The Chaplain’s Corner | “A Brief Explanation of Some Aspects of the Mass in its Extraordinary Form Series” #5

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To acquire a ”notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier form of the liturgical celebration” (Motu Proprio, Benedict XVI, July 2007) or an exploration into the theological, historical, devotional, liturgical, ritualistic, architectural, artistic, linguistic, practical, legalistic, mystical… aspects of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Altar

 The altar is the table of sacrifice. The place where the victim is to be slain. In the case of the Eucharist, the Altar stands at the same time for three different realities. The table of the Last Supper, around which the disciples gathered; the place where Christ died; and  Christ Himself. Indeed, Christ is at the same time, the Altar, the Victim and the Priest offering the Sacrifice.

Each altar can be considered as an extension of the very same table used at the Last Supper. It is the very same Cross on which Jesus is crucified. It is Jesus Christ offering Himself to His Father.

It is a table: a Divine Meal is offered to which we are all, vested with the nuptial garment, invited to share.

It is a place where The Sacrifice is made—the very same Place. Traditionally sited on three steps representing the Calvary, adorned with Candles representing His Mother, Saint John the Baptist, the Angels… dressed with altar cloths representing the Shroud…

It is Christ Himself. The same Victim is actually offered. The five Crosses engraved in the Altar Stone are    Jesus’ wounds. That is the reason why any time before turning around, the priest kisses the altar. Indeed doing so, he kisses Christ Himself from whom alone comes any blessing: Dominus vobiscum.

The Passion starts at the Last Super with St. John’s embrace, laying on Christ’s side… and with the betraying kiss of Judas in the Garden.

How do we attend the Sacrifice of Mass? What kind of kiss do we offer Our Lord?

Next Week:  40 Hours Devotions: Mass celebrated in the front of the Blessed Sacrament


A Lenten Reflection | Poor in Spirit

Poor-in-SpiritI was standing in line today at the 15 items or less checkout stand.  It was really a trying day for me, but I didn’t expect any less because this is Lent and what’s that saying?, “if anything can go wrong…?”

The person in front of me had way more than 15 items.  She was an elderly woman. She was moving very slowly in putting her items on the register. On top of that she wrote a check. I thought who uses checks now a days?  My head was about to explode because I was in a hurry, a hurry to do this and Continue reading

The Chaplain’s Corner |”Invocabit Sunday”

img_0334Today is “Invocabit Sunday,” the solemn beginning of the Holy Season of Quadragesima. This Sunday ranks with Passion and Palm Sundays, such that in the Roman Church no feast day ever takes its place. Thus, at Rome and wherever else the Chair of Peter is celebrated as a 1st Class feast, its solemnity is kept tomorrow. As we begin Holy Lent, the Church places before our hearts the dramatic events of the Temptation of Our Lord. Here we learn the meaning of our holy season and its essential character as profound union with Christ: we go to the desert to fast with Jesus during Lent because we want to be wherever He is. We are in Love with Him and so we go wherever He goes. Our Love makes us willing to suffer and to die with Him so that we may rise with Continue reading

The Chaplain’s Corner | “A Brief Explanation of Some Aspects of the Mass in its Extraordinary Form Series” #4

imageA brief explanation of some aspects of the Mass in its Extraordinary Form (4)

To acquire a ”notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier form of the liturgical  celebration” (Motu Proprio, Benedict XVI, July 2007) or an exploration into the theological, historical, devotional, liturgical, ritualistic, architectural, artistic, linguistic, practical, legalistic, mystical… aspects of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

What is the Structure of the Mass?

The Preparation: Mass starts indeed with a spiritual awaking. None can approach the divine Mystery that is to be celebrated without a  sufficient conditioning time of prayers. The rule of fasting (today’s rule is as little as one hour before communion), of a proper attire (church clothes, too often forgotten), sacred silence in church… the vesting prayers of the priest, the sign of the cross with holy water as we enter into the church, or- the aspersion of the same water by the priest on Sunday, the prayers at the foot of the Altar and its confession of sin through the Confiteor and the received absolution contribute to this preparation. (page 10-16 in red missalette)

The Teaching: It is part of Continue reading

Lenten Reflection | On Charity

As we begin to move into Lent, I think about what I can to improve myself in the eyes of Christ. What do I need to work on? I thought about my day and thought about what “I could have done.” The thought of charity came to my mind. How charitable was I to my fellow brothers and sisters? It’s easy to be nice and courteous to those whom I like or want to be nice too. But then I thought, “Where is the merit in that?!” Anybody can do that. Charity, like many other noble virtues require a self-immolation or dying to oneself. We must give till it hurts–hurt enough. To die on the cross with Christ for the love of Christ. I must put this into practice when encountering people whom I do not get along with. I must exercise charity in thought, word and actions.  It’s not always easy, but then Jesus dying on the cross for us want easy either, was it?


Thomas Dinh

Guest Writer

Look what I found!!

Look what I found when I was cleaning, sorting and shredding papers!!! Should I keep it or shred it!!!!???

The young Canon Mathew Talarico!!!! Canon Matthew Talarico is now the Provincial Superior, USA for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.


Talarico 1

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A few of our new inquirers have asked about the practice of kissing the priest’s hand. For people outside of the Orthodox Tradition (and even for some of the Faithful), this is one of those foreign, counter-cultural and awkward practices that can be difficult to grasp. The following article may shed some light on this ancient practice.

The real question is, “Why don’t we kiss more people’s hands?” Kissing the hand of the priest is not an exceptional thing, but rather is the remnant of what was once a perfectly normal custom: showing reverence to our elders by kissing their right hands. There are certainly many people alive today in Greece who remember that the kissing of the hand was the normal and expected way to show reverence not only to the clergy but to parents, grandparents, godparents, and others in authority over us or holding a revered position in our lives. The disappearance of this custom is part of the disintegration of traditional Christian society, which was based on hierarchy, humility, and respect. And based, of course, on love, which does not exist without respect.

When we kiss the hand of the bishop or priest, we are not showing respect to the person of the priest but to his sacred office. The priest as a man is a sinner, but the priest as priestrepresents Christ; he is an icon of Christ. Also, though his hand is unworthy, yet it touches the Most Holy Things – the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord. Furthermore, despite his unworthiness, in Holy Ordination he has received the Grace of God to impart spiritual gifts and blessings. Why would we deprive ourselves of the blessings of our Lord Himself, by not seeking the priest’s blessing?

So when would we ask for a blessing? We typically seek this blessing whenever we greet and bid farewell to our spiritual fathers. Also, we kiss their right hands when we receive the prayer of absolution at confession or at other prayers. We do not, however, kiss the priest’s hand when receiving Holy Communion, lest we risk an accident with the Holy Chalice.




Mission Report #8 (Institute Missions in Mouila, Gabon, Africa)


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It has been awhile, but we have just received the latest Mission Report #8 (PDF). These mission reports highlight the restoration efforts of the Mission Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus in Mouila, Gabon, Africa, written by Rev. Canon Henry Fragelli. Canon Fragelli briefly served the Institute Apostolate of St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland a few months from late 2011-2012. The archive of his Mission Reports can be viewed at the Friends of the Missions website (

Saturday, November 15: Five Wounds Centennial Extraordinary Form Mass

By Roseanne T. Sullivan

Another historically significant event in the history of the Latin Mass in the San Francisco Bay Area will take place this Saturday evening, November 15, 2014. At 5:30 pm at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San José, the pastor, Rev. António A. Silveira, will celebrate his first-ever Extraordinary Form Mass. Fittingly, Fr. Silveira will celebrate the traditional Latin High Mass in the same form in which the first Mass was celebrated a hundred years ago in a temporary chapel at the newly created parish on November 15, 1914. Several parish music groups will join to sing Gregorian chant and selected motets at the Centennial Mass.

Fr. Silveira became pastor in 2013, and his family has deep ties to the parish. Fr. Silveira was born in the Azores. He began seminary education there as a youth, but later he married and had two children. He was ordained as a deacon in 2012, after his wife of 25 years had passed away. He began serving the parish as a deacon, and then he went on to complete his seminary education and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013.
The architecture of Five Wounds Church was inspired by the Igreja de Santa Cruz of Braga in Northern Portugal, which was built in the Baroque Mannerist style. (Five Wounds Church is often mistakenly said to be Manueline or Mission Revival style.) The first Mass in the current church was celebrated on June 28, 1918, and the church was dedicated on July 14, 1919. The church is located near the intersection of highway 101 and Santa Clara Street in San José, and its two imposing white towers and facade can be glimpsed from the freeway The impressive church stands out in great contrast against the surrounding low rise architecture and foothills on the northeast side of the city..
The Centennial Mass is part of the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the parish, and it will be the first Extraordinary Form Mass held under parish auspices since the changes to the liturgy that began during the Second Vatican Council. However, Extraordinary Form Masses are already being celebrated in the church almost every day under the direction of rector Canon Raphael Ueda of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. In December of 2013, the church became the home of the new Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, which was erected by Bishop Patrick McGrath as the center for the Extraordinary Form and sacraments for the diocese of San Jose. Regular Extraordinary Form Masses are celebrated on Sundays at 12:30 pm and Mondays through Fridays at 12:15 pm.
Former pastor Fr. Donald Morgan is expected to attend the Centennial Mass, along with Canon Ueda and Canon Olivier Meney. Fr. Morgan began celebrating Extraordinary Form Masses starting in 2009 while he was pastor at Five Wounds during the period of about a year when the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara was permitted to hold a 9:15 Mass at the church every Sunday morning. In 2011, Fr. Morgan moved on to another assignment in the diocese, but he has become since then an affiliate of the Institute and continues to celebrate the EF Mass frequently at the Oratory and at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, and other locations, while remaining a diocesan priest.

CentennialBookThe history of the parish is documented with brilliant photos in a centennial book, A Vestibule to Heaven, authored by Miguel Valle Ávila. Copies may be purchased at the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California’s website:

The Centennial Mass
Sat, November 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA, United States
Traditional Latin Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Mass at the parish.

The Supreme Beauty of Sacred Things: Pontifical Mass at Star of the Sea September 14, 2014

By Roseanne T. Sullivan

Photo credits: Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco and Roseanne T. Sullivan


On Sunday September 14, 2014, on the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, more than four hundred worshipers filled the pews of Star of the Sea Church for a historically momentous liturgical event. On that evening, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated the first Pontifical Mass (Missa Pontificalis in Latin) in San Francisco for almost sixty years.



The Pontifical Mass was celebrated in honor of the seventh anniversary of the implementation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s motu proprio  Summorum Pontificum, which affirmed that ceremonies and rituals like the Pontifical Mass are still valid and an important part of the Church’s rich heritage. The Mass, which was advertised as “one of the treasures of the faith,” was coordinated by the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco with music by the Golden Gate Boys Choir.

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