The Chaplain’s Corner | Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – June 30, 2013 – Traditional Latin Mass

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Romans 6:5 Si enim conplantati facti sumus similitudini mortis eius: simul, et resurrectionis erimus;  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.
Mark 8:8  Et manducaverunt saturati sunt; And they did eat and were filled.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful,
In the Traditional Latin Mass there are two readings from the Sacred Scripture at each Mass, usually an epistle from St. Paul and then a selection from one of the four gospels.  This form of the lectionary is so ancient that we have sermons going back to the earliest centuries of the Church’s life preached at Mass on exactly the same Sundays as they are preserved in the Traditional Latin Mass calendar. These homilies are the reflections of countless saints, doctors, and even Church Fathers, who heard the Scripture passage selections read or sung just as we do at the Traditional Latin Mass today.  Amazing!!  Just using this ancient lectionary links us to the Church’s bi-millennial Tradition in so many ways.  When purchasing a Latin-English Missal I recommend the ones with the full Latin and English texts, so that even the readings from the Bible can be looked at in the Latin.  The translation of the Bible into Latin is called The Vulgate Bible.  It is interesting to note that Harvard University Press has just published a handsome six volume (seven books)  edition of the Vulgate Bible with Latin on one side and the traditional English translation of the Latin on the other. The editors acclaim the profound influence the Latin translation has had on Christian faith and life and on Western civilization and culture. In most of the Church’s history the Scriptures were read and heard not in the original languages, nor in the vernacular, but in the official Latin text.  Even in the reform of the liturgy after Vatican II Rome has proclaimed that the official Catholic Bible, and thus the new lectionary,  is a new translation into Latin and thus called the New Vulgate.  Midwest Theological Forum has just published an elegant edition of the New Vulgate Latin Lectionary for use at the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

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The Chaplain’s Corner | Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 23, 2013 – Traditional Latin Mass

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Matthew 5:23-24 Si ergo offers munus tuum ad altare ebi recordatus fueris quia frater tuus habet aliquid adversum te, relinque ibi munus tuum ante altare, et vade prius reconciliari fratri tuo, et tunc veniens offeres manus tuum; Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there shalt remember that thy brother hath anything against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful,

I have in my possession a copy of a little book entitled The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 with explanations by Rev. E.M. Deck, printed by the Rauch & Stoeckl Printing Co., Inc. from Buffalo, N.Y. It has a copyright of 1929 and remained in print until the 1970’s. It was a series based on the catechism issued by the American Catholic bishops during their plenary council held in Baltimore, Maryland in the 19th century, the same one that promoted catholic schools. It was later revised in the 1940’s and has never been replaced with an official catechism for children, though the bishops currently have one for adults based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, first published in Rome about twenty years ago. During this Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI recommended that we read and study the Church’s official catechism. That is a grand idea, because many are confused about what is and what is not authentic Catholic doctrine. It can readily be said that if a teaching contradicts or undermines a teaching set forth clearly in the Church’s official catechism than that teaching is not genuinely catholic. It becomes a counterfeit -catholic position, and thus not catholic at all. This advice was given by Pope Benedict XVI to seminarians and priests.
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The Chaplain’s Corner | Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 16, 2013 – Traditional Latin Mass

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Romans 8:18 Fratres, Existimo, quod non sunt condignae passiones hujus temporis ad futuram gloriam, quae revelabitur in nobis; Brethren, I reckon that the suffering of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
Luke 5:10b Et ait ad Simonem Jesus: Noli timere: ex hoc jam homines eris capiens; And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass parishioners and friends,

I hope that week by week those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass are becoming more comfortable with these ancient rites. It is well worth the time to learn to pray the Traditional Mass well. I sincerely believe that the best method is one that leads to contemplation. In that contemplation many graces are given, many consolations. Of course, the Christian life is one of struggle between good and evil. The obvious place to turn to inspire prayer are the Scriptures and prayers the Church has selected for us from week to week at Continue reading

The Chaplain’s Corner | The Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 9, 2013 (Extraordinary Form / Traditional Latin Mass)

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The Chaplain’s Corner:
The Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 9, 2013- Extraordinary Form / Traditional Latin Mass

 

1 Peter 5:8-9  Sobrii estote, et vigilate, quia adversarius vester, diabolus, tamquam leo rugiens circuit quaerens quem devoret; (9) cui resistite, fortes in fide. . .Be sober and watch, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion goeth about seeking whom he may devour; (9) whom resist ye, strong in faith. . .”

 
Dear friends of the traditional Latin Mass,

Again, thank you to all those who have generously given of themselves in bringing about the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass at the parish of Star of the Sea in San Francisco. You are doing a great job. Your patience with me and my helpers from nearby and further afield is much appreciated. The traditional Mass requires attention to many details and the cooperation of many people. Let us resolve from the beginning to be united in our efforts for the greater honor and glory of God and our Holy Mother the Church.

Those who pray Compline are familiar with the epistle used at Holy Mass today. The image of the devil like a hungry, roaring, lion is meant to wake us up before it is too late and our souls have been lost for all eternity. “Be sober and watch” could not be clearer. The image of the devil just eating up souls is developed Aquinas tells us that the Lord would have gone through with His suffering and death to save just one soul, yet He has brought salvation to countless souls. The image of the lost sheep or coins is familiar to us. In the Douay-Rheims translation the silver coins are called “groats.” In later translations they were called “drachmas.” Jesus offers each of us all the graces and love needed to go to well in C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Our discipleship is that important. We need to be vigilant, on guard, least we be deceived by the evil one. Nevertheless, we must not exaggerate his power. He is not equal to God. He has been defeated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Gospel this week from Luke 15: 1-10 brings out the point that Jesus wants all to be saved. Of course, that does not mean that all will be. Clearly there are souls that will be lost, but the Lord does not want that. His love reaches out to forgive. Jesus does not gladly condemn. Saint Thomas heaven, but He never forces us. We must respond in faith, in love, in hope. Therefore, may each of us renew our commitment to be loyal and faithful Catholics “fortes in fide.”

Yours in the Lord,

The Reverend Father Mark G. Mazza

Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society

Announcement: Mass for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus : June 7, 2013 (6:30pm)

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Low Mass for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 7, 2013 (First Friday) – 6:30 pm
Star of the Sea Church (Google map)
4420 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Previtali
 
Before mass, all are welcome to join us for rosary, adoration and benediction starting at 5pm.
UPDATE (6/3/13): Confessions are also available starting 6pm.

Trinity Sunday: 1st Public Traditional Latin Mass (Low Mass) on May 26, 2013

Star of the Sea Church, San Francisco, California (map): The first public Traditional Latin Mass (now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) since the post-conciliar liturgical reform was celebrated in this parish last May 26, 2013 (Trinity Sunday), by the Pastor, Fr. Mark Mazza. During the sermon, Fr. Mazza announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has designated the Star of the Sea Church as one of the Latin Mass sites for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This mass will continue to be celebrated at 11AM every Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation (check weekly bulletin here). About 270 people were in attendance. The Chinese-American Association generously offered refreshments for the visitors at the parish hall after mass.
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