Traditional Mass

Friday, July 27, 2018

Saint Pantaleon, Martyr (305 A.D.)


The name of this Eastern Saint means "the all-compassionate." He is said to have been a physician at Nicomedia. Mindful of the opportunities of charity which his profession afforded him, he treated the needy sick without payment. When Diocletian's persecution reached Nicomedia, the Christlike doctor prepared himself for martyrdom by distributing all his goods to the poor. He was urged to apostatize, but steadfastly confessed Jesus. He was beheaded about A.D. 305.

Mass of the preceding Sunday

INTROIT Ps. 53:6-7
Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the support of my soul. Turn back the evils upon my enemies, and in Your faithfulness to us disperse them, O Lord my protector.
Ps. 53:3. O God, by Your name save me, and by Your might deliver me.
V. Glory be . . .

O Lord, let mercy attune Your ear to the prayers of Your people calling upon You. May they ask only what is pleasing to You, so that their requests may always be heard. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT PANTALEON
O Almighty God, through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Pantaleon, shield us from bodily harm and purify our minds from evil thoughts. Through our Lord . . . 

EPISTLE I Cor. 10:6-13
Brethren: These things were done in a figure of us, that we should not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play." Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them that committed fornication: and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted and perished by the serpent. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore, he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.

O Lord our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!
V. For Your splendor is exalted above the heavens.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 58:2
Rescue me from my enemies, O my God, and defend me from my adversaries. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 19:41-47
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: "If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side, And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation." And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought. Saying to them: "It is written: 'My house is the house of prayer.' But you have made it a den of thieves." And he was teaching daily in the temple.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 18:9, 10, 11, 12
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart, and His judgments are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb; for Your servant observes them.

May we celebrate these sacred rites worthily, O Lord, for each offering of this memorial Sacrifice carries on the work of our redemption. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT PANTALEON
May our offering be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, and may it benefit us by the prayer of him on whose feast it is offered. Through our Lord . . .

"He who eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, abides in Me and I in him," said the Lord.

O Lord, may the reception of Your Blessed Sacrament cleanse us from sin and unite us all in You. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT PANTALEON
Refreshed by partaking of Thy sacred Gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that through the intercession of blessed Pantaleon, Thy Martyr, we may perceive the fruit of the rite which we celebrate. Through our Lord . . .

Monday, July 02, 2018


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Why Noble Beauty is Taking the Church by Storm



In 1988, there were only 20 places in the U.S. where you could find a traditional Latin Mass on Sundays. Now there are more than 500.

“Lex orandi, lex credendi.” (“As we pray, so we believe.”) —An ancient Christian motto

For the first decade of my life as a Catholic (I grew up Calvinist
and needed to undergo about four major conversions until I made it home
to Rome at age 21), I had an awe-inspired love for the Latin Mass. I was
pleasantly clueless about the “politics” that surround the Traddies vs.
the Novus Ordo-ies (ok, I made up that last term, but you get the
gist). I had absolutely no idea what a spectacular liturgical bombshell
Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio summorum pontificum was. I was just irresistibly, dare I say, naively, drawn to the Extraordinary Form.

To me, it was the complete opposite of Calvinism, which was
incredibly charming to my prodigal soul. I’d roam over to FSSP parishes
whenever I got the chance, drilled myself in Ecclesiastical Latin just
for kicks, and sported a mantilla when I had riled up enough nerve to do
so. I wasn’t exactly a “rad-Trad,” but I definitely watched them with a
twinge of envy and admiration, though from afar. The Extraordinary Form
of the Mass fed me when I was hungry for God, and I had to believe God
was pleased when I grazed on the luscious spiritual pastures I found
therein. It was a beautiful exchange. And yet, something critical was
amiss in my comprehension of the Latin Mass.

Last summer, I began reading Noble Beautyby Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, a prolific author, speaker and founding member of Wyoming Catholic College.  {}Three-fourths
of the way through the jewel-weed of its texts, I was a seriously
different woman. And of course, a more authentically Catholic one. As I
watched the book bring to life the true story behind the Extraordinary
Form, I began to understand its place in the Church. Mother Church – so,
so fantastically close to Christ’s Heart – and yet, so jangled and
roughed up by confusion, so singed by fireworks of heresy and scandal –
was being rescued by the resurgence of the Latin Mass. The wondrous,
contemplative depth of the Extraordinary Form, with its spectacular
charm and spiritual charisma, has become a lifeboat for us roaming
Catholics, lost at sea.

All throughout Noble Beauty, Dr. Kwasniewski reveals to us
why the modern world truly does need the Mass of the Ages – perhaps more
now, actually, than ever. Firstly, he opens with a chapter titled, “Why
the New Evangelization Needs the Old Mass.” Points covered in this
chapter expound upon the following claim he made in his preceding book, Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis,
“The New Evangelization will stand or fall on the strength of authentic
liturgical renewal, and this renewal will stand or fall depending on
whether or not it is rooted in the traditional Latin Mass as an immense
good in itself and as a constant point of reference for the modern

Following chapters of Noble Beauty cover the topics such as:
the preeminence of sacred tradition in the liturgy, the New Liturgical
Movement as urgent care for a sick Church, and how the Usus Antiquior elicits
superior participation (contrary to popular belief). He also discusses
the resounding, interior peace that the Low Mass lends to the soul, as
well as grace-filled glory the High Mass has to offer. Appealing to Our
Lady, Queen of the Liturgy, he also does a uniquely powerful comparison
between the Holy Rosary and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

“The traditional liturgy, like the Rosary, never tires of recalling
the memory and invoking the intercession of the all-glorious Mother of
God and Lord, Jesus Christ…. Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary! Hail,
Our Lady of Victories! Pray for us in this vale of tears, and obtain
from Thy Son the longed-for restoration of the great and beautiful
liturgy of the Roman Church. Amen.”

In 1988, there were only about
20 places in the United States where you could find a traditional Latin
Mass being offered on Sundays. Now there are well over 500 and counting,
and the average age of Catholics attending the Latin Masses is much
younger than those attending the Novus Ordo rite.

As Dr. Kwasniewski reminds us in Noble Beauty, “It all comes back to the motu proprio:
are we willing or unwilling to embrace it? ‘He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches,’ (Rev. 2:7).” Fr.
Zuhlsdorf, President of Tridentine Mass Society of Madison, and a
popular blogger known as “Fr. Z,” haunts us beautifully with his famous
slogan, “Save the Liturgy, Save the World.” How important is it to us to
help save the world, and the Church?

A Prayer for the Traditional Movement

Lord, remember in Thy Kingdom,

all religious, clergy, and laity throughout the world,

who are dedicated to the Usus Antiquior.

Bless us, govern us, defend us, purify us, and multiply us

for the good of souls, for the restoration of Thy Church,

and for the glory of Thy Holy Name.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost




This feast was instituted only in 1849, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the Sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. The special beauty of this feast is its centering of our attention directly on the Blood of Christ, a short cut to the heart of revelation. In these days we need to think of the Passion of Christ; we do not know how God is going to test us. Devotion to the Precious Blood is a fundamental, sane approach to God. It is hard and painful; it will help us to steel our own hearts against weakness.

INTROIT Apoc. 5:9-10
You have redeemed us, O Lord, with Thy Blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us for our God a kingdom.
Ps. 88:2. The mercies of the Lord I will sing forever; my mouth shall proclaim Your truth through all generations.
V. Glory be . . .

O Almighty and Eternal God, You willed that the world should be redeemed and the sins of man atoned for by the shedding of the Blood of Your Only-Begotten Son. May we on this solemn feast pay fitting honor to the Precious Blood that was the price of our salvation; may that Blood defend us against the evils of our present life so that we may enjoy its everlasting fruit in heaven. Through our Lord . . .

O God of the heavenly powers, creator of all good things, implant in our hearts the love of Your Name, and bestow upon us an increase of godliness, fostering what is good, and, by Your loving care, guarding what You have fostered.
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 Heb. 9:11-15
Brethren: But Christ, being come an high Priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

GRADUAL I John 5:5, 7-8
This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ: not in the water only, but in the water and in the blood.
V. There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these Three are One. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the Blood; and these three are one.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. John 5:9
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. Alleluia!

GOSPEL John 19:30-35
At that time, Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: "It is consummated." And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that was a great sabbath day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken: and that they might be taken away. The soldiers therefore came: and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him.
But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side: and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony: and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true: that you also may believe.

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the sharing of the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not the partaking of the Body of the Lord?

May these divine mysteries draw us closer to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant. We renew upon Your altar, O Lord of Hosts, the sprinkling of the Blood of Christ which is far more efficacious than the sacrifice offered by Abel. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

Mercifully hear our humble prayers, O Lord, and graciously accept these offerings of Your people, and grant that no prayer may be without effect, no petition in vain, so that what we ask in faith, we may really obtain.
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 was offered once to take away the sins of many; the second time with no part in sinHe will appear unto the salvation of those who await Him.

We have been admitted to Your sacred banquet, O Lord, and have joyously refreshed ourselves with the waters from the fountain of our Saviour. May His Blood spring up within us as a saving water for eternal life; who lives and rules with You . . .

We have been filled with Your gifts, O Lord; grant, we beseech You, that we may be cleansed and strengthened by their effect.
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.