What the TMSM is up to. Si vis pacem, para bellum.

The Wuhan Devil is intimidating people into suppressing sacred liturgical worship, which is the very life of the Church and of the world.  The Eucharist, both Its self and Its celebration, which is Holy Mass and Benediction and Processions, is where we begin and the goal for which we strive.   We need Mass, and not just in its minimal expression.  For our identity, we need more.  Early Christians, as Bp. Schneider reminded us in his book, said, “sine dominico non possumus… without the Sunday Eucharistic liturgy we cannot live”.  This is a starting point for our Christian identity in founding or in crisis.  Then we need more.

The Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison is still working to prepare the tools of the revitalization of our Catholic identity through sacred liturgical worship, sine qua non possumus.  Cultus is inseparable from Code and Creed.  Our discipline and our doctrine cannot be isolated from our sacred liturgical worship, which is the primary mode by which we fulfill the essential virtue of Religion.

Here are some shots of the new set of violet vestments for Solemn Mass which will arrive on the threshold of Advent.  They are from Sacra Domus Aurea (tell her Fr. Z sent you!).

UPDATE: It seems to me that the photos I received were just a little too “warm”, so I “chilled” them a bit to compensate for the yellow cast.  I base that on another photo sent at a different time.  Here is the result.

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In these days of continuing COVID-1984 we are – for one reason or another, good or bad – struggling just to have Masses, we are nevertheless pushing forward and preparing for the day when things look brighter.

And, one of these days, a new cathedral will be built here.  The old one burned in 2005 (arson).   A cathedral will need worthy vestments.

And so we keep plugging along, dalmatic by dalmatic.  One might say that we are “coping”.

Next… hopefully, a gold Pontifical set.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. mrjaype says:

    How jaded are my eyeballs when I instantly interpret TMSM as “The Main Stream Media”.

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  3. Mario Bird says:

    Ha. Coping. Thanks for keeping a sense of humeral. Would hate to think that things were amice. Too many efforts of the devil to manipleate this situation. He may have stole alb our Masses, but he’ll never take our freedom.


  4. Fr. Charles A. F. says:

    Haha! Coping… good one.

  5. UncleBlobb says:

    These are stunning, Father Z.! Wow!

  6. IaninEngland says:

    “Coping”, yes, good one, Fr. Z. and Mario Bird. I almost bursed into laughter! (I’m starting to see a bit of a paten here.)

  7. I’m trying!

    [You certainly are!]

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  9. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Mario Bird,

    Kudos on your excellent follow up, with the dry-humor twist on words connected to the traditional liturgy. I truly laughed out loud.

  10. JonPatrick says:

    Ah yes the COVID-1984 “second wave”. Interesting how both here in the US as well as many European countries the number of “cases” increases but the death rate continues to drop. Could we be getting a lot of false positives maybe? A lot of the test kits come from China. Of course they should be the experts in COVID, after all they invented it. One wonders. And now that we have this “second wave” which may be a false-positive-from-crummy-Chinese-test-kits-wave, the first thing we have to do is close churches, while Wal-Mart and strip clubs and various other gathering places remain open. For Catholics the sacraments especially the Eucharist are key to our spiritual well being which is much more critical to us as eternal beings than our physical well being.

  11. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you Fr. Z, God bless the TMSM.

    The Party of Death and corrupt clergy and laity are exploiting the Wuhan Virus, and there will be a reckoning. Meanwhile, Christians have an opportunity to persevere. Deo Gratias. Laudetur Jesus Christus. Christus Vincit.

    Mario Bird, well done, Freedom indeed.

  12. Cincture says:

    Well, that cinches it!

    Thoughts all go the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, in perseverence, and in turn via prayers of intercession, to all presentations to our Lord.

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