Kippur. Feasts celebrating the commemoration of a Church replace the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, or Sukkot. Michaelmas, or the Feast of the Angels, and All Saints’ Day replace the feast of the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret. (ST I-II.103.3.ad 4)

The 1962 Roman Missal provides additional examples of this principle. The September Embertide hearkens to the Feast of Tabernacles and to Yom Kippur, not only by virtue of the time of the year during which it takes place but by its biblical readings. And the same can be said for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, which echoes the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av that commemorates the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70. In the Gospel reading for the Ninth Sunday (which like Tisha B’av occurs sometime in July or August), our Lord sheds tears over Jerusalem’s fate after coming from the Mount of Olives, the spot where, more than thirty years later, the Roman legions would commence their devastating campaign against the holy city. By remembering the Destruction of the Temple in this way, the Church offers not only a sober reminder of divine justice and the need for our repentance and conversion, but she also locates our pilgrimage within sacred history and connects our lives to it.

Professions of Faith: the Perennial Value of Ceremony, According to the Angelic Doctor: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/03/professions-of-faith-perennial-value-of.html#.Ym4MhtPMKHt

Today is Sunday, what Mass are you attending today?

First Sunday Masses and Potluck

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! This Sunday is Good Shepard Sunday and it’s also 1st Sunday as such there are two Latin Mass events occurring in the area:

1st Sunday Potluck at St. Thomas Aquinas parish: There will be a potluck after the 11:30am Latin Mass this Sunday May 1 at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. Please bring a dish, desert, or drink to share and signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaea728aafb6-first2

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish: Additionally, first Sunday also means a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury this Sunday. Below are the details from the Salisbury Latin Mass Community:

Salvete in Christo!

Fr. Joseph Wasswa, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Greensboro, will celebrate a low Mass on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart.

All are invited to join us at the social immediately following Mass in Brincefield Hall.  For those unfamiliar, Brincefield Hall is to your right as you exit the church.  You are welcome to bring a favorite dish or hors d’oeuvres to share.  Tea (sweet and unsweet), water, paper and plastic wear will be provided.   We hope to see you there!

For questions or to join their e-mail list, please visit: www.salisburylmc.org

Low Sunday

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is Low Sunday, the Octave of Easter, otherwise known as Quasimodo Sunday, taken from the first words of the Introit.  As custom, we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on the orations for Sunday’s Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-orations-of-low-sunday.html#.YmTFGtPMKHs

Additionally, to learn more about the history and customs of Low Sunday, we share these links:

Also in Sunday’s Mass, as it has been for the past 8 days, is chanting of the beautiful Victimae Paschali Laudes Easter sequence,which Dr. Mike Foley describes in another commentary:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-easter-sequence-victimae-paschali_01217123189.html

Feast of St. Peter of Verona – Friday April 29

In the Traditional Rite, April 29 is the feast of St. Peter of Verona, the 13th century Dominican and inquisitor. There is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor.  Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters (we hope to provide them next weekend). To learn more about the patron saint of inquisitors, visit: http://reginamag.com/saint-peter-of-verona-martyr/  

The Latin Masses for the feast day Friday April 29 will be 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark).

Major Rogation Day – Monday April 25

Although no Latin Masses are scheduled tomorrow in Charlotte, Monday April 25 is the Major Rogation Day, which, unique to the traditional calendar, is a day instituted of petitions and formerly penances to God to protect against natural disasters and plagues. It comes from the Latin word “rogare” which is to ask or petition. Sometimes it is accompanied by a procession and the chanting of the litany of the saints. There are two types of Rogation days – major and minor. The major day is April 25, Roman in origin, and was established by Pope St. Gregory the Great in 590 A.D. for deliverance from plagues as Fisheaters.com notes

“Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and Rogation Days are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert the chastisements He makes manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside to remind us how radically dependent we are on God through His creation, and how prayer can help protect us from nature’s often cruel ways.  Hence, its mood is somber and beseeching; its liturgical color is purple.

Source: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide3.html

Rogation Mass in Taylors, SC: There will be a special 7pm Rogation Day Mass at Prince of Peace Parish in Taylors, SC (the regular 12 noon TLM is canceled for Monday) followed by a Rogation procession to beg God’s blessing on crops. The parish is 2 hours southwest of Charlotte.

Relics of St. Bernadette Coming to Linville, NC:

St. Bernadette parish in Linville (2 hours northwest of Charlotte) will be hosting the relics of its patron, St. Bernadette provided by the Sanctuary in Lourdes, France from May 9 – 11.  This will probably be one of the most important relics visiting the diocese in recent years – perhaps exceeding St. Maria Goretti’s relics a few years ago. To attend, one needs to be familiar with the special transportation setup for the relic visit. To learn more visit and about the parking arrangements please visit: https://www.catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/8166-lourdes-to-linville  or visit: www.lourdestolinville.org

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Emperor of the Church and the Worldwide Devotion to Blessed Karl: A few weeks ago, on April 1, the Church (and the CLMC) marked the 100th anniversary of Blessed Karl Von Habsburg of Austria’s death. The last Catholic monarch in Europe, deposed by Woodrow Wilson and his cronies, exiled this virtuous leader, who sought unsuccessfully for a peaceful end of World War I, to the Portuguese Island of Madeira. 100 years later, on that archipelago, the Habsburg family and friends gathered together to commemorate Blessed Karl’s life and death. Author Charles Coulombe, who wrote a book on Blessed Karl (and published TAN Books), also attended the event a few weeks ago and gave this account of the events surrounding the anniversary: https://onepeterfive.com/emperor-church-worldwide-devotion-karl/
  • Supporting Traditional Contemplative Religious Life for Women: A Call for Help: As the growth in traditional religious orders continues to develop, Rorate Caeli and Dr. Peter Kwasniewski have shared that there is now a new traditional religious community for women forming – that of a Carthusian order. This update explains its charism and why its so needed in the Church today. If you know a woman interested, or simply want to help support this foundation, please see the article and contact information: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/04/supporting-traditional-contemplative.html#more
  • Hong Kong Catholic priest speaks out publicly for the first time about the persecution of the Church in China: Last month was the 22nd anniversary of Cardinal Ignatius Kung’s death. The former bishop of Shanghai was imprisoned for three decades, released in 1985, and came to the United States in exile in 1988. Before his death in 2000, he frequently offered the Traditional Latin Mass. To commemorate his death, the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which helps supports the underground Church in China, organized a Solemn Requiem Mass in Washington DC. The celebrant was a priest from Hong Kong who spoke openly about the persecution in China and the need to pray for the Chinese Catholics. The sermon was posted here: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/04/hey-hong-kong-pre-speaks-out-publicly.html

Feast of St. George and the Dragons

Saturday April 23 was the feast of St. George, a saint which enjoys devotion both in the east and in the Latin Church. Although there is scant details about his life, he was reportedly a solider in Diocletian’s army and his martyrdom inspired Diocletian’s wife to convert to Catholicism, and also receive the martyr’s crown. His devotion grew mainly in the eastern Church until the Crusades when the armies of Europe were impressed by the devotion to this saint in the Holy Land. and brought it back to Europe. As Dom Prosper Gueranger notes:

[D]evotion to St. George dates from a very early period. St. Gregory of Tours gives us several proofs of its having taken root in Gaul. St. Clotilde had a singular confidence in the holy martyr, and dedicated to him the Church of her dear Abbey of Chelles. But this devotion became more general and more fervent during the Crusades, when the Christian armies witnessed the veneration in which St. George was held by the Eastern Church, and heard the wonderful things that were told of his protection on the field of battle. The Byzantine historians have recorded several remarkable instances of the kind; and the Crusaders returned to their respective countries publishing their own experience of the victories gained through the Saint’s intercession. The Republic of Genoa chose him for its patron; and Venice honored him as its special protector, after St. Mark. But nowhere was St. George so enthusiastically loved as in England. Not only was it decreed in a Council held at Oxford, in the year 1222, that the feast of the Great Martyr should be observed as one of obligation; not only was the devotion to the valiant soldier of Christ encouraged throughout Great Britain by the first Norman Kings; but there are documents anterior to the invasion of William the Conqueror which prove that St. George was invoked as the special patron of England even so far back as the ninth century.

St. George is also frequently represented in imagery as killing a dragon, and though Gueranger seems to place this legend as symbolic, it does raise the topic of what exactly is a dragon? This creature was mentioned in several places in scripture, notably in Daniel 14:22-27. If all the creatures of the world were created on the same day as Adam and Eve, could it be possible that dragons are simply types of dinosaurs, which co-existed with man? The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, whom the CLMC co-sponsored in 2019, has published several pieces examining this question. Most recently, it looked at evidence that the fiery serpents which attacked the Israelites in the Sinai (Numbers 21:6) may have actually been pterosaurs, e.g. small flying serpents.

If indeed dragons, also known as dinosaurs, were around in biblical times, could it be possible that St. George, who died in the early 4th century, did actually slay a dragon?

In closing, we expand on Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for Low Sunday (linked above), which recounts St. Thomas the Apostle’s doubting of Our Lord’s appearances to the disciples since Easter and noting the similarities of the future saint’s initial naturalistic mindset to the rationalists of today who doubt the Word of God because it does not align with modern “scientific” narratives:

To return to our Apostle — Thomas had heard Magdalene, and he despised her testimony; he had heard Peter, and he objected to his authority; he had heard the rest of his fellow-Apostles and the two disciples of Emmaus, and no, he would not give up his own opinion. How many there are among us, who are like him in this! We never think of doubting what is told us by a truthful and disinterested witness, unless the subject touch upon the supernatural; and then, we have a hundred difficulties. It is one of the sad consequences left in us by original sin. Like Thomas, we would see the thing ourselves: that alone is enough to keep us from the fullness of the truth. We comfort ourselves with the reflection that, after all, we are Disciples of Christ; as did Thomas, who kept in union with his brother-Apostles, only he shared not their happiness. He saw their happiness, but he considered it to be a weakness of mind, and was glad that he was free from it!

How like this is to our modern rationalistic Catholic! He believes, but it is because his reason almost forces him to believe; he believes with his mind, rather than from his heart. His faith is a scientific deduction, and not a generous longing after God and supernatural truth. Hence, how cold and powerless is this faith! how cramped and ashamed! how afraid of believing too much! Unlike the generous unstinted faith of the saints, it is satisfied with fragments of truth, with what the Scripture terms diminished truths. (Psalm 11:2) It seems ashamed of itself. It speaks in a whisper, lest it should be criticised; and when it does venture to make itself heard, it adopts a phraseology, which may take off the sound of the divine…

Now, it was the for the instruction of persons of this class that our Lord spoke those words to Thomas: Blessed are they who have not seen, and have believed. Thomas sinned in not having the readiness of mind to believe. Like him, we also are in danger of sinning, unless our faith have a certain expansiveness, which makes us see everything with the eye of faith, and gives our faith that progress which God recompenses with a superabundance of light and joy.

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! What Mass are you attending Low Sunday?