Traditional Mass

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Archbishop Cordileone to celebrate Traditional Latin Mass for the FSSP on Nov. 15 in San Diego

The following comes from an Oct. 20 posting on the Rorate Caeli website.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Mission San Diego de Alcala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The North American District of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the order with a Pontifical Mass at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Archbishop Cordileone will be the celebrant.  The Mass is scheduled for Friday, November 15, at 10a.m. with 50-60 FSSP priests in attendance. The faithful are welcome to attend.
The FSSP has a parish, St. Anne, with three priests in the Diocese of San Diego, but the Mass will at the Mission San Diego because of its historical status. The Mission Basilica was the first of the 21 California missions and is known as the Mother of the Missions. It was founded on July 16, 1769, by Blessed Junipero Serra – whose third centennial of birth we are celebrating in the same month of November. As the first church in California, it marks the birthplace of Christianity in the Western US. On November 4, 1775, Father Luis Jayme was killed during an Indian uprising at the mission, becoming the first martyr of the California missions. He is currently interred in the sanctuary. Mission San Diego de Alcala was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.
On the following day, November 16, at 10 AM (local time), the largest church in Paris after Notre-Dame, the massive building of Saint-Sulpice, will witness its own celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Fraternity: a Solemn Mass will be celebrated by Fr Ribeton, superior of the French District, with the presence of many of the FSSP’s priests in Europe. All faithful who can be present in this celebration in Paris should be: if the huge building is filled to the brim, what a great image for Traditionalism.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


 (Mass of preceding Sunday)
[Requiem or Votive Mass allowed]


2nd-3rd century bishop of Jerusalem. Late in life, he was accused of a crime. None of the Christians in his diocese believed it, but Narcissus did not believe he should serve after being under such a cloud, and he became a desert hermit. After a complete acquittal, Narcissus returned to his see, older, weathered, but stronger and more zealous than ever, and served several more years. When his age began to wear on him, he begged God to send a bishop to help him. Saint Alexander of Cappadocia responded, and the two ruled the diocese together, Narcissus lived to age 116.

Born: 99
Died: 215 of natural causes
Canonized: Pre-Congregation
Patronage: insect bites 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tridentine Mass draws international pilgrims to Rome

Tridentine Mass draws international pilgrims to Rome :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos celebrates the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 26. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/ CNA.
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos celebrates the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 26. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/ CNA.
.- The road leading to St. Peter’s Square was packed on Saturday morning: but not with the usual tourists or merchants.  Instead, a long line of pilgrims processed along the street carrying candles and singing hymns.
They were participants in an international pilgrimage to Rome celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass made widely available by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2007.
Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney in Brazil spoke to CNA about his participation in the journey.
“I am here for this pilgrimage to give my support and even the correct orientation of this pilgrimage. We are Catholics, united to the Holy See, with the blessing of the Holy Father, Francis,” he said Oct. 26.
Saturday’s procession ended at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica, where a Solemn Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos of Columbia.
An estimated 1,000 laity and religious from Italy, the US, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere joined in prayer as the incense rose to the ceiling of the ancient Basilica and the gospel was chanted in Latin.
North Carolinian Noah Carter, who served as deacon, told CNA that it was a joy to be able to “experience things that are not a part of daily life, and benefit from the riches that go before us.”
“I enjoy the ability to worship in the Extraordinary Form,” he said. “I think a lot of people can benefit from what the Church has benefitted from since the 600s – that’s 1500 years of the Mass that sanctified so many Christians.”
Carter noted that the Extraordinary Form may not “be for everyone: some people don’t connect with that form of worship.”
But in Carter’s home diocese of Charlotte, NC and elsewhere, interest in the older form of the Mass is growing.
“I think young people don’t fit the ‘attack’ that is often made on most people who attend the extraordinary form. They are not nostalgic: they didn’t grow up with it,” he explained.
“But it is a clear expression of Catholic culture: explicitly Catholic music, Catholic symbols, Catholic signs. There is no way to confuse it with something that is non-Catholic.”
After growing up in a world that often identifies faith with social service, “the youth want to identify with something that shows clearly what it is to be Catholic.”
Bishop Rifan expressed his belief that the ancient form of the Mass can contribute to the Church’s efforts at a new evangelization by providing “sense of mystery, this sense of (the) sacred. I think that the traditional Mass can help many souls – many priests, many faithful – in order to respect (the) Eucharist,” he said.
Deacon Carter shared a similar hope: “the Extraordinary Form speaks, literally (because it is in Latin), and figuratively, a different language; and I think some people who need to can come back to faith through it.”
Since often people have been driven away by abuses in the liturgy, Carter emphasized the need to celebrate both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass in a reverent manner.
In so doing, the Church “will allow people to come back in different ways.” The two forms of the Mass, according to Carter, act as “two sides to the same coin: a very strong part of the new evangelization that will allow people to enter into the public life of the liturgy in different ways."
This weekend’s pilgrimage also included other events such as a meeting of priests with Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, praying the way of the Cross on the Palatine Hill in Rome, and Eucharistic Adoration in the Santa Maria in Vallicella Church.

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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The feast of the Holy Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory.
The Rosary is a powerful means of uniting families, communities, and nations in the Mystical Body of Christ. In reciting the Rosary we say, "pray for us sinners," not "pray for me." The prayers of the Rosary take us out of ourselves by adoring and thanking God, and particularly by meditating on the doctrinal truths of the 15 Mysteries. Moreover, as Pope Leo XIII wrote, ". . . the Rosary is by far the best prayer by which to plead before her (Mary) the cause of our separated brethren."
Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate the feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, upon which the angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.
Ps. 44:2. My heart overflows with good tidings; I sing my song to the king.
V. Glory be . . .

O God, Your only-begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life by His life, death, and resurrection. May we who meditate on those mysteries in the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary imitate the virtues they proclaim and obtain the promises they offer. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

LESSON Prov. 8:22-24, 32-35
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived. Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.

GRADUAL Ps. 44:5, 11, 12
For the sake of truth and meekness and justice, may your right hand lead you on wonderfully.
V. Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear, for the king greatly desires your beauty.

Alleluia, alleluia! V.
This is the solemn feast of the glorious Virgin Mary, descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Juda, of the royal race of David. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end."
And Mary said to the angel: "How shall this be done, because I know not man?" And the angel answering, said to her: "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. Because no word shall be impossible with God." And Mary said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Eccli. 24:25; 39:17
In me is all grace of the way and the truth; in me is all hope of life and virtue. Like a rose planted by the flowing stream I have budded forth.

Make us worthy to offer You these gifts, O Lord. May the mysteries of the holy rosary recall to our minds the life, passion, and triumph of Your only-begotten Son so that we may also reap the rewards which He has promised; who lives and rules with You . . .

Send forth flowers as the lily, and be fragrant; bring forth leaves in beauty, and with songs of praise bless the Lord in His works!

May Your most Blessed Mother, whose rosary we honor this day, o Lord, help us by her intercession so that we may be strengthened in virtue through the contemplation of these mysteries and the reception of Your Sacrament; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Saint Placid and Companions; Our Lady's Saturday



The Church commemorates today 32 Christians martyred in Sicily in the fourth century by Saracen pirates. An ancient tradition wrongly identified St. Placid, one of these martyrs, with the St. Placid who was a favorite disciple of St. Benedict two centuries later.

Mass of SEVERAL MARTYRS, except

O God, who has granted us the grace to celebrate the birthday of Your blessed martyrs Placid and his companions, grant that we may also share their eternal happiness in heaven. Through our Lord . . .

We offer these gifts to You in sacrifice, O Lord. May the honor we pay to Your saints please You, and may these offerings, through Your mercy, bring us closer to our salvation. Through our Lord . . .

May the intercession of Your holy martyrs Placid and his companions help us, O Lord, to cherish with pure hearts the Sacrament we have received upon our lips. Through our Lord . . .