Calling All Oxonians!
Statement from Una Voce International on the Abdication of Pope Benedict XVI
Video About the 'Dome of Home'
FIUV position papers released on Holy Week celebrations
Traditional Requiem Offered for Fr John Edwards, SJ - Brief Report
Morning of Recollection and High Mass for Election of a Sovereign Pontiff at Westminster Cathedral
Chartres Pilgrimage 2013
Spring Edition of Mass of Ages Now on Sale Online
Mass Listings for Ash Wednesday Online
Pope's Resignation Statement
Pope Benedict XVI to Resign at End of February
Liturgical Calendar for 2013 Now Online
Residential Gregorian Chant Course in April
New Listings for Herts and Northamptonshire and News of Annual Day of Recollection
LMS Chairman Dr Joseph Shaw writes:
'I have been talking to the Chaplain of Oxford University about having and EF Requiem in the chapel. He needs some persuading so I am going to write formally under the terms of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Article 5.3, which talks about 'occasional celebrations'. Although this doesn't mention any kind of 'group' necessarily being involved I would like to demonstrate support for the request, and I am writing to ask you to look out for anyone with a present or past association with Oxford University who might be willing to lend his or her name (and postal address, please) to this letter as a supporter. The proposal is for a Traditional Sung Requiem in the chapel of the Chaplaincy, for the repose of the souls of members and staff of the University.
'I don't expect a commitment to attend the Requiem, I think it is reasonable that people should want it to happen even if they can't make it in person. However I will let them know the date and time if it is arranged.
'I think this is a good opportunity to make the point that the Traditional Mass cannot in principle be excluded from University Chaplaincies, which is the current policy in Oxford. Oxford alumni should be easier to identify than most and we should be able to get plenty of names. Once we have made the point in Oxford we should find it easier to ask elsewhere. There are a surprising number of University Chaplains who can say the EF, and a precedent in Oxford will help them also.'
If you have an association with Oxford University, past or present, and would like to add your name and address to the petition, please email Dr Joseph Shaw as soon as possible.
The FIUV, of which the LMS is an affiliate, has issued the following statement:
The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
International Federation Una Voce.
The news that Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Chair of Peter on the last day of February 2013 was received with sadness by the members of the International Federation Una Voce.
Our founder President, Dr Eric de Saventhem, and his successor, Michael Davies, were always welcomed in Rome by Cardinal Ratzinger who was very supportive of the aims of the Federation in promoting the traditional liturgy and restoring the traditional Mass once more to the altar. The unwavering trust of our former Presidents was vindicated soon after the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to the Papacy in April 2005.
The promulgation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, in July 2007, just over two years into his pontificate, was the act of a Pope who displayed courage in the face of great opposition. In the introduction to the motu proprio Pope Benedict said:
“Since time immemorial it has been necessary – as it is also for the future – to maintain the principle according to which ‘each particular Church must concur with the universal Church, not only as regards the doctrine of the faith and the sacramental signs, but also as regards the usages universally accepted by uninterrupted apostolic tradition, which must be observed not only to avoid errors but also to transmit the integrity of the faith, because the Church’s law of prayer corresponds to her law of faith.
"Among the pontiffs who showed that requisite concern, particularly outstanding is the name of St Gregory the Great, who made every effort to ensure that the new peoples of Europe received both the Catholic faith and the treasures of worship and culture that had been accumulated by the Romans in preceding centuries. ….It is known, in fact, that the Latin liturgy of the Church in its various forms, in each century of the Christian era, has been a spur to the spiritual life of many saints, has reinforced many peoples in the virtue of religion and fecundated their piety.”
The immense courage of Pope Benedict XVI in declaring publicly what so many knew, but were either reluctant, or fearful of expressing, that the Roman Missal promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962 had never been abrogated and that this form of Mass was permissible, has brought, and will continue to bring, abundant graces to Holy Mother Church and future generations. With the wealth of teaching bequeathed to us, this clarification of the position of the traditional liturgy within the Church by Pope Benedict, was a most historic contribution to the Magisterium of the Church in reaffirming the link in worship of generations past to generations of the future. The usus antiquior of yesterday, is now of today, and will be of tomorrow. The second flowering of the usus antiquior does indeed bring joy to our youth. Its miraculous spread and increase, of which Pope Benedict has been the providential instrument, is manifest of the growing numbers of young people who are contacting the Una Voce Federation. Accordingly, the International Federation Una Voce gives thanks to Almighty God for the Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, to whom we convey our filial gratitude, and to whom we give, and will continue to give, our prayers and thanksgiving.
Leo Darroch. President.
22 February 2013. Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.
Have a look at this short film on YouTube about the Shrine of SS Peter, Paul and Philomena at New Brighton:
The new Una Voce position paper on Holy Week celebrations. From the LMS Chairmans Blog:
'It is rare to meet a Catholic attached to the Extraordinary Form who has a good word to say about the 1955 Reform. They swept away a number of much-loved aspects of Holy Week: the banging of the church door with the foot of the processional cross on Palm Sunday, the evening celebration of Tenebrae, where the candles were extinguished one by one in the deepening gloom, popular devotions such as the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday afternoon, the Seven Altars and the Easter Sepulchre. They completely changed the rite of blessing the Paschal candle, on the basis of an over-enthusiastic attempt to capture some supposed ritual of the 8th century, which they failed, in fact, to do.'
'For myself I recall the rather shattering effect of reading the account of Holy Week in Guéranger's great work, 'The Liturgical Year', during Holy Week a number of years ago. This is a massive, edifying, and very informative commentary on the liturgy of the whole year, and it is one of the joys of the Traditional Mass that something written by a French monk in the 19th century is still applicable to what one is experiencing, liturgically, today. But this isn't true of Holy Week: large parts of it are scarcely recognisable, and Guéranger's commentary is highly confusing, if not useless. There is a discontinuity of the the liturgical tradition.'
This particular position paper (the first of two on the subject) deals carefully with this 'can of worms' and can be purchased on Lulu, or you can read the Holy Week Reform 1955 position paper online here.
A Sung Requiem for the soul of Fr John Edwards, SJ, was offered at St James' Church, Spanish Place, last Saturday, 16 February by Fr David Irwin.
With a beautiful plainsong setting by the Spanish Place choir, the solemn ceremony was further enhanced by a moving panegyric from the eminent Jesuit scholar Fr Anthony Symondson.
Fr John was a faithful priest much loved by the traditionalist community and it was good to be able to offer something beautiful for him. Requiescat in pace.
On Saturday, 2 March, Father Simon Leworthy (of St Bede's Clapham Park) will be leading a Lenten Morning of Recollection from 9.50am to 12 noon at St Vincent de Paul School, Morpeth Terrace, Westminster, SW1P 1EP (right next door to the cathedral). Please contact the LMS office if you are interested in attending.
The Morning of Recollection will then be followed by High Mass at 2.00pm offered by the LMS Chaplain Monsignor Gordon Read. The Mass will be the Missa votiva pro eligendo Summo Pontifice (a votive Mass for the election of a Supreme Pontiff), and will be accompanied by singers of the Westminster Cathedral Choir.
As the Cardinals will be preparing to elect a new Pope at that time, we encourage LMS members and readers of this site alike, to attend the Mass in London, and unite their prayers with the intention of this Mass. Elections of Popes are rare occasions, making this Mass rather special.
We would to ask both priests and parishioners to organise as many votive Masses for the election of a Supreme Pontiff, during the time while the See of Peter is vacant, as possible.
The 20th British Pilgrimage leaves London on Friday, 17 May 2013 at 7.30am (There should be a Mass of Departure in Westminster Cathedral Crypt at 7.00am as usual). Pilgrims arrive back in London about 8pm on the following Tuesday, 21 May 2013.
The programme is expected to be the similar to last year's with Mass before departure; Ferry to France; overnight stay Friday at the Hotel Ibis, Aulnay sous Bois; 3 days of Pilgrimage; a hot meal and overnight stay in Chartres (likely in the Ibis - Chartres Centre as the Chatelet does not have enough rooms this year); Mass in Chartres Cathedral Crypt; and return via Eurotunnel to London.
It is hoped to have one Juventutem (Youth) chapter (ages 13-30), one older adult chapter and one Family Chapter (anyone over 6). While the family chapter is designed for children accompanied by adults.
The Latin Mass Society is delighted to announce that for the second year running, we will be offering a bursary for those aged 18-35. The bursary reduces the overall cost by £100. For more details on the Chartres 2013 Pilgrimage bursary click here.
The new edition of Mass of Ages magazine is now available to buy online here.
In the Spring 2013 edition, we have interviews and special features, news from around the country, and a double-page year planner highlighting some of the major events we are organising this year.
There is news of the LMS's new sodality to pray for the conversion of lapsed family and friends. We also carry of four page feature on the progress of the Traditional Mass in the Church since Summorum Pontificum. We continue our mini-series analysing the issues raised in the Traditional Position Papers published by Una Voce International, this time 'On Liturgical Orientation'. There is a report from Australia on a Traditional pilgrimage that has been going for the last 22 years, an interview with Fr Armand de Malleray of the FSSP, and a review of a new publication of Mgr Ronald Knox's translation of the Bible. Plus our popular family notebook column, our regular column on Catholic art, comment and opinion pieces, our quarterly look back into the LMS archives from past decades, your letters, and a prize crossword, plus full listings of Traditional Masses across England and Wales, and much more besides.
Tomorrow, 13 February is Ash Wednesday and there are Traditional Masses being offered at over thirty locations across England and Wales. The full listing is viewable here.
The latest edition of Mass of Ages magazine is now available to buy here.
The Vatican have issued the following statement by Pope Benedict regarding his resignation, announced this morning:
"Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer." - Pope Benedict XVI
Reports have emerged from the Italian news agency ANSA that Pope Benedict has announced that he will resign as Pontiff at the end of this month. The BBC website carries a report of this breaking news. This news has now been confirmed by the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi.
As many of you will know already, the LMS Ordo for 2013 completely sold out this year (even with two print runs!). If you missed out, you can find the information online at our Liturgical Calendar 2013 page on this website. The link is here. Or simply click on the Online Ordo link on the home page.
Details of Masses and the Office according to the 1962 Calendar are given with, uniquely, variations, where they occur, in the dioceses of England and Wales.
The Ordo for 2014 ia already in preparation and will be available in the autumn. We will increase the print run this time, but even so, it's always wise to order early to avoid disappointment.
The annual Gregorian Chant Residential Course, organised by the Gregorian Chant Network, takes place this year straight after Easter over Low Sunday weekend, 5 to 7 April 2013 (that's from Friday to Sunday).
This runs parallel to the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat which shares the same venue: the Oratory School, Woodcote, near Reading.
Students on the Chant course have the opportunity of practising what they learn during the Masses and other liturgical events that make up the Family Retreat, which is extremely useful for the students and beneficial for everyone attending Mass. The Chant course will be given by Dr Chris Hodkinson of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge and one other tutor, yet to be confirmed.
Our Local Rep and assistant Local Rep for Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, Mike Mason and Eric Caudle, bring us news of a Day of Recollection at St Edmund's College, Ware.
A Day of Recollection will be held at St. Edmund’s College, Ware on Saturday, 13 July 2013 at 11.00am.
The retreat will be preached by Fr. Aidan Nichols OP.
There will be a Solemn High Mass in the Traditional Rite celebrated at 12 noon and Solemn Vespers and Benediction at 3.30 pm in the College's Pugin chapel (pictured right)
The cost of the Retreat is £7.00. Guests are advised to bring their own lunch, although tea and coffees will be provided.
Click the following link for more information on the Day of Recollection and for the Spring listings of Traditional Latin Masses in Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.