Latin Mass & COVID-19

Due to the changing restrictions on the Sacraments during the coronavirus outbreak, the CLMC is happy to provide a comprehensive list of spiritual resources for the faithful in Charlotte. This page is being updated daily. Please report any broken links to: info(at)charlottelatinmass.org

Online Traditional Latin Triduums:

Places to watch Sunday & Daily Latin Masses online

Beginner’s guide to TLM: If you’re new to Latin Mass, and will watch it online this weekend, we link a “beginner’s guide” courtesy of the Latin Mass Society of U.K. (click here)

Domestic Sunday Holy Hour: If you cannot attend Mass, we link to a PDF of prayers for a domestic Sunday holy hour that are suggested by Bishop Schneider if you cannot attend Mass.

Places offering streaming of the Traditional Divine Office online

(For Barroux Monks, you can follow along by downloading the Brievary app at https://www.divinumofficium.com – pick Desktop or Mobile. Choose the Monastic Breviary)

There may be some differences between what is in Divinumofficium and with what Barroux chants, due to reforms or local festal days.

The Monastic Diurnal is available online from the Clear Creek gift shop. Guidance using it is available at https://saintsshallarise.blogspot.com/

Plenary Indulgence for the coronavirus

NEW plenary indulgence issued for the coronavirus: If you can’t attend Sunday Mass, the Vatican has a new plenary indulgence for those quarantined, healthcare workers, and patients:  http://catholicnewsherald.com/145-news/usworld-header/5591-church-grants-special-indulgence-to-coronavirus-patients-and-caregivers

Quick PDF summary of new indulgences: (Link)

Dispensation & Reflection by Bishop Jugis

Bishop Jugis has issued a dispensation to all Catholics in the Diocese of Charlotte from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  However you are still required to keep the day holy. Learn more here: https://charlottediocese.org/coronavirus-update/

Consecrating one’s family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

In these times it is important to consecrate not just individually, but also corporately, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This can be done either a family or a parish. A traditional priest recommends this consecration prayer:

http://www.veritascaritas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Family-Consecration-to-the-Immacualte-Heart-of-Mary.pdf

 

Statements by Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider

Both Cardinal Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have released some reflections on their concerns about the current crisis, how to maintain a spiritual life and about the closure of the Masses. You will hopefully find them edifying.

Lastly, if you cannot attend Mass, we link to a PDF of prayers for a domestic Sunday holy hour that are suggested by Bishop Schneider if you cannot attend Mass.

Spiritual Resources

How to maintain oneself in a state of grace during a crisis (includes spiritual communion & Act of Perfect Contrition)

Part I: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-catholic-survival-guide-for-covid-19.html

Part II: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/03/catholic-survival-guide-second-part-art.html

The author also has a helpful PDF quick guide: (Link)

Prayers for a Domestic Sunday Holy Hour by Bishop Athanasius Schneider (includes spiritual communion & Act of Perfect Contrition): (Link)

Prayer to send your Guardian Angel to Mass: http://catholictradition.org/Angels/guardians5.htm

Guides to Holy Communion, Confession, and Baptism during a lockdown – courtesy of the Latin Mass Society of the U.K.: http://www.lmschairman.org/2020/03/lms-guide-to-holy-communion-confession.html

Emblem Against Plagues: There is a 15th century emblem of the Holy Name of Jesus that St. Bernadine of Sienna used against plagues in Italy during the time. We thought you might be interested in learning about it and printing the attached Emblem (translation on page 2) on or near your door. Also attached is a fuller description of the Emblem’s history by St. Leonard of Port Maurice.

This sacred emblem is placed on the doors of houses for protection against the plague. It is an ancient indulgenced practice linked to The Most Holy Name of Jesus. The main devotions are illustrated in this figure: to the Most Holy Trinity, to Mary Most Holy, to St. Joseph, to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, to the Holy Rosary and to the Chair of St. Peter.

The use of sacred images is not superstition, but based on our Catholic faith. Although devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus is as old as the Church, it was popularized by the Franciscans of the 15th century, especially St. Bernardine of Siena.

You can now purchase the Holy Name Emblem: https://www.catholictothemax.com/holy-name-emblem/

Subjects For Daily Meditation:

Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:  God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, The Angels and Saints to invoke, A soul to save, A body to mortify, Sins to expiate, Virtues to acquire, Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, Time to profit by, Neighbors to edify, The world to despise, Devils to combat, Passions to subdue, Death perhaps to suffer, And Judgment to undergo.

Excerpt from Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis DeSales

Part II; Chapter XIV: Of the Holy Mass, and how we ought to take part in it:

If any imperative hindrance prevents your presence at this sovereign sacrifice of Christ’s most true Presence, at least be sure to take part in it spiritually. If you cannot go to Church, choose some morning hour in which to unite your intention to that of the whole Christian world, and make the same interior acts of devotion wherever you are that you would make if you were really present at the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Church.

In order to join in this rightly, whether actually or mentally, you must give heed to several things:

(1) In the beginning, and before the priest goes up to the Altar, make your preparation with his—placing yourself in God’s Presence, confessing your unworthiness, and asking forgiveness.

(2) Until the Gospel, dwell simply and generally upon the Coming and the Life of our Lord in this world.

(3) From the Gospel to the end of the Creed, dwell upon our Dear Lord’s teaching, and renew your resolution to live and die in the faith of the Holy Catholic Church.

(4) From thence, fix your heart on the mysteries of the Word, and unite yourself to the Death and Passion of our Redeemer, now actually and essentially set forth in this holy Sacrifice, which, together with the priest and all the congregation, you offer to God the Father, to His Glory and your own salvation.

(5) Up to the moment of communicating, offer all the longings and desires of your heart, above all desiring most earnestly to be united for ever to our Savior by His Eternal Love.

(6) From the time of Communion to the end, thank His Gracious Majesty for His Incarnation, His Life, Death, Passion, and the Love which He sets forth in this holy Sacrifice, entreating through it His favor for yourself, your relations and friends, and the whole Church; and humbling yourself sincerely, devoutly receive 101 the blessing which our Dear Lord gives you through the channel of His minister. If, however, you wish to follow your daily course of meditation on special mysteries during the Sacrifice, it is not necessary that you should interrupt yourself by making these several acts but it will suffice that at the beginning you dispose your intention to worship and to offer the holy Sacrifice in your meditation and prayer; since every meditation includes all the above named acts either explicitly or implicitly.

Prayer of St. Bonaventure:

Dearest Lord Jesus, pierce the inmost depths of my being with the sweet and wholesome pang of Thy love, with true and tranquil and most holy apostolic charity, so that from sheer melting love and desire of Thee my soul may ever faint with longing, yearning for Thee and for Thy dwelling-place, asking only to be released from the flesh and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul my hunger for Thee, Who art the Bread of Angels, the food of holy souls, our daily, supernatural bread, all sweetness and delight to the taste. Let my heart ever hunger for Thee and feed upon Thee, Whom the Angels yearn to look upon, and let the depths of my being be filled with Thy sweet savor; let me ever thirst for Thee, Who art the source of life, source of wisdom and knowledge, source of eternal light, flood-tide of pleasure, God’s own treasure-house. Let me ever desire Thee; seek Thee and find Thee; have Thee for my goal and my achievement; think and speak of Thee only, doing all that I do for the honor and glory of Thy Name, humbly and prudently, with love and delight, with ready goodwill, and with perseverance to the end.

Be Thou ever, Thou only, my hope and all my trust, my treasure and pleasure, my joy and delight, my rest, peace, and quiet, my sweet and delicious fragrance, my food and support, my refuge and help, my wisdom, my heritage of wealth, my very own. Let my heart and soul be set on Thee, firmly and immovably rooted in Thee henceforth and forever. Amen.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Ongoing prayer campaigns

54 Day National Rosary Novena thru May 1st:  C-PLAN, the local pro-life coalition is participating in a 54 Day Rosary novena for provision and protection during the virus outbreak. It was organized by Fr. Richard Heilman a Latin Mass priest in Pine Bluff, Wisconsin. It already started March 9, but since it ends May 1 (Feast of St. Joseph the Workman) you are invited to join in if you’d like: https://www.prolifecharlotte.org/54-day-rosary-novena-for-protection-provision/

Pray for Cardinal Kung’s canonization: As we mentioned last month, the underground Church in China has been hit hard by the coronavirus as many underground Catholics live in rural areas without access to adequate healthcare – they also suffer without Masses with the recent government crackdowns.

Since the country is being affected (like the Chinese) by both the virus and the lack of Masses, we want to introduce you to a new cause to pray for: Canonization of Cardinal Ignatius Kung, the Bishop of Shanghai who spent 30 years in prison for refusing allegiance to the communist government church. He was exiled to the United States in 1988 where offered the Traditional Latin Mass many times until his death from cancer 20 years ago last week (March 12, 2000).

Cardinal Burke recently offered a Pontifical Requiem Mass for him in Connecticut. You can pray for his cause and learn more about him at the Cardinal Kung Foundation’s website: http://www.cardinalkungfoundation.org/pm/PMPrayerfortheIntercessionofCK.php

(N.B. – Cardinal Kung Foundation is also a great organization to support, and to request Masses intentions by underground Catholic priests in China: http://www.cardinalkungfoundation.org)

Liturgical Resources

Traditional Mass Propers 

For those wanting to print out Mass Propers, please visit this link: https://tridentine-mass.blogspot.com

Mass for Deliverance from Death in time of Pestilence

As some of you may know, the 1962 Missal (Traditional Latin Mass) has a special votive Mass against the spread of pestilence (Link). During Lent, this does require a decree from the Bishop to authorize its use.

Additionally, there are prayers that a Bishop can authorize against a pandemic in the Traditional Latin Mass:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/03/adding-prayers-ef-against-pandemic.html

The Saints & Plagues

Below are some links to what some of the Saints have done during times of pandemics:

  • St. Gregory: He led a procession to combat a deadly plague which affected much of the ancient world in the 6th century: (Link)
  • He also instituted the major Rogation Day on April 25: (Link)
  • St. Charles Borromeo: Led Milan in ending a plague: (Link)

Sensus Fidelium also has some great writes up on the patron saints of plagues: