Traditional Mass

Sunday, September 27, 2015

18th Sunday after Pentecost; Saints Cosmas and Damian (283 A.D.) Martyrs, Patrons of physicians, pharmacists


Saints Cosmas and Damian performing transplant surgery.
Attributed to Alonso De Sedano, Burgos, Spain, ca. 1495.


Forgiveness is every man's need, for every man is born to sin. God may speak like thunder in the human heart, and then the man of good will has no peace until he kneels and confesses and receives His pardon. God's voice may be ignored or laughed at by others. But His rights to obedience and worship cannot be mocked. Through Christ our mediator, God has amply provided for man's reconciliation with the Deity. The confessional is always at hand, and the priest is God's minister of grace. By His death Christ won every grace needed for our present peace and future happiness.
INTROIT Eccli. 36:18
Grant peace, O Lord, to those who wait for You, that Your prophets may be found faithful. Hear the prayers of Your servant of Your people Israel.
Ps. 121.1. I rejoice at the tidings which were told me, "We shall go into the house of the Lord."
V. Glory be . . .

O Lord, let Your mercy direct our hearts, for without You we can do nothing to please You. Through our Lord . . .

Doctors and mission dispensaries have special patrons in Cosmas and Damian, brothers who practiced medicine in Syria in the closing years of the third century. They were called in the East "the moneyless ones," because they cared for their patients free of charge. Devout lovers of Jesus, they were even more solicitous for the souls than for the bodies of those they tended. The apostolic brother-physicians converted many sinners and exorcised the possessed. They were given the grace of martyrdom during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian.
O Almighty God, today we are celebrating the birthday of Your blessed Martyrs Cosmas and Damian. Hear their prayers and rescue us from all the dangers that threaten us. Through our Lord . . .
EPISTLE I Cor. 1:4-8
Brethren: I give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is given you in Christ Jesus: That in all things you are made rich in him, in all utterance and in all knowledge; As the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, So that nothing is wanting to you in any grace, waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who also will confirm you unto the end without crime, in the days of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GRADUAL Ps. 121:1, 7
I rejoiced at the tidings which were told me, "We shall go into the house of the Lord."
V. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your towers.

Alleluia, alleluia! V.
The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth shall reverence Your glory. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 9:1-8
At that time, Jesus entering into a boat, passed over the water and came into his own city. And behold they brought to him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: "Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee." And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: "He blasphemeth." And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: "Why do you think evil in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say, Arise, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins," (then said he to the man sick of the palsy,) "Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house." And he arose, and went into his house. And the multitude seeing it, feared, and glorified God that gave such power to men.

Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, offering holocausts on it, and sacrificing victims. He made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God for an odor of sweetness, in the sight of the children of Israel.

O God, who allows us to share in Your own divine nature by partaking of this sacrifice, grant that our conduct may be guided by Your revealed truth. Through our Lord . . .

O Lord, may Your saints' unfailing prayer of honor render our offerings acceptable to You and obtain Your pardon for us. Through our Lord . . .
Bring offerings, and enter his courts; worship the Lord in His holy temple.

We thank You, O Lord, for nourishing us with Your Sacred Gift. In Your mercy, make us worthy of the Sacrament we have received. Through our Lord . . .

O Lord, let Your people find protection in this banquet at which You have generously fed them, and in the prayers of all Your saints. Through our Lord . . .
Saints Cosmas and Damian - an icon 17th cent.17th Century Icon of Saints Cosmas & Damian Image via Wikipedia

Saturday, September 26, 2015







These eight French Jesuit missioners, the first canonized saints of the North American continent, labored and died among the most barbaric of red men in the most impenetrable fastnesses of the 17th-century New World. After struggling with unbelievable privations and hardships, they were severely tortured and martyred by the Iroquois Indians between the years 1642 and 1649. Fathers Isaac Jogues and Anthony Daniel and the two lay oblates, John Lalande and Rene Goupil, gave their lives in what is now New York State; Fathers John de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Charles Garnier, and Noel Chabanel in central Canada.

INTROIT Apoc. 7:14
These are they who have come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
Ps. 116:1. Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him, all you peoples!
V. Glory be . . .

O God, You blessed the first fruits of the faith in the vast expanse of North America by the missionary labors and martyrdom of blessed Isaac, John, and their companions. May the harvest for Christ grow daily more abundant in the whole world through the intercession of these saints. Through our Lord . . .

At Antioch the virtue of the virgin Justina converted Cyprian, a magician, to Christianity. Cyprian later became a priest and then a bishop. Both suffered martyrdom under Diocletian in the year 304, and their bodies were brought to Rome by some Christian mariners.

Comfort us, O Lord, with the unfailing protection of Your holy martyrs Cyprian and Justina, for You are always merciful to those who are helped by Your saints. 

O God, You Who tempered the flames of fire for the three young men, mercifully grant that the flames of sin may not burn us, Your servants.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

EPISTLE II Cor. 12:11-15
Brethren: I ought to have been commended by you, For I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing. Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. For what is there that you have had less than the other churches but that I myself was not burthensome to you? Pardon me this injury. Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you and I will not be burthensome unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls: although loving you more, I be loved less.

GRADUAL Ps. 123:7-8
Our soul has been rescued as a bird from the snare of the hunters.
V. The snare has been broken and we are free. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Alleluia, alleluiaV. II Cor. 1:5
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so also through Christ does our comfort abound. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 6:17-23
At that time, Jesus coming down from the mountain, stood in a plain place: and the company of his disciples and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the sea coast, both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him: for virtue went out from him and healed all. 
And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: "Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in heaven."

As gold in the furnace the Lord has proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust He received them.

O Lord, let us offer You with pure hearts this spotless Victim, in which Your holy martyrs found a food of unutterable sweetness, because of their own unsullied purity and their tireless zeal for mortification. 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. 

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the gift in the sight of Your majesty may obtain for us the grace of reverent devotion and secure eternal happiness.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

Christ will be glorified in my body whether through life or death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Almighty God, we are refreshed by the food of the valiant. When Your holy martyrs Isaac, John, and their companions were strengthened by this same Bread, they were able to lay down their own lives for their brothers; may we also bear one another's burdens and love our neighbors with an effective and sincere charity. Through our Lord . . .


May the intercession of Your holy martyrs Cyprian and Justina help us to cherish with pure hearts the Sacrament we have received upon our lips. 

May Your sacrament, we beseech You, O Lord, produce in us what it contains, and may we share in reality what we now perform as a sacramental rite.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Wintour Vestments.

The Wintour Vestments. | Faith in our Families


From Clare: I had the privilege yesterday of visiting the Wintour vestments
exhibition in Douai Abbey. They come from a time when English Catholics
were heavily persecuted… READ MORE

Friday, September 18, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: A Mother Writes about Seeing the Old Mass for the First Time

New Liturgical Movement: A Mother Writes about Seeing the Old Mass for the First Time

"The Missa Cantata was like nothing I had ever experienced in the Church.
The smells and the chants made it a heavenly experience. I wondered how
I would feel about the priest standing ‘ad orientem’. Would I be able
to see? The answer is, no, I couldn’t really, but it only brought home
that the priest is offering the sacrifice FOR us, not TO us. The focus
was on God. I have and do know several pious, holy priests, but nothing
they have ever done spoke to me as this position of the priest during
the Latin Mass. All eyes were on God, and it wasn’t something you saw,
but you could almost hear the beat of angel’s wings. Yes, it is that
profound of an experience."

Click on link above to read more.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: Vatican issues new Ordo Cantus Officii

New Liturgical Movement: Vatican issues new Ordo Cantus Officii

Vatican has just issued a newly published Ordo Cantus Officii. This
replaces the edition from 1983 with an updated ordo which includes the
newly-promulgated Antiphons which were announced in 2008. The Ordo
Cantus Officii contains the ordo for the Office of Readings, Lauds,
Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline along with Scriptural
references. It is cross-referenced to the Antiphonale Romanum, the Liber
Hymnarius and the Corpus Antiphonalium Officii giving easy access to
the Gregorian settings of the Antiphons.
Click on link above to read more:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: On the Use and Abuse of the Terms “Ordinary” and “Extraordinary” in Summorum Pontificum

New Liturgical Movement: On the Use and Abuse of the Terms “Ordinary” and “Extraordinary” in Summorum Pontificum

Here's an interesting article about the terms "Ordinary Form" and "Extraordinary Form." Personally, I would rather call the Latin Tridentine Mass the "Ordinary Form." Click on link above to read the whole article. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: Guest Article: Taking Summorum Pontificum Out of the Trenches

New Liturgical Movement: Guest Article: Taking Summorum Pontificum Out of the Trenches

Here's an interesting article that may inspire many of us to attend the Extraordinary Form Mass locally. Click on link above to read the whole article.

Here we are, eight years after Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, came into effect. This is an extraordinary day, both for those who endured long years without the clarity that Summorum provides,
as well as for younger Catholics (like those in Juventutem DC) who grew
up after Vatican II and were — to the surprise of many — drawn to
tradition. So where are we eight years after Summorum took effect?

For context, let’s reflect on some typical comments Juventutem DC has heard.

1. “At our parish, we have had an Indult for nearly 20 years!”

2. Summorum Pontificum has been around for years, but my bishop/diocese/pastor won’t implement it.”

3. “If only the FSSP would be given a parish here, everything would be better.”

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Creative Minority Report: Bp. Morlino: Apologizes, Retracts Line About SSPX

Creative Minority Report: Bp. Morlino: Apologizes, Retracts Line About SSPX

When Good Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison issued a letter to
his Diocese a month ago about the SSPX, there was one line in the letter
that jumped out and become the headline for many bloggers and Catholic
media outlets that take a very hard line on the SSPX. That line urged
the faithful to have "nothing to do with them."

Friday night, on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Bishop Morlino was
asked about that letter. Being the good man that he is, he was
transparent and said that someone drafted the letter for him and in his
editing process he asked the line to be removed. Unfortunately, the
line remained in against his wishes. Something the Good Bishop takes
responsibility for. He apologized for its inclusion and said he has
"never felt that way about another priestly society" and he reiterated
his position that the SSPX are "many fine people trying to act in good
faith" but that the jurisdictional matters are concerning. He said he
is "happy about" the fact that the priests of the SSPX have been granted
some equivalent jurisdiction during the year of mercy to hear
confession. He also said it is "my hope there can be a reconciliation."

All of this can be seen starting at 16:00 of the video

Friday, September 04, 2015

New Liturgical Movement: The Asperges in the Ordinary Form?

New Liturgical Movement: The Asperges in the Ordinary Form?

I always loves the Asperges at the beginning of Holy Mass, reminding us of our Baptisms and washing away our venial sins (which are so many!). I love being purified so as to unite myself with Our Savior in His Sacrifice for our sins.

Here is an article that might be an interest to you dear priests reading this.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Asperges in the Ordinary Form?

While preparing my paper for last June’s Sacra Liturgia USA conference, I made a discovery that will perhaps interest some NLM readers. In the traditional Roman Rite, the ceremony of sprinkling the clergy and people with holy water (the Asperges ceremony) takes place before the principal Mass on Sundays.1 Because this ceremony is not part of Mass, the priest wears the cope instead of the chasuble and does not wear the maniple. In the Roman Rite’s ordinary form, the ceremony may be done at any Sunday Mass (including the Saturday evening Mass “of anticipation”) and takes the place of the penitential rite; the celebrant wears the chasuble because Mass has already begun. That much I knew. But then I discovered this . . .

The relevant rubric in the 1970 Missal of Paul VI reads: “When this rite is celebrated it takes the place of the penitential rite at the beginning of Mass.”2 However, the corresponding rubric in the latest (third) typical edition of the Missal, that of 2002, reads: “If this rite is celebrated during Mass, it takes the place of the usual Penitential Act at the beginning of Mass.”3 The 2002 rubric implies that the ceremony may be done outside of Mass.

It would therefore seem permissible in the modern Roman Rite (at least, since 2002) to perform the Rite of Sprinkling — or, for that matter, even the traditional Asperges ceremony — before Sunday Mass (in which case the priest would wear either the cope or the chasuble, although preferably the cope), as would be more in keeping with tradition.4

1 The principal Mass need not be Sung or Solemn Mass.

2 “Huiusmodi ritus locum tenet actus pænitentialis initio Missæ peragendi.” Missale Romanum, Vatican typical edition of 1970, p. 889.

3 “Si ritus intra Missam peragitur, locum tenet consueti actus pænitentialis initio Missæ.” Missale Romanum, Vatican typical edition of 2002, p. 1249.

4 In 1967 the cope was suppressed in the Asperges ceremony; the chasuble is worn in its stead.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy : News Headlines - Catholic Culture


Pope Francis has declared that priests of the Society of St. Pius X,
founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, will validly and licitly absolve sins during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins on December 8.

“A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X,” the Pontiff said at the conclusion of a September 1 letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. “This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several brother bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint.”

“I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full
communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity,” he
continued. “In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.”