Feast of Corpus Christi

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today, the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, is the traditional day for the feast of Corpus Christi. In earlier decades, the feast took on such importance it retained its own octave which concluded on the feast of the Sacred Heart. For today’s feast, we are fortunate to have a few Latin Masses in the area tonight:

Feast of Corpus Christi – Thursday June 16

  • 6pm (High Mass): St. Ann parish (changed to High Mass)
  • 7pm (High): St. Thomas Aquinas, with Eucharistic Procession to follow
  • 7pm (Solemn High Mass): Prince of Peace parish, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte). Eucharistic Procession to follow.

Why We Should Restore the Corpus Christi Octave

As we noted above, in earlier ages, the feast of Corpus Christi used to have its own octave, or 8 days of celebration. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski published an article last year arguing that this octave should be restored to the Traditional Latin Mass:

https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/05/why-we-should-revive-octave-of-corpus.html 

Dom Prosper Gueranger on the Feast of Corpus Christi

We close with an excerpt from Gueranger’s entry from The Liturgical Year:

All the mysteries we have celebrated up to this time were contained in the august Sacrament, which is the memorial and, so to say, the compendium of the wonderful things wrought in our favor by our Redeemer. It was the reality of Christ’s presence under the sacramental species that enabled us to recognize, in the sacred Host, at Christmas, the Child that was born unto us, in Passiontide the Victim who redeemed us and at Easter the glorious conqueror of death. We could not celebrate all those admirable Mysteries without the aid of the perpetual Sacrifice; neither could that sacrifice be offered up, without its renewing and repeating them.

Putting together all the means within our reach for honoring these blessed citizens of the heavenly court, we have chanted the grand Psalms of David, and hymns, and canticles, with all the varied formulas of the Liturgy;—but nothing that we could do towards celebrating their praise could be compared to the holy Sacrifice offered to the divine Majesty. It is in that Sacrifice that we entered into direct communication with them, according to the energetic term used by the Church in the Canon of the Mass (communicantes).

There is a sacred element which gives a meaning to every feast that occurs during the Year, and graces it with the beauty of its own divine splendor;—that sacred element is the most holy Eucharist, and itself had a right to a solemn festival in keeping with the dignity of its divine object.

Trinity Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the ancient octave day of Pentecost, otherwise known as the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the beginning of the season after Pentecost.  According to Dom Prosper Lefebvre, OSB, in the St. Andrew Daily Missal, the reign of the Holy Ghost begins in this season after Pentecost, giving the faithful roughly six months of sanctoral feasts (e.g. the saints) to help deepen one’s faith and in love of God. The feasts of the Holy Trinity (today), Corpus Christi (this Thursday June 16), the Sacred Heart (June 24), followed by Ss. Peter & Paul (June 29) help to emphasize this aspect of the calendar. As custom, we share commentary on Sunday’s collect: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/05/the-confessional-collect-of-trinity.html

Additionally, Dr. Mike Foley provides a rare look into the collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, which would be today if it were not replaced by the feast of the Holy Trinity centuries ago: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/06/the-rare-collect-of-first-sunday-after.html#.YqQYnOzMKHs

June Festal Latin Masses (Feast of Corpus Christi this Thursday)

As the Church moves into the season after Pentecost, June has some important feast days to celebrate:

Feast of Corpus Christi – Thursday June 16*

  • 6pm (Solemn High Mass): St. Ann parish
  • 7pm (High): St. Thomas Aquinas, with Eucharistic Procession to follow
  • 7pm (Solemn High Mass): Prince of Peace parish, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

* The traditional calendar commemorates Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

Feast of the Sacred Heart – Friday June 24

Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Saturday June 25*

  • 8am – Respect Life Latin Mass, St Ann
  • 9am – Prince of Peace parish, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

* The feast of St. John the Baptist normally falls on June 24; however due to the feast of the Sacred Heart occurring on that day this year, the Nativity of St. John is transferred to June 25. This is confirmed via the FSSP liturgical calendar.

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul – Wednesday June 29

  • 6pm: St. Ann

June – The Month of Octaves

June can also be thought of as a month of ancient octaves. Prior to Archbishop Bugnini’s liturgical “reforms” of 1955, the Church celebrated many more octaves than today. In fact, June would not only have the octave of Pentecost (if Easter/Ascension occurred late enough), but also commemorated octaves of Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart, and of Ss. Peter and Paul – each for 8 days. Occasionally, this also would mean a saint’s feast day was placed on the calendar only after a certain octave concluded, such as St. Isabel of Portugal who died on July 4 (during the Octave of Ss. Peter & Paul); thus her feast day was fixed to July 8. The same occurred with St. Thomas More, who was martyred on July 6 (octave day of Ss. Peter and Paul), but is celebrated in the Traditional Rite on July 9.  As the Church rediscovers the Traditional Latin Mass, especially the calendar prior to 1955, we can pray for a return to more of these octaves, as some feasts are too glorious to be celebrated for just one day.

Prayers for the Seminarians: Please pray for the two Charlotte deacons set to be ordained this coming week, Deacons Aaron Huber and Darren Balkey.

Community News

  • Temporary Latin Mass Changes in Taylors, SC: Due to clergy summer retreats, sabbaticals, etc., Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte) will not be offering Latin Mass on weekdays during the summer. It will have 1st Saturdays at 9am and the regular 12 noon Latin Mass each Sunday. The normal schedule should resume by mid-August. Please visit the website before making a visit: https://princeofpeacetaylors.org/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Modesty Announcement at St. Ann:  Last year around this time, Fr. Reid issued a gentle reminder about the importance of dressing modesty at St. Ann parish (see bulletin here).  With summer here please note the sign in the narthex denoting the parish’s modesty reminder. We encourage all to read Fr. Reid’s message:

    As our weather begins to warm up, please be attentive to dressing modestly for Mass. Attending Mass is the most important thing we do each week, and the way we dress should reflect this. When we come to Mass, we are coming to visit our Lord, and thus we should be dressed appropriately. Thus, as your pastor I respectfully ask you to refrain from wearing shorts, t-shirts, short skirts, low-cut or revealing clothing at Mass. Moreover, clothing that is revealing or very tightly fitting can be a distraction to your fellow parishioners. So out of respect to our Lord, and in charity to your fellow parishioners, please be modest when selecting your clothes for Mass. I appreciate your attention to this important matter.
  • Restoration, Not Reform, Is The Only Way Forward: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (who visited the CLMC and St. Thomas Aquinas parish last year) posts a letter he wrote to a priest in which he advocates that clergy should abandon the “Reform of the Reform” (e.g. trying to make the Novus Ordo Mass more traditional) and instead just replace it with the Traditional Latin Mass. Dr. K says succinctly (emphasis ours):

“There is no future for a liturgy that has severed its ties to the past, its bond to the Faith of every generation, unfolding across the ages…[T]he modern lex orandi is defective in its texts, rubrics, and ceremonies; it fails to embody adequately and communicate clearly the full lex credendi of the Catholic Church. This is an objective wound in the Body of Christ and cannot be papered over with charitable intentions or surreptitious improvements…It is worth pointing out that the journal Notitiae, which has provided official guidelines for the Novus Ordo for decades now, stated repeatedly that elements from the old missal were never meant to be incorporated into the new, and that the celebrant should not do so.

https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/06/restoration-not-reform-is-only-way.html#.YqV7lOzMKHt

CLMC comment: Is it not long overdue for conservative priests and seminarians to abandon the sinking Reform of the Reform ship, and fully embrace the Mass of Ages?

  • Are US dioceses ‘in a corner’ over Traditionis custodes?: With the Synod in Charlotte completed, we share an article about how some US Bishops may have boxed themselves into a corner as they desire to follow Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Traditiones Custodes which restricts the Latin Mass, and yet desire to follow Pope Francis’ call to listen to the laity’s needs during the Synod – including the Latin Mass faithful who are being harmed by the restrictions: https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/are-us-dioceses-in-a-corner-over?s=w

CLMC comment: We reshare our Synod response here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/clmc-synod/

Trinity Sunday Reflection – Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB

After the Ascension, and Pentecost, the importance of today’s feast day is often overlooked but the great liturgist Dom Prosper Gueranger, in The Liturgical Year, gives some excellent reasons on why the feast of the Most Holy Trinity is quite foundational for the Church and her faithful. We provide an excerpt and a link to read further:

“Every homage paid to God by the Church’s Liturgy has the Holy Trinity as its object. Time, as well as eternity, belongs to the Trinity. The Trinity is the scope of all Religion. Every day, every hour, belongs to It. The Feasts instituted in memory of the mysteries of our Redemption center in It. The Feasts of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints are but so many means for leading us to the praise of the God who is One in essence, and Three in Persons. The Sunday’s Office, in a very special way, gives us, each week, a most explicit expression of adoration and worship of this mystery, which is the foundation of all others and the source of all grace.

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Apostles received, as we have seen, the grace of the Holy Ghost. In accordance with the injunction of their divine Master, they will soon start on their mission of teaching all nations and baptizing men in the name of the Holy Trinity It was but right, then, that the solemnity which is intended to honor the mystery of One God in Three Persons should immediately follow that of Pentecost, with which it has a mysterious connection. And yet it was not till after many centuries that it was inserted in the Cycle of the Liturgical Year, whose completion is the work of successive ages.

This explains to us how it was that the Church was so long in instituting a special Feast in honor of the Holy Trinity. The ordinary motive for the institution of Feasts did not exist in this instance. A Feast is the memorial of some fact which took place at some certain time, and of which it is well to perpetuate the remembrance and influence. How could this be applied to the mystery of the Trinity? It was from all eternity, it was before any created being existed, that God liveth and reigneth, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. If a Feast in honor of that Mystery were to be instituted, it could only be by the fixing some one day in the Year whereon the Faithful would assemble for the offering a more than usually solemn tribute of worship to the Mystery of Unity and Trinity in the one same divine Nature.”

Trinity Sunday: https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/the-time-after-pentecost/trinity-sunday/

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Whit Embertide

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Greetings on this fourth day in the Octave of Pentecost and during the Whit Embertide week. 

As our readers may recall, the Ember Days are the 3 penitential days in the 1962 calendar, occurring at the beginning of each season, that offer thanksgiving for God’s gift of creation, and prayers for holiness in the upcoming season.  Incidentally, the traditional Latin Mass calendar actually has many feasts and customs devoted to the land, agriculture and creation which are worth exploring further sometime.

This week are the Whit Ember Days for the summer season which follows Pentecost and occurs on the following dates below.  Though the below fasting/partial abstinence days are now voluntary, with all the sin occurring in the world (and in the Church), it may be worth participating in the traditional fasts if you have not done so before.

  • Whit Ember Wednesday – Wednesday June 8 (fasting, partial abstinence), St. Ann, 6pm Low Mass
  • Whit Ember Friday – Friday June 10 (fasting and since its Friday, complete abstinence from meat), St. Ann, 7am Low Mass; St. Mark 12:30pm Low Mass
  • Whit Ember Saturday – Saturday June 11 (fasting, partial abstinence), no diocesan Latin Masses in Charlotte scheduled

The “Whit Ember” days are named after Whit Sunday (“white”), which was an ancient name for Pentecost Sunday and the robes worn by catechumens that day. To learn more about the Whit Ember days visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide8.html

If you do consider fasting & partial abstinence for the Ember Days, please consider offering it up for our priests, bishop, a restoration of the Latin Mass, and that the diocese will be open to the needs of the Latin Mass faithful this weekend at the final diocesan Synod.

Pentecost Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday (for the Easter catechumens who would again wear white at Mass). Liturgist Dom Gasper Lefebvre OSB in the St. Andrew Missal, Pentecost is the second most important feast day in the Church’s liturgical year (next to Easter), was also called “Red Easter” and has its own Octave to commemorate the foundation of the Church.  Lefebrve notes that the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles occurred at nine in the morning, and by Divine Providence, occurred on the same day as the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which, established around 1,600 years prior, commemorated the promulgation of the Law on Mount Sinai. In Jerusalem on this day in 33 A.D., many Jewish pilgrims were in the city to mark the feast day, and witnessed the new Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Ghost. 

There is much that can be shared on this solemn feast day, and we include but a few:

Diocesan Pentecost Masses

In addition to St. Ann parish’s 12:30pm Latin Mass for today (where newly ordained Deacon Peter Rusciolelli will preach), St. Thomas Aquinas offers its 11:30am Latin Mass (with a potluck afterwards to mark Fr. Codd’s 10th anniversary as a priest, and Deacon Chinoso’s ordination to the diaconate yesterday – Deacon Chinoso will also preach). Additionally there will be a First Sunday 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Salisbury. http://salisburylmc.org/

Plenary Indulgence for Pentecost

There is a plenary indulgence today, Pentecost Sunday, to all who pray the Veni Creator – ‘Come Holy Spirit’ under the usual conditions. This will normally be prayed during the Sunday Latin Mass.

Whit Ember Days (This Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

As our readers may recall, the Ember Days are the 3 penitential days in the 1962 calendar, occurring at the beginning of each season, that offer thanksgiving and prayers for holiness in the upcoming season.  This week is the Whit Ember Days for the summer season and occurs on the following dates below.  Though the below fasting/partial abstinence days are now voluntary, with all the sin occurring in the world (and in the Church), it may be worth participating in the traditional fasts if you have not done so before.

•           Whit Ember Wednesday – Wednesday June 8 (fasting, partial abstinence), St. Ann, 6pm Low Mass

•           Whit Ember Friday – Friday June 10 (fasting and since its Friday, complete abstinence from meat), St. Ann, 7am Low Mass; St. Mark 12:30pm Low Mass

•           Whit Ember Saturday – Saturday June 11 (fasting, partial abstinence), no diocesan Latin Masses in Charlotte scheduled

The “Whit Ember” days are named after Whit Sunday (“white”), which was an ancient name for Pentecost Sunday and the robes worn by catechumens that day. To learn more about the Whit Ember days visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide8.html

Community News

  • Temporary Latin Mass Changes in Taylors, SC: Due to clergy retreats, sabbaticals, etc., Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte) will not be offering Latin Mass on weekdays during the summer. It will have 1st Saturdays at 9am and the regular 12 noon Latin Mass each Sunday. The normal schedule should resume by mid-August. Please visit the website before making a visit: https://princeofpeacetaylors.org/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

Mass of Ages Part II – The Perfect Storm: On Ascension Thursday, the latest Mass of Ages documentary premiered.  This exceptional documentary examines the question “What went wrong after Vatican II?” and looks into the role of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, and the role of the Concilium, which was the committee that dismantled the Traditional Latin Mass and designed the Novus Ordo.  To watch either episode please visit: https://latinmass.com/watch  (The CLMC also has it posted on our webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-of-ages-documentary/)

The Springtime That Never Came & Evangelization w/ Bishop Schneider: Steve Cunningham with Sensus Fidelium interviewed Bishop Athanasius Schneider (who visited St. Ann and the CLMC in 2017) about his new book, The Springtime that Never Came, which discusses the false claim that Vatican II and its Mass ushered in a new “Springtime” in the Church. His Excellency examines how modernist church leaders are denying reality in believing that this springtime has arrived: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CEbdZYuOxU

Divine Do-Overs: The Secret of Recapitulation in the Traditional Calendar: In this instructive essay, Dr. Mike Foley examines why the Church repeats certain themes, readings, or saints in the Traditional Latin Mass at various times of year. For instance the Kingship of Christ is emphasized on Palm Sunday and later in the year during the feast of Christ the King, likewise the Holy Eucharist is emphasized on Holy Thursday, but also on the feast of Corpus Christi. There are certain themes that are important and are made more explicit in the Church as the liturgical year progresses: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/06/divine-do-overs-secret-of.html#.YpwYyezMKHs

Pope Francis names Cardinal Cupich a member of Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship: Last week the Holy Father appointed two bishops to the Vatican department which oversees the liturgy. Unsurprisingly he appointed, among others, Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas and Washington DC, but now serves as the prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life in Rome. Both are, as one may presume, progressive and modernist in their theological and liturgical outlook. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251425/cardinal-cupich-among-new-members-of-vatican-congregation-for-divine-worship

CLMC Comment: We share this article, however, to highlight a critical distinction that is often overlooked by some faithful Catholics – including some Latin Mass faithful (e.g. traditonalists) – that conservative bishops are the “good guys”, and liberal bishops are the “bad guys”.  This Americanized perspective on ecclesiastical politics is, however, simplistic and misleading. The truth is more nuanced. For the record, it should be noted that while restrictions and cancellations were placed on Latin Mass faithful in “conservative” dioceses such as Arlington, and other places, the Latin Mass faithful in Chicago were able to attend a Latin Triduum this year and has a dedicated Latin Mass parish, which, for years offers the Latin Mass daily, along with other sacraments.

In Dallas, it was Cardinal Farrell, who as bishop in 2010, established a dedicated Latin Mass parish, which now offers the Latin Mass twice daily, and FIVE times on Sunday. Accounts like these are not isolated instances. That said, the CLMC is under no illusion that members of the Congregation of Divine Worship are Latin Mass supporters, or would agree with traditionalists on any number of topics. We simply advise: Do not place your trust in conservative clergy or bishops. Our Friend (and hope) is simply with Our Lord Jesus Christ, along with His Blessed Mother, and the saints.

Suffering Latin Mass Families Needed: On the topic of dioceses and bishops, Preserve the Latin Mass, founded to help defend the Latin Mass – and promoted from the pulpit and bulletins at St. Ann parish – is putting out a new video series entitled Suffering Faithful Video Series, which according to a recent statement, “will shine a light on all of the suffering being caused by bishops who implement Traditionis Custodes [TC] in their Diocese.  The series will show that the cost of implementing Traditionis Custodes is too great.  The cancelation/restriction of the Latin Mass and accompanying Sacraments causes spiritual pain, loss, distrust, division, and the alienation of the faithful from their bishops. We need the faithful who are suffering under TC to create and send video testimonials  The video testimonials will be professionally edited and prepared for distribution by our video production team.”

The goal is to encourage bishops to reverse their TC implementations. The Suffering Faithful video testimonial submissions should include the following:

  • Please provide 3-10 minutes of clear (video and audio) testimonial from an individual or family
  • Please share how you discovered the Latin Mass and how the Latin Mass has affected your life.
  • Please share the circumstances around the implementation of Traditionis Custodes in your Diocese.  Please name your bishop.
  • Please share how the cancellation/restriction of the Latin Mass and accompanying Sacraments has caused you, your family, and your community to experience suffering.
  • Please consider including a heartful plea for your bishop to restore the Latin Mass and accompanying sacraments.
  • To upload a video visit this website: https://app.videopeel.com/c/xqdbbpgm
  • Questions or to submit a testimonial, contact: info(at)preservethelatinmass.org

CLMC comment: Roll camera?

The Great Vigil of Pentecost (Pre-1955)

While Pentecost is a solemn feast day, the day preceding it also worthy to note – the Vigil of Pentecost. Before 1955, this vigil day featured one of the most beautiful liturgies in the Church. It served as a “bookend” to the Eastertide season and this Mass was much a mirror of the Easter Vigil Mass in many ways. The nearly three-hour Mass began with folded chasubles, penitential vestments, a reading of six Old Testament prophecies (instead of 12 at the Easter Vigil), blessing of the Holy Water font, and baptisms (if there were catechumens). To learn more see our entry from Pentecost 2020: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2020/05/30/vigil-of-pentecost-update-2/

Sadly one of the practical challenges of having Traditional Latin Masses in Novus Ordo parishes (the current framework in the Charlotte diocese) is that certain vigils such as the Vigil of Pentecost, or even the hauntingly sublime Mass of All Hallows Eve (October 31) often cannot be offered in the afternoons or evenings due to the Novus Ordo “anticipatory Mass” that occurs the evening before holydays or Sundays. Another challenge is the limited familiarity and public recitation of the traditional 1962 breviary (Matins, Lauds, Vespers, etc.) that accompanies the Traditional Latin Mass and is different than the Novus Ordo’s Liturgy of the Hours. That is perhaps a topic to cover another time. However, we close this section with Dom Prosper Gueranger’s comments on the Vigil of Pentecost:

The dazzling splendor of tomorrow’s Solemnity forecasts its beauty on this day of its Vigil. The Faithful are preparing themselves by Fasting to celebrate the glorious mystery. But the Mass of the Neophytes, which, formerly, was said during the Night, is now anticipated, as on Easter Eve; so that by today’s Noon, we shall have already begun the praises of the Holy Ghost. The Office of Vespers, in the afternoon, will solemnly open the grand Festival.

Formerly, this vigil was kept like that of Easter. The faithful repaired to the church in the evening, that they might assist at the solemn administration of Baptism. During the night, the Sacrament of regeneration was conferred upon such catechumens as sickness or absence from home had prevented from receiving it on Easter night. Those, also, who had then been thought insufficiently tried or instructed, and had, during the interval, satisfied the conditions required by the Church, now formed part of the group of aspirants to the new birth of the sacred font. Instead of the twelve prophecies, which were read on Easter night while the priests were performing over the catechumens the rites preparatory to Baptism, six only were now read; at least, such was the usual custom, and it would lead us to suppose that the number of those baptized at Pentecost was less than at Easter.

The Paschal Candle was again brought forward during this night of grace, in order to impress the newly baptized with respect and love for the Son of God, who became Man that He might be the light of the world.[14] The rites already described and explained for Holy Saturday were repeated on this occasion, and the Sacrifice of the Mass, at which the neophytes assisted, began before the break of day.

Dom Prosper Gueranger – Vigil of Pentecost: https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/easter/saturday-the-vigil-of-pentecost/

Only the Traditional Latin Mass prepares for the solemn feast of Pentecost with a special vigil day. What Mass are you attending Pentecost Sunday?

Ascension Octave Update

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the octave of the Ascension and we have several updates heading into this weekend.

CLMC on Catholic Radio Today Friday at 5pm: The CLMC’s Chris Lauer will be on the Obligation Show with Jason Murphy to discuss the Synod, the CLMC’s Synod response, and the future of the Latin Mass. It will premier at 5pm on the Carolina Catholic Media network. It will be on 1270AM or online at: https://listen.streamon.fm/wcgcam (we will share the podcast when it is made available).

CANCELLED: Saturday June 4  – First Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas

Regretfully, the first Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish is canceled for this Saturday only. Father will be attending the diaconate ordinations of one of his parishioners, seminarian Chinonso A. Nnebe-Agumadu, and the backup Latin Mass priest is unavailable. There are other first Saturday diocesan Latin Masses in the region:

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish: This Sunday June 5 there will be a 4pm Latin Mass offered by Fr. Noah Carter 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, please visit: www.salisburylmc.org

Mass of Ages Part II – The Perfect Storm Premiers: Last Thursday, the latest Mass of Ages documentary premiered.  This exceptional documentary examines the question “What went wrong after Vatican II?” and looks into the role of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, and the role of the Concilium, which was the committee that dismantled the Traditional Latin Mass and designed the Novus Ordo.  To watch it, or Part I, visit: https://latinmass.com/watch

Traditional Days of Fasting During Pentecost Season

Lastly, in the 1962 Missal (or earlier), typically the day before a major feast day (Pentecost, Assumption, Nativity, etc.) was a vigil day to prayerfully prepare for the solemn feast and also a penitential day of fasting and partial abstinence (meat only permitted once per day). Additionally, as our readers may recall, the Ember Days, the three penitential days at the beginning of each season that offer thanksgiving and prayers for holiness, are the other periods of penance. Over the next week the Church commemorates four of these penitential days. Though the fasting/partial abstinence are now voluntary, with all the sin occurring in the world (and in the Church), it may be worth participating in the traditional fasts if you have not done so before.

All days below were traditionally days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal) unless otherwise noted:

  • Vigil of Pentecost – Saturday June 4
  • Whit Ember Wednesday – Wednesday June 8
  • Whit Ember Friday – Friday June 10 (fasting and complete abstinence from meat)
  • Whit Ember Saturday – Saturday June 11

The “Whit Ember” days are named after Whit Sunday (“white”), which was an ancient name for Pentecost Sunday. Hence the Pentecost Ember Days. To learn more about the Whit Ember days visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide8.html

Sunday After Ascension

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Today is the Sunday after Ascension, and the 4th day within the octave of the Ascension (sadly, suppressed after 1955). We include the commentary on today’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/05/the-contextual-orations-of-sunday-after.html 

Here are some updates for this week:

Wednesday June 1 – Day of Prayer and Fasting for End to Abortion (6pm Latin Mass)

With the Supreme Court soon to be issuing its decision on the abortion case Dobbs. vs. 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.  

CANCELLED: Saturday June 4  – First Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas

Regretfully, barring a miracle, the first Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish is canceled for this Saturday only. Father will be attending the diaconate ordinations of one of his parishioners, seminarian Chinonso A. Nnebe-Agumadu, and the backup Latin Mass priest is unavailable. At this point, we are opening the cause up to the CLMC community to see if they could find a diocesan priest (Charlotte diocese only) who would be willing to offer the Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish on June 4. If a priest is available, please have them contact Fr. Codd. There are other first Saturday diocesan Latin Masses in the region:

CLMC comment: Our diocesan Latin Mass priests are doing their heroic best under difficult circumstances to meet the needs of their flock and this should not be taken as criticism toward our priests. Daily Masses are canceled sometimes due to clergy illness, travel, etc., and the faithful are understanding of these situations. However, the potential cancellation of Our Lady’s first Saturday Latin Mass is most unfortunate, particularly in a diocese which subtly markets itself as “Latin Mass friendly”. This situation merely reinforces the view of 97% of the CLMC’s Synod respondents that the current liturgical framework in the diocese is inadequate, and that a dedicated Latin Mass chapel, with at least two dedicated priests, could help ensure the spiritual needs of the Latin Mass faithful.  Please consider praying that the diocese will be open to needs of the Latin Mass faithful at the upcoming final Synod gathering on June 11.  To view the CLMC’s Synod response visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/clmc-synod/

Deacon Peter Rusciolelli to Preach at Latin Mass on Sunday June 5: On Saturday June 4, seminarian Peter Rusciolelli will also 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 (and the future Deacon Nnebe-Agumadu) in your prayers as they approach their diaconate ordinations.

Traditional Days of Fasting During Pentecost Weeks

As we enter into the change in liturgical seasons, there are customary days of fasting and penance (now optional). In the 1962 Missal (or earlier), typically the day before a major feast day (Pentecost, Assumption, Nativity, etc.) was a vigil day to prayerfully prepare for the solemn feast and also a penitential day of fasting and partial abstinence (meat only permitted once per day). Additionally, as our readers may recall, the Ember Days, the three penitential days at the beginning of each season that offer thanksgiving and prayers for holiness, are the other periods of penance. Over the next two weeks the Church commemorates four of these penitential days. Though the fasting/partial abstinence are now voluntary, with all the sin occurring in the world (and in the Church), it may be worth participating in the traditional fasts if you have not done so before.

All days below were traditionally days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal) unless otherwise noted:

  • Vigil of Pentecost – Saturday June 4
  • Whit Ember Wednesday – Wednesday June 8
  • Whit Ember Friday – Friday June 10 (fasting and complete abstinence from meat)
  • Whit Ember Saturday – Saturday June 11

The “Whit Ember” days are named after Whit Sunday (“white”), which was an ancient name for Pentecost Sunday. Hence the Pentecost Ember Days. To learn more about the Whit Ember days visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide8.html

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Mass of Ages Part II – The Perfect Storm Premiers: We are pleased to share that the new sacred liturgy documentary Mass of Ages Part II has been released this past week. This one examines the question “What went wrong after Vatican II?”. To watch it, or Part I, visit: https://latinmass.com/watch
  • 2022 Fraternity of St. Peter Ordination: This past Friday, the Fraternity of St. Peter ordained 7 deacons to the priesthood in the Traditional Rite – A Solemn Pontifical Mass was offered by His Excellency Archbishop Thomas Gullickson for the occasion. To watch the Ordination Mass (with commentary) please view this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjuvRNkaZ4U (while it remains available). CLMC comment: This should give great joy and hope to the Latin Mass faithful that Latin Mass priests are being ordained and are now offering the Mass of Ages.

The Roman Ritual

In closing, we share an article by Dr. Mike Foley, which examines the Roman Ritual which is the traditional book of blessings that accompanies the Traditional Latin Mass. In the article he also notes the connection between blessings and agriculture, as well as the connection between Old Testament customs or rituals, and the Church’s traditional blessings. We share an excerpt:

The Hebrews had a rich rotation of feasts tied to the agricultural cycles of the land, and so too have their Christian counterparts. The 1953 Rituale, with a zest for particular blessings in response to particular situations, contains benedictions for fields or pastures, seed, fruit, oats, young crops and vineyards, first fruits, fowl, cattle and herds (sheep, goats, swine, etc.), horses, lambs, bees, grapes, silkworms, a separate blessing of the harvest, and two different blessings for sick animals. There is also a blessing against floods and a blessing against “mice, locusts, wingless locusts, worms, and other harmful animals.”[3]  But there is one in particular to which I would draw our attention: the blessing of herbs and fruits on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary…

…All told, the traditional Rituale does not simply enable priests to impart specific blessings on the faithful or their possessions: it gives texture and greater meaning to one’s daily life and annual routine. A life filled with the blessings and rhythms of the Rituale, especially when shared with one’s family or parish, is a life formed by a culture that is both godly and humane. Thanks in part to the Rituale, the Church, that holy nation of the New Law (I Pet. 2:9) called out from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev. 5:9), is able to say with the Patriarchs and Prophets of old: “What other nation is there so renowned that hath ceremonies and just judgments, and all the law?” (Deut. 4,8).

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

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.