There will be a TLM for the Feast of All Saints:
There will be a TLM for the Feast of All Saints:
We have started a series of posts for FB on priestly vestments to supplement our page on UNDERSTANDING THE THEOLOGY OF THE TLM. Here is the first of the series:
The priestly vestments worn for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass were derived in style from the secular dress of the Graeco-Roman world. However, Gihr who references Suarez, states that the sacerdotal vestments of the early Church were not street clothing: “To the believing eye and mind it would appear as a desecration of what is most holy, an outrage against the Divine Mysteries for one to attempt to offer the Holy Sacrifice at the altar in the ordinary everyday dress.” It is of tradition that priests were not permitted to wear their officiating garments as profane clothing. Their vestments, though of the ordinary style then in common usage, “as rich and as beautiful as possible…[were] allowed to be worn only at the celebration of the divine Mysteries.”
The ancient forms of vestments were seen up until the 17th century. Gihr contends that after this, a clear understanding of the purpose and the symbolic significance of the specific vestments was lost. It would appear that he did not approve of the smaller and stiff Roman ornaments which Raymond James calls a “mere caricature of the traditional form” – something which looks more like a scapular. We refer to it as a “fiddleback”.
It seems that the reason for cutting away at the ample fit of the early chasuble – thus resulting in the “fiddleback” – was for ease of lifting the arms at the Consecration. With the accruement of ornamentation in elaborate embroidery and precious metals, thicker, stiffer material was needed for support. It was convenient to cut off the fabric at the shoulders for greater ease of movement.
To get an idea of the appearance of a priest celebrating Mass in the ancient, conical style of chasuble, here is a painting of St. Nicholas of Tolentine who lived in the 13th century.
ATTENTION! All those in the Traverse City, Michigan area:
Father Pendergraft, FSSP, will be celebrating Mass at the Carmelite Monastery:
Carmelite Monastery, Infant of Prague
3501 Silver Lake Rd.
Traverse City, MI
Tomorrow, Thursday, OCTOBER 30
Mass time: 6:55 a.m.
He also celebrated this morning’s Mass there.
It is entirely by Divine Providence that I will not be able to post anything further until the end of the month.
So, I leave you with this thought: The peace in the Church and in the world has been entrusted to Our Lady. Until some pope listens and obeys God, we will only see more suffering, more diabolical confusion, and more souls will be dropping into hell. Russia must be properly consecrated by name as God wants, in union with all the Church’s bishops!
We, the laity, do our part by keeping the First Five Saturday devotions, i.e., praying 5 decades of the rosary; keeping our Lady company while meditating for 15 minutes on the 15 mysteries of the rosary; going to Confession; offering our Holy Communion in reparation for sins committed against our Lady. We do all of this with the intention of consoling our Blessed Mother and making reparation for the 5 types of sins committed against her!
I realize that some people cannot assist at Mass on Saturdays. But God is good and merciful. He does not ask for the impossible. With a priest’s permission, the devotion may be done on another day, as for example, the first 5 Sundays.
Father Goncalves once asked Sr. Lucia, in a letter of May 29,1930, whether one could fulfill all the conditions on a day other than a first Saturday, perhaps a Sunday. He mentioned that “people in the country, for example, will not be able very often because they live quite far away.” Our Lord answered Sr. Lucia’s confessor when on the night of May 29 – 30, He replied in these words:
“The practice of this devotion will be equally acceptable on the Sunday following the First Saturday when my Priests, for a just cause, allow it to souls.”
Do not make the decision on your own to substitute days. Our Lord specifically said that one must have a priest’s permission.
Believe that this devotion will help save souls!
I have to thank my friend José Sarto once more for being on top of things going on at the Synod on the Family. The following is our translation of his Spanish blog post on Página Católica, which is a translation from the original Italian. The author of the original report is Marco Tosati of La Stampa, and can be sound here. The report is from today’s proceedings.
Another Censorship Causes a Rebellion of the Synod Fathers:
Our readers know that once the Relatio post disceptationem was published, summarizing the expositions by the Fathers during the first week of deliberations, they were to meet in ten language groups (smaller circles) to continue work on it.
With the analysis completed this Thursday, an attempt was then made to impose a new act of censorship, which Marco Tosati related, and we translated:
Another censure which caused a rebellion by the synod Fathers:
The General Secretariat of the Synod announced the decision not to publish the reports of the small committee meetings. Then Cardinal Erdö, trying to distance himself from the Relatio post diceptationem published under his name, spoke by saying that if that document had been published, then the results of the committee meetings should also be published.
His intervention was followed by that of many others who expressed themselves in a similar tone to the sound of thunderous applause.
The Secretary of the Synod, Cardinal Baldisseri, glanced at the Pope as if seeking advice and light, while he [the pope], with a very serious face, remained silent. Also silent were the undersecretaries of the Synod, Fabene, Forte, Schönborn and Madariaga. Kasper was not present. Finally, Father Lombardi announced that committee reports would be made public.
The cunning way in which a small group of Bergoglio’s friends has wanted to co-opt the Synod, reminds those with good memory, of the same maneuvers made during the Second Vatican Council, the schemas of which were completely subordinated by the triumphant heterodox; the same as was done to silence, with the complicity of the press, the orthodox majority.
Perhaps one may be allowed to think that if this time they could not do the same, it is partly due to the existence of so many and so varied a number of blogs which they cannot control, and which have openly recounted what happens.
It also must be said that Cardinal Erdö, Relator of the Synod near whom Francis positioned five of his friends – to the shock of the Church – so that they would help him to write the document, said that the responsibility of that document is not theirs at all, and that the part treating of homosexuality, and universally repudiated, had been written by Bishop Forte whose position on the matter is known, the same who has been appointed Special Secretary for the Synod by Bergoglio.
We have not been able to analyze the ten documents, one by a small committee, issued in several languages. We have been able to see that there are positions found in the similar ones; for example:
Cardinal Schönborn says in the report of committee Gallicus B:
“We reiterate our respect and our welcome to homosexual persons, at the same time that we denounce the unjust discrimination and often violent, that they have suffered and continue to suffer, unfortunately, sometimes even in the Church.”
“But that does not mean that the Church should legitimize homosexual practices, and much less recognize, as do some States, the so-called ‘marriage’.”
”Instead, we denounce all maneuvers of certain international organizations to impose on poor countries, through financial blackmail, laws which establish so-called homosexual ‘marriage’.”
It is unfortunate to use homosexual people, as if it were a natural distinction, an error which Cardinal Robles Ortega clarifies in the Hibericus committee report:
“Turning to no.50, it has been observed that it should not speak of homosexual people almost as if homosexuality were part of his ontological being, but rather of people with homosexual tendencies. It was requested that the text of this number be replaced with the following: ‘Sexuality that makes us to exist as humanity, as masculine and feminine, is an indispensable value in anthropology and in Christian theology. It makes us be the ones for the others, not in lack of distinction, but as complementary…People with homosexual tendencies are also in the need of reception and accompaniment that helps them to grow in the Faith, and to know God’s plan for them.’”
Below we post the link [Italian language] which will enable our readers to read the reports of each of the committees. In doing so, realize that has been made possible, thanks to the “Rebellion in the Synod”.
Keep in mind of how the “old” evangelization was accomplished through the Holy Ghost in all power, truth, and authority as attested in Scripture in the account of Pentecost. Human nature does not change.
The following is our translation from the Italian, of today’s report on the Synod of the Family. Click on the link to read the original as written by Franca Giansoldati.
Vatican City – beginning with the language, all appears to be novel. Maybe it’s too early to talk about revolution, but something like that is contained between the pages of the report of Cardinal Peter Erdo, the Relator for the Synod on the Family. The text is the result of a synthesis of all the interventions made so far in the aula during the first week of the synod’s work.
In the focus on the family, what is first noted, is the helping hand extended to those who have “failed”, looking sympathetically towards gay couples because, as it says in paragraph 50, 51 and 52, “it is acknowledged that there are cases where the silently upholding [a union] to the point of sacrifice, constitutes a valiant support for the life of the “partners”. For the first time in an official Church document, the neutral word “partners” appears . In a sign of the times, the Synod Fathers have also recognized that we need to develop a special Ministry to the children who live with same-sex couples, reaffirming that they must always put the rights and needs of children first. It is definitely the first time that the church acknowledges and takes note of the changes in Western societies over these last twenty years.
On the horizon there stands a new path for divorced and remarried couples, no longer excluded, but put on a practical path. Sacramental Communion for them might be possible. The conditional, however, is a must since the Synod Fathers have just traced the path, without overbalancing, neither to the one side nor to the other, given that the subject has been the focus of clashes and bitter debates: on the one hand the rigorists, led by the influential Cardinal Mueller [rigorist ?], Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, and on the other hand, the reformers led by Cardinal Kasper, a theologian and author of a study on the concept of mercy – a medicine, that in the Church of Bergoglio, is often used to give hope to those who have suffered, to those who feel rejected and who are gradually turned away [sic]by the Church.
“In the pastoral reality of civil marriages, we must note the new dimension of today’s family, and make the necessary changes, including cohabitation. In fact when the union reaches a remarkable stability through public constraint, it is marked by deep affect, by its responsibility in respect to offspring, with capacity to withstand in testings; it [the union] can be considered as a germ accompanied in its development towards the sacrament of marriage. “
He is warning about the machinations at the synod which will provoke a schism. The article is from my friend’s – Jose Sarto - excellent Spanish blog. My translation is quite hasty, but it is readable and comprehensible. The article was published yesterday on his blog, Página Católica.
Bishop Rogelio Livieres:
“At the opening Mass of the extraordinary Synod on the family Pope Francisco called for bishops to collaborate with God’s plan and thus form a holy people. I offer these reflections with the desire to serve the Pope in the best way that I can.
“The Church, founded on the rock of Peter, expects from the Synod the promotion of the Christian family. But what the Bible calls “the world” has a very different expectation: the media scream every day for the Church to be brought “up to date”- a euphemism for demanding that she bless, and not condemn the everyday more and more frequent moral deviations – due to, among other reasons, the systematic encouragement from the press and the entertainment industry.
“The Church was, however, not established to sanction what the world seeks, but to teach us what God wants from us and to accompany us on the path of Holiness. Because it is in the will of God, who knows all, and cannot be deceived nor deceive us, where we find true peace and happiness. Neither the doctrine of the faith nor pastoral practice — consequence of this doctrine — are the result of a consensus of priests, whether Cardinals or bishops.
“Since the earliest times of Christianity the Apostles and their successors were pressured by powerful religious and political elites to forsake the truth and the Evangelical mission they had received from Christ. But instead of bowing to other gods they left us a testimony of unconditional fidelity to the truth by the pouring out of their blood. Because “we must obey God rather than men” (acts 5:29). These days it comforts me think of the example of St. Athanasius. He was expelled from his diocese not once but five times, due to the machinations of his Arian brother bishops with whom he was not “in communion”, precisely because he wanted to promote “the Catholic and Apostolic faith”, as it says in the Eucharistic prayer I, or Roman Canon.
“To bless and accept “what everyone wants is neither mercy nor pastoral love. Rather, it is laziness and convenience, because we would be renouncing evangelization and education. And human respect, because we would be more mindful of what is said of us, then to speak out prophetically in obedience to God. Now St. Benedict, during another era which was also marked by much confusion, summed up obedience as the principle of eternal life: “My word is now directed to you, whoever you are, so you give up your own will and take up the illustrious and powerful weapons of obedience…”, “… so you will by obedience return to Him from whom you had wandered off through the apathy of disobedience” (The Rule, Prologue).
“Within the Church, and lately from some of its more upper echelons, “new winds blow” that are not of the Holy Spirit. The very same Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, among others, has criticized the utopian pretensions of making fundamental changes in pastoral practice without therefore affecting the Catholic doctrine on the family. Without judging intentions, which I presume to be of the best, and with the sadness of having to mention them by name, since they are public knowledge, Cardinal Kasper and the Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolica are active promoters who lead this confusion. What was once prohibited as a serious disobedience against God’s law, now could be blessed in the name of His mercy. They justify the unjustifiable through subtle interpretations of texts and historical facts. But those who are really knowledgeable on these matters have reduced to dust those sophistries. Let us not forget what our Lord said: “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
“Let us take the extraordinary opportunity that the Synod offers us to reaffirm in a positive manner what the Church always and everywhere has believed about the family and has implemented through her discipline. This requires us, at the same time, to defend the truth before those that are dividing and confusing the people of God. The situation is very serious and I am not the first to warn that unfortunately we are facing the danger of a great schism. Exactly what the Lord and his blessed Mother have warned us about in apparitions recognized and approved by the authority of the Church.
“Confronting those who are trying to “draw” a consensus and to manipulate statistics, as if God’s people were asking for what in reality they wish to engrave by the force of an abusive authority, let us remember that the Church does not live or is defined by the opinions of men and the changes of the times, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. The story of how it ended by imposing on an entire Catholic people the schism of the Church of England, along with the martyrdom testament of St. John Fischer and St. Thomas More, is a lesson that today is very much worth pondering.
“Let us pray for the Pope, the Cardinals and bishops, so that we are all disposed to even the spilling of blood in the defense and promotion of the family against the storms of the deception and the idolatry of the sexual freedom of man before God. Let us not deceive or set aside the faith and moral practice that Jesus Christ taught us. We know that the world hated our Lord. The servant cannot be greater than his master. The world will persecute us, even by falsely invoking the name of God. And the clergy who speak as the world wants them to, will be applauded and will be loved by it, “because they are [the world's]“, not God’s.”
As is commonly known, Bishop Livieres pertains to Opus Dei. It is rather despicable that the Prelature has stabbed him in the back with this notice:
“This Office [Opus Dei Information] makes it clear that the words – very unfortunate – by Bishop Rogelio Livieres published on his blog, about the Synod of the family are his sole and exclusive responsibility.
” The attitude in the Prelature of Opus Dei is and will be always of total union with the Holy Father, in the communion of the whole Church.”
Rome, 11 October 2014
I just want to let everyone know that I have not totally abandoned this blog; we have been rather busy updating the Understanding of the TLM page for the soon-to-be-published book, plus keeping up the FB page.
There has been so much going on in the Church, much of it being of great concern. Just keeping up with the news takes up so much of my time! Let’s stay close our Blessed Mother. May we be of the elect who will live to see the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart!
Provided are a few links to some informative articles in case you haven’t been keeping up with current affairs in the Church:
1.) The demotion of Cardinal Burke
4.) The public ‘marriage’ of two men, one in drag, witnessed by a priest in good standing
5.) The assignment of Bishop Cupich to the archdiocese of Chicago
6.) The persecution of Bishop Finn, another friend of tradition
Is there anyone in their right mind who can deny that the apostasy of which Our Lady of Fatima warned is not in full swing? Be a part of the action and join the counter-revolution. We fight for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as God inspires us, each in our own little corner of influence. I hope you are doing your part.
Yes! We are the Church Militant!
Carmel Infant of Prague Monastery
3501 Silver Lake Road
September 30 and October 1, both at 7 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr. S. Archer of the Peoria Diocese
I understand that Father will be delivering some fantastic talks. I have heard Father before, and I can tell you that he is a polished speaker. His presentations are always well-researched and edifying.
August 20, 2014 update: I found the English text here.
The Carmelites of Coimbra have issued a new biographical book on Sr. Lucia written by them, and which gives some unpublished details regarding the third secret of Fatima. The source is here, but in Italian. I have loosely translated just a small but important part of the article:
“There is something new about the ‘third secret of Fatima ‘, a prophecy that runs through the twentieth century and seems to project to its final realization.
“The new [information] is contained in an official publication of the Carmel of Coimbra, the one where Sr. Lucia dos Santos lived and died (in 2005), the last seer of Fatima. The book is entitle “A Journey Under the Gaze of Mary) and a biography of Sister Lucia, written by the Sisters, with valuable unpublished documents of the same seer.
“Soon after, says Sister Lucy, ‘I felt [my] spirit flooded with a mysterious light that is God, and in Him I have seen and heard: the tip of the spear like a flame that shoots out, taps the axis of the Earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds flow out of their boundaries, flood and drag back in a whirl, houses and people in numbers which you cannot count; [it] is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. The hate, the ambition, provoking the destructive war. After, I heard in an accelerated beating heart and in my spirit, a soft voice saying, ” ‘in time, one faith only, one sole baptism, one church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic.’ ”