Friday, November 11, 2016

Tridentine Community News - New York's St. Patrick Cathedral to hold Tridentine Mass; The Angel's Prayer from Fatima; Food for thought on the Triditional Mass; TLM Mass schedule

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 6, 2016):
November 6, 2016 – Resumed Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral to Hold Tridentine Mass

Twenty years ago, in 1996, one of the best attended Tridentine Masses in modern times was held at New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral. The late Alfons Cardinal Stickler, the prefect emeritus of the Vatican Library and a vocal proponent of the Traditional Mass, was the celebrant. The enormous church was overflowing with over 4,000 worshippers. New York’s Archbishop at the time was John Cardinal O’Connor, who had given his blessing to reprint what is now the de facto standard altar missal for the Extraordinary Form in North America, Roman Catholic Books’ Missále Románum 1962. Not long thereafter, a second, more modestly attended Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s by Fr. John Perricone. One would think that with such success, additional Tridentine Masses would be held in short order. Unfortunately, such was not the case. Vocal objectors to the Traditional Mass got the Cardinal’s ear, and since that time, despite many efforts, no one has been able to obtain permission to hold another Tridentine Mass there. Until now.

On Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM, two councils of the Knights of Columbus have arranged the first Traditional Latin Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in twenty years. It is being promoted as a closing event for the Year of Mercy.

The recent multi-million dollar refurbishment of the cathedral leaves it in pristine shape to host such a Mass. The freestanding altar has been removed, leaving only the High Altar under the baldacchino. The Communion Rail is intact. What a glorious sight it will be to have the Old Rite return there, hopefully on a more regular basis going forward.

The Angel’s Prayer from Fatima

When making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or indeed when arriving at a church before Mass, a good way to begin is to pray the Angel’s Prayer from Fatima. It is to be prayed three times, with one’s head profoundly bowed:
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee. O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is Himself offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and by the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
Food for Thought on the Traditional Mass

Around fifty years ago, Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand posed the following questions: “Does the new Mass, more than the old, bestir the human spirit – does it evoke a sense of eternity? Does it help raise our hearts from the concerns of everyday life – from the purely material aspects of the world – to Christ? Does it increase reverence, an appreciation of the sacred?”

The texts and rituals of the Tridentine Mass do just that. The Traditional Latin Mass formed Saints over the centuries and continues to inspire commitment to the Holy Catholic Faith today.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/07 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Feria)
  • Tue. 11/08 7:00 PM: High Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Daily Mass for the Dead)
  • Sat. 11/12 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Martin I, Pope & Martyr)
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for November 6, 2016. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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