Mass of Ages - Autumn 2016 Edition

Mass of Ages is the quarterly magazine of the Latin Mass Society. It contains reports on our many activities across the country, national and international news of Traditional Catholic events, feature articles on different aspects of traditional Faith and culture, and opinions and views on developments in the Catholic Church. 

The autumn 2016 edition is now available in which we publish part of the talk given to the AGM by Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Speaking on the subject ‘The persecution of the Church’, Archbishop Gullickson said:

“The refusal to admit suffering from persecution as a part of the Christian life is not so much a question of our struggle with the problem of evil (why must the innocent suffer?) as it is of properly attributing the ongoing suffering of the just to Satan’s wrath and to the presence in our midst of not few people unwilling to renounce the father of evil and his works and pomps. Why are there martyrs today? Why are Christians persecuted today? Because the ‘Beast’ is on the loose. The Church, the Body of Christ is lacerated yet today by those who serve the Father of Lies and the Prince of Darkness, by those who prefer darkness to light. To this mix, as it has to do with denial in the hearts and minds of fellow Christians, just add a heaping spoonful of ambiguity and will to obfuscate, then stir in stupidity and faithlessness, and you have a better idea as to why our insistent prayer should be that the Lord come quickly.”

On the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh, a founding member of the Latin Mass Society, Archbishop Gullickson also delivered a brief panegyric for Waugh during Vespers at St Mary Magdalen’s, Wandsworth.

We publish an interview with the Rt Rev Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in which he discusses various aspects of Church life, including liturgy, ecumenism and evangelisation. Speaking about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, Mgr Newton said,

“Here at Warwick Street, the parish priest has been asked to have a regular Wednesday evening Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form, which we’re very happy to host. It’s not run by the parish, but is hosted by the parish, and it is fulfilling a need. When the Extraordinary Form is done well, it is very beautiful.” 

Speaking about Divine Worship – the Ordinariate Missal, Mgr Newton goes on to say:

“The Missal is a very historical document as it is the first time, as far as I know, that the Catholic Church has produced a missal which has elements from ecclesial communities that originate from the time of the Reformation. This has huge implications. Ecumenically, therefore, the Ordinariate is a kind of test-tube to see what could be done if other churches really do come together, so that there is a unity of faith, a unity of order, but some diversity of practice. I’m surprised that ecumenists don’t find the Ordinariate more exciting, because I think they should.”

As we embark upon our own programme of pilgrimages, Clare Bowskill, LMS Publicist, looks back at this year’s pilgrimage to Chartres, for which the LMS sponsored 15 pilgrims. In her article, she follows three of those pilgrims, Eden, Wojtek and Helen. Wojtek, who was on the Chartres Pilgrimage for his first time, sums up the whole essence of pilgrimage: 

“The pilgrim always follows two ways. While the feet are heading towards the end of the pilgrim’s path, the soul is taking strides towards heaven, hoping to meet God at the end of the journey.”

Having arrived in Chartres, Helen who was celebrating being ‘blister-free’ for the first time said,

“I think it was one of my most enjoyable Chartres pilgrimages as I had the opportunity to meet and chat to so many other pilgrims. If you’ve not been on the pilgrimage, you must. I can’t recommend it enough – it is an experience that stays with you forever.”

Daniel Blackman, photographer and journalist, reflects on what role photography plays in communicating the message of Traditional Catholicism.

“Photos can evangelise. A photo shared on Facebook among friends, or a calendar given as a present, can spread the influence of the traditional liturgy far and wide. It’s taking the Mass out of the Church and into the world, in the same way cloistered nuns bring the riches of Gregorian chant to the world, thanks to CDs and the internet.”

In an interview with Prior Cassian Folsom OSB, the Editor of Mass of Ages asks ‘How does the Extraordinary Form add value to the monastic life? Prior Fulsom’s answer – 

“Well, we switched to the so-called Extraordinary Form in 2009, two years after Summorum Pontificum. We had always used the Novus Ordo in Latin with chant before, but not Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The usus antiquior has a certain harmonious integration between the Office and the Mass. The Old Rite requires much more attention to gesture, to poetry I might say, and to repetition, but not useless repetition, rather useful repetition. Also, it operates not only on the level of the intellect, but on the level of the intuition and the heart. So our experience is that it is a much more contemplative style of offering the Mass and certainly for a monastic community it is much more conducive to our charism. So, having been immersed in it now for these seven or eight years – though we have always done the old monastic Office in Latin – I see that it has had a very powerful formative effect.”

Paul Waddington continues his series of articles on church architecture with a look at St Charles Borromeo’s church in Hull.

Caroline Shaw helps us contemplate Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, with a reflection on a painting of that name by the 16th century artist, Adriaen Isenbrant.

Also in this issue:

• Regular columnist the ‘Lone Veiler’ writes on Relics of the Saints

• Anthony Hofler writes on ‘The Scourge of Indifferentism.”

• Edward Kendall, a Philosophy and Religion student at Bangor, reveals how his first experience of Mass in the Extraordinary Form has made him a committed follower,

All this, and much more, shows that Traditional Catholicism is alive, growing and enjoyed by more and more people throughout England and Wales.


Read the autumn edition of Mass of Ages HERE.

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