His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen (Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong), is currently visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. Given his very tight schedule, we are happy to report that arrangements for him to celebrate the Extraordinary Form had been successful and that he will be coming to St. Margaret Mary’s Church (1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610) on Tuesday, August 22nd, at 6:00PM for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Everyone is invited!
The Institute’s apostolate, St. Francis de Sales Oratory, recently made it to the finals of an interesting online contest titled “Church Madness 2017: National Churchpionship”, where it’s competing with St. James Church (Louisville, Kentucky) for the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Church”! The competition even got to be featured on this Fox TV segment. Click here to vote (voting ends on Thursday, April 6 at 11:59PM Central Time) and let’s help make St. Francis de Sales the Most Beautiful Church in America!
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Tomorrow’s Pontifical Mass (Extraordinary Form) to be celebrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke at St. Margaret Mary will be available for viewing live via YouTube (click here). While mass starts at 12:30 PM (PST), the YouTube channel will start to broadcast sometime before mass. This will be shown as well at the Father Kozina Hall via overhead projector where additional seats will accommodate the expected big number of faithful attending. A priest will go down the hall to distribute Holy Communion. After mass (4PM), a welcome reception at the Cathedral of Christ the Light (2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612) will take place, concluding with a Solemn Benediction at 5PM. Feel free to check our main website (where the YouTube video will also be available as well).
Update: Welcome reception will take place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light at 4PM, not at the St. Margaret Mary church yard as announced earlier; see updated info below.
A once in a lifetime event in the San Francisco Bay Area! His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, will be celebrating a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, CA) on March 19, 2017 at 12:30PM. There will be a welcome reception after mass (4PM) at Cathedral of Christ the Light (2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612) concluding with a Solemn Benediction at 5PM. Share the news and invite your friends!
We are pleased to share with you the full-length HD video of last Sunday’s Inaugural Solemn High Mass of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit, MI. Photos of this special event will be posted shortly.
The 7 Steps of Ordination Part III
In the first two parts of this series, we have seen how the Church disposes her seminarians for the grace of the holy priesthood through the reception of four minor orders: that is, the orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte. Now we will turn our attention to the major or sacred orders.
In the ordination of acolytes, there is already a foretaste of the major orders, since the acolyte, by his function, is designated to assist the sacred ministers in the liturgical functions of the holy sacrifice of the Mass. However, the sub-deacon is given an even greater role. As his name suggests, he is the servant of the deacon at the altar. This aspect of the sub-diaconate is represented by the manner in which the sub-deacon presents the chalice and the cruets at the offertory. The deacon pours the wine into the chalice and the sub-deacon pours the water. Also, while the deacon chants the holy Gospel, it is the sub-deacon who holds the book for him. Furthermore, during the Mass the sub-deacon never sits nor covers his head while the deacon fulfills his liturgical functions.
The sub-deacon chants the books of the prophets and the epistles, which are preparations for the highest doctrine of the Gospel. This is one reason why the sub-deacon holds the paten with the humeral veil before his face during the Canon. He represents the Old Testament, in which the fullness of Christ’s glory was still veiled and no one could look upon the face of God and live (e.g. Exodus 33:12-22).
The sub-deacon is thus the servant of the servants of God (the word deacon in Greek means “servant”). In this, he ought to imitate the humility of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles: “I am in the midst of you as one who serves” (St Luke 22:27).
The Church calls upon the sub-deacon to unite the virtue of humility to a perfect chastity. Before his ordination, the Bishop warns him that, whereas before he had been free to leave the clerical state, now he will make a permanent commitment to clerical celibacy. He also takes on the obligation of reciting the entire office. The prayer of the office both glorifies God and gives the sub-deacon the graces necessary to fulfill his sacred duties.
Here at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, we have our own sub-deacon, Abbé Kevin, who fulfills beautifully this role of servant of the servants of God. Let’s keep him in our prayers and thank God for the grace of his vocation among us!
Abbe Ryan Post, 4th Year Seminarian for the ICRSS
Two years ago, on August 5, 2014, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, had ordained Canons Francis Altiere, Benjamin Coggeshall, Joel Estrada, and Andrew Todd to the Sacred Priesthood for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, MO. The video recording of this special event is so far the most watched video on our YouTube channel, with 16,800 views and counting! Kindly remember them in your prayers today!
The 7 Steps of Ordination: Part II
Exorcist and Acolyte
As read in Part I, the six Minor and Major Orders, are training and preparations for the fulfillment of the great responsibility of assuming the Order of Melchisedech. The Porter assumes the care of keeping the grounds of the church safe before becoming the guardian of its most precious treasure, the Holy Eucharist. The Lector learned to familiarize himself with Holy Scripture before preaching them.
The third minor order, Exorcist, gives a real participation to the young apprentice of the power given to the priest to chase the devil. Every priest deals daily with Continue reading
The Leonine Prayers
These prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia.
Tradition relates that Pope Leo XIII had a vision that took place in 1884 – 1886
Pope Leo XIII was saying his Mass in his private chapel in presence of some cardinals. At the end of the Mass as he was ready to return to Sacristy, he stopped and stood in a trance white as snow. As he recovered his spirit he went to his office and Continue reading