A Jesuit’s brilliant notions about needed liturgical reform. What could go wrong?

The liberal-biased Religion News Service has run a piece by Jesuit Thomas Reese.

The future of Catholic liturgical reform

It is every bit as bad as you might imagine. A Jesuit on liturgy… after all.

First, you might remember that Reese was so bad as editor of Amerika that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had him removed. It could be that Reese has had it out for Ratzinger/Benedict ever since. That may have something to do with his lack of ability to see the liturgical issue clearly and his attitude about Summorum Pontificum.

You might remember that, back in the era when Reese was guiding Amerika, they published on the cover a photo of the Blessed Virgin wrapped in a condom.

You might remember the sharp rebuke he received from Card. Dolan for arguing that Planned Parenthood should not be defunded.

In this new piece… about liturgy, among other things:

(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated by Catholics than the liturgy. Everyone has strong opinions based on years of personal experience.

One of my correspondents wrote: “He can’t get 10 words into it without mentioning sex.”

Pre-Vatican II Mass

After the Pauline reforms of the liturgy, it was presumed that the “Tridentine” or Latin Mass would fade away. Bishops were given the authority to suppress it in their dioceses, but some people clung to the old liturgy to the point of schism.

Benedict took away the bishops’ authority and mandated that any priest could celebrate the Tridentine Mass whenever he pleased.

It is time to return to bishops the authority over the Tridentine liturgy in their dioceses. The church needs to be clear that it wants the unreformed liturgy to disappear and will only allow it out of pastoral kindness to older people who do not understand the need for change. Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses.

Did you get that?

“Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses.”

“… should not be allowed…”

That’s how the left rolls.

The fact is that the number of Traditional Latin Masses is rapidly growing.  The average age of the faithful attending these Masses is really low.   The people give more in the collection than they do at the Novus Ordo.  Fulfillment of Sunday Mass attendance is must higher than most Novus Ordo attendees.   As the demographics of the Church in these USA change, those who attend the TLM will be more and more important.   The number of young priests learning the traditional Mass is growing.  Eventually, as numbers of vocations drops under Francis, these men will wind up more and more as pastors of influential parishes and even as bishops.

The fact is, the Traditional Latin Rite is not going away and it is going to grow.

In the meantime, I suggest to Reese that he learn how to celebrate the Traditional Mass before he flaps his pie hole about it again.  Until he does, he only knows a fraction of the Church’s liturgy for which he calls a new reform.

Also in that piece:

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When liturgy is out of touch with local culture, it becomes boring and dies. These new liturgies need to be beta tested before adoption.

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Can a deacon or layperson anoint the sick or hear confessions?

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The church might also allow Catholics’ spouses to share Communion if they share our faith in the Eucharist.

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There is no reason the hierarchy could not allow priests to use the 1998 translation as an alternative, allowing the priest decide which translation works best in his parish.

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More important than the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ is the transformation of the community into the body of Christ so we can live out the covenant we have through Christ. We do not worship Jesus, in this sense; with Jesus we worship the Father and ask to be transformed by the power of the spirit into the body of Christ.

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The church needs more and better Eucharistic prayers based on our renewed understanding of the Eucharist.

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I think you get the idea.

 

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14 April: St. Justin, martyr

Today is the feast of St. Justin, Martyr, who was killed in about 165.

COLLECT (1962):

Deus, qui per stultitiam crucis eminentem Iesu Christi scientiam beatum Iustinum Martyrem mirabíliter docuisti; eius nobis intercessione concede; ut, errorum circumventione depulsa, fidei firmitatem consequamur.

Let’s have your flawless yet smooth versions of this beautiful Collect for one of the great saints of the earliest times of Holy Church!

Reflect on what these people believed… the faith in which they believed fuel like a fusion reactor by the faith by which they believed.

They were willing to die.

From Justin.. before you go trooping up to Holy Communion the next time:

There is then brought to the president of the brethren bread and a cup of wine mixed with water; and he taking them, gives praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and offers thanks at considerable length for our being counted worthy to receive these things at His hands. And when he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all the people present express their assent by saying Amen. This word Amen answers in the Hebrew language to genoito [so be it]. And when the president has given thanks, and all the people have expressed their assent, those who are called by us deacons give to each of those present to partake of the bread and wine mixed with water over which the thanksgiving was pronounced, and to those who are absent they carry away a portion. And this food is called among us Euxaristia, of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, “This do ye in remembrance of Me, this is My body; “and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, “This is My blood; “and gave it to them alone.

First Apology 65-66

 

 

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LIVE VIDEO – 14 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Justin, martyr

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BEFORE MASS: Angelus, Statement of Intention
MASS: St Justin, martyr
PRAYERS ADDED: For patience
AFTER MASS: Leonine Prayers, Litaniae Sancti Ioseph

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Sudden, so far unexplained departure of Philadelphia Carmelites

I have been asked to comment about the sudden departure of a community of traditional Philadelphia Carmelite sisters from their Carmel in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  They withdrew from their Carmel, established in 1902, and went to another Carmel in Valparaiso, Nebraska.

The Philadelphia Carmel had been struggling, with a reduced number of sisters.   They were down to three sisters.  In 2017 6 sisters in their 20s-30s came from the famous Valparaiso Carmel, which has been blessed with vocations and 4 came from Elysburg, PA.  Traditional Carmelites.   The place came to life again.

On their website (maintained by someone outside their Carmel) we see:

All Masses are celebrated by a chaplain of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and are said in the Extraordinary Form. The Carmel is Latin Mass only with all of its sacraments.

I was sent a link to a site that claims some information about the sisters, however vague, which seems to have sparked the request for my comment.

According to sources close to the monastery, the sudden move took place over this past weekend. On Friday, after the daily Mass, a van was noticed by the entrance to the monastery used by the cloistered sisters. Later that day, word began to spread that the sisters had suddenly departed. The sisters were reportedly driven to another Carmelite monastery in Valparaiso, Nebraska. One elderly sister is said to have remained behind in Philadelphia but all of the others, believed to be 15 young Carmelites who arrived in 2017, have all departed.

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With the departure of these 15 Carmelites over the weekend, and the recent deaths of most of the original sisters in Philadelphia, the beloved monastery is left with just one elderly sister and an uncertain future. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not yet addressed what happened. Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese learning about the departure are devastated.

Thus, my spidey-sense is tingling.

I don’t know enough about this evolving situation yet.  It is very strange that there would be no public statement.

However, I will make the observation that a document came out from the Holy See’s Congregation for Religious that massively restricted religious communities.  For example, convents and monasteries of nuns and sisters who are united in the same rule, region, apostolate, etc., are required to “confederate” together, which seems to undermine their autonomy.  The length of formation before profession was doubled.

We’ve also seen that, time and again, “visitors” have been sent to traditional communities and, thereafter, those communities were snuffed out.

I don’t know about the Philly Carmelites, but it is troubling.  I hope for good news, soon.  Perhaps some thing like, “The Sisters just took a road trip to see their friends in Valparaiso.”  Though that doesn’t sound like a very Carmelite thing to do.

I should add this.

The presence of a sound Carmel in a place is a great blessing.  I’m convinced that the prayers and work of the sisters brings untold benefits to, for example, a diocese.

If there has been some pressure on the Sisters to give up their traditional ways, thus sparking their departure,….

Let’s wait for some explanation.   In the meantime, you might ask the great Carmelite saints for intercession for the good of all, the sisters and the people of Philadelphia.

There come to mind immediately…

St. Teresa of Avila
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Edith Stein
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
St. Simon Stock
St. John of the Cross
St. Titus Brandsma

UPDATE:

A priest friend from the area gave me some additional information.

It seems that because of that document from the Congregation for Religious the Carmelites were losing control over their lives.   They were being pressured to give up the Traditional Latin Mass and have the Novus Ordo.

They left.

 

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LIVE VIDEO – 13 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Hermenegild, martyr

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I’ve resumed, for a while at least, the live-stream of my daily Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Standard Time (= UTC -5 and ROME 1700h).  (Check out LatinMass.live)

BEFORE MASS: Angelus, Statement of Intention
MASS: St Hermenegild, martyr
PRAYERS ADDED: For friends
AFTER MASS: Leonine Prayers, Against Pandemic

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ASK FATHER: “What’s the deal with tarot cards?” 

From a reader…

Father, what’s the deal with tarot cards.  I saw something about them being dangerous for the soul.  I don’t get why.  They’re just pieces of paper with art on them.  What’s the story here.

If you are “playing” with or using tarot cards or a ouija board …

STOP NOW.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

Tarot cards and ouija boards, and other methods of divination, are extremely dangerous avenues by which demons are given, by you for using them, permission to attach themselves to you and places where you use them.    Different demons are “assigned” to each sort of thing, action.

Demons are extremely “legalistic”.  Once they perceive an invitation, explicit or through a sinful act, they will latch on and claim a right to be there until that bond is broken.

This is not to say that such demonic attachment must or will occur with each use of these foul objects.

Much depends on various contingencies, for example, the moral life of the user, the vocation of the user, the sacramental life of the user, the involvement and resultant layers of other activities that open doors (sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments, in particular), who introduced the person to it, what she did with it, how often, with how much attachment to it, their relatives involvement (people who pray for him or contribute to the disorder), etc.

There are so many contingencies that no two cases are exactly alike.

But I put it to you…. if you happened to know that a guy over there had Hemorrhagic Fever, like Ebola, would you invite him for a wrestling match?   If you happened to know that a particular door was wired with Semtex and a trigger, would you run over and open turn the doorknob?   If you saw a barrier fence with huge signs saying, “DANGER – LAND MINES”, would you choose that field for your daily jog?

Maybe you’ll be fine… the first time.   Maybe even the second.   If you keep doing it, the odds may not be in your favor.

It’s Russian Roulette… with your soul.

This ouija board, tarot card “game” thing is really dangerous.

Fortune telling, any manner of divination, trying to discern the future, trying to contact spirits… ALL. VERY. BAD. AND. DANGEROUS.

BE AWARE.  Even the stupid newspaper horoscope of the day rubbish can be dangerous if you put your trust in them.   An exorcist friend told me that one of his cases had FOUR demons because he had put his trust in a Magic 8 Ball.  Mostly these things are stupid jokes.  But if you really fall for them, put yourself into them, give yourself over to trust them, they because the sort of divination activity that invites demons.

Sound good you?

Demons lie.  They deceive people and then attach to oppress or even possess.   That’s not something that you want to happen.  Or at least it better not be.

It was through a true life use of a ouija board to contact a deceased aunt that a demon possessed the child that gave the inspiration for the (sensationalistic) movie The Exorcist.

Look at it is this way:

Anyone who, knowing them to be a) forbidden by the Church for use and b) spiritually perilous, uses them anyway commits a mortal sin.   Anyone who, knowing their qualities, uses them and involves someone else, commits yet another terrible abusive sin by involving another.  Anyone who, aware of the Church’s teaching, etc., who uses them and is open about it or tries to get others to use them commits the additional sin of scandal, by inducing others to commit sins.

If you have any of these things,

  • break them,
  • burn them,
  • put the pieces or ashes into running water.

Then…

GO TO CONFESSION and confess their use.  Make a good Holy Communion.   If strange things manifest themselves in your life, stick to the sacraments and good devotions and find a priest who can bless you and perhaps, if there are enough indications, use a minor exorcism.

UPDATE:

Additional points about yoga and so forth have come up.   I’ve also consulted my tame exorcist, highly experienced.  He says, “Yoga is always incompatible with the Christianity.”

Here’s the book.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Reiki: A Guide for Christians

US HERE – UK HERE

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Video: WE ARE OUR RITES

I always enjoy the photos and videos of young boy playing Mass.  Children are naturally liturgical.

Of course Holy Church breathes with both lungs, East and West.

This is terrific.  “Divine Liturgy” according to the young.

WE ARE OUR RITES

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#ASonnetADay – Sonnet 142. “Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate…”

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Challenge coin news and questions

I was lately the delighted recipient of a couple of challenge coins commemorating Fr. Emil Kapaun, chaplain, recipient of the Medal of Honor. His remains were recently identified. HERE

I thought some of you would like to see these.

HOWEVER… there is another motive.

Castra moventur!

If there is anyone out there with whom I owe my part of an exchange, PLEASE LET ME KNOW RIGHT AWAY.  If you’ve sent a coin and you haven’t gotten mine back from me, please write.  HERE

I wonder… should I make one for my 30th anniversary which is coming up in May?

I know I will make one for my 100 millionth visitor, which should come pretty soon.

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LIVE VIDEO – 12 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive of the Holy Trinity

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BEFORE MASS: Angelus, Statement of Intention
MASS: Votive of the Holy Trinity
PRAYERS ADDED: For enemies
AFTER MASS: Leonine Prayers, Against Pandemic

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“The constant negativity directed to us priests by…” Wherein Fr. Z relates, reacts, reflects and rants.

At Catholic World Report, Fr. Peter Stravinskas offers a reflection on the way Francis seems constantly to denigrate and insult priests affects both morale and vocations.

His observations coincide with my own.  One of things he said struck a strong note with me.  He reminisces about how, years ago, as a seminarians and priests we would look forward to papal document, in particular the Holy Thursday letter that John Paul would issue for priests, the Holy Thursday sermons of Benedict.   Now, not so much.   As a matter of fact, there was a time that I, myself, would very much look forward to every document. I’d drill into them looking for the good stuff.  That changed.  It got so that – and I am sad as I write this – I started looking for the bad stuff.  Now I dread each document and don’t even want to look at most of them.  That’s terrible, really.

Parallel: The less I watch of “the news” on TV, etc., about the ongoing political scene, the machinations of the Party of Death, and any number of other things vastly beyond my control, the calmer and happier I am.

Morale has been affected since Benedict resigned (and thanks a lot for that, by the way!).

Stravinskas captures the prevailing sense.

Some excerpts.  My emphases:

That recollection [nostalgia about happily reading documents] made all the sadder the constant negativity directed to us priests by the present Pope. This “feeling” is not something unique to me. It came out clearly in a research project being done for the University of Notre Dame by Francis X. Maier.

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On to the study.2 [2He reports on the first phase of the study, dealing with bishops’ attitudes, in “Somebody Needs to Be Dad,” First Things, February 22, 2021.] We are allowed to eavesdrop on bishops’ observations about Pope Francis, among many other topics. “In the words of one baffled west-of-the-Mississippi bishop, ‘It’s as if he enjoys poking us in the eye.’” “Poking us in the eye” – a rather down-home way of crystallizing a common sentiment among clergy.

What about seminarians? Maier shares the following: “When pressed, none of the bishops I queried could report a single diocesan seminarian inspired to pursue priestly life by the current Pope. None took any pleasure in acknowledging this.” Again, this parallels my own experience from lectures and retreats I have given to numerous seminarians. In fact, in my spiritual direction of seminarians, I have also had the unenviable task of trying to convince them (and young priests as well) not to give up on the priesthood, so dispirited are many by Francis.

Perhaps most surprising to many is that seminarians of my acquaintance, many of whom had barely made their First Holy Communion in the waning years of the John Paul papacy, name him as their model for priestly life and ministry; Benedict is likewise highly valued by our seminarians – most of whom maintain a respectful silence about the current Pontiff, lest they show disrespect or even disdain. That is quite telling. It also explains why seminary numbers are so far down, precisely over the past eight years. Frankly, why would a young man find inspiration in a man who had even called seminarians “little monsters”?

He goes on to talk about several more recent “pokes in the eye”.

Honestly, I don’t get what the payback is, what the perceived benefit it, to run down priests so often.  How is that good leadership?   Does that inspire “ownership” of a vision?  [US HERE – UK HERE]

If you stone a rock on a person’s head from just a few inches, it might sting a bit, but it isn’t going to be too bad.  If you drop that stone from atop the Empire State Building, it’s going to do a heck of a lot more than sting a bit, even considering issues of terminal velocity.

I’ll add some points I’ve made before many times on this blog.  They bear repetition.

I. Of all the universes God could have created, He created this one, into which He called us into existence at exactly the right point in time and with exactly the right set of tools to carry out our little piece of His overarching, divine Plan. If we dedicate ourselves to our state in life, as it is hic et nunc, here and now, God will give us all the actual graces we need to fulfill our part in His economy of salvation. It is an honor to have been called by God to live in these difficult times.  WE are the team He has assembled for His purposes hic et nunc.  Fidelity and the pursuit of His will bring greater graces than if our paths were smooth.

II.  Popes come and go.  There have been good Popes and bad Popes, important Popes and forgettable Popes.  Men pick them, not the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit’s role in their election is to make sure that the Pope isn’t a total disaster for the Church.  Some disaster, maybe.  Total disaster, never.  Moreover, generations of faithful Catholics lived and died without even knowing the Pope’s name.   In a lot of ways, in daily life, they just aren’t that important.  Modern communication our perception, and the media changed the role.  That said, the RUACH hasn’t stopped either in the Church or in your soul.  The day to day is what you need to work on.

III. For priests, especially…. learn the Traditional Latin Mass.  Time and again, priests have told me that learning the TLM changed them profoundly.  They began to grasp aspects of their priesthood which they hadn’t gleaned before.  In turn, that produces a knock on effect in other aspects of their work, in particular how they celebrate the Novus Ordo.  Congregations note the differences.  The knock on effect continues to knock.  This will be for you a suit of armor.

IV.  For priests, seminarians, lay people alike… consider your CONFIRMATION. Confirmation strengthens us to make the hard call and then stand firm when we are challenged in our Christian living.  We can call upon the power of this sacrament, which has imparted an indelible character, like the potter’s mark of ownership, into our souls.  Confirmation is an ongoing reality in our lives just as the Pentecost event is an ongoing reality in the Church. In these troubled and troubling times, make a conscious choice to call upon that mighty sacrament you received.  Activate it. The sacrament will be mighty in you when you are in the state of grace.    A daily prayer HERE.

V. Therefore… GO TO CONFESSION!

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio – #ZedNet reminder – “Low” Sunday 11 April ’21

Fellow hams, here’s a reminder about ZedNet for “Low” Sunday 11 April ’21 – evening at 2000h EDT. (0100h ZULU Monday).

We now have the site running:  http://zednet.xyz

Zednet exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429, which essentially gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network. Echolink is running again!  WB0YLE-R

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

Brandmeister requires a personal password now: HERE  In effect, they applied security to their “masters”.

WB0YLE gave me a clear list, a BOM, with links, of everything you need to get involved. HERE  THIS WAS UPDATED on 22 March 2021

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

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#ASonnetADay – Sonnet 141. “In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes…”

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PASCHALCAzT 2021: 54 – Low “Quasimodo” Sunday: “A question for you!”

For Lent, and now the Octave of Easter, I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  This is the final podcast of the series.

Today is Sundayt in the Octave of Easter, “Quasimodo Sunday” from the first word of the Introit, “Thomas Sunday” because of the Gospel, “Low Sunday” because we’ve resolved the Octave, “Divine Mercy Sunday” . The Roman Station is San Pancrazio on the Gianicolo.

What sort of progress have we made?  And a question for you.

You got your music for Lent in advance.  How about music for Easter? US HERE – UK HERE the wonderful Benedictines of Gower Abbey who NEED YOUR HELP.

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Man who identifies as a woman wants to be admitted to a convent of Poor Clares. Good idea?

I picked up from Elizabeth Johnston that, according to media in Belgium, a man who identifies as a woman wants to be admitted to a convent of Poor Clares.

Great idea, right?  What could go wrong?

Actually, now that I think about it, the Jesuits and a lot of other religious orders… heck… and dioceses have been admitting effeminate men to the ranks and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with that right?

As an now retired bishop once told me, warning me about a few priests of the diocese waaaay back in the day,

“There are old women of both sexes.”

The other day I saw a good piece at Crisis penned by women who want men to be men.   Good idea.  As a matter of fact, there’s no way out of the spiral of disaster we are in until that happens.

 

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LIVE VIDEO – 10 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Easter Saturday “in albis”

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I’ve resumed, for a while at least, the live-stream of my daily Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Standard Time (= UTC -5 and ROME 1800h).  (Check out LatinMass.live)

ROMAN STATION: San Pancrazio
BEFORE MASS:
Angelus, Statement of Intention
MASS: Easter Saturday “in albis”
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AFTER MASS: Litany of Loreto

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