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On The Priesthood

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Fr. Reginald-Garrigou Lagrange

 

From Three Ages Of The Interior Life, Volume 1

Perfection And The Religious State; Pages 262-266

by Fr. Reginald-Garrigou Lagrange


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Fr. Reginald-Garrigou Lagrange

 

From Three Ages Of The Interior Life, Volume 1

Perfection And The Religious State; Pages 262-266

by Fr. Reginald-Garrigou Lagrange

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, the effects of Ordination are the sacerdotal character, an indelible participation in the priesthood of Christ, and sacramental grace, which makes possible the fulfillment of the priestly functions in a holy manner, as should be the case in a worthy minister of Christ. This sacramental grace is like a modality which is added to sanctifying grace, and which gives the right to receive actual helps for the holy, and indeed for the increasingly holy, accomplishment of the acts of the priestly life. This grace is like a feature of the spiritual countenance of the priest, who ought to become a minister ever more conscious of the greatness and the holy exigencies of his priesthood.

 

Priestly Ordination is certainly superior to religious profession, and the special obligation of tending to perfection which it establishes is surely not less. This is why during the ceremony of Ordination the Bishop tells the candidate for the priesthood that he must henceforth “study to live in a holy and religious manner, and to please God in all things.” If even every one of the faithful, each according to his condition, must, by reason of the supreme precept of the love of God, tend to the perfection of charity, with even greater reason is this true of the priest. We read in St. Matthew: “For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound.”

 

Speaking on this subject to the minister of God, the author of The Imitation of Christ says: “Thou art made a priest and art consecrated to celebrate. See now that faithfully and devoutly, in due time, thou offer up sacrifice to God, and that thou show thyself blameless. Thou hast not lightened thy burden, but art now bound by a stricter bound of discipline and obliged to greater perfection of sanctity. A priest ought to be adorned with all virtues and set the example of a good life to others. His conversation should not be with the popular and common ways of man, but with the angels in Heaven, or with perfect men upon earth.”

 

In relation to Christ present in the Eucharist and to His Mystical Body, the priestly functions show better than even Ordination does, this special obligation to tend to perfection. When the priest celebrates the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he is like the figure of Him in whose name he speaks, the figure of Christ who offered Himself for us. The priest should be a minister conscious of the greatness of his functions, and he ought to strive for an ever closer union in heart and soul with the principal Priest who is at the same time the sacred Victim, sacerdos et hostia. To mount the altar steps without the firm will to grow in charity would be hypocrisy, or at least an indirectly culpable negligence. Daily the minister of Christ ought to say with great sanctity: “Hoc est enim corpus meum…Hic est calix sanguinis mei.” His communion should be substantially more fervent each day by reason of a greater promptness of the will in the service of God, since the Sacrament of the Eucharist ought not only to preserve but to increase charity in us.

 

Consequently St. Thomas says: “By Holy Orders a man is appointed to the most august ministry of serving Christ Himself in the Sacrament of the altar. For this requires a greater inward holiness than that which is requisite for the religious state.” This is why, as we read in the same article, other things being equal, the priest who places an act contrary to holiness sins more grievously than a religious who is not a priest.

 

The sanctity becoming to the minister of God at the altar is thus described in The Imitation of Christ: “The priest, clad in sacred vestments, is Christ’s vicegerent that he may suppliantly and humbly pray to God for himself and all the people. He has before and behind him the sign of the cross of our Lord, that he may ever remember the Passion of Christ. . . .Behind him he is marked with the cross, that he may learn to suffer meekly for God’s sake all the evil that men may do him. He wears the cross before him that he may bewail his own sins; and on his back, that through compassion he may lament the sins of others, and know that he is placed as mediator between God and the sinner. . . .When a priest celebrates, he honors God, he edifies the Church, he helps the living, he obtains rest for the departed, and makes himself partaker of all good things.”

 

 

 

Likewise he should says the Divine Office with dignity, attention, and true piety. This great prayer of the Church is like the accompaniment of the Sacrifice of the Mass; it precedes it as a prelude, and it follows it. The Office is the canticle of the spouse of Christ from dawn until dark, and it is a great honor to take part in it. During its recitation the great intentions of the Church (for the example, the pacification of the world through the extension of the kingdom of Christ) should be kept in mind.

 

Lastly, the priest has a special obligation to tend to perfection that he may accomplish his functions well in relation to the Mystical Body of Christ. For the sanctification of souls, he shares in the office which belongs first of all to the Bishop, whose cooperator he should be. Thus the Council of Trent says: “Nothing leads the faithful more surely to true piety than the good example of the priest. The eyes of men rest on him as on a mirror of perfection to be imitated. So he ought to order his life, his manners, his exterior, his gestures, and his words in such a way that he may always preserve the gravity, moderation, and piety that he should have.” The priest who lives in the midst of the world is not obliged to make the vow of poverty, but he ought to be free from attachment to worldly things, willingly bestowing them upon the poor. He ought also to obey his bishop and to be the servant of the faithful in spite of difficulties and sometimes even calumnies.

 

The need of this perfection appears especially for the work of preaching, of hearing Confessions, and in the direction of souls. That preaching may be living and fruitful, the priest must speak from the abundance of his heart. St. Thomas even says that preaching should “proceed from the fullness of contemplation,” from the living, penetrating, delightful faith in the mystery of Christ, in the infinite value of the Mass. In the value of sanctifying grace and of eternal life. The priest should preach like a savior of souls, and he should work incessantly for the salvation not only a few, but of many souls. He should not have received the priesthood in vain.

 

Likewise for the ministry of Confession and direction, the priest must have a burning and luminous soul, a “hunger and thirst for the justice of God”; otherwise his ministry may become a danger to him; instead of saving souls, he himself may fall. If life does not ascend, it descends; and that it may not descend, it must rise like a flame. Especially in the spiritual life, he who does not advance, falls back. Finally, souls of whom the Lord is asking much, at times have recourse to the priest, and they should be able to find in him real help that they may walk truly in the way of sanctity. They should never have to go away without having, so to speak, received something.

 

We have been particularly impressed with what has been said on this subject by a friend of the Cure of Ars; St. John Vianney; the venerable Father Chevrier, a priest of Lyons, who accomplished immense good in that city. He used to tell the priests whom he trained that they should always keep the Crib, Calvary, and the Tabernacle before their eyes. The Crib, he would say, should remind them of poverty, a priest should be poor in his dwelling, his clothing, and his food. He should be humble of spirit and of heart in his relations with God and man. The greater his poverty in this regard, the more he glorifies God and is useful to his neighbor. The priest is a man who is despoiled.

 

Calvary should remind him of the necessity of immolation; he ought to die to his body, to his own mind, his will, his reputation, his family, and the world. He ought to immolate himself by silence, prayer, work, penance, suffering, and death. The more a priest dies to himself, the more life he possesses and gives to others. The true priest is a crucified man.

 

The tabernacle should remind him of the charity he ought to have. He ought to give his body, mind, time, goods, health, and life. He should give others life by his faith, doctrine, words, prayers, powers, and example. The priest should be like a good bread; he is a man who is consumed.

 

This was the teaching of Father Chevrier, who opened a catechism class in Lyons for the most abandoned children. To gain admission it sufficed “to possess nothing, to know nothing, to be worth nothing.” His supernatural life was such that he made true Christians and often great Christians of many of these children. With a minimum of material resources, he thus reaped a truly exceptional harvest.

 

Such is the ideal of the priesthood which every priest ought to keep before his eyes, at the same time recalling what St. Paul says: “But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; although loving you more, I be loved less.” He would do well also to recall the words of Christ: “I have given you an example as I have done to you, so you do also.”

 


On The Proper Use Of "Novus Ordo" Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite

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Now I agree the way the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is in most parishes with the abuses, that even John Paul I had to deal with in his own Diocese as a young bishop, but he being a Man of God and Faithful Son to the Church and a True Shepherd, he went after those who put those abuses into his Diocese; it doesn't just end at fixing the errors of the Liturgy of the Ordinary Form, it must be a complete overall of the Diocese; as he did in Vittorio Vento. 

What is needed to be done?


1. The re-instruction of the clergy on how to be proper priests, men of great prayer, men of God, Faithful Sons of the Church and to be True Shepherds. 

This means the teaching of the seminarians, how they are chosen must change.  No more seminaries that feel, look, sound and smell like a college campus; full of the world, full of secularism, modernism, and all the other worldly heresies that corrupt the minds and hearts of all people.  This includes removing sporting events from the Seminary, because the Seminary is a place to grow closer to God in prayer and study, learning to become a holy priest or deacon by growing in the spiritual life; as taught by the Church from the beginning. 

1.1. The way the seminarians live at the seminary must be simple: 1 bed, 1 book case, 1 desk, 1 chair, 1 light, a crucifix on the wall, a prayer desk, and bathroom necesities for their private but simple bathroom.  The seminary itself should be a cloistered area; meaning silent for reflection and prayer; talking to God.   In the Seminary itself, the spoken language will be Latin, those preparing to enter the seminary would not be at home, but living on the property in a different building, taking Latin courses, introduction courses.  Then once admitted, they will go through a type of removal of the clothes of the world by receiving their black cassock to wear; plus Rosary; and two extra cassocks to hang in their room. 

1.2. The Seminary must not be built around the school works or grades, but around Prayer time for the seminarians; meaning classes should be hard and teach the classics: Church Fathers, Aristotle, Cicero, Doctors of the Church, Holy Saints who were great teachers, the writings of all the Popes, proper study of Sacred Scripture, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, All the Council Documents of the Church.  Also study the works of Joseph Ratzinger, Romano Guardini, Josef Piper, G.K. Chesterton, Belloc, Msgr. Ronald Knox, Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. 
In the time that the seminarians are not in class, they are to be in prayer, getting spiritual direction multiple times a day, daily confession, Eucharistic Holy Hours, and speaking with their instructors.  To know how they will be graded, they will be given an oral examine in-front of the student and instructor body, given a subject to give a lector on and then must defend it from the rigourous questioning, then receive the council from the instructors and they will tell them how they did.    

They will learn how to offer Mass in the Traditional Manner in facing the Lord; and learn to offer the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form, all in Latin.  There will be No Concelebrant; the priest will do it as in the Traditional Latin Mass for the Ordinary Form.  The Deacons will learn their parts in both forms.  The Sign of Peace will be hardly or not at all used, because it is optional.

On hearing Confessions, the priest will do so in the Traditional Manner, by having that piece of cloth over the edge where the person confessing their sins kisses it at the end.  Baptisms will be in Latin, and the Traditional manner.  Teaching the priest and deacon on how to do the Last Rites will be of the Traditional Manner.  Weddings will be done with Mass and same with the Requeim Mass for the dead. Teaching on how to do Adoration and Benediction will also be more Traditional, and all the rest. 

By the end of Seminary, they should be Men of God and of Prayer and Shepherds.


2. The Re-doing the Catechism Instruction For The Lay Faithful

  I resort to John Paul I's document as Cardinal.
"CATECHESIS AND CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT" https://www.facebook.com/notes/pray-for-servant-of-god-pope-john-paul-i-to-be-canonized/catechesis-and-christian-commitment-albino-cardinal-luciani/320686414779067

3. The Re-Instruction On Proper Music For The Sacred Liturgy

The choir members and choir instructor must be properly re-instructed on what the Church has taught from the beginning and taught at Vatican II and still says on what Sacred Music is to be used: meaning these tools must be used and shared with them, http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/music/

Gregorian Chant is to remain in it's Proper Place and be held over all other music used in the Liturgy.  Vatican II said, "Gregorian Chant must be kept in it's Pride and Place and be the model for other music used in the liturgy." 

This document MOST OF ALL must be used to Restore The Music In the Mass: Pope St. Pius X's Motu Proprio Tra le Sollectudini or Instruction on Sacred Music.  http://www.adoremus.org/MotuProprio.html

In his day as Pope, the Mass, the Music was just as horrible as it is today.  He loved beautiful music, especially Sacred Music used in the Mass, while he was correcting these abuses, there were some; including in the Vatican that played the horrible "non-sacred" music and it bugged him, and he couldn't stand it.  Let me share his letter to the Cardinal Vicar of the Diocese of Rome:

"Papal Letter to the Cardinal Vicar of Rome - December 8, 1903

Among the cares of the pastoral office, not only of this Supreme Chair, which We, though unworthy, occupy through the inscrutable dispositions of Providence, but of every local church, a leading one is without question that of maintaining and promoting the decorum of the House of God in which the august mysteries of religion are celebrated, and where the Christian people assemble to receive the grace of the Sacraments, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar, to adore the most august Sacrament of the Lord's Body and to unite in the common prayer of the Church in the public and solemn liturgical offices. Nothing should have place, therefore, in the temple calculated to disturb or even merely to diminish the piety and devotion of the faithful, nothing that may give reasonable cause for disgust or scandal, nothing, above all, which directly offends the decorum and sanctity of the sacred functions and is thus unworthy of the House of Prayer and of the Majesty of God. We do not touch separately on the abuses in this matter which may arise. Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them, one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise -- the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music.



And indeed, whether it is owing to the very nature of this art, fluctuating and variable as it is in itself, or to the succeeding changes in tastes and habits with the course of time, or to the fatal influence exercised on sacred art by profane and theatrical art, or to the pleasure that music directly produces, and that is not always easily contained within the right limits, or finally to the many prejudices on the matter, so lightly introduced and so tenaciously maintained even among responsible and pious persons, the fact remains that there is a general tendency to deviate from the right rule, prescribed by the end for which art is admitted to the service of public worship and which is set forth very clearly in the ecclesiastical Canons, in the Ordinances of the General and Provincial Councils, in the prescriptions which have at various times emanated from the Sacred Roman Congregations, and from Our Predecessors the Sovereign Pontiffs. It is with real satisfaction that We acknowledge the large amount of good that has been effected in this respect during the last decade in this Our fostering city of Rome, and in many churches in Our country, but in a more especial way among some nations in which illustrious men, full of zeal for the worship of God, have, with the approval of the Holy See and under the direction of the Bishops, united in flourishing Societies and restored sacred music to the fullest honor in all their churches and chapels. Still the good work that has been done is very far indeed from being common to all, and when We consult Our own personal experience and take into account the great number of complaints that have reached Us during the short time that has elapsed since it pleased the Lord to elevate Our humility to the supreme summit of the Roman Pontificate, We consider it Our first duty, without further delay, to raise Our voice at once in reproof and condemnation of all that is seen to be out of harmony with the right rule above indicated, in the functions of public worship and in the performance of the ecclesiastical offices.


Filled as We are with a most ardent desire to see the true Christian spirit flourish in every respect and be preserved by all the faithful, We deem it necessary to provide before anything else for the sanctity and dignity of the temple, in which the faithful assemble for no other object than that of acquiring this spirit from its foremost and indispensable font, which is the active participation in the most holy mysteries and in the public and solemn prayer of the Church.



And it is vain to hope that the blessing of heaven will descend abundantly upon us, when our homage to the Most High, instead of ascending in the odor of sweetness, puts into the hand of the Lord the scourges wherewith of old the Divine Redeemer drove the unworthy profaners from the Temple. Hence, in order that no one for the future may be able to plead in excuse that he did not clearly understand his duty and that all vagueness may be eliminated from the interpretation of matters which have already been commanded, We have deemed it expedient to point out briefly the principles regulating sacred music in the functions of public worship, and to gather together in a general survey the principal prescriptions of the Church against the more common abuses in this subject.


We do therefore publish, motu proprio and with certain knowledge, Our present Instruction to which, as to a juridical code of sacred music (quasi a codice giuridice della musica sacra), We will with the fullness of Our Apostolic Authority that the force of law be given, and We do by Our present handwriting impose its scrupulous observance on all." -

"I General principles

1. Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.

2. Sacred music should consequently possess, in the highest degree, the qualities proper to the liturgy, and in particular sanctity and goodness of form, which will spontaneously produce the final quality of universality. It must be holy, and must, therefore, exclude all profanity not only in itself, but in the manner in which it is presented by those who execute it.

It must be true art, for otherwise it will be impossible for it to exercise on the minds of those who listen to it that efficacy which the Church aims at obtaining in admitting into her liturgy the art of musical sounds. But it must, at the same time, be universal in the sense that while every nation is permitted to admit into its ecclesiastical compositions those special forms which may be said to constitute its native music, still these forms must be subordinated in such a manner to the general characteristics of sacred music that nobody of any nation may receive an impression other than good on hearing them."


4. The Re-Instruction Of The Entire Flock:

To Inform Them What was taught before the Council of Vatican II is still valid and that the Eucharist is Jesus' body, blood, soul and divinity truly present in the tabernacle, that the parish church or cathedral is the House of God and must be treated as so, that no one can come in and play around in it, to create alot of noise, watch movies in it, or use it for any secular or modern events. 

The parish church and cathedral is a place of prayer, where the One True Sacrifice of the Cross takes place in the Mass, that when you enter, God is there and you must be respectful, reverent when you come inside. 

It's not a hall to meet your friends or talk to them, it is there for you to spend time speaking with God in prayer.  That Holy Communion is not a snack or pub, but where we receive, eat and knaw on the Flesh of God and Drink His Blood as he commanded us in the Gospel of John.  And you must not just stroll up and receive it in a un-proper, un-devotional and un-reverent manner, either on the tongue while standing if you can't kneel or kneel and receive it on the tongue is the prefered way it should be done. 

That when one comes to Mass or just enter the church, they should be properly clothed; not like they're going to the beach, or sporting event, or at a fashion show, but properly, modestly and simply dressed.  Also to make sure the women know about veiling their head inside the church.  

About which Traditional groups or orders that offer The Traditional Latin Mass but are in schism or is not in union with the Catholic Church; meaning The Society of Saint Pius X and Those who believe there hasn't been a "true Pope" since Pope Pius XII. 

Who can you go to that offers The Traditional Latin Mass if your Diocese doesn't offer it yet?  The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: http://www.fssp.org/en/index.htm Check with the Ecclesia Dei Latin Mass Directory   http://ecclesiadei.org/masses.cfm Monks Who Belong to this: Abbaye de Solesmes: http://www.solesmes.com/GB/entree.php Clear Creek Monks are of it in Oklahoma: www.clearcreekmonks.org the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming: http://www.carmelitemonks.org/ Christ The King Institute, Soverign Priest http://www.institute-christ-king.org/ Saint John Cantus in Chicago: http://www.cantius.org/ The Monks of Norica in Norcia Italy:  http://osbnorcia.org/  

I close with this, The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is not heretical, but must be celebrated properly and united in beauty, reverence, devotion and majesty of The Traditional Latin Mass or The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite; as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said he wanted done with both forms of the Roman Rite when he released his beautiful document and Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum which freed up the Latin Mass totally so any priest can celebrate The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite without asking permission of the bishop, due to the bishops not accepting the Latin Mass nor wanting it. 

God bless

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We must remain as servants of the Lord in his vineyard, not as those who would not work or would not serve. Each one is to help others come to know why the Latin Mass is the most proper form of worship of Almighty God and help them to understand or come to know the errors and abuses they've been subject to and come to know as the right way of worship is not how Vatican II said it should be, but was taught so by the dissendents who corrupted the liturgy, training of priests, catechism teaching, the sacred music and faith of the parish and diocese. We must take as our model Pope John Paul I in how he handled such people and helped to stop the abuse and help the faithful come to know the truth of the Council and that everything before the Council is still valid and is the teachings of the Church, including the devotiont to Our Lady's Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.

 

Thank You and God bless

 

Announcement of Mass In New York Area: Greenville New York, St. John the Baptist Church

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2014 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

*Traditional Latin Mass (for Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady)*

*Monday, Sept. 8 @ 6:30pm*

*St. John the Baptist Church*

*4987 State Route 81*

*Greenville, NY 12083 (south of Albany, NY)*

First Saturday Mass Prayers/Readings

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Introit

 

Hail, holy Mother, who in childbirth brought forth the King Who rules heaven and earth world without end.

Ps 44:2

My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hail, holy Mother, who in childbirth brought forth the King Who rules heaven and earth world without end.



Collect
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Grant us, Your servants, O Lord God, we beseech You, to enjoy lasting health of mind and body; and by the intercession of glorious and blessed Mary, ever virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrow and partake to the full of 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.
R. Amen.



Lesson
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Ecclus 24:14-16
Before all ages, in the beginning, He created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be. In the holy Tent I ministered before Him, and in Sion I fixed my abode. Thus in the chosen city He has given me rest, in Jerusalem is my domain. I have struck root among the glorious people, in the portion of my God, His heritage, and my abode is in the full assembly of Saints.
R. Thanks be to God.


 

Gradual

 

Blessed and venerable are you, O Virgin Mary, who, with unsullied virginity, were found to be the Mother of the Savior.

V. O Virgin, Mother of God, He Whom the whole world does not contain, becoming man, shut Himself in your womb. Alleluia, alleluia.

V. After childbirth you remained a pure virgin, O Mother of God, intercede for us. Alleluia.

 



Gospel
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen.
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 11:27-28
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowd lifted up her voice and said to Him, Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that nursed You. But He said, Rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.



Offertory
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Lk 1:28; 1:42
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.



Secret
Through Your mercy, O Lord, and by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever virgin, the Mother of Your only-begotten Son, may this offering profit us for prosperity and peace, now and forevermore.
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.
R. Amen.




Preface
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
P. Lift up your hearts.
S. We have lifted them up to the Lord.
P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
S. It is meet and just.

Blessed Virgin
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Feast of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:




Communion

Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.



Post Communion
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Having received the aids conducive to our salvation, O Lord, we beseech You, grant that we may everywhere be protected by the patronage of blessed Mary, ever virgin, in veneration of whom we have made these offerings to Your Majesty.
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.
R. Amen.

S. Laurentii Justiniani Episcopi et Confessoris ~ III. classis

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Collect

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the venerable feast of Your blessed Confessor and Bishop may increase our devotion and promote our salvation.

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.

R. Amen.



Lesson
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Ecclus 44:16-27: 45:3-20
Behold, a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation. There was not found the like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Therefore, by an oath, the Lord made him to increase among his people. He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings; He preserved for him His mercy; and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him a great priesthood; and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood, and to have praise in His name, and to offer Him a worthy incense for an odor of sweetness.
R. Thanks be to God.



Gradual
Ecclus 44:16, 20.
Behold, a great priest, who in his days pleased God.
V. There was not found the like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 109:4
V. You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedec. Alleluia.



Gospel
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen.
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 25:14-23
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A man going abroad, called his servants and handed over his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his particular ability, and then he went on his journey. And he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more. In like manner, he who had received the two gained two more. But he who had received the one went away and dug in the earth and hid his master’s money. Then after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; behold, I have gained five others in addition.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over man; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had received the two talents came, and said, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; behold, I have gained two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many; enter into the joy of your master.’
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.



Communion
Luke 12:42
The faithful and prudent servant whom the master will set over his household to give them their ration of grain in due time.



Post Communion
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that as we thank You for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Lawrence, Your Confessor and Bishop, obtain still greater blessings.
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.
R. Amen.

Latin Mass Altar-Boy Camp Draws Strong Interest

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Posted by BRIAN MERSHON on Wednesday Sep 3rd, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Youth from four states attended the three-day camp in South Carolina, praying and playing sports together while learning how to serve the ancient Mass rite.


TAYLORS, S.C. — More than 60 young men and boys participated in a three-day camp in late July dedicated to learning to serve the traditional Latin Mass.

Boys aged 6 to 18, from four states including Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, came together at Prince of Peace Parish near Greenville, S.C., to spent time in prayer, study and sports, while learning to serve the ancient rite of Mass under the tutelage of two diocesan priests and a seminarian from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

Father Christopher Smith, administrator of Prince of Peace, and Father Renaurd West, both priests of the Diocese of Charleston, together with Michael Cunningham, a third-year seminarian for the FSSP whose home is in nearby Spartanburg, S.C., offered boys and young men of all ages the opportunity to learn altar-boy movements and rubrics as well as experience three daily Masses culminating with a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) on July 25.

In addition to the academic and spiritual activities, seminarian Cunningham led afternoon activities in football, while Father West competed head-to-head on the basketball floor. The camp was free to all, with funds donated for food and training materials by area parishioners, other Catholics and businesses.

“I was at most expecting 10 or 15 from our parish,” said Father Smith. “The initiative of people who were enthusiastic about the project led to 62 boys and young men coming from as far away as Ohio.”

Added Father Smith, “I was stunned by the response of the boys, their families and those who wanted to defray the cost of the camp. I should learn to trust in God's providence more!”

Parishes dedicated solely to the traditional Latin Mass and sacraments periodically host altar-boy camps and training sessions, but a diocesan parish hosting one in the midst of South Carolina and drawing more than 60 boys is unique.

“Although I am sure that communities like the FSSP could probably do a better job at training the kids, I think that exposing young people in diocesan parishes to the riches of the extraordinary form can only be beneficial to the Church and to the spread of the Latin Mass,” Father Smith said.

FSSP seminarian Cunningham agreed. “Diocesan parishes are the heartbeat of the Church, and they are where the vast majority of Catholics attend Mass,” he said. “This venue gives a much-needed opportunity for both Catholics who prefer the ancient rite along with those who primarily attend the ordinary form to meet and interact with each other.”

The participating boys were equally enthusiastic about their experiences with celebrating both forms of the Mass.

“I really enjoyed learning the low Mass rite,” said Vincent Ortiz, 9, son of Ivan and Christine Ortiz, parishioners at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in North Canton, Ohio. “I had only participated in the high Mass as an altar boy.”

Added the altar boy, “I also liked learning how to stand and genuflect. It was fun when they used a book to teach us those things.”

 

Mutual Enrichment

The mutual enrichment of both forms of the Roman rite was one of the benefits anticipated by Pope Benedict XVI, when he issued Summorum Pontificum in July 2007.

“Men and women both have a yearning for the sacredness of God; it is how we are all wired,” said Cunningham. He described the ancient liturgy as bearing a particular attractiveness.

Father Smith agreed. “I have seen many times that an authentic experience of the transcendent, as opposed to the immanent, resonates with many men at a level they often are at a loss to explain,” he said. “The objectivity of the rite, the solemnity, the way the sacred ritual is both manly and graceful at the same time — not unlike many military ceremonies — often corresponds to a need many men have for order, hierarchy and meaning.”

Prince of Peace Parish offers a traditional Latin Mass on Sundays at noon throughout the year, as well as opportunities for daily Mass and processions on special feast days and holy days of obligation in the extraordinary form.

The parish is widely known in the area for its numerous altar boys who serve Mass in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms, while many of the camp’s participants from other parishes, dioceses and states had only infrequently or never before experienced the traditional Latin Mass.

Father Smith said that although he is sensitive to the high work demands of many of today’s parish clergy, he encourages other parish priests to host similar events for boys and young men. “It is an investment in our Catholic men and vocations of all sorts and an investment we have to make if the Church is to continue to grow in a world so deaf to Christian values and so threatening to an authentic understanding of what it is to be a man and a man of God,” he said.

“Involve some good Catholic laymen and seminarians and other young clergy and spread the wealth!”

Brian Mershon writes from Greenville, South Carolina.

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Saint Of The Day: St. Gregory The Great

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#SAINT OF THE DAY

 

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

Pope and Doctor of the Church

( Feast Day: September 3 )

 

 

St. Gregory was born in the year 540. He was the son of a wealthy Roman senator; his mother was St. Silvia. Gregory's father sent him to the best teachers. He was always humble. Gregory was prefect of Rome for one year. Then he sold all his property and used the money to build six monasteries in Sicily and one in Rome, where he went to live as a monk. He continued his kind deeds to help the needy.

 

One day he saw some slave children being offered for sale near the Roman Forum. On being told they were Angles from England, Gregory replied, "Not Angles, but Angels shall they be. The true Faith must be brought to them." Obtaining permission from the Pope, he began his journey as a missionary to England. The people of Rome asked the Pope to let him come back.

 

After Gregory was elected Pope, he sent St. Augustine and other monks to England in 597. He also sent missionaries to France, Spain and Africa. Pope Gregory is called Doctor of the Church because of the many books he wrote, especially on the liturgy of the Mass and the Office. He made wise laws to govern the Church. He died in the year 604.

 

PRAYER

Father, You guide Your people with kindness and govern us with love. By the prayers of St. Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those You have called to lead Your Church. May the growth of Your people in holiness be the eternal joy of our shepherds. Amen.

 

St. Gregory the Great, Pray for us!

 

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Stephen of Hungary

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Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Stephen of Hungary

 

S. Stephani Hungariae Regis Confessoris ~ III. classis

 

From today's Divinum Officium:

Stephen, King of Hungary, brought the faith of Christ and the title of kingdom to his country. He obtained his royal crown from the Pope, and, when he had been anointed King at the Pope's command, he offered his kingdom to the Apostolic See. He founded various religious houses at Rome, at Jerusalem, and at Constantinople. In Hungary, with wonderful devotion and generosity, he established the archiepiscopal See of Eszertergom and ten other bishopricks. He was famous for his great love of the poor and his constancy in prayer. He ardently venerated the Mother of God, declaring her the Patroness of Hungary and building a very large church in her honour. In turn, he was received into heaven by the Virgin on the Feast of her Assumption, which in Hungary, by edict of the Holy King, was called the Day of the Great Lady. By decree of Pope Innocent XI, however, the Feast of this saintly King is kept on the day on which, with his help, the Christian army in a hard-fought engagement recovered the strongly fortified citadel of Buda.

 

 

To the Virgin Mary, the king directed one of his final prayers: “To thee, O Queen of heaven, and to thy guardianship, I commend the holy Church, all the bishops and the clergy, the whole kingdom, its rulers and inhabitants; but before all, I commend my soul to thy care.”



Collect
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
We beseech You, almighty God, that Your Church be worthy to have as her glorious defender in heaven blessed Stephen, Your Confessor, whom she had as her champion while he reigned on earth.
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.
R. Amen.



Lesson
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Ecclus 31:8-11
Happy the man found without fault, who turns not aside after gain, nor puts his trust in money nor in treasures! Who is he, that we may praise him? For he has done wonders in his life. He has been tested by gold and come off safe, and this remains his glory forever; he could have sinned but did not, could have done evil but would not, so that his possessions are secure in the Lord, and the assembly of the Saints shall recount his alms.
R. Thanks be to God.



Gradual
Ps 91:12, 14.
The just man shall flourish like the palm tree, like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow in the house of the Lord.
Ps 91:3
V. To proclaim Your kindness at dawn and Your faithfulness throughout the night. Alleluia, alleluia.
James 1:12
V. Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life. Alleluia.



Gospel
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen.
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 19:12-26
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A certain nobleman went into a far country to obtain for himself a kingdom and then return. And having summoned ten of his servants, he gave them ten gold pieces and said to them, ‘Trade till I come.’ But his citizens hated him; and they sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not wish this man to be king over us.’ And it came to pass when he had returned, after receiving the kingdom, that he ordered the servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him in order that he might learn how much each one had made by trading. And the first came, saying, ‘Lord, your gold piece has earned ten gold pieces.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten towns.’ Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your gold piece has made five gold pieces.’ And he said to him, ‘Be you also over five towns.’ And another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold your gold piece, which I have kept laid up in a napkin; for I feared you, because you are a stern man. You take up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I am a stern man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow. Why, then, did you not put my money in a bank, so that I on my return might have gotten it with interest?’ And he said to the bystanders, ‘Take away the gold piece from him, and give it to him who has the ten gold pieces.’ But they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten gold pieces.’ I say to you that to everyone who has shall be given; but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.



Communion
Matt 24:46-47
Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, he will set him over all his goods.



Post Communion
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we may follow in proper reverence the faith of blessed Stephen, Your Confessor, who as a reward for spreading that faith, was found worthy to pass from an earthly throne into the glory of Your heavenly Kingdom.
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.
R. Amen.

We've Found To Use For The Latin Mass

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Hello, we've found the Latin Mass Propers, the prayers and readings of the different seasons, which is free to print off.  Also we found the expensive Altar Cards; even though they are on the a website that rejects the Holy Father after Pope Pius XII; everything else we must pay very close attention to.

Members for the Association are growing, 14 members all over the area.  Keep us in your prayers so that God will provide for us more.  Please pray for our bishop of the Salina Diocese.  God bless, Administration.


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