Trinity Sunday – 4th Anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco!

Today is the 4th anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco! Founded on Trinity Sunday of 2013, the Society dedicates itself to promote the Extraordinary Form in
whatever means possible, connecting TLM communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. They have been assisting with various activities of the Institute of Christ the King Apostolates across the country, especially at Oakland and San Jose, taking photos and videos of special events (i.e. Society of the Sacred Heart annual retreats) and Masses. But they also cover noteworthy events of other religious communities and priestly societies (Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Dominicans, Norbertine Fathers, Canons Regular of St. John Cantius; to name a few).  They maintain an active presence online, via website and social media (Facebook, Twitter), which offers abundant resources about the Traditional Latin Mass. This includes gathering and compiling of EF Masses in the San Francisco Bay Area which helps the faithful in locating the nearest church which offers the TLM. Every year, the Society teams up with the Oakland Apostolate in putting up a booth at the Walk for Life West Coast Info Faire in San Francisco where they provide brochures, flyers, and other informational giveaways. The TLM of SF have been put in charge of maintaining the California Apostolates photo webpage https://icksp-cal.smugmug.com/. Your prayerful support to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco over the past years is very much appreciated, as it looks forward on continuing it’s mission of getting the Traditional Latin Mass more widely known.

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Guest post: Understanding When to Kneel, Sit, and Stand at the Traditional Latin Mass (revised 2nd edition)

Since the publication of the first edition of this essay online by California Latin Mass in 2013, and subsequent postings by other blogs such as the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco, Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, and most recently Rorate-Caeli, readers have expressed to me not only their appreciation for what they’ve learned, but also to point out unintended typos and errors in the text and in the order of postures in the tables. I have corrected those typos and errors in this revised edition.

I have also added a new section discussing the posture at Orate Fratres, which I believe deserves more than just a passing mention and a footnote. The impetus for this was the change in the mandated posture at Orate Fratres in the Novus Ordo.

Up until 2010, the common posture for all Roman rite Catholics, whether assisting in the Novus Ordo or in the Traditional Latin Mass, was to remain seated while the priest says Orate, fratres, recite the response while seated, and then only rise afterwards. The English text of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Novus Ordo, of course), revised and approved for U.S. and Canadian dioceses in 2012, now instructs the faithful assisting in the Novus Ordo to rise for this prayer and recite the response standing. The word fratres could now also be properly rendered as “Brothers and sisters” in lieu of “brethren.” I would advise anyone inclined to think that this is just more evidence of the propensity in the Novus Ordo to innovate unnecessarily and that it has nothing to do with the Traditional Latin Mass to withhold your judgment and read section VI first. There is more to this than you think.

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UPDATE: Schedule of Traditional Latin Masses (as of 11/19/2016) in the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco and beyond

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We’ve recently updated the schedule of Traditional Latin Masses in The Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco, which can be viewed or downloaded on this link. We strive to provide as much updates as we can, so if you know of a place not listed here, please email us (tlmofsf@gmail.com) with the information. Thank you!

 

Full HD video: Inaugural Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit, MI

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.

Listing of Requiem Masses in the EF (TLM) for Fr. Peter Carota

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We are putting this information out (distinguishing it from the main funeral information on July 14 & 15,  which is mainly in the Ordinary Form under the Diocese of Stockton’s Cathedral of the Annunciation) as a one-stop information post related to the Traditional Latin Requiem Masses offered for the soul of our beloved Fr. Peter Carota who died last July 8, 2016. So far, one Requiem Mass in the EF was already celebrated on the evening of Father’s passing at St. Catherine of Siena (Phoenix, AZ), of which a video is available for viewing at Sancta Missa’s YouTube page.  The following is a list of other upcoming Traditional Latin Requiem Masses:

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 12:15 PM
St. Stephen the First Martyr Church
5461 44th St
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 455-5114
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From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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The following question has been asked to several priests around the world:

 

What part of the Mass, words or rubrics, in its extraordinary form moves you the best?

Father Louis, OSB: the words uttered by the priest: He took bread into His Holy and venerable hands (page 35 in red booklet). My hands are neither holy nor venerable! They are the ones of a poor sinner. The Liturgy however invites me to take great care of this fragile Host and my hands are not mine any more but the one of Jesus who takes me in His own. “My Lord, I am holding Thee, I do not want to let Thee go.”

Father Emmanuel Marie de Saint Jean: “I am always more and more touched by the self-effacement of the priest who disappears behind Christ. The more the presence of the Priest goes away, the more Christ grows.”

Canon Alban Denis, ICRSP. : “The continuity and permanency of the Liturgy. The priest is never alone celebrating. He is with the entire Church. He is with the cohort of all the priests who celebrated before him. I say Mass the exact same way as Saint John Bosco; I pronounce the same words as the Curé of Ars did; I make the same movement as Pius X and all others…. We will meet in Heaven. This is a great source of humility and stimulation. Far from feeling to be limited by rules and rubrics, the rubrics carry me in my daily celebration.”

Father Benedict Joseph: “The celebration ‘ad orientem’. The orientation of the priest toward the East expresses well the function of the priest as Pontiff. Being all turned together in the same direction, gives a vivid image of the unity of the militant Church walking towards Heaven. It is also a great help to avoid any kind of self-centeredness.

Father Laurent-Marie, Servant of Jesus and Marie: “this Liturgy expresses the ‘Mysterium Fidei’ in a particular good and proper way, with the sense of contemplation, recollection and reverence. Even in the celebration of the greatest feast of the year, with the use of multiple ministers, incense, polyphonic choirs and even orchestras, all leads to the great silence of the Canon and the Consecration. God always establishes his masterpieces in an eternal silence.”

Father Claude Barthe: “The prayer of the ‘Suscipe’: May this Sacrifice be brought to the Altar. That is the Roman Epiclesis. These words bring us up to Heaven.”

 

From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

 

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As soon as the words of the Consecration are pronounced, the priest, holding the host between his two first fingers, adores the Host making immediately a genuflection. Then, standing up, he raises the Host as high as possible to be seen by the faithful, keeping his eyes on it. He places the host again on the corporal and genuflects again. He does the same with the Chalice.

The Adoration of the Host after consecration is consistently attested since the Divine Institution of the Eucharist. We find very early interesting Greek icons representing  Jesus as an infant laying on the paten (gilded plate on which the Host is placed).

  The act of adoration itself takes various forms according to cultures and traditions. One might be standing, kneeling, seating, or prostrated on the floor: each one marks in its own way the same spiritual act of faith and adoration.

St. John Chrysostom attests that in Eastern Liturgy the “elevation of the host” came only just before communion and with great solemnity. The Holy Doors are finally opened, the curtains removed and the celebrant comes out (remember that the whole liturgy in this rite is out of sight) saying: “Consider the Table of the King. The King is here. If your vestments are pure, adore and receive communion.”

Since the 10th century, another sign of Adoration of God, is the addition of the ringing of the bells. We can read on the Carthusian rules the following ordinance: “Whenever the bell is rang for the consecration, wherever one is, he musts stop his activity and kneel down as long as the bells are rang.”

Yves de Chartres, Bishop of Paris (1115), gave thanks to Margaret, Queen of England for her gift of Bells for the Notre Dame Cathedral. He promised that her soul will be remembered at each consecration as they will ring.

The genuflection, done immediately after the words of the consecration are said, is a great act of faith on the power of the Instituted Words themselves. “This is my Body”: Adoration follows. Elevation comes after.

Another great addition of adoration in liturgy is the use of Torch-Bearer. Candles are sign of respect.

Since the heresy of Beranger – who denied the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist- the use of particular signs of adoration have been encouraged to sustain our faith. All that can help us is good to have.

 

From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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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.

Priest turning his back to the People? 

 It is a common remark heard about the Latin Mass. The distance expressed between the celebrant – getting himself behind a closed communion rail, setting himself up above everyone, not looking at the people; facing the altar – and the people remaining silent is striking. Why this has been the case for some 2000 years…?

Simply because the Mass is not considered as a social moment to which the faithful are invited to party at. It is foremost the renewal of the Single Act of Christ, offering Himself once and for all at the Last Supper, consummating His Sacrifice on the Cross, and  continuing the very same Act at each Mass. It is Christ celebrating Mass. Not any individual priest. The faithful are privileged  witnesses of it.

The position of the Priest is clearly not random. He and all the congregation are facing East. St John in the Book of Apocalypse  promised that Christ will come back like the rising Sun in all His Glory.

At Mass we all face “Oriens” that is East, waiting for our Divine Risen Master to come!

In the Roman style, many churches had “oculi” that were little windows kept opened behind the altar. Our very own St. Margaret Mary sanctuary is an example of this tradition. The purpose for this is to avoid missing the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ if it would happen during the celebration of Mass.

 

 

 

Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins, ICRSS

 

Canon ComminsThe Traditional Latin Mass: a love story!

I was 17 when I came to know and appreciate the Traditional Latin Mass. To discern my vocation, and to choose the seminary where to go, my first criterion was: “what is the degree of charity in that community?” between the members themselves, and with the other communities. You might ask yourselves: but what is the link, the  relation between Charity and the Latin Mass? If we consider the Eucharist as the best proof of the love of God for us which it is, then we understand that all that covers the mystery of the Presence of Christ, blood, body, soul and divinity, has to be perfectly performed, with gravity, with beauty, with solemnity. The Traditional Liturgy makes clear the adoration of God made flesh, religion of the Incarnation, everything in that Liturgy lifts up our heart and our body to the most transcendent reality. The entire faculties of our human nature are satisfied, filled with the music, the silence, the incense, and the gestures. All our senses are attracted to the beauty of the Liturgy. The Spouse is giving himself to his Wife, our Mother the Church, and in response to that gift, the Church tries to express her love for Him. The Liturgy as the public official prayer of the Church, tries to imitate the eternal liturgy of the angels and of the saints in Heaven. To   conclude this short note, let me quote Pope Benedict XVI: Sacred Liturgy transforms our lives of Catholics.   Indeed, “the encounter with the beautiful can become the wound of the arrow that strikes the heart and in this way opens our eyes.”

Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins, Ordained July 2015

 

Great Grace From Saint Francis de Sales

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Great Grace From Saint Francis de Sales

On the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patronal feast of our Institute, we are very grateful and glad to announce that, after formally concluding the apostolic visitation of the worldwide houses of the Institute, the Holy See has given its final and permanent approval of the Institute’s constitutions in a decree signed by His Eminence, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In the 26th year of its foundation by the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, the Institute’s family of canons, oblates, seminarians, sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart, and lay members of the Society of the Sacred Heart rejoice in this new affirmation of the work and spiritual character of our community.

In the name of our Prior General and of all superiors we thank you, dear faithful, for your   continuous prayers as well as for your ongoing spiritual and material support which makes it possible for us to continue our service of the universal Church as disciples of our beloved patron, St. Francis de Sales, the “Doctor of Divine Charity. ” The apostolates of the Institute worldwide will chant the Church’s   solemn hymn of thanksgiving, the “Te Deum,” in gratitude to the Holy Trinity for this special grace.