Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tridentine Massed coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced 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," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Pardon and Peace: The Joy of Confession

Why Pay a Shrink for What the Catholic Church Does for Free?

By Oswald Sobrino, a review of Pardon and Peace: A Sinner's Guide to Confession, by Fr. Francis Randolph (Ignatius, 2001)

On Holy Thursday, 2001, Pope John Paul II wrote to all priests to encourage them to focus on the sacrament of Penance, or Confession. In doing so, the Holy Father referred to the recent “crisis” of this sacrament. Certainly, it is no surprise in Western countries to find that the loss of a sense of sin, and certainly of a sense of grave sin, has had a significant effect on whether Catholics avail themselves of this great sacrament. Yet, as noted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this is the sacrament where continuing Christian conversion takes place. As described by John Paul II, Confession is a dramatic encounter between Christian and Christ, an encounter fraught with the majesty of man’s freedom and Christ’s eager offer of grace.

The following thoughts on Confession arise from considering two books with the same title Pardon and Peace, but published over 50 years apart. The first Pardon and Peace, written by Fr. Alfred Wilson, C.P., appeared in 1948 and has been reprinted by Roman Catholic Books. The current Pardon and Peace was published in 2001 and was written by Fr. Francis Randolph, an English priest. In spite of a half century of tumultuous change in the Catholic Church, the fundamental thrust of the books is the same: Take advantage of this astonishingly approachable but powerful sacrament and its richness. While the books understandably differ in their emphasis on certain issues, both authors end up in the same place: A buoyant and cheerful Catholic will find his sustenance in Confession.

Monday, December 04, 2017

How trendy experiments in music and liturgy have led to the triumph of bad taste, banality, and a deflated sense of the sacred

Composer and Catholic James MacMillan writing in a recent issue of Standpoint:
In the 1970s many well-intentioned types thought that such 'folk' music and pop culture derivatives would appeal to teenagers and young people and get them more involved in the Church, when the exact opposite has happened. It is now thought that these trendy experiments in music and liturgy have contributed to the increasing risible irrelevance of liberal Christianity, and that liturgy as social engineering has repulsed many. Like most ideas shaped by 1960s Marxist ideology it has proved an utter failure. Its greatest tragedy is the willful disingenuous, de-poeticisation of Catholic worship. The Church has simply aped the secular West's obsession with 'accessibility,' 'inclusiveness,' 'democracy,' and anti-elitism, resulting in the triumph of bad taste, banality and a deflation of the sense of the sacred in the life of the church."
Maybe this is the sort of trendy banality he had in mind -- gone-to-seed, perhaps?




Well, the choreography of the latter is almost good enough to serve for the closing "Christmas-in-Heaven" performance in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, if that's not being overly generous. The horror of it all is just the philistine assumption that any of this belongs to the worship of Almighty God.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

"St Anthony, St Anthony, please come around ..."

As a reader says, "if you do a quick online search for the mag. using Google's ‘ images’ filter, you get the vague sense from many covers that 'something’s been lost' for maybe too long now."


Dorothy Cummings McLean, writes, in "Major Catholic family magazine spotlights pro-LGBT priest in favorable interview" (LifeSiteNews, November 30, 2017):
Many faithful Catholics who read St. Anthony Messenger will likely be scandalized that a Catholic magazine that congratulates itself on its august past and popularity with Catholic families would give so much space to a high-profile critic of the Catholic Church and her doctrines without challenging either him or his ideas.

Liberal Tradition, Yes; Liberal Ideology, No?

In a provocative essay, R. R. Reno, "Liberal Tradition, Yes; Liberal Ideology, No" (First Things, December, 2017), responds to critics who regard him as shifting to a "mirror image of the anti-American, anti-capitalist left." This is, of course, not quite true, as Reno goes on to show. What interests me here, however, is his reference to Ryzard Legutko's The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, which Adrian Vermeule reviewed sympathetically in the January 2017 issue of First Things, in an article entitled "Liturgy of Liberalism."

As Reno notes, "Vermeule endorses Legutko's central claim, which is that the liberal consensus in the post-1989 West has taken on many of the attributes of the communism that dominated Poland when Legutko came of age. The countries in the West that promote liberal democracy are not islands of toleration, diversity, and free inquiry. Instead, Vermeule writes, echoing Legutko, they are dominated by “a spreading social, cultural, and ideological conformism.” Liberalism has become a religion. Those who dissent are heretics."

Of course, critics will regard this way of talking as hyperbolic and distorting -- like trying to equate perversions such as political correctness with Soviet gulags or Cambodian killing fields. But Reno responds:
But neither Legutko nor Vermeule is equating Berkeley with the closed city of Gorky. They are comparing them—and finding some telling similarities. Both places impose a rigid orthodoxy and stifle dissent. Gorky used secret police, while Berkeley relies on a suffocating climate of opinion. This is a crucial difference, as Ahmari points out. But it does not erase the similarities.

Legutko’s goal—my goal—is not to undermine “liberalism.” It is to clear away some of the blind dogmatism that has built up in the West, especially since 1989. It won’t do to label our efforts “illiberal” just because they call into question the dominant mentality of our time. In fact, that accusation reinforces the totalitarian atmosphere. Contemporary liberalism rarely answers critics. Instead, it silences dissent by labeling it “extremist,” “far-right,” “authoritarian,” and “illiberal.” We can’t come to grips with the problems we face in 2017 if we are constantly policed. And in any event, as Vermeule points out in our last issue (“A Christian Strategy”), our loyalty is to Christ, not to any particular political philosophy or tradition. This transcendent loyalty disenchants political ideologies, and freedom from the idolatry of politics is the soul of true liberalism.
I am not certain that Reno or Vermeule go far enough, in light of Christopher A. Ferrara's penetrating critique of the Liberal tradition itself in Liberty, the God that Failed (2012). But one can learn a great deal from their analysis, which is certainly illuminating as far as it goes.

I should also mention Timothy D. Lusch's exclusive interview with Ryszard Legutko, "A Demon-Haunted Europe: Democracy's Totalitarian Impulse" (New Oxford Review, October 2017), which we have reposted by permission of the publisher here. Lugtko is a professor of philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, a member of the European Parliament, and one of the more astute critics of the totalitarian impulses in contemporary western liberal democracies.

A Demon-Haunted Europe: Democracy’s Totalitarian Impulse

"An Exclusive Interview with Ryszard Lugutko" (New Oxford Review, October, 2017)

by Timothy D. Lusch

Timothy D. Lusch is an attorney and writer. His writing has appeared in Saint Austin Review, The University Bookman, Chronicles, and at CrisisMagazine.com and CatholicExchange.com. He blogs about books at PityItsPithy.com.

Ryszard Legutko is a professor of philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is also a member of the European Parliament, a Polish politician, and an author. He has written one of the most consequential works on political philosophy to be published in recent years, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. In this profound and vital book, Legutko argues that liberal democracies — specifically in Europe — have much in common with communism. He traces the twin developments of liberalism and democracy and shows how, at their precise intersection, the totalitarian impulse rises. With grave implications for freedom in the West, and for traditional institutions like the Catholic Church, Legutko sounds a warning: either recognize the danger and defeat it, or be destroyed by it.
NOR: Professor Legutko, you have written a significant book with particular appeal for the people and institutions of the West. Following your thesis, the seed of slavery seems to be sewn into the fabric of liberal democracy. What implications does this have with respect to our understanding of freedom? Is our understanding of freedom undergoing a paradigmatic shift such that we will demand greater freedoms (e.g., determining our gender identity) and end up with less (e.g., enforcement of “gender identity” rights and language limiting the speech of dissenters)?

Legutko: I am not sure we demand greater freedom today. On the contrary, I think freedom has ceased to be a highly valued commodity. What is happening is that some groups demand certain privileges, often called “rights,” and other groups seem favorable to these demands because they see in them a vehicle for constructing a new society compatible with their outrageous ideologies. When we see, for example, privileges granted to homosexuals, including the right to marry and adopt children — rather unusual privileges, to be sure — we mistake it for the growth of freedom in general. But this is an erroneous conclusion.

Take gender. It is a strange concept, and rather absurd, because not only does it undermine the obvious biological differences on which the existence of the human race has depended from time immemorial, but it makes this strange concept an instrument to reconstruct the entire human culture, including the humanities, art, law, philosophy, even natural sciences and mathematics. Its aim is to restructure society and the human mind — to make a mental, political, social, and cultural revolution — not to enlarge our freedom. One can compare it to Marxism and its theory of class struggle, which some people in the past believed serves the cause of freedom while in fact it is a tool for a revolution, not only in social relations but also in the humanities, art, law, philosophy, natural sciences, and mathematics. (For instance, multi-valued logic was said to be correlated to the growth of imperialism, and the general theory of relativity allegedly contradicted the dialectics of nature.)

In the case of both Marxism and gender, we have an attempt to make a deep restructuring of society. Revolutions hardly ever enlarge our freedom, though the revolutionaries often include “freedom” among their slogans. In the early stages of a revolution, people are lured by such slogans — and, indeed, some kind of freedom is given to them following the breakdown of the existing rules and the ensuing chaos. But soon the revolutionaries tighten their grip on society and impose the new rules that are stricter and more humiliating than before. The world before the gender revolution certainly had more freedom than it has now. Laws were less intrusive, the humanities more open and diversified, philosophy less dogmatic, human relations less legalistic. Likewise, as a result of granting privileges to homosexuals, we have experienced significant encroachments on the freedom of speech and many other liberties, and, consequently, on liberty in general.

Tridentine Community News - Second Jesuit Priest Joins Roster of Local Extraordinary Form Celebrants; St. Anthony, Temperance, MI Adds Tridentine Masses; Next OCLMA Talk & Reception on December 10; Roráte Masses During Advent; Forms of the Tridentine Mass; Tridentine Masses This Coming Week


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

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (December 3, 2017):
December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

Second Jesuit Priest Joins Roster of Local Extraordinary Form Celebrants

In recent weeks, Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ has become a regular sight at Tridentine Masses around our region. Ordained to the priesthood earlier this year, and having served his diaconal term at Boston’s Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, a thriving center of traditional liturgy, Fr. Wolfe dispels the stereotype that Jesuits don’t care for the Extraordinary Form.

Fr. Wolfe has invited a Jesuit colleague, Fr. Cy Whitaker, to join our roster of celebrants. Next Sunday, December 10, Fr. Cy will celebrate his first local Missa Cantata, the 9:45 AM Mass of the Oakland County Latin Mass Association at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills.

It’s worth noting some other Jesuits who celebrate the Traditional Mass: Fr. Joseph Fessio, the Editor of Ignatius Press; Fr. Kenneth Baker, who for 40 years served as editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review; various young Jesuits at Miami’s historic Gesu Church; and at least until a few years ago, one or two Jesuits at the chapel of London, England’s Farm Street Church, where even the Novus Ordo Mass is done in Latin and with a professional choir. Let us pray that these priests’ enthusiasm catches on with their peers.

St. Anthony, Temperance, MI Adds Tridentine Masses

St. Anthony Church in Temperance, Michigan, will be expanding its Tridentine Mass offerings: Low Masses began to held every Thursday at 7:00 PM on November 30, and Low Masses are debuting every Sunday at 12:30 PM beginning today. These Masses join the existing 9:00 AM High Masses held on First Saturdays.

Next OCLMA Talk & Reception on December 10

Next Sunday, December 10, Erik Coules, Regional Coordinator with the Archdiocese of Detroit Department of Parish Life & Services, will give a talk, “Sharing Your Joyful Faith”, at the reception following the 9:45 AM Oakland County Latin Mass Association Mass at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Bloomfield Hills.

Roráte Masses During Advent

The tradition of Roráte Masses continues in our region this year. Roráte Masses are Saturday Masses of Our Lady celebrated at dawn, illuminated ideally only by candlelight. They are so named because the first words of the Introit of the seasonal Advent Saturday Mass of our Lady are Roráte cæli. These Masses are permitted on Saturdays of Advent of Third Class, which in 2017 means December 9 and 16. Variants of Roráte Masses are similarly candlelit Masses celebrated on other Feast Days of Advent, using the Propers of that day. This year there will be from one to three “variant” Roráte Masses:

Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 AM at St. Matthew, Flint

Juventútem Michigan reports that Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte is considering Masses on Tuesday, December 19 and Saturday, December 23, but plans have not yet been finalized.

Forms of the Tridentine Mass


An interesting graphic excerpted from the book, Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass, has been published on-line. It explains the three basic forms of the Traditional Mass: Low, High / Missa Cantata, and Solemn High. One minor technical correction: At a Missa Cantata, four candles are permitted as well as six. Indeed, some churches, including St. Hyacinth, only possess four candles on their High Altar, and so one must make due.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 12/04 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor)
  • Tue. 12/05 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Feria)
  • Fri. 12/08 7:30 AM: Low Mass at Assumption Grotto (Immaculate Conception)
  • Fri. 12/08: 8:00 AM Low Mass and 7:00 PM Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph (Immaculate Conception)
  • Fri. 12/08 12:00 Noon: High Mass at St. Edward on the Lake, Lakeport (Immaculate Conception)
  • Sat. 12/09 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Feria)
[Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 December 3, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit and east Michigan


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* NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced 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," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

Fr. Perrone:The treasury of merit, and a marital analogy

Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" (Assumption Grotto News, November 26, 2017)
Today I am constrained to compose in one week another pastor's column -- along with last week's -- to satisfy an early deadline for the church paper on account of Thanksgiving week, wherein the printers take their vacation time. Lacking another idea to write about, I offer the following, something that I have always been curious about.

Catholic theology recognizes that we can offer to God, over and against the sins we have committed, the merits of Christ and the saints. The Mass itself is the offering of Christ to God the Father, a renewal of the sacrifice Christ once made on the cross. But how is it that this can be done by us? My puzzlement has been to try to undersand how we can satisfy, or pay off, the debt our sins had incurred by drawing from the merits, or the credit, of someone else. Imagine, if you will, that you who are in debt of a sum of money to another person pay for it by drawing from the credit account of some other person! This would not be deemed lawful according to the terms of human justice. And yet, we assert that we can do a like thing with God by taking from the merits of Christ and the saints and applying them in compensation for the debt our sins had incurred. As an example of this, think of the prayer in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, "Eternal Father, I offer You the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus, in atonement for our sins...." There we have that idea expressed. We offer God what is in truth Christ's.

In trying to understand how this can be so, I realize that whenever I pray I am doing a "good work." That expression in quotation marks indicates the Catholic theological truth about the supernatural value that my prayers, willed desires, and deeds can have. Thus at Mass when you co-offer with the priest the sacrifice of Christ which He once made on Calvary, you and the priest are performing a new act of sacrificing that one-time sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday. We renew it. At Mas we are not, as a perceptive inquirer brought up the matter in my class last week, "going back in time" as if in a kind of sci-fi time-machine and thus somehow made 'present' the moment Christ died for us. Rather, we are making a new offering of that same and singular sacrificial act of Christ, but here at the altar in an "unbloody" manner, as the Church says.

In searching to understand this I thought of a possible analogy in marriage. As I remind my couples preparing for matrimony, the precise moment when the marriage "happens" is when the couple has exchanged their mutual consent. This is the "I do" formula they recite before the priest. What is said in the words is then consummated in the physical act of marital love which is to follow. Each subsequent act of the marital embrace of that couple is in a manner a renewal in act of the verbal marital consent that they expressed in their marriage vows. Thus there is each time a new instance of what was commenced in that initial "I do." I see a possible analogy in this for understanding how each Mass can be a new offering of the one and only sacrifice Christ offered on the cross. It is not an imaginary 'going back in time' but a real and present act of Christ made through the willed offering of the priest. (And the people join with him in this corporate willed act because they have been incorporated into Christ, in His body.) And so it is that you and I can claim as our own, something which is not ours -- namely, Christ's merits -- and offer them in compensation for our sins. His offering becomes ours because we have been enabled to lay claim to it by being baptized (members of Christ) and by being ordained (in the case of the priest).

I'm positively elated when I think that I am able to say to God: "I offer You, O God, all the merits of Christ, and those of the Blessed Mother and the saints, for all the sins I have committed." I want to say this often, frequently drawing out of Christ's (and Mary's and the saints') storehouse of spiritual treasure (merits) and apply it, in whatever measure I can claim it, against my own sins and those of all humanity.

Your pastor is not a theologian but merely a parish priest who is trying to grasp something that has always been perplexing to him about our faith. Perhaps these musings can easily be shot down by a theologian as wrong. In such case I would readily surrender to his just judgment and critique. But at least, for the moment, I think I have a glimpse of what I am able to do to make up for sin [...?] my being a member of the Church. It makes me glad to think that I can collaborate with Christ to help heal the wounds He suffers on account of our ongoing sins.

Fr. Perrone

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Church as champion of "bourgeois religion"?


R. R. Reno, "Bourgeois Religion" (First Things, December, 2017), offers an excoriating assessment of the Catholic hierarchy today. Excerpts follow. (Legere, et orare):
The Catholic Church’s retreat from anything resembling clarity about sexual morality does not surprise me. It’s been a long time coming. Catholicism and other forms of establishment Christianity in the West tend to take the form of bourgeois religion. That term denotes the fusion of church culture with the moral consensus held by the good, respectable people who set the tone for society as a whole. In the aftermath of the sexual revolution, that consensus shifted. For a long time now it has been socially acceptable to divorce and contracept. Soon thereafter it was OK to cohabitate, and then the good and responsible people who run things adopted an affirmative attitude toward gay sex. During all this, the same consensus became hostile to those who say otherwise. It became “cruel,” “hateful,” and “bigoted” to call something wrong that the bourgeois consensus now deems right. In this way, the good and responsible people did not just accommodate themselves to the sexual revolution; they took ownership of it.

Amid this change, most Catholic bishops and priests have been disoriented. Not too long ago, they were happy chaplains of the bourgeois, the good people, who tended to affirm the moral code that the Church taught. As the sexual revolution worked its way through elite culture, bishops and priests were eager to sustain their place as chaplains of the establishment consensus.... Do the loving thing! This noble and conveniently vague imperative offers wide latitude. In the smug and self-complimenting culture of the bourgeois, that meant pretty much anything they did was by definition loving. These sorts of people are always seeking to do what’s best!

.. Reconciling the Catholic Church with the sexual revolution is necessary in order to preserve Catholicism as a bourgeois religion. Unless this is done, more and more of the good and responsible people will come to regard the Church as a regressive, harmful force in society, a source of repression and bigotry that is antithetical to the spirit of inclusion and affirmation that promotes human flourishing. This is especially obvious in the controversy surrounding divorce, remarriage, and communion. These are good, sensitive people trying to make the best of a difficult situation! How can the Church deny them communion? The same is true for those who use artificial means of contraception or who are committed to another person of the same sex—which is why it’s reasonable to think the pontificate will seek to muddy the Church’s teaching on those issues as well ...

Christianity orients us upward and toward the divine. Bourgeois religion is horizontal. It takes its cues from the consensus of the moment, the opinions of the good and responsible people. This reduces Christianity to a political religion organized to buttress the status quo. The Francis papacy largely follows this pattern, making it quite predictable. We can count on Pope Francis to talk about the poor in exactly the same way that people do in Berkeley, which means with great earnestness and little consequence.

This papacy is not hard to figure out. Pope Francis and his associates echo the pieties and self-complimenting utopianism of progressives. That’s not surprising. The Jesuit charism is multifaceted and powerful. I count myself among those profoundly influenced by the spiritual genius of St. Ignatius. Yet there’s no disputing that for centuries Jesuits have shown great talent in adjusting the gospel to suit the powerful. And so, I think the European establishment can count on the Vatican to denounce the populism currently threatening its hold on power. I predict that this papacy will be a great defender of migrants and refugees—until political pressures on the European ruling class become so great that it shifts and becomes more “realistic,” at which point the Vatican will shift as well. What is presently denounced will be permitted; what is presently permitted will be denounced.

This will not end well. The West has seen a long season of loosening, opening up, and deconsolidation, of which the sexual revolution is but a part. Our establishment is committed to sustaining this consensus. This is why it has been at war with Catholic intransigence, which is based on the Church’s insistence that she answer to timeless, unchanging, and demanding truths. It’s foolish for the papacy to make a peace treaty with this establishment consensus. It’s theologically unworkable. It’s also politically inept. For the establishment consensus is failing, and that includes the sexual revolution, which made many promises that were not fulfilled.
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The problem with "American Exceptionalism"

Jack Kerwick, in "'American Exceptionalism' Reconsidered ... And Rejected," argues that this has become a central dogma of neoconservatism, that it is an ahistorical fiction, a rationalization for globalist imperialism, and at odds with patriotism and Christianity.

[Hat tip to L.S.]

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tridentine Community News - Indulgenced Prayer for Thanksgiving; Is It Time to Move On from Vatican II?; What are the Laity to Do?; Savannah, Georgia, Latin Mass Community; Local TLM 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 26, 2017):
November 26, 2017 – Last Sunday After Pentecost

Indulgenced Prayer of Thanksgiving

At this time of year when both Canadians and Americans celebrate their respective secular Thanksgiving holidays, it is good to remember that Holy Mother Church provides us with a short official Prayer of Thanksgiving, the praying of which is enriched with a Partial Indulgence:
Ágimus tibi grátias, omnípotens Deus, pro univérsis benefíciis tuis: Qui vivis et regnas in saécula sæculórum. Amen.

We give You thanks, Almighty God, for all Your blessings: Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Is It Time to Move On from Vatican II?

So much justification for departures from orthodox Catholic teaching has been proffered in the name of Vatican II over the past 50 years, that one can become numb. In recent years questions have started to arise as to how long Vatican II can serve as a motivating force. The circumstances that brought about the convocation of the Second Vatican Council are no longer the driving factors in contemporary Catholic life. Nowadays we are facing new challenges: Dramatically falling Mass attendance, an aging Catholic populace without adequate replacement from the young, a lack of priestly and religious vocations, declining standards for liturgy and sacred music, and so forth. Ecumenism and relations with our Protestant brethren must no longer be primary concerns when Catholics themselves do not sufficiently understand their own faith. The old justifications have become tired, while the growth of traditional liturgy, the devotional life, Latin Mass communities, and the authentic fellowship found therein have become concrete examples of how Catholicism can flourish when it is presented and lived in all its fullness. These notions have been articulated thoroughly and thoughtfully by Fr. Hugh Somerville-Knapman, OSB, a Benedictine monk and priest in England, in a blog post, Vale Vatican II. One excerpt:
“It happened over half a century ago, was conditioned by and directed to the world of the 1960s, a world that has changed beyond recognition as of 2017. It described itself as a pastoral council, and it sought to repackage the teaching, life and worship of the Church to suit a world in flux. For this very reason the Council was necessarily going to have a best-before date. That date has been passed. The sad thing is that its milk turned sour very soon after packaging.”
The full post is here: https://hughosb.com/2017/09/25/vale-vatican-ii-moving-on/

What Are the Laity to Do?

In a similar vein, convert and blogger Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote an observation about the evolution of two disparate stems in the Catholic Church, one liberal and one traditional. A question raised in his post is, what are laity to do, in the light of so much onslaught be secular society and liberal and heretical forces in the Church? Fr. Longenecker correctly counsels the faithful to keep their heads down, learn the Faith better, and work to develop initiatives at the parish level. Certainly our experience in Windsor and metro Detroit has been that growth in the traditional Catholic sphere comes from clergy and laity working together at the grass roots level. We cannot expect the hierarchy to do our work for us. The entire post is here: https://dwightlongenecker.com/americas-two-catholic-churches/

Savannah, Georgia Latin Mass Community

Gets Front Page Coverage in Secular Newspaper The Savannah, Georgia Morning News gave prominent front page space to a well-written story about the Latin Mass Community of St. John the Baptist Cathedral and the appeal of the Traditional Mass. Sentiments expressed therein could be heard from almost any Tridentine community: http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-09-24/mass-mystery-has-been-around-10-years-cathedral-use-latin-was-reapproved


The article contains a link to a video of a Communion Motet being sung by the Latin Mass choir: https://www.facebook.com/SavannahLatinMassCommunity/videos/vb.1514066975480911/1995261054028165/

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 11/27 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal)
  • Tue. 11/28 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Votive Mass for Peace)
  • Fri. 12/01 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (Votive Mass of the Angels) – Celebrant: Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz; Devotions to the Sacred Heart before Mass; Choir will sing Missa Brevis by Palestrina; Reception after Mass.
  • Sat. 12/02 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Vivian, Virgin & Martyr)
  • Sun. 12/03 1:30 PM: High Mass at St. Hyacinth, Detroit (First Sunday of Advent) – Celebrant: Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ; Rosary at 1:10 PM; Brunch with St. Nicholas from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • [Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 26, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

    Tridentine Masses coming this week to metro Detroit (including Windsor, Canada) and east Michigan


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    * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced 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," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.

    Is it time to move beyond Vatican II?

    An excerpt from a recent church bulletin in Windsor, Canada:
    So much justification for departures from orthodox Catholic teaching has been proffered in the name of Vatican II over the past 50 years, that one can become numb. In recent years questions have started to arise as to how long Vatican II can serve as a motivating force. The circumstances that brought about the convocation of the Second Vatican Council are no longer the driving factors in contemporary Catholic life. Nowadays we are facing new challenges: Dramatically falling Mass attendance, an aging Catholic populace without adequate replacement from the young, a lack of priestly and religious vocations, declining standards for liturgy and sacred music, and so forth. Ecumenism and relations with our Protestant brethren must no longer be primary concerns when Catholics themselves do not sufficiently understand their own faith. The old justifications have become tired, while the growth of traditional liturgy, the devotional life, Latin Mass communities, and the authentic fellowship found therein have become concrete examples of how Catholicism can flourish when it is presented and lived in all its fullness.

    These notions have been articulated thoroughly and thoughtfully by Fr. Hugh Somerville-Knapman, OSB, a Benedictine monk and priest in England, in a blog post, Vale Vatican II. One excerpt:
    “It happened over half a century ago, was conditioned by and directed to the world of the 1960s, a world that has changed beyond recognition as of 2017. It described itself as a pastoral council, and it sought to repackage the teaching, life and worship of the Church to suit a world in flux. For this very reason the Council was necessarily going to have a best-before date. That date has been passed. The sad thing is that its milk turned sour very soon after packaging.”
    The full post is here: https://hughosb.com/2017/09/25/vale-vatican-ii-moving-on/
    [Hat tip to A.B.]

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Even this supporter of Teilhard de Chardin finds Massimo Faggioli's and James Martin's effort to rehabilitate him "weird"

    Read especially the last parts of Mark Lambert's "I may surprise you with a defence of Teilhard de Chardin" (November 23, 2017).

    ... his reputation as a bit of a rebel means that an approval of a proposal asking for Pope Francis to remove the monitum has almost inevitably, drawn support from Pope Francis merry band of theological nitwits & cheering boys. The fact that such people as Fr. James Martin and Massimo Faggioli are cheering for the petition to remove the monitum (warning) against the writings of Teilhard... well... it speaks volumes, doesn't it?

    Ii could easily be argued that the central error of our times is evolutionism taken as a paradigm for the whole of reality, including God, revelation, tradition, and morality. As Father Z puts it, if Teilhard's writings were ambiguous and seriously erroneous when the monitum was imposed, then surely they still are? ...

    ... I can't help but be disappointed by this constant desire to forego the practice and common sense of the past and re-write everything in the ink of modern secularism. Isn't this glib jostling for attention intellectually drab and dishonest?

    Yes I defend Teilhard de Chardin's extravagant and audacious writings. I love them! As a scientist he wanted a free-ranging, peer review of his work. His ideas should be challenged, but not demonised. But I don't mistake them for the teaching of my Church, and I don't regret or seek to revoke the very valid monitum placed on them in 1962. Fr Teilhard de Chardin accepted the Holy See's censure, & he would have accepted the monitum as a just act by the teaching authority of the Church, just as he accepted the censure of his superior in 1925. The fact that Faggioli and Martin are seeking to rehabilitate him somehow is weird (given he is pretty much old hat these days), and strikes me as just another anti-orthodoxy bandwagon for them to jump on.
    [Hat tip to J.M.]

    Christian defeatism?

    Our underground news correspondent, Guy Noir - Private Eye, recently sent me this:
    There is widespread misgivings in every church about the increasing evidence of Christian defeatism. A monthly periodical created a sensation with an article entitled, “Have Christians lost Their Nerve?” Most of the bishops whom I met in Rome had read his article and none was inclined to dispute its depressing conclusions.... One feared that the ecumenical movement was taking what little was left of the fight out of the Church:

    “Christ said ‘They will throw you out of the synagogues.’ Today we priests are being invited to preach in the synagogues. Too many of our Catholics are like the pale tepid lot who Dante said were not fit for Heaven and too cheap for Hell. He wasn’t going to bother to speak about them. Just look at them and pass on. The great word now is ‘Dialogue,' which means futile conversation between Christians of different communions, none of whom has any real belief in anything which he professes. Another popular word is ‘Encounter, which means meeting God rather less then half way.”

    Arnold Lunn, 1968

    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    The humble integrity of the man who played Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons


    "Scofield himself was baptized into the faith of his Catholic mother, although he always felt somewhat divided in spiritual matters since his father was Anglican. He was known for being 'a true country gentleman' who put his marriage, family, and home life first and never allowed the fame of his career to go to his head. A classically trained Shakespearian actor and resident of a small village in Sussex, he did not even go in person to collect his Academy Award for Best Actor. He also rejected the offer of knighthood three times, believing in the maxim 'Never the actor before the part he plays.' After his death, many of Scofield's fellow villagers knew next to nothing about his fame in the acting world, simply regarding him as one of their own, the nice old man who always supported local theater productions. Perhaps it is this abiding combination of humility and intellectual honesty, and recognition of the important things of life that truly made him perfectly destined to bring the character of Thomas More to life on screen."
    Avellina Balestri, "Silence Louder Than Words: Looking back at A Man for All Seasons," The Latin Mass: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Fall 2017), p. 58.

    Detroit's Blessed Solanus Casey beatified!


    Detroit's Capuchin friar, Fr. Solanus Casey (1870-1957), was beatified on Saturday, November 18th, at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions. There were reportedly upwards of 70,000 people there. I'm sure some wondered whether a football game they hadn't heard about was in progress! What a fantastic event! Here's a picture of how it looked inside Ford Field 2 days ago where the beatification Mass was celebrated:

    It's almost Thanksgiving ... and Fr. Perrone goes to Confession!

    Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" (Assumption Grotto News, November 19, 2017)
    This week we observe the second of the three great holidays, Thanksgiving Day. Second? Yes, when one figures in Halloween which, according to news reports, is the second most celebrated American holiday, second only to the December one which everyone used to call Christmas. (Word is out that President Trump has declared that it's once again OK to say, "Merry Christmas." That may be reassuring to some, but to those who never championed political correctness it is, in an ironic bit of pointing the finger, "fake news.")

    Thanksgiving Day is worthy of Christian endorsement so long as we recall that there's an object to our thanks -- namely God -- to whom we owe our very existence as well as everything we have. As I remarked in a pastor's column of some past year, secular society gladly embraces Thanksgiving Day for its commercial potential (kicking off, as they say, the holiday spending spree) and for the momentary reprieve of work. One may openly express thankfulness for anything whatever if it is left unsaid that the gratitude must be direct to the Almighty.


    Just this past week I made thanksgiving to God for one of the most precious of His gifts to me as a Catholic: the absolution of my sins. (In case you didn't know, priests not only hear confessions but make themselves penitents of other priests.) It so happened that this confession was in close proximity to my birthday (the admission of which is not meant to cue a raucous rendition of the familiar dirge). Confession, I would say, is a great Catholic way of celebrating one's birthday, compelling one to recollect one's utter dependence upon God for forgiveness, for His grace, for life itself. Going to confession ought not to make one grumpy and cross. I'm reminded of what I once read about a composer Igor Stravinsky who would faithfully go to confession on his birthday, the prospect of which would put the composer, in his own words, "in a mood," that is, crabby.

    The confession of my sins reminds me of my lowly place under God's infinitely vast empire and that I must ever be grateful to Him for His merciful indulgence to my sinful self. Going to confession also reminds me of what it is to be a penitent in my confessional who must not only accuse himself of his sins before God, but who must also own up to his wrongdoings before a priest, one who is as fallible as another -- so that I will not easily to be compassionate and understanding of penitents. I have posted a few choice scriptural quotes on the door of my confessional. These help me to be kindly disposed to those beggars of divine mercy who come to me to be freed of the burden of their consciences. Should ever I fail in this and get uppity or impatient with you in confession, do me the charity of asking me to read the bible verses on my confessional door. That should awaken a needed humility and spare me a severe judgment from the Judge of judges.

    Last week's somewhat panicky pastor's Descant forecasting a gloomy future for our parish Forty Hours devotion appears to have been overwrought. Attendance for the closing Mass at noon last Sunday was good and there always seemed to be someone adoring our Lord during the hours of Exposition. The real credit for the devotion, of course, goes to the benevolent Christ who makes Himself and His graces available during this sacred time. I want to make the Forty Hours a great spiritual success for our people and I would be sad to let go of it when we have held on to it so tenaciously these many years. Accordingly, I have asked a small committee to be formed for securing the future of the Forty Hourse Devotion in our parish. They would meet in September next year to plan for a greater participation and greater solemnity for this traditional parish service.

    You will note the near completion of the handicapped entrance ramp on the church's south side, a project that has taken an unduly long time to come to completion. If its serviceability matches its fine looks, I would say that we will have a worthy addition -- or rather replacement entryway -- to our majestic church structure.

    Fr. Perrone

    Why traditional Catholic devotions are disappearing even from traditional parishes

    One problem is that most traditional parishes tend to be "commuter parishes," whose members live at considerable distance from the churches. But listen in as a trusted pastor discusses the challenge today:

    Fr. Eduard Perrone, "A Pastor's Descant" (Assumption Grotto News, November 12, 2017)
    I've been toying with the idea of dropping the annual parish Forty Hours Devotion, beginning next year. The reason would only be lack of patronage. Grotto has offered this period of Eucharistic adoration for as long as anyone can remember. The Forty Hours Devotion reflects a time in the Archdiocese when this was practiced in every parish in its turn. The effect diocese-wide was that somewhere and at all times there was Eucharistic exposition. A lot has happened since those more reverent times. For one thing, Vatican Ii happened and this worldwide devotion was more or less dropped in favor of an indeterminate annual "Eucharistic day" which every parish was encouraged to host. With the decrease of Eucharistic devotion this became a dead letter in most places, though Grotto carried on with the Forty Hours. Suddenly there arose a wave of adoration in special parish chapels where the Blessed Sacrament would be exposed for some hours daily or even around the clock. A boon to adoration this was indeed, but it generally rendered those Eucharistic Days and the Forty Hours superfluous. While several parishes in the archdiocese have adoration chapels, there are almost none that have solemn public days of adoration, let alone the Forty Hours.


    Forty Hours procession at St. John Cantius in Chicago

    Another factor in the demise of the Forty Hours Devotion was the diminishing number of Catholic schools and the ruination of once highly Catholic neighborhoods around their parishes. The once tighly knit communities that gave rise to the parishes were a boon to adoration of the Holy Sacrament. Distances to the churches then were short and the presence of children in the parish schools supplied a steady stream of adorers.

    We've had our parish adoration chapel going for nearly as long as I have been pastor. At one time we had less of a difficulty filling time slots for adoration. We barely succeed in having sufficient worshippers, but their number is small. Our people live far away from the parish and often have access to adoration places closer to home than Assumption Grotto Church. (Most people, however, do not practice a weekly holy hour of adoration.)

    In the heyday, Forty Hours was a special celebration for a parish. There were processions and litanies. Altar boys in groups of two were assigned half-hour periods of adoration. A banner was placed over the front church doors of the church which announced to the neighborhood that this was the time of Forty Hours. Sermons on the Holy Eucharist were given. People came in great numbers to the solemn closing ceremony, and dozens of priests participated in it, followed or preceded by a grand dinner for the priests which was a confirmation of priestly fraternity. We have limped on with the Forty hours for a long time through interest wand attendance for it have been dwindling.

    There is a Church law which forbids the Holy Eucharist to remain exposed without adorers being present. I'm not wholly sure that this has been honored all the time. Sometimes I or Fr. John or some single person have been the only ones present at a given time.

    Having given all that preliminary information, I will assess the success of this year's Forty Hours. I do believe that it gives honor and glory to God, but only if there are people present doing the praying and adoring the Lord.


    Forty Hours closing Mass at the London Oratory

    Today [Nov. 12th] at the noon Mass we will have the solemn ceremonial as prescribed by the Forty Hours ritual. I hope the three days will be a success and warrant our continued practice of this venerable custom. If not, we will have to bid the Forty Hours Devotion a sad but fond farewell. It had nourished Eucharistic piety in the people of this parish for many generations. Let us see in what direction we must head in the years to come.

    Tridentine Community News - Tridentine Mass Celebrant Training in Saint John, New Brunswick and Medford, Oregon; Solemn High Mass at National Catholic Youth Conference; Local TLM schedule for this coming week


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

    Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 19, 2017):
    November 19, 2017 – Resumed Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

    Tridentine Mass Celebrant Training in Saint John, New Brunswick and Medford, Oregon

    The last few months have brought more interest from priests interested in learning to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass. Publicized on the web site and in certain episodes of Extraordinary Faith, the training only requires two days for priests to learn to celebrate their first Mass. Priests need only provide essential Mass supplies; there is no cost for training materials, time, or travel.

    For a variety of reasons, some priest students request to keep their participation in the class confidential. Most, however, are thrilled to be able to provide the Extraordinary Form to their flocks and to help their own spiritual growth as priests. Three recent participants in the training in particular stand out:


    Fr. Peter Melanson [pictured above], Pastor of Holy Trinity Church near downtown Saint John, New Brunswick, is a graduate of London, Ontario’s St. Peter’s Seminary. With the support of his bishop, he is starting the first regular Latin Mass in his part of Canada in over 45 years. Having only taken the training in August, Fr. Melanson has already begun weekly Sunday 12:30 PM Low Masses at Holy Trinity on October 29. A page on the parish web site is dedicated to this new initiative: http://holytrinitysj.com/latinmass/


    Fr. Shane McKee [pictured above], Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in downtown Medford, Oregon, and Fr. Ben Tapia [pictured below], Pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Church in Central Point Oregon, this past week took part in a training session at Sacred Heart Church arranged by Don Haverkamp and Mike Ford of Southern Oregon Una Voce. Don and Mike were the organizers of the sold-out Sacred Liturgy Conference held at Sacred Heart Church this past summer, which Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Cordileone, and other luminaries attended. Fr. Shane and Fr. Ben will be joining the roster of priests offering the Traditional Mass in the Medford area, with the intent of expanding the frequency of its availability.


    Priests interested in learning the Tridentine Mass are invited to e-mail info@extraordinaryfaith.tv for more information about the training program.

    Solemn High Mass at National Catholic Youth Conference


    [Here are some more photos of the event from Fr. Z's blog.]

    The below, printed verbatim from Gregory DiPippo’s post on the New Liturgical Movement blog, further demonstrates the growing influence and presence of the Traditional Latin Mass at mainstream Catholic events:
    “Every two years, over 25,000 young people attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), which for the past three years has been held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Center. This year there will be a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered at NCYC. Two years ago, a Missa Cantata was celebrated at the conference, and it drew such a large crowd that there were more people overflowing outside of the small chapel than inside the chapel itself.

    The Mass has been moved to a larger room this year, and a portable reredos and communion rail are being built for the chapel. Please spread the word to those you know who might be attending NCYC; this will be a great opportunity for young people to experience the Traditional Rite of the Mass at such a large gathering. The Mass will be held in the NCYC Adoration Chapel in the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday, November 17th at 11:30am.”
    This is, of course, an encouraging development, but what’s still missing is any official acknowledgement from the U.S. or Canadian Conferences of Catholic Bishops that Tradition has any real role in evangelizing the young. [emphasis added] One wonders just why this never seems to be a part of the official party line. Perhaps bishops and their staffs don’t realize that laser light shows and praise-and-worship music don’t appeal to everyone’s spiritual sensitivities.

    Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
    • Mon. 11/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Felix of Valois, Confessor)
    • Tue. 11/21 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    • Sat. 11/25 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr)
    [Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 12, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

    Record attendance at chant workshop in Detroit (upwards of 100 attendees)!

    I want to make sure nobody missed this from the previous post:
    A special thank-you to all those who made time to attend Wassim Sarweh’s most recent Gregorian Chant Workshop on October 28. Attendance was almost triple the previous local record, and arguably was among the highest ever seen for a comparable event in North America: Old St. Mary’s Parish had set a limit of 75 attendees; all reservations on Eventbrite had been claimed, plus there were several walk-ins on the day of the class. Approximately 20 additional faithful attended the associated 2:00 PM Tridentine Mass without attending the seminar. Not surprisingly, the parish has asked Wassim to hold another Chant Workshop in 2018.

    Perhaps most notably, many of the attendees were choir directors themselves. This certainly bodes well for the (re)introduction of chant in parish repertoires.

    Catching up: Tridente Community News from Nov. 12th!


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

    Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (November 12, 2017):
    November 12, 2017 – Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

    Record Attendance at Chant Workshop

    A special thank-you to all those who made time to attend Wassim Sarweh’s most recent Gregorian Chant Workshop on October 28. Attendance was almost triple the previous local record, and arguably was among the highest ever seen for a comparable event in North America: Old St. Mary’s Parish had set a limit of 75 attendees; all reservations on Eventbrite had been claimed, plus there were several walk-ins on the day of the class. Approximately 20 additional faithful attended the associated 2:00 PM Tridentine Mass without attending the seminar. Not surprisingly, the parish has asked Wassim to hold another Chant Workshop in 2018.

    Perhaps most notably, many of the attendees were choir directors themselves. This certainly bodes well for the (re)introduction of chant in parish repertoires.

    Mass at St. Hyacinth Church on December 3

    Detroit’s historic St. Hyacinth Church will hold its next Tridentine High Mass on Sunday, December 3 at 1:30 PM. The Mass will be offered by Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ, the recently-ordained Jesuit who has enthusiastically joined our roster of local TLM celebrants.

    St. Hyacinth is one of metro Detroit’s best-preserved churches, with a stunningly decorated interior incorporating mosaics and painted domes [pictured]. Recently its High Altar underwent a restorative repainting.

    From 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM that day, St. Hyacinth also will host a Brunch with St. Nicholas in the school hall. Flyers describing the event are available after Mass at the OCLMA/Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Alphonsus, and Holy Name of Mary Churches.


    Prayer for the Queen: The Dómine, Salvam Fac

    The media has always been fascinated with the British Royal Family. If your travels will be taking you to England, you might be interested to know that the following Prayer for the Queen (or King) is specified to be prayed after Sunday High Masses, in much the same way that we have a custom of Prayers After Low Mass in the universal Church.

    This prayer can be sung as well as recited; recordings of both polyphonic and Gregorian versions of the Dómine, salvam fac can be found on YouTube. The Gregorian version is normally sung after Latin Masses, a recording of which is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nLNP8sz2F4

    ℣. Dómine, salvam fac regínam nostram Elísabeth.
    . Et exáudi nos in die, qua invocavérimus te.

    Orémus. Quaésumus, omnípotens Deus, ut fámula tua Elísabeth regína nostra, qui tua miseratióne suscépit regni gubernácula, virtútum étiam ómnium percípiat increménta; quibus decénter ornáta, et vitiórum monstra devitáre, et ad te, qui via, véritas, et vita es, cum príncipe consórte et prole régia, gratiósa váleat perveníre. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.

    . Amen.

    . O Lord, save Elizabeth our Queen.
    . And hear us in the day when we call upon Thee.

    Let us pray. Almighty God, we pray for Thy servant Elizabeth our Queen, now by Thy mercy reigning over us. Adorn her yet more with every virtue, remove all evil from her path, that with her consort, and all the royal family she may come at last in grace to Thee, Who art the way, the truth, and the life. Through Christ our Lord.
    . Amen.

    Other countries pray versions of this prayer adapted for their own king or queen.

    The Dómine, salvam fac demonstrates in a formal, liturgical way our obligation to pray for our leaders, no matter what faith they may espouse.

    Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
    • Mon. 11/13 7:00 PM: Low Mass at St. Josaphat (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin)
    • Tue. 11/14 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (St. Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr)
    • Sat. 11/18 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul)
    [Comments? Please e-mail tridnews@detroitlatinmass.org. Previous columns are available at http://www.detroitlatinmass.org. 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 January 4, 2017. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

    Saturday, November 18, 2017

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    * NB: The SSPX chapels among those Mass sites listed above are posted here because the Holy Father has announced 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," and subsequently extended this privilege beyond the Year of Mercy. These chapels are not listed among the approved parishes and worship sites on archdiocesan websites.