Thursday, 15 August 2013
Ars orandi: the Art and Beauty of Traditional Catholicism: Sermon for The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother Ma...
Ars orandi: the Art and Beauty of Traditional Catholicism: Sermon for The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother Ma...: Video Sancto
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Popes tiarra TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS Traditional Latin Roman Rite THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS has for centuries been celebrated in this way throughout the world. THE TRADITIONAL MOVEMENT • PRESERVATION of the ancient Roman rite of Mass in the form in which it has been celebrated for centuries throughout the world. • RESPECT for the Church's sacred traditions as a vital link with the traditional Faith regarding the nature of the Mass, and as a secure anchor and guarantee that we do not drift away from that Faith. • NO COMPROMISE with the spirit of the world or adaptation of the Mass to the lifestyle of our desacralised age. • RESTORATION of a sacred atmosphere where God comes first and in which we give Him the worship that is due to Him. • APPRECIATION of the Church's treasury of sacred music especially Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony. • PROMOTION of the use of Latin, the Church's own language, in her worship, teaching and administration. • PROTECTION of our altars from destruction and our sanctuaries from being re-ordered, none of which was authorised by the Second Vatican Council. THE NEED FOR REVERENCE "Holy things must be treated in a holy way" (The Council of Trent) • beauty, dignity, silence, reverence in the Mass? • a chance to participate in the Holy Sacrifice in the way of our ancestors in the Faith? • a sense of awe and mystery in worship? • ample room for recollection and private prayer? • A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE The traditional Latin Mass is now the only form of Mass available to us in which all these qualities abound, and where every word spoken, every gesture performed by the priest as he offers the Divine Victim to the Heavenly Father is perfectly attuned to this supreme act of worship. PASTORAL ADVANTAGES According to Christian Tradition, reverence is fundamental to worship as it increases a sense of the sacred and allows us to 'see' the eternal and the supernatural. Cardinal Newman said that anyone who does not fear and revere has not known the reality of God. It is also true that reverence for the traditional form of worship and fear of abandoning it are fundamental to the continuity of the Faith. "Lex orandi, lex credendi" (As we believe, so we pray) sums up the Church's centuries-old wisdom. This is the tried and tested method which has inspired countless saints and martyrs, fostered devotion to the Mass among successive generations of the faithful, increased vocations to the priesthood religious life, and attract converts . HOW DO I RECOGNISE THE TRADITIONAL ROMAN RITE OF MASS? The great majority of Catholics today would not even recognise, still less know how to participate in, the Mass of the Roman rite as it was celebrated for centuries all over the world. Many have simply forgotten it, and if brought face to face with the Mass of their childhood would look with uncomprehending eyes at the celebration of mysteries which have slipped from their consciousness. Even larger numbers of Catholics have never heard of the following basic tenets of the Catholic faith with which devout people of all times, including children, were familiar and which are conspicuously evident in the prayers and rubrics of the traditional Roman Mass. From the moment the priest enters the sanctuary, correctly vested to celebrate Mass, and declares his intention to offer sacrifice with the immortal words Introibo ad altare Dei ('I will go unto the altar of God'), you know you are present at one of the oldest and most venerable rites of Mass in the Catholic Church. In the old rite the Church sets forth in a fully explicit way her doctrine of the Communion of Saints by which we are united in a bond of fellowship with all the faithful living and dead. The doctrine of the intercession of Our Lady and the Saints whose merits can win grace for our souls is given frequent prominence in the Ordinary and the Propers of the traditional Latin Mass. The Offertory prayers are now unique in the Church for their doctrinal richness and the outstanding beauty of their composition. They speak with immense veneration of the bread and wine even before Consecration, using expressly sacrificial terminology of great rhetorical beauty. This is an important spiritual preparation for the moment of Consecration and has been handed on to us as a precious heritage of Catholic piety through the centuries. THE CONSECRATION The Consecration is the culminating point of the Mass towards which everything converges. The Church teaches that the words 'Mystery of Faith' in the Consecration formula are meant in the traditional sense that the bread and wine have become truly, really, substantially the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and that this change is brought about by the power of God only through the intermediary of a priest when he pronounces the words of Consecration. The rubrics of the old rite, reflecting the Catholic instinct towards the Real Presence, require that the priest genuflect immediately after bringing about this unique miracle. It is because of the supremely sacred nature of this Sacrifice that it is celebrated with solemnity and devout veneration. All the words and gestures of the priest are meticulously regulated by the rubrics, which include multiple genuflections, to ensure the greatest possible reverence in worship. The old rite omits nothing that may serve to remind us that the Sacrifice of the Mass is the Sacrifice on Calvary mystically re-enacted on the altar. Hence the many Signs of the Cross made over the Sacred Species and the orientation of the priest towards the altar of Sacrifice. The essence of the Mass is the offering of the Divine Victim to God through the intermediary of a priest acting in the person of Christ. It is a fitting and very powerful symbol of Sacrifice that all participants in the Mass face the same way, that is towards the Lord, as was the practice of the Universal Church from earlier times.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Saturday, 3 August 2013
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Saturday August 3, 2013 Sancti Regularium Canonicorum Agustini A equitatem servare in veritatem Diligire et Spes hominem Inducere In the Epistle on Sunday, St. Paul tells us: I remind you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold it what you preached. If not, would have believed in vain first is through baptism that man receives spiritual ear and the word of faith, which prepares for evangelical preaching. Prior Baptism were deaf, could not talk to God in prayer because we had faith we could not hear the voice of God. But by Baptism we become children of God, we receive sanctifying grace. I remind you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold it what you preached. If not, have believed in vain! *** Paul also warned the Corinthians against those who denied the resurrection of Christ and urges them to persevere in the faith they have received, and to live in accordance with it. Learning to persevere firmly in the Catholic faith, which is the same as Paul preached. *** The beautiful example of humility that the Apostle gives us because of the sins he had committed before his conversion, calling himself one born out of time, the least of the apostles, and not worthy to be called an apostle, although they had worked hard to serve Christ. He attributes to the grace of God he was and what was then. Thus speaks truly humble man: he sees in it nothing but weakness, sin and evil, and therefore despises himself therefore is willing to be despised by others. The good that professes or practices, attributes it to God, to whom we owe all honor. *** No member of the most dangerous and pernicious than the tongue. Language, says the Apostle James, is indeed a little member and boasts great things. See how a little fire kindles the great forest. 's tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and fire the course of our birth, that ignited the fire of hell. (. Santiago III, 5-6.). The tongue can no man tame: a restless evil, full of deadly poison. By it we bless God the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. (Ibid. III. 8-10.) No country, no city, where there is a house, in which the gossips have not caused disputes and conflicts, discord and enmity, envy and slander, seduction and debauchery. A wicked tongue insult to God and his saints, corrupts the divine word, makes an intemperate, unchaste, creating envious and malevolent, in a word, according to the apostle a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue of the serpent beguiled our first parents, and brought misery and death worldwide. (Gen. III.) The language of Judas betrayed Jesus. (Matthew XXVI. 49.) And what is the main cause of the war between peoples, revolts among nations, if not the language of men ambitious, restless, seeking their fortune in war and revolution? How many, in short, have not immersed themselves in abject poverty through their language to be vigilant? How can we control ourselves this dangerous enemy within? Just be careful not to rush to speak according as St. John reminds us, (I. 19). Speaking very little, wisely and considering everything. This not offend, and we will become perfect. (John III. 2. :) As this can not happen without a special grace of God, we have to "beg the divine assistance" (St. Augustine) Do not forget what the Word of the Savior in the Gospel sick: your ears open, his tongue loose. The deaf hears the voice of her Divine Physician and the mute speak with an ease that surprises and enchants all witnessed this great miracle, to the point that Jesus commanded that no one counted. But the more he charged them, the more they proclaimed it. And they marveled greatly and said "Everything has been good, he makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." The admiration and gratitude to the crowd tear an apology noble and beautiful of the Redeemer, as opposed to the murmurs and slanders of the Pharisees: He has done all things well ... This praise is a wonderful praise, worthy only of God . Bene omnia fecit ... admirable praise! We must remember and repeat it often. God is infinitely wise, infinitely good and infinitely powerful: Bene omnia fecit ... After the Creed, we recite the prayer of the Offertory: I will praise you, Lord, for I cry to You and You have healed me. Yes!, Lord, You have done and do well all things ... CRSA p.Giovann