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En la Catedral Primada

Creer en Mexico, the best Mexican blog on Traditional matters, reports on the Solemn Latin Mass celebrated yesterday in the majestic Cathedral of Mexico City (Altar of the Kings), by Father Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP.


1. Our reader L. Hertz sends us the following notice:

For the feast of the Epiphany (7 PM) , there will be a Solemn High Mass at Holy Trinity parish, in Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket area of Virginia (8213 Linton Hall Rd, Bristow, VA 20136).
Several local seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, and St. Charles Borromeo, as well as diocesan priests, will be serving or singing at the Mass. The parish priests are Fr. Peffley and Fr. Wooton, to whom we are greatly indebted for affording us this extraordinary opportunity to offer this very solemn form of the Traditional Mass.
All are invited and encouraged to witness this magnificent liturgical form of the immemorial Roman Rite.

Priest and faithful together

Interesting excerpts of an interview granted by the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, Mons. Guido Marini, to Italian daily Il Tempo (Sunday edition):

When shall we see Pope Benedict celebrating the Latin Mass according to the extraordinary Roman Rite, that of Saint Pius V? I personally viewed the 'motu proprio' as an act of liberality, of openness, not of closemindedness.

[G.Marini:] "I do not know. Many faithful have availed themselves of this possibility. The Pope will decide, if he considers it appropriate."

[...] The Pope, a year ago, celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel with his back turned to the people. Who it was who proposed it to him?

[G. Marini:] "It was I who proposed it to him. The Sistine Chapel is a treasure chest. It seemed a strained effort to alter its beauty b y building an artificial, made-up stage. In the ordinary rite, this celebration 'with the back turned to the people' is a foreseen position. Yet I underline: the back is not tu…

60 years ago

On December 26, 1948, Cardinal Mindszenty, Archbishop of Ersztergom and Primate of Hungary, was arrested by the Communist government of that nation. It was the beginning of a slow via crucis which would last until his last days. Pope Pius XII, who had named him Archbishop and created him Cardinal right after the war, condemned the action a few days later through his Letter Acerrimo Moerore ("To the Bishops of Hungary", January 2, 1949 - in Italian). 

For a contemporary account of the Mindszenty affair: Time magazine archives.

Mass at Dawn

The Mass of Christmas Dawn for the Melbourne Latin Mass Community was celebrated in the School Chapel at Burke Hall, Xavier College, Kew. A Low Mass is celebrated every Sunday morning at Kew; on Greater Days, however, a Solemn Mass is celebrated.

Fr John McDaniels celebrated the Dawn Mass, assisted by Fr Glen Tattersall.  
It is a wonderful blessing to have available a Solemn Mass for all three Christmas Masses and great credit must be given to the small mixed choir, directed by Hugh Henry, which rendered beautifully all the Gregorian chants of the Mass, with occasional polyphony; and an indefatigable team of servers who assisted  in the sanctuary: a splendid effort.  

Below are some photographs taken at the Mass.  All the images in these posts of the Christmas Liturgies may be clicked on for an enlarged view.

At the Confiteor:

Incensation of the celebrant:

At the Collect:

Blessing the deacon:

Kissing the Book of the Gospels:

Incensing the celebrant after the Gospel:

At the "Et Incarnatus…

He became a child

The medieval theologian William of Saint Thierry once said that God – from the time of Adam – saw that his grandeur provoked resistance in man, that we felt limited in our own being and threatened in our freedom. Therefore God chose a new way. He became a child. He made himself dependent and weak, in need of our love. Now – this God who has become a child says to us – you can no longer fear me, you can only love me.

With these thoughts, we draw near this night to the child of Bethlehem – to the God who for our sake chose to become a child. In every child we see something of the Child of Bethlehem. Every child asks for our love. This night, then, let us think especially of those children who are denied the love of their parents. Let us think of those street children who do not have the blessing of a family home, of those children who are brutally exploited as soldiers and made instruments of violence, instead of messengers of reconciliation and peace. Let us think of those children who …
Salus æterna humano generi apparuit
Merry Christmas!

Midnight Mass in Melbourne

Church of Saint Aloysius, Caulfield

A large congregation of the Faithful attended Midnight Mass in the Extraordinary Form on a mild summer's evening in Caulfield (Archdiocese of Melbourne).

The Solemn Mass was celebrated by Father Glen Tattersall, assisted by Father John McDaniels, priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne whose apostolate is solely devoted to ministering to the Faithful in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The ceremonies of the Mass and the singing of the choir were carried out, as usual with the greatest beauty and dignity.
Below are some photographs from the Mass.
Preparation of Incense:

At the Gloria:

At the Collect:

Chanting the Gospel:

Et incarnatus est:

After Holy Communion:

The Last Gospel:

Christmas Matins in Archdiocese of Melbourne

Matins of Christmas was solemnly celebrated at Saint Aloysius' Church, Caulfield (Archdiocese of Melbourne) before Midnight Mass. The following are some photographs from the occasion.

Cantors Jeremy Fletcher and Patrick Doyle intoning the psalms:

Choir and High altar:

Celebrant of Matins, Father Tattersall, singing the Gospel:

Advent at Caulfield

The Latin Mass community at Caulfield, under the patronage of the Archbishop of Melbourne, celebrated the First Holy Communion of a number of parishioners during a Solemn Mass on Gaudete Sunday.  Two First Communicants are shewn receiving the Sacrament from Fr John McDaniels, celebrant of the Mass. 

Sacred Music from Juventutem

A 2-CD set of music from the Juventutem liturgies in Sydney is now available in Australia from the Central Catholic Bookshop in Melbourne (telephone in Australia: 03 9639 0844).
Online ordering may be had here in addition to a partial track listing. 
These discs are selections from three Pontifical Masses and Solemn Vespers celebrated by HE Cardinal Pell. 

This professionally-recorded selection of chants would make an excellent gift for both family and friends.

Proceeds of sales go to help support youth groups attached to the Extraordinary Form in Australia.

Pope in the Holy Land: May

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, confirmed today that Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Holy Land in 2009 (as it had been confirmed by the Holy See), specifying that the journey will take place in the month of May.

First Italian report by news agency ASCA.


It really has never been the purpose of this blog to post all kinds of Catholic news - but only those items that are of interest to Catholics who are friendly to Tradition and that are underreported or misrepresented elsewhere.

And there is not much that can be done when the usual sources of news for Catholics friendly to Tradition are silent, or when news dispatches coming from the Vatican itself are nearly irrelevant. For instance, the fact that the Pope intends to celebrate the New Mass ad orientem once again is not newsworthy now as it was when he first did it (and when it might have seemed as a permanent or frequent new orientation).  Yesterday's Christmas address to the Curia, which was far from being an earth-shattering road map, is not nearly as newsworthy as his 2005 address seemed to be at the time. 
On the other hand, Pope Benedict's Apostolic Letter on Bl. Duns Scotus was given greater relevance here than mostly elsewhere because it seems to us to indicate the Pope&#…

Traditional Mass to be broadcast by State TV in the Philippines

Tomorrow, December 24, National Broadcasting Network-4, the official television channel of the Philippine national government, will broadcast a Traditional Missa Cantata from St. Jerome Emiliani Parish in the Diocese of Paranaque, Metro Manila. The broadcast will begin at 10:30 PM (2:30 PM GMT) with carols and short videos of priests explaining what the Traditional Latin Mass is. The Mass itself will start at 11:00 P.M. (3:00 PM GMT). Fr. Grato Germanetto, an Italian Somascan priest, will offer this Mass. The significance of this event lies in the fact that the government's own television channel has chosen to televise this, and not the usual charismatic Mass. Moreover, this channel will be watched nationwide and will be available to all, not just to cable TV subscribers. It is our hope that this televised Mass will alert Filipino Catholics -- who number some 72+ million -- to the fact that the Traditional Latin Mass is alive and well, thus fueling a greater demand for its celebra…

Pontifical Mass (Novus Ordo) in Latin and ad orientem in the Philippines

Last December 13, the memorial of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, Msgr. Angel Hobayan DD, the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Catarman, offered Mass in Latin and ad orientem according to the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The site of the Pontifical Mass was at the San Juan Pinaglabanan church in San Juan, Metro Manila (Archdiocese of Manila). The occasion was the fist-ever national Catholic Apologetics Convention in the Philippines, and the graduation of the students who had attended a comprehensive Apologetics Seminar over 13 Saturdays. Organizing all these was the Defensores Fidei Foundation (DFF). Concelebrating with Msgr. Hobayan was DFF Associate, Fr. Abraham Arganiosa, who offers the Sunday EF Mass in Sorsogon province in the Philippines. Master of Ceremonies was Fr. Carlos Estrada of Opus Dei; an Opus Dei center also graciously lent its beautiful and massive Latin altar missal (Missale Romanum 2002) for the occasion. The reading, Gospel and General Intercessions alone were sai…

Rorate cæli:
The silence of His coming

Rorate, cæli, desuper, et nubes pluant iustum: aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.(From the Introit for the Fourth Sunday in Lent; cf. also the fourth Lesson for Ember Saturday in Advent, Isaias xlv, 6-8: "I am the Lord, and there is none else: I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord that do all these things. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud forth a savior: and let justice spring up together: I the Lord have created him.")

I. Consider first, that this blessed earth here spoken of is, according to the strictest interpretation, no other than Our Lady, that inviolate Virgin and immaculate Earth, from which, without human agency, there sprang that Divine Bud, desired by Isaias so long before, when he exclaimed: "Let the earth be opened, and bud forth a Savior." This being so, it will at once strike thee as strange that this form of ex…

Duns Scotus and the Primacy of the Authority of the Church

Rejoice, o City of Cologne, which one day received within your walls John Duns Scotus, a very intelligent and pious man, who, on November 8, 1308, passed from the present life to the heavenly fatherland; and you, with great admiration and veneration, preserve his remains.


Confirmed in his Catholic faith, he made an effort to understand, explain, and defend the truth of faith in the light of human reason. Therefore, he made nothing other than demonstrating the knowledge of all truth, natural and supernatural, which come from the same and only Source.

Along with Holy Scripture, divinely inspired, stands the authority of the Church. He follows the words of Saint Augustine: "I would not believe in the Gospel, if first I did not believe in the Church." In fact, our Doctor places in an elevated position, the supreme authority of the Successor of Peter. According to his words, "although the Pope cannot establish against natural and divine law (because his power is inferior to…

Traditional Mass for All Souls on Sunday? Possible

The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" responded to a question sent by an Italian layman on whether the Requiem Mass for Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed could be celebrated on a Sunday (as Nov. 2 fell on a Sunday this year), also considering the circumstances that the choir and musicians which would perform Mozart's Requiem during the Mass would only be able to be present on Sunday. The letter, dated Sep. 22, 2008, and signed by Mons. Camille Perl, Vice-President of the Commission, said that the celebration of the Mass for All Souls was possible on a Sunday. Perl affirmed that, "It seems logical to me that the celebration of the 'Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum' be common for both forms of the Roman Rite".

(Report and tip by our friends at flos de radice eius ascendet...

Hæc dicit Dominus Deus: Egredietur virga de radice Iesse, et flos de radice eius ascendet. Et requiescet super eum spiritus Domini: spiritus sapientiæ et intellectus, spiritus consilii et fortitudinis, spiritus scientiæ et pietatis: et replebit eum spiritus timoris Domini.(From the Propers for the Ember Friday in Advent, Isaias xi, 1-3: " Thus saith the Lord God: And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord.")

Orthodoxos —Then let us pass on to another prophetic testimony and let us hear the same prophet saying, "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root."

Eranistes —I think this prophecy was delivered about Zerubbabel.


LMS Statement

Regarding the Oxford Training Conference, The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales has released the following note.

15 December 2008

* LMS Training Conference at Merton College, Oxford for Priests Wishing to Learn the Extraordinary Form of Mass (Traditional Latin Rite), August 2009

The following is a statement from Mr Paul Beardsmore, Secretary of the Latin Mass Society:

1. The LMS Committee has not cancelled the Oxford Training Conference, and Merton College has not indicated to the Society that permission to hold the Conference has been withdrawn.

2. Mr David Lloyd’s views concerning the Oxford Conference held in July 2008 were considered by the LMS Committee three months ago and did not receive the support of the majority of its members.

3. The LMS Committee – including Mr Lloyd – is unanimous in its commitment to the implementation of the Motu Proprio, ‘Summorum Pontificum’, and consequently to the training of clergy to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

4. The leaking to the p…

Kneeling for communion and communion on the tongue:
"Profound meaning," says Cañizares

In an interview granted this Sunday to Spanish daily La Razón, the new Prefect of Divine Worship, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, had this to say on an important liturgical matter:
[La Razón:] Nevertheless, Benedict XVI has reiterated in some instances the propriety of receiving communion kneeling and in the mouth. Is it something important, or is it a mere matter of form?
[Cañizares:] - No, it is not just a matter of form. What does it mean to receive communion in the mouth? What does it mean to kneel before the Most Holy Sacrament? What dies it mean to kneel during the consecration at Mass? It means adoration, it means recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; it means respect and an attitude of faith of a man who prostrates before God because he knows that everything comes from Him, and we feel speechless, dumbfounded, before the wondrousness, his goodness, and his mercy. That is why it is not the same to place the hand, and to receive communion in any fashion, t…


Fratres: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est. Nihil soliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione, et obsecratione, cum gratiarum actione, petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum. Et pax Dei, quæ exsuperat omnem sensum, custodiat corda vestra et intelligentias vestras, in Christo Iesu Domino nostro.(Epistle for the Third Sunday in Advent, Philippians iv, 4-7: Brethren, Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.)

"Blessed they that mourn," and "woe unto them that laugh" (Matt. v. 4; Luke vi. 25), says Christ. How then does Paul say, "Rejoice in the Lord always"? "Woe to them that laugh,&…