TE IGITUR (cont.)
(Taken from Notes Made at the Conferences of Dom Prosper Guéranger).
The terms in which Holy Church expresses herself, throughout, show very clearly how far Holy Mass is alien to private devotions. She, then, must take the precedence of all else, and her intentions must be respected. Thus does Holy Church give all her members a participation in the Great Sacrifice; so true is this, that were the Mass to be done away with, we should quickly fall again into the state of depravity in which pagan nations are sunk: and this is to be the work of Antichrist: he will take every possible means to prevent the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, so that this great counterpoise being taken away, God would necessarily put an end to all things, having now no object left in their further subsistence. We may readily understand this, if we observe how, since the introduction of Protestantism, the inner strength of Society has materially waned. Social wars have been waged one after another, carrying desolation along with them, and all this solely, because the intensity of the Great Sacrifice of the Mass has been diminished. Terrible as this is, it is but the beginning of that which is to happen, when the devil and his agents let loose upon the earth, will pour out a torrent of trouble and desolation everywhere, as Daniel has predicted. By dint of preventing Ordinations, and putting Priests to death, the devil will at length prevail so far as that the celebration of the Great Sacrifice will be suspended -- then will come those days of horror and misery for our earth. Nor must we be astonished at this, for Holy Mass is an event in God’s Sight, as well as for us; it is an event which directly touches His Glory. He could not despise the voice of this Blood more eloquent a thousand times, than that of Abel; He is obliged to regard it with special attention, because His own Glory is there at stake, and because it is His own Son Himself, the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, who is there offering Himself as victim, and who there prays for us to His Father.
In the Holy Eucharist there are three things for us ever to hold in view: Firstly, the Sacrifice whereby Glory is given to God; secondly, the Sacrament which is the Food of our souls; thirdly, the Possession of Our Lord personally in His Real Presence, so that we are able there to offer Him that adoration which is the consolation of our exile. This mere Possession of Our Lord, whereby a means is given us of adoring Him there really present, is the least of these Three Great Things -- it is less than the receiving of the Sacrament in Holy Communion; again, if Holy Communion is less than the Sacrifice, because, there, we alone are in question; but when all these Three are unitedly realized, then the whole Mystery is complete, and that which our Lord willed in instituting the Eucharist is brought to pass. Verily, had it been given us but to be permitted to adore the Lord present in our midst, it would indeed have been a wondrously mighty Gift, but Holy Communion far surpasses this; and the Sacrifice transcends, beyond all thought, both of these great Favours: Lo! by the Sacrifice, we act directly on God Himself, and to that act He cannot be indifferent, else He would thereby derogate from His own Glory. Now, as God has done all things for His glory’s sake, He must needs be attentive to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and must grant, under some form or other, whatsoever is thereby asked of his Divine Majesty. Thus never is one Mass offered without these four great ends of Sacrifice being fulfilled: adoration, thanksgiving, propitiation, and impetration; because God has so pledged himself.
When Our Lord was teaching us how to pray, He told us to say: Sanctificetur nomen tuum [hallowed be Thy name] -- this is a bold petition, one that very closely touches the interests of God’s great Glory, but in Holy Mass, we go further still, we poor creatures may there tell the Mighty God Himself; that He may not turn away from this Sacrifice, for it is even Jesus Christ Who is offering It; that He may not refuse to hearken, for it is Jesus Christ Himself who is here praying.
In former times, at this place in the Canon, the name of the king was mentioned after that of the Bishop: et rege nostro N. ... but since St. Pius V. issued his Missal for general use, this has been omitted. St. Pius the Fifth’s decision on this point was owing to the difference of religion found amongst Princes, since the introduction of Protestantism. Rome alone can give particular permission to name any king in the Canon. Spain petitioned for this favour in the reign of Philip II, and it was granted. In France the Parliament of Toulouse and that of Paris, taking umbrage at the omission of the king’s name in the Missal of St. Pius V. when it first appeared, prohibited the printing of the said Missal. In 1855 Napoleon III. asked and obtained of the Pope authorization for his name to be mentioned in this part of the Mass. There is neither the usual form of conclusion, nor the Amen, to either the first or second Prayer of the Canon.
- Sunday, Nov 5 - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 8:00 a.m. Anna M Fornefeld† 10:00 a.m. Pro Populo
|Wednesday, Nov. 1—All Saints
This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation. Mass will be at 7 PM (Sung Mass).
|Nov 2—All Souls
There will be three consecutive Masses beginning at 7:00, 7:30 & 8:00 AM Thursday, Nov 2nd.
The Young Ladies Sodality will meet again on Friday, November 3, at 4pm in the school building. Join us for activities relating to the Month of the Holy Souls.
|Potluck and All Saints Day Party!
There will be a potluck after the 10am Mass on Sunday, November 5. Please bring a dish to share.
Our 2nd Annual All Saints Day Party will commence immediately following the potluck. The celebration will include games and a costume contest, so start working on your saint costumes!
|First Friday and First Saturday
Just a reminder that this Friday and Saturday are First Friday and First Saturday respectively.
Friday -- Confessions at 5:30 pm, Mass at 6 pm followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart devotions and Benediction.
Our Lord made the following promise to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: "I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who shall receive communion on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."
Saturday -- Rosary at 8:25 am, Confessions at 8:30, Mass at 9 am.
Our Blessed Mother made the following promise to Sr. Lucia: "I promise to assist at the hour of death with the grace necessary for salvation all those who, with the intention of making reparation to me, will, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the beads, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary."
Saturday -- Rosary at 8:25 am, Confessions at 8:30, Mass at 9 am.
|Festival Choir -- Christmas Season
Have you ever wanted to be in the choir and didn’t want to commit full time? You might want to consider singing in the Festival Choir. Come and experience singing in the choir for only a season. The practices will be one Saturday a month starting Saturday Oct. 28th at 10:00 am and some Sunday morning practices before the 10:00 am Mass. Contact Teresa Smith at teresaLsmith2000@yahoo.com for more details and practice schedule.
|Coffee & Donuts
Next Sunday, November 5th, we will have coffee and donuts in the school hall after both the 8:00 am and 10:00 am Masses. All are welcome. Please join us!
|Indulgences for the Poor Souls
November is dedicated to the Holy Souls.
From November 1 to November 8, inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to Poor Souls in Purgatory, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed, provided the usual conditions are met.
On November 2, All Souls Day, a plenary indulgence for Poor Souls will be granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo. Only one plenary indulgence may be granted each day. The usual conditions to acquire a plenary indulgence are:
1. detachment from sin; which is a true sorrow for, and repudiation of, all one’s sin, mortal and venial;
2. reception of Holy Communion on the day the indulgence is sought;
3. prayer for the intention of the Holy Father on the day the indulgence is sought (one Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or any other suitable prayer);
4. sacramental confession within a week of completion of the prescribed work.
If these conditions are not met, the indulgence will be partial.