Jan 9, 2018

Sunday Sermon on Epiphany, January 7 -- On the Importance of the Traditional Roman Liturgy

As the Church bids us proclaim the movable feasts of the coming year at the Epiphany, we consider the liturgical calendar and feasts of the Christmas season as they now are in the post Vatican II Mass and as they had been in the ancient tradition of the Church.

In the modern Mass, the 12 days of Christmas and the real meaning of Epiphany are obscured, even as the Christmas season is cut short. The enrichment of the life of the Church with the celebration of the Extraordinary Form (aka Traditional Latin Mass) can help us celebrate the Christmas season with greater joy, and reminds of the season of Epiphanytide.

Pope Benedict XVI often reminded us of the importance of the Traditional Latin Mass for the life of the Church. Indeed, he claims that the New Mass of the Second Vatican Council is, in some respects, a banal fabrication which must be reformed and renewed.

“One of the weaknesses of the postconciliar liturgical reform can doubtless be traced to the armchair strategy of academics, drawing up things on paper which, in fact, would presuppose years of organic growth. The most blatant example of this is the reform of the Calendar: those responsible simply did not realize how much the various annual feasts had influenced Christian people's relation to time […] they ignored a fundamental law of religious life.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Feast of Faith.

“The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy. They have deserted a vital process of growth and becoming in order to substitute a fabrication. They did not want to continue the development, the organic maturing of something living through the centuries, and they replaced it, in the manner of technical production, by a fabrication, a banal product of the moment.” (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in Revue Theologisches, Vol. 20, Feb. 1990)

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Jan 1, 2018

Sunday Sermon, December 31 -- Mary's Virginity After Birth and Forever (Sermons on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, Part 3 of 3)

After giving birth to Jesus, Mary remains a virgin forever.  The "brothers and sisters" of Jesus are really his cousins, born to Cleophas and another Mary. Other passages which speak of "before" and "until" Mary and Joseph came together as husband and wife do not truly indicate that their marriage was a normal marriage, but actually teach us that the marriage was virginal.

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Christmas Sermon, 2017 -- Mary's Virginity During Birth (Sermons on the Virginity of Mary, Part 2 of 3)

The Birth of Jesus was miraculous, as light passing through glass. Mary's body suffered no pain, rupture, or violence - she endured no labor as she gave birth to Jesus in a most pure and wonderful way.

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Sunday Sermon, December 24 -- The Virginity of Mary Before Birth (Sermons on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, Part 1 of 3)

"How can this be, since I do not know man?" This question of our Lady proves that she was truly a virgin before the conception of Christ - namely, she had made a vow of virginity, giving not only her soul, but even her body entirely to God.

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Dec 23, 2017

Christmas Weekend Schedule

Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 23rd
5:30 PM (sung Mass without incense)

Sunday, December 24th
9 AM  (Solemn Mass with incense)
11:30 AM (Spoken Mass without incense)

Masses for Christmas

Sunday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
5:30 PM (Solemn Mass with incense)

Monday, December 25th - Christmas
Midnight (Sung Traditional Latin Mass, with incense)
9 AM (Spoken Mass without incense)

NOTE: The Code of Canon Law allows Catholics to receive communion twice in one day (midnight to midnight). Thus, one may receive communion on Sunday morning (4th Sunday of Advent) and Sunday evening (Christmas eve), and even again at midnight Mass and 9 AM Christmas morning Mass.

NOTE - New Years Schedule:  Mary Mother of God (January 1) is not an Holy Day of Obligation this year.
Sunday, December 31st - 5:30 PM  (Solemn Mass with incense)
Monday, January 1st - 9 AM (Spoken Mass without incense)