Saturday, October 25, 2014

Populus Summorum Pontificum - Mass of St Raphael at Trinità dei Pellegrini

Yesterday evening, the crowd of pilgrims who attended the Mass at the FSSP’s Roman parish, Trinità dei Pellegrini, was simply too big for me to get near the altar to take any good pictures of the ceremony; the church was literally full to overflowing. People will be sending me pictures, and posting them elsewhere; I will post them as they become available. His Eminence George Cardinal Pell was to be the celebrant of the Mass, but was taken ill, and so the Mass was celebrated by his secretary; please be so kind as to say a prayer for His Eminence’s recovery. His secretary read the homily which the cardinal had prepared, which I hope to have available shortly.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Populus Summorum Pontificum - Vespers at Trinità dei Pellegrini

For the opening of the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage, His Grace Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, presided over the celebration of a Votive Vespers of St Raphael the Archangel, one of the patrons of pilgrims and travelers. The music was provided by a choir of seminarians of the Institute of the Good Shepherd, directed by Fr Matthieu Raffray, accompanied also by organ and recorder. Here is a small portion of the Vespers, the fifth antiphon and psalm, and the chapter. (Pictures below).

Aña Peace be with you, fear ye not; bless God, and sing ye unto him.
Psalm O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever. Glory be. Aña Peace be with you
Chapter When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord. (Tobias 12, 12)

The church was packed (this photo was taken before the ceremony began, a lot more people came in before the Vespers started.) Everyone sang the psalms and the hymn, alternating with the choir; the Magnificat was done in a particularly good polyphonic setting with recorder and organ.
The altar decorated with a picture of St Raphael and Tobias, which is normally in the sacristy.

One of the coped assistants brings the text of an antiphon to be intoned by a priest in the choir.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NPR Story on Youth and the Traditional Latin Mass, Juventutem Miami

WLRN, the Miami NPR affiliate has just published a story about the attraction of youth to the Traditional Latin Mass and the local Juventutem chapter.

The radio version of the complete story is available on the WLRN article page.
With Ancient Language, Catholic Mass Draws Young Parishioners

By Jessica Meszaros

Roman Catholic Mass was at one time universally celebrated in Latin, the ancient Roman language.

After the second Vatican Council in the 1960s, Mass was allowed to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning Mass in Perù was celebrated in Spanish and Mass in the United States was celebrated in English -- you get the picture.

Latin is now sometimes referred to as “the dead language,” but it is not dead in Miami.

The Mission of Saints Francis and Clare is a Roman Catholic chapel in Miami that celebrates traditional Latin Mass every Sunday. It’s one of three local churches that offer this regular service. The mission has about 20 pews facing its single stained-glass window just above the altar.

Father Joe Fishwick has been leading the traditional Latin Mass at the chapel for almost 20 years. He says he’s noticed a change in attendance recently.

“The fascinating thing is the number of young people who discover the old liturgy and who fall in love with it,” he says. “There’s indeed a thirst for a return to one’s roots.”

Father Fishwick says he has seen more and more young people at Sunday’s Latin Mass since the death of Pope John Paul II nine years ago.

“I think maybe the younger generation, which has had no experience of that, has been completely starved of it,” says 30-year-old Miamian Josue Hernandez. “They see it and they run to it because they have been so deprived.”

Hernandez attends Sunday Latin Mass at Saints Francis and Clare.

“When you go to the older Mass, you have the Latin, you have the incense, you have the priest facing the crucifix and the focus is completely off you,” he says. “All the attention is turned towards the sacrifice.”

The EF Comes Home to Yet Another Church : Saint Joachim in Madera, CA

Our thanks to Fr Gustavo López OSJ, associate pastor at Saint Joachim Church in Madera, California, (Diocese of Fresno), for sending us these photographs of the Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form on October 3rd, the first time it has been celebrated in that church since the post-Conciliar reforms. The occasion was the feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who is the patroness of the Diocese of Fresno. The choir and altar servers were from the Latin Mass Society of Fresno.

Forty Hours at St John Cantius

These photos were taken at the Opening Mass of Forty Hours Devotion at St John Cantius, Chicago on October 19, 2014. A Solemn High Tridentine Latin Mass with the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra singing Hadyn’s “Theresienmesse” - Mass No. 12 in B Flat was offered. The Mass, which was the External Solemnity of Saint John Cantius, was celebrated by the Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R. The Mass was followed by a solemn procession with the Blessed Sacrament around the inside of the Church. Members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as various religious attended.

There are many more wonderful photographs here. St John Cantius also featured in Open House Chicago when they opened their doors to hundreds of first-time visitors to Chicago's most beautiful church. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An EF Education Resource: Catholic Paper Dolls from 1943

The blog of Catholic Extension magazine has posted links to a whole series of reproductions of pages from an edition of the magazine printed in 1943. Each of them contains a series of paper-dolls, including a priest, an altar boy, and everything necessary for Mass and Benediction; there is even an altar, with the candlesticks and monstrance, a Missal and a tabernacle, right down to the purificator. The vestments are left uncolored, so children can choose for themselves the liturgical color they like. Along with the paper-dolls themselves are explanations in some detail of the history, meaning and use of various aspects of the liturgical tradition. I found these interesting also because they show the high level of education back in the day; the author of these explanations can write things on the order of, “The altar must be of stone, and in this it also represents Christ, for St Paul tells of the Israelites drinking water from the rock, and says that the rock was Christ,” without fear of going over his readers’ little heads. Children are instructed to keep the left-hand part of each page as a little liturgical textbook. Depending on your age, you can also use these to show your children or grandchildren, what your parents, or you yourself, played with, back when there were no video games, and dinosaurs and saber-toothed tigers roamed the Earth... (h/t to our friend Roseanne Sullivan.)

Rome Presentation of the Sacra Liturgia 2013 Proceedings

Sacra Liturgia is pleased to announce the presentation of the Italian and English editions of the Proceedings of Sacra Liturgia 2013, on Friday, November 21, from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Sala Camino of the Hotel Columbus, Via della Conciliazione, 33, Rome.

Sacred Liturgy: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church (Ignatius Press)
La Sacra Liturgia: Fonte e culmine della vita e della missione della Chiesa (Edizioni Cantagalli)

Interventions by Bishop Dominique Rey, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke and Dom Alcuin Reid, followed by an aperitif. This event is open to the public at no charge.

Those intending to be present are asked to indicate this in advance by sending an email to for catering purposes.

Texts of the interventions will be available to journalists in Italian and English. Journalists who wish to ask for interviews should request this in advance:

Gli organizzatori di Sacra Liturgia sono lieti di annunciare la presentazione delle edizioni in lingua italiana e inglese degli Atti di Sacra Liturgia 2013, venerdì, 21 novembre ore 19,30 – 21,00, Sala Camino - Hotel Columbus, Via della Conciliazione, 33, Roma.

La Sacra Liturgia: Fonte e culmine della vita e della missione della Chiesa (Edizioni Cantagalli)
Sacred Liturgy: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church (Ignatius Press)

Interventi di S.E. Mons. Dominique Rey, Sua Em. Card. Raymond Leo Burke e Dom Alcuin Reid; la presentazione sarà seguita da un aperitivo. L’evento è aperto gratuitamente al pubblico. Coloro che intendono partecipare sono pregati di segnalarlo in anticipo inviando un mail a

I testi degli interventi saranno a disposizione dei giornalisti sia in italiano che in inglese. I giornalisti che desiderano un’intervista sono pregati di segnalarlo in anticipo. Per accrediti stampa:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pictures of a Mural of the Crowning of the Virgin from Malaga, Spain

The artist Raul Berzosa has sent me the following pictures of his recently completed project. It is of the ceiling of the Oratory of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Sorrows, Málaga, Spain. It took him a year to paint, the work, all in acrylic; the total size of the roof is 12.20 meters long and 9.62 meters wide, with a total of 130 square meters approximately. For moroe information, you can visit his website, This is a spectacular achievement, and it is good to see work of this sort being commissioned and executed. I hope there will be more. If I have one point to make, it is my usual one that my personal taste is to see more muted colour and shadow with the brightness concentrated on the principle foci of interest in the baroque fashion. However, I should state that I have seen only the photographs, and the work in situ. For a work like this the impact can be very different when viewed from where it is intended to be seen - this would be viewed ordinarily from a great distance away by observers looking up from the floor. The artist has no doubt designed it with this with this in mind.

Music Competition for Young Composers

This just came in from Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Matthew Schellhorn, a professional musician very active in promoting the traditional liturgy in England, has recently created a prize for a new composition, for a ‘Latin Eucharistic text’.
I’m delighted to announce that the Latin Mass Society is supporting the Schellhorn Prize. This will be awarded to the best ‘piece for a cappella SATB choir using any Latin Eucharistic text’ submitted, between now and Ash Wednesday of next year (18th February), by a composer no older than 26 at the closing date. The prize is £500, and the piece will be performed as part of the Latin Mass Society's Easter Triduum liturgies in the year it is submitted. 
Full details are here.

Photopost Request: Christ the King (EF)

As you know, the feast of Christ the King in the older calendar is celebrated this Sunday, so we will be doing a photopost for the feast. Please send in your photos to

Original Beuronese Murals for Sale

NLM reader James Vogel has contacted me to let me know the availability of an original set of 15 murals painted early in the 20th century.

The Beuronese style began in the 19th century at a Benedictine monastery in the town of Beuron in Germany. Monks trained there later moved to the US and so there are excellent examples of the style in the US, particularly at Conception Abbey in Missouri. It was a reaction against the high naturalism of the period and looked to ancient Egyptian art for its inspiration for an idealized form. This Egyptian influence is more obvious in the original works by Desiderius Lenz, one of the very earliest artists in this style.

These ones were painted by Fr. Bonaventure Ostendarp from St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, PA, for St. Mary’s Church in McKeesport, PA. When St. Mary’s was closed in the 1990’s, the murals were sold to Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Carnegie, PA. With the congregation of Our Lady of Fatima relocating to a new church, these murals are once again available for purchase. As I look at them, they strike me as less idealized than the classic Beuronese art of say Lenz (having more of a look of illustrations), but nevertheless interesting and worthy of interest.

The common theme is “the Life of the Virgin“ ”. In particular, they depict the Vision of King David and the Prophet Isaias, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the Presentation, the Marriage of the Virgin, the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity of Our Lord, the Adoration of the Magi, the Purification, the Flight to Egypt, Christ in the Temple, the Marriage Feast of Cana, the Meeting of Jesus and Mary at Calvary, the Descent of the Holy Ghost, and the Death of the Virgin.

They are all oil on canvas, approximately 82 by 73 inches, including the frames. They are all in good condition. More photos and details are available upon request. The asking price is $150,000 or best offer for the set; shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Those interested should telephone James Vogel (of Angelus Press in Kansas) on 412-330-9801 or email him: Let’s hope they end up in good hands!

RIP: Helen Hull Hitchcock, 1939-2014

In your charity, please pray for the blessed repose of the soul of Helen Hull Hitchcock, who died yesterday, October 20th, at the age of 75. Helen was editor of Adoremus Bulletin, the monthly publication of the Adoremus – Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, which she cofounded in 1995 with Fathers Joseph Fessio, S.J. and Jerry Pokorski. She was also the founding director of Women for Faith & Family and editor of its quarterly journal, Voices. She has published many articles and essays in a variety of Catholic journals, and was the author/editor of The Politics of Prayer: Feminist Language and the Worship of God (Ignatius Press, 1992), a collection of essays on issues involved in translation.

Helen is survived by her husband James Hitchcock, professor emeritus of history at St. Louis University and author of The Recovery of the Sacred: Reforming the Reformed Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 1995), and their four daughters and six grandchildren. May they have the comforts and consolation of faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Classics of the Liturgical Movement: The Soul of the Apostolate

One of my all-time favorite spiritual books is The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O. It was St. Pius X’s bedside reading, which already tells you a lot about the quality of Chautard (and, frankly, about the quality of Pius X, who, were he alive today, would not touch a book by Kasper, Martini, or other neo-modernists except to condemn their propositions—but I digress). Of the many pages where Dom Chautard touches on ways of living the Church’s liturgical life more profoundly, here is an exquisite taste of his wisdom, at once utterly practical and motivated by the highest and purest ideals, the ideals of the original liturgical movement that we would do well to recover for ourselves today. While it is clear that Dom Chautard in this passage has the clergy foremost in mind, his counsel applies analogously to any Catholic involved in a liturgical apostolate, such as serving or singing the chant, or any member of the faithful who simply wants to participate more actively (in the right sense) in the mysteries of Christ.

Without further ado, let us hear what the gracious Abbot has to say:
          To do well my liturgical work is a gift of Your bounty, O my God! Omnipotens et misericors Deus, de cujus munere venit ut tibi a fidelibus tuis digne et laudabiliter serviatur. [Almighty and merciful God, whose gift it is that the faithful serve Thee worthily and laudably.] O Lord, please grant me this gift. I want to remain in adoration all during my liturgical function. That sums up all the methods in one word.
          My will casts down my heart at the feet of the Majesty of God and keeps it there. All its work is now contained in the three words, digne, attente, devote [worthily, attentively, devoutly] from the prayer Aperi, and they most aptly express what must be the attitude of my body, of my mind, and of my heart.
          DIGNE. A respectful position and bearing, the precise pronunciation of the words, slowing down over the more important parts. Careful observance of the rubrics. My tone of voice, the way in which I make signs of the Cross, genuflections, etc.; my body itself: all will go to show not only that I know Whom I am addressing, and what I am saying, but also that my heart is in what I am doing. What an apostolate I can sometimes exercise [this way]!
 Then, Dom Chautard adds a substantial footnote to this point:
          Apostolate or Scandal. There are many souls who look at religion through a hazy intellectualism or ritualism, and to such persons, a whole sermon by a second-rate priest has far less meaning than the apostolate of a genuine priest whose great faith, piety, and compunction shine forth in his ministrations at a baptism, funeral, or, above all, at Mass. Words and rites are arrows that strike deep into such hearts. When the liturgy is thus lived, they see in it the certitude of the mystery expressed. The invisible begins to exist for them, and they are prompted to invoke Jesus, whom they hardly know at all, but with whom they sense that the priest is in close communication. But only weakening or total loss of their faith follows when the spectacle before them merely turns their stomach, and moves them to cry out: "Why, you can't tell me that priest believes in a God or fears Him! Look at the way he says Mass, administers baptism, recites his prayers, and performs his ceremonies!" What responsibilities! Who would dare to maintain that such scandals will not be visited with the strictest of judgment?
          How the faithful are influenced by the way a priest acts: whether it be that he displays deeply reverential fear, or an insolent nonchalance in his sacred functions!
          Once, when studying in a university graduate school, into which no clerical influence entered at all, I chanced to observe a priest reciting his breviary, he being unaware that he was the object of my attention. His bearing, full of respect and religion, was a revelation to me, and produced in me an urgent need to pray from then on, and to pray in the way this priest was praying. The Church appeared to me, concretized, so to speak, in this worthy minister, in communion with his God.
Dom Chautard’s meditation on the three words digne, attente, devote continues:
          In the courts of earthly kings, a simple servant considers the least function to be something great, and unconsciously takes on a majestic and solemn air in performing it. Cannot I acquire some of that distinctive bearing which will show itself by my state of mind and by the dignity of my bearing when I carry out my duties as member of the guard of honor of the King of Kings and of the God of all Majesty?
          ATTENTE. My mind will be eager to go foraging through the sacred words and rites in order to get everything that will nourish my heart. Sometimes my attention will consider the literal sense of the texts, whether I follow every phase or whether, while going on with my recitation of the prayers, I take time to meditate on some word that has struck my attention, until such time as I feel the need to seek the honey of devotion in some other flower: in either case, I am fulfilling the precept mens concordet voci [let mind and voice agree—from the Rule of Saint Benedict].
          At other times, my intellect may occupy itself with the mystery of the day or the principal idea of the liturgical season. But the part played by the mind will remain in the background compared to the role of the will. The mind will serve only as the will’s source of supply, helping it to remain in adoration or to return to that state.
          As soon as distractions arise it shall be my will to return to the act of adoration; but I shall make this movement of the will without irritation or harshness, without a sudden violent jerk, but peacefully (since everything that is done with Your aid, Lord Jesus, is peaceful and quiet), yet powerfully (since every genuine desire to cooperate with Your aid, Lord, is powerful and strong).
          DEVOTE. This is the most important point. Everything comes back to the need of making our Office and all our liturgical functions acts of piety, and, consequently, acts that come from the heart. “Haste kills all devotion.” Such is the principle laid down by St. Francis de Sales in talking of the Breviary, and it applies a fortiori to the Mass, Hence. I shall make it a hard and fast rule to devote around half an hour to my Mass in order to ensure a devout recitation not only of the Canon but of all the other parts as well. I shall reject without pity all pretexts for getting through this, the principal act of my day, in a hurry. If I have the habit of mutilating certain words or ceremonies, I shall apply myself, and go over these faulty places very slowly and carefully, even exaggerating my exactitude for a while.
          With all due proportion, I shall also apply this resolution to all my other liturgical functions: administrations of the Sacraments, Benediction, Burials, and so on. As far as the Breviary is concerned, I shall carefully decide in advance when I am to say my Office. When that time comes, I shall compel myself, cost what it may, to drop everything else. At any price, I want my recitation of the Office to be a real prayer from the heart. O my Divine Mediator! Fill my heart with detestation for all haste in those things where I stand in Your place, or act in the name of the Church! Fill me with the conviction that haste paralyzes that great Sacramental, the Liturgy, and makes impossible that spirit of prayer without which, no matter how zealous a priest I may appear to be on the outside, I would be lukewarm, or perhaps worse, in Your estimation. Burn into my inmost heart those words so full of terror: “Cursed be he that doth the work of God deceitfully” (Jer 48:10).
          Sometimes I will let my heart soar, and take in by a panoramic synthesis of Faith, the general meaning of the mystery which the liturgical Cycle calls to mind; and I will feed my soul with this broad view. At other times, I will make my Office a long, lingering act of Faith or Hope, Desire or Regret, Oblation or Love. Then again, just to remain, in simplicity, LOOKING at God will be enough. By this I mean a loving and continuous contemplation of a mystery, of a perfection of God, of one of Your titles, my Jesus, of Your Church, my own nothingness, my faults, my needs, or else my dignity as a Christian, as a priest, as a religious. Vastly different is this simple “looking” from an act of the intellect in the course of theological studies. This “look” will increase Faith, but will give even greater and more rapid growth to Love. It is a reflection, no doubt a pale one, but still a reflection of the beatific vision, this “looking” and it is the fulfillment of what You promised even here below to pure and fervent souls: “Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.”
          And thus every ceremony will become a restful change because it will bring my soul a real breathing spell and relieve it from the stifling press of occupations. Holy Liturgy, what sweet fragrance you will bring into my soul by your various “functions.” Far from being a slavish burden, these functions will become one of the greatest consolations of my life. How could it be otherwise when thanks to your constant reminders I am ever coming back to the fact of my dignity as a child and ambassador of the Church, as member and minister of Jesus Christ, and am ever being more and more closely united to Him Who is the “Joy of the elect.”
          By my union with Him I shall learn to get profit out of the crosses of this mortal life, and to sow the seeds of my eternal happiness and by my liturgical life, which is far more effective than any apostolate, I will see that other souls have been drawn to follow after me in the ways of salvation and sanctity.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Marian Pilgrimage in Hungary

On October 11th, His Excellency Lajos Varga, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Vác in Hungary, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass for the 5th time at Hungary’s Franciscan-run national Marian shrine, Mátraverebély – Szentkút, for the conclusion of the annual traditional pilgrimage “Peregrinatio Fidei”. Each year the faithful in Hungary who are attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite come from all over the country, to pray at this beautiful shrine of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of Hungary. The assistant priest was Fr. Ervin Gellért Kovács O. Praem, the deacon was Fr. Dénes Takács, pastor of Jánok Slovakia, and the subdeacon was brother Csaba Frigyes Orbán O. Pream. Both Norbertines come from the Priory of Gödöllő. The Budapest EF community’s altar boys served the mass, with music provided by the schola of the Capitulum Laicorum Sancti Michaelis Archangeli. A group of knights from the Militia Templi also attended as well. In the afternoon, Vespers was sung, followed by the Litany of Loreto, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. (Photos courtesy of Mr Bertalan Kiss and the Capitulum Laicorum Sancti Michaelis Archangeli; click link for more photos)