Saturday 27 August 2022

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage in Washington, DC - 17 September 2022

From our friends at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny:

Dear Friends,

Please consider making plans to attend this event in Washington and Arlington,  to show our support for our friends in the Washington area and to protest  recent cancellations of  the Traditional Mass:

Join us on Saturday September 17, 2022 at 9 AM for the National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage. 

We will mark the 15th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s liberation of the Traditional Latin Mass, and make a public act of sorrow/support of what we will be losing as the Diocese of Arlington and Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. impose devastating new restrictions on the celebration of the TLM. 

The Arlington Diocese restrictions go into effect on September 8, while the Washington Archdiocese’s draconian implementation of the papal decree starts 13 days later on the 21st.
The pilgrimage will begin at 9 AM on Saturday, September 17 at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA, will end when we reach St. Matthew’s Cathedral in DC, and should take about two hours. 
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Sunday 19 June 2022

Pilgrimage to Madeira with Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Join Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Canon Jean-Marie Moreau of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and  Suzanne Pearson, Delegate of the Emperor Karl League of Prayer, on pilgrimage to Madeira Island to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Blessed Karl of Austria.

4-11 August 2022

Visit sites from Blessed Karl's life & pray at Blessed Karl's tomb.

For complete travel itinerary visit Sacred Heart Tours.  Additional information at the Emperor Karl League of Prayer website.

Sunday 9 January 2022


The novels of Joris-Karl Huysmans – Prophetic Parallels?

I had the great good fortune when I was just sixteen years old of quitting a boarding school in England and finding myself at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland studying French Literature under a brilliant teacher Robert Benoit Cherix – a convert from Protestantism to Catholicism. One series of lectures he gave was on French Catholic Literature in the 19th century starting with Chateaubriand. Reading a selection of the recommended books the one that impressed me most was "A Vau l'Eau" (Downstream) by Joris-Karl Huysmans which struck me as the most depressing book I had ever read. It is the story of a lowly civil servant trying and failing to find a decent meal in the restaurants of Paris which leads him to total despair.

Huysmans began as a follower of the Naturalist Movement led by Emile Zola. Novels depicting people whose lives were bound and limited by generally awful social conditions. Huysmans followed Zola's example with 'Marthe' the story of a prostitute.; 'Les Soeurs Vatard' about the unhappy love affairs of two sisters and 'En Menage' about failing marriages. However Huysmans gradually fell out with Naturalism and he wrote that it had ended in a cul-de-sac. He saw the characters in these novels as merely cardboard cut-outs without souls. There was no grace which would enable them to do other than to respond to impulses and instincts in their social setting. “A Vau l'Eau” was the beginning of a reaction in that the conclusion for the hero is utter despair – there is no way out. Zola believed in Positivism and Progress. Huysmans did not.

His next and most famous novel was “A Rebours” (variously translated as 'Against Nature'). Here the hero is not a poor civil servant but a rich aristocrat who sets out on a life of seeking every sensual pleasure imaginable. “A Rebours” became a manual for decadence influencing Oscar Wilde and others. Indeed to-day many still regard it as such dismissing all of Huysmans later work. In a later edition of “A Rebours” Huysmans writes in the Preface that each chapter of “A Rebours” entailed deep research into particular sensual specialities such as smell or taste or painting or sculpture. As a disciple of Schopenhauer and an atheist he was constantly surprised by what his researches told him about art and the Catholic Church. How could such a religion 'invented for children' have inspired such glorious works of art? He states that the seeds of his later novels can be found in the chapters of “A Rebours”.

His next novel “En Rade” (“Laid up”) is a curious mixture of dreams, one about visiting the moon, and an account of living in a decaying Chateau amidst a rural scene which he describes with brutal realism and disgust. Huysmans never liked the countryside. There is a particularly gruesome description of the death of a cat. Huysmans was beginning to sense that there was more to life than Zola's 'realism'.

There followed four final novels brought together as “Le Roman de Durtal”. Durtal is Huysmans himself. His interest in dreams in “En Rade” leads to an interest in the life of the spirit with an examination of Satanism in late 19th century France. The centre piece of this first Durtal novel “La-Bas” (“Down there”) is a biography of Gilles de Raiz, a follower of Joan of Arc, who having lost his fortune hopes to recover it by appeasing Satan with appalling acts of paedophilia. Court records of his eventual trial say that he murdered some 200 children although it might have been considerably more. The reality of Satanic phenomena haunted Huysmans for the rest of his life. Satan has used paedophilia with devastating effect for the Church in our own day.

En Route” follows and is the story of Durtal's return to the Church. One evening he enters Saint-Sulpice in Paris during the Octave of All Saints when the darkness hides what he calls the hideous nave. “There he could soil his soul without being seen; he was at home”. He recounts how he hears the unctuous speech, and the greasiness of his accent of a well-fed priest pouring out the commonest of platitudes to his listeners and Durtal is filled with disgust. Suddenly though the organ starts and he hears the De Profundis. At first it calls to his pessimism but eventually he is thunderstruck by it. “What music so ample or so sorrowful or so tender that it might be, was worth the solemnities of the Magnificat, the august words of the Lauda Sion, the enthusiasms of the Salva Regina, the distress of the Miserere and of the Stabat, the ever powerful majesty of the Te Deum”. For Durtal the real proof of Catholicism lay in the art it had produced. There follows a long discussion of sacred music based on his research which had started with “A Rebours”. To-day Cardinal Aupetit has clamped down on such traditional liturgy in Paris. You are more likely to hear sacred music on Classic FM than in any church. Ave Verum Corpus seems to be a popular request at the moment. How many realise it is an assertion of the Real Presence in which so many Catholics no longer believe?

Durtal prefers the text of the Dies Irae to that of the De Profundis. Benedict XVI explains in his book “Eschatology Death and Eternal Life” in 1977 how “In the Dies Irae … we hear only of the fear of judgement, which contemplates the End under the appearances of horror and of threat to the soul's salvation.” This was not acceptable to most of his fellow theologians who no longer believed in the existence of the soul or indeed salvation. Benedict wrote that in opposing this “I took up a position which was sharply opposed to the post-conciliar consensus of a seeming majority of Catholic theologians”. Benedict continues “Indeed, the Missal of Paul VI dared to speak of the soul here and there, and that in timorous fashion, otherwise avoiding all mention of it , The soul has been deleted where possible. As for the German rite of burial, it has, so far as I can see, obliterated it altogether.”

In listening to sacred music Huysmans/Durtal suddenly realises that he believes. The rest of En Route is the story of his gradual recovery of the practice of the faith seeking out good liturgy in various Churches; it is a veritable “Good Music Guide” to the Paris of his time. He finds a spiritual director who directs him to orders of monks and nuns and the best plainchant in a Convent of Benedictine nuns in the Rue Monsieur. A convent later to be associated with Gabriel Marcel, Claudel, Maritain, Mauriac etc.

Huysmans/Durtal struggles with his sexual life and the devil. The description of this is graphic to say the least which led many Catholics to say that it was not a book for their daughters and to doubt his sincerity. Eventually his spiritual director sends him to stay in a Trappist monastery where he makes his confession. In fact Huysman's penance was one decade of the Rosary but he was not sure he had got it right and thought he was supposed to say ten complete rosaries. Later explaining to his confessor that he done this, rather badly and grudgingly, he was told that his confusion was merely a stratagem of the Devil to discourage him.

The next book La Catedrale is essantially a guide to Chartres Cathedral describing every statue with great erudition but at the same time a humorous description of his domestic life with his housekeeper and priest friends,

His final book is “L'Oblat”. Huysmans/Durtal had already visited Solesmes and admired the work of Dom Gueranger and his revival of plainchant. However he found the monastery too regimented for him and he realises that he was not suited to the life of a monk. Instead his ambition was to found a group of Benedictine Oblates made up of artists – writers, sculptors, illuminators, composers etc. He therefore buys a house next to what in reality was the Benedictine Monastery at Liguge near Poitiers a daughter house of Solesmes. Huysmans places his fictional version as being near Dijon in Burgundy describing the life of the Monastery and the liturgy in great detail.

Huysmans becomes an oblate but his ambition to create a group of artists fails. One of his fellow oblates is more strict than the monks while his niece wears the day's liturgical colours as ribbons in her hair and at the same time is extremely fond of her food. Being in Burgundy they discuss whether Gevrey-Chambertin should only be used as communion wine or whether it should be drunk at table. They decide on the latter. Despite his dislike of rural life Huysmans/Durtal does see this as his final destination but gradually the shadow of the anti-clerical and free-mason government of Waldeck-Rousseau begins to overshadow everything with its desire to control and limit all religious life.

Huysmans/Durtal wonders whether Leo XIII could not do more to oppose these developments but obviously the political influence of the Papacy had weakened after the loss of the Papal States. Waldeck-Rousseau, a Catholic in the same mould as Biden or Pelosi, disgusts him. Certain clerics are ambivalent; particularly the Bishop of Dijon who appoints a rough and poorly educated diocesan priest to the Parish previously ministered to by the monks. The Bishop decrees that the monks must hand over their Abbey Church every Sunday to this priest who promptly abolishes the use of plainchant and introduces awful modern hymns. Further the monks were forbidden to hear the confessions of the parishioners even those of the oblates. The latter take the train to Dijon and just happen to meet a monk there. Huysmans recounts the ensuing rows with great humour. To-day the present Bishop of Dijon, anticipating Traditionis Custodes by a month, has expelled the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter from his Diocese.

Eventually though the monks are obliged to abandon the Monastery for the third time in just over a century under the “Loi des Associations” of 1905. The monks move to Belgium. Durtal's idyll comes to an end and he returns to Paris. The “Loi des Associations” is still in existence and makes a mockery of the French state's pretensions to Liberte, Egalite et Fraternite. Recently there has been a move to have it challenged before the European Court of Human Rights.

Earlier in En Route Huysmans makes a reference to Saint Lydwine de Schiedam and eventually he wrote her biography. Huysmans's pessimism led him to the consideration of the problem of suffering and he eventually found the answer in the life of Saint Lydwine namely in the mystical theory of substitution; the idea that the suffering of an innocent person can expiate the sins of others and can bring them to virtue. He discusses it in detail in L'Oblat. St Lydwine, born the same year that St Catherine of Siena died, had a skating accident when young and suffered for the rest of her life from what some now believe was multiple sclerosis. Huysmans himself contracted cancer of the jaw and suffered for many years until it killed him. Robert Baldicks's excellent biography gives a very graphic account of his suffering. This mystical theory of dolorism, has its origins in Luke Chapter 2 and Simeon's prophecy to Our Lady that a sword would pierce her heart.

To-day some in the Church regard dolorism as being some sort of aberration. Feminists regard being told “to offer it up” as an example of how women are oppressed. The nineteenth century Comtesse de Segur, author of books for children including “Les Malheurs de Sophie” comes in for a lot of flack as a proponent of dolorism. An order of nuns in France, whose work was the care of the elderly which inevitably involves witnessing much suffering, were suspected of harbouring excessively traditional ideas and they received a visitation at the behest of their Bishop. A criticism of the sisters was that their work day was broken up by prayer. 'Hache' literally axed or chopped up, was the word used for describing how the day was interrupted by prayer. Even stranger was the accusation that the sisters entertained a 'sweetened' version of St Luke's account of the Presentation with undue emphasis on the sword that was to pierce the heart of Our Lady. This was dolorism in the eyes of the visitors and the idea of offering up suffering in expiation of sin was not acceptable. The report was largely withdrawn subsequently but the heavy hand of Cardinal Joao de Braz, of the Congregation for Institutes for the Consecrated Life, was such as to lead the sisters to ask to be released from their vows rather than accept a modernising tutelage. One can only fear for other traditional orders now put under Cardinal Joao de Braz by Traditionis Custodes.

One of the problems in reading Huysmans is his very ornate language; some of his vocabulary is possibly invented or at least unique to him. He is worth the effort particularly if you are interested in sacred art but overall he is probably the most interesting and greatest French novelist of the nineteenth century.

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Institute of the Good Shepherd Expelled from Curitiba, Brazil

Communiqué from the Superior of the District of Latin America

Brasília/DF, December 20, 2021

1. We inform you of the existence of an extrajudicial decree by His Excellency, Dom José Antônio Peruzzo, Archbishop of Curitiba, prohibiting the exercise of all priestly ministry to the Reverend Father Thiago Bonifácio, IBP, in the territory of that same Archdiocese. We consider the decree invalid and null according to canon law and natural law. The due canonical suspensive appeal of the decree was filed.

2. We assure the faithful of our apostolate in Curitiba that they will not be abandoned by the Instituto Bom Pastor.

We remain faithful to the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, and the Catholic hierarchy. The Good Shepherd does not abandon his sheep.

Father Daniel Pinheiro, IBP Superior of the District of Latin America

Monday 20 December 2021

Archbishop Vigano - Message to the American People - 18 December 2021


DEAR  AMERICAN PEOPLE, DEAR  FRIENDS, for two years now, a global coup has been carried out all over the world, planned for some time by an elite group of conspirators enslaved to the interests of international high finance. This coup was made possible by an emergency pandemic that is based on the premise of a virus that has a mortality rate almost analogous to that of any other seasonal flu virus, on the delegitimization and prohibition of effective treatments, and on the distribution of an experimental gene serum which is obviously ineffective, and which also clearly carries with it the danger of serious and even lethal side effects. We all know how much the mainstream media has contributed to supporting the insane pandemic narrative, the interests that are at stake, and the goals of these groups of power: reducing the world population, making those who survive chronically ill, and imposing forms of control that violate the fundamental rights and natural liberties of citizens. And yet, two years after this grotesque farce started, which has claimed more victims than a war and destroyed the social fabric, national economies, and the very foundations of the rule of law, nothing has changed in the policies of Nations and their response to the so-called pandemic.

Last year, when many still had not yet understood the gravity of the looming threat, I was among the first to denounce this coup, and I was promptly singled out as a conspiracy theorist. Today more and more people are opening their eyes and beginning to understand that the emergency pandemic and the “ecological emergency” are part of a criminal plan hatched by the World Economic Forum, the UN, the WHO, and a galaxy of organizations and foundations that are ideologically characterized as clearly anti-human and – this needs to be said clearly – anti-Christian.

One of the elements that unequivocally confirms the criminal nature of the Great Reset is the perfect synchrony with which all the different Nations are acting, demonstrating the existence of a single script under a single direction. And it is disconcerting to see how the lack of treatment, the deliberately wrong treatments that have been given in order to cause more deaths, the decision to impose lockdowns and masks, the conspiratorial silence about the adverse effects of the so-called “vaccines” that are in fact gene serums, and the continuous repetition of culpable errors have all been possible thanks to the complicity of those who govern and the institutions. Political and religious leaders, representatives of the people, scientists and doctors, journalists and those who work in the media have literally betrayed their people, their laws, their Constitutions, and the most basic ethical principles.

The electoral fraud of the 2020 presidential election against President Trump has shown itself to be organic to this global operation, because in order to impose illegitimate restrictions in violation of the principles of law it was necessary to be able to make use of an American President who would support the psycho-pandemic and support its narrative. The Democratic Party, part of the deep state, is carrying out its task as an accomplice of the system, just as the deep church finds in Bergoglio its own propagandist. The recent rulings of the Supreme Court and the autonomous action of some American states – where the vaccination obligation has been declared unconstitutional – give us hope that this criminal plan can collapse and that those responsible will be identified and tried: both in America as well as in the whole world.

How was it possible to arrive at such a betrayal? How have we come to be considered enemies by those who govern us, not in support of the common good, but rather to feed a hellish machine of death and slavery?

The answer is now clear: throughout the world, in the name of a perverted concept of freedom, we have progressively erased God from society and laws. We have denied that there is an eternal and transcendent principle, valid for all men of all times, to which the laws of States must conform. We have replaced this absolute principle with the arbitrariness of individuals, with the principle that everyone is his own legislator. In the name of this insane freedom – which is license and libertinage – we have allowed the Law of God and the law of nature to be violated, legitimizing the killing of children in the womb, even up to the very moment of birth; the killing of the sick and the elderly in hospital wards; the destruction of the natural family and of Marriage; we have recognized rights to vice and sin, putting the deviations of individuals before the good of society. In short, we have subverted the entire moral order that constitutes the indispensable basis of the laws and social life of a people. Already in the fourth century B.C., Plato wrote these things in his last work the Laws and identified the cause of the Athenian political crisis precisely in the breaking of the divine order – the cosmos – between these eternal principles and human laws.

These natural moral principles of the Greco-Roman world found their fulfillment in Christianity, which built Western civilization by giving them a supernatural impetus. Christianity is the strongest defense against injustice, the strongest garrison against the oppression of the powerful over the weak, the violent over the peaceful, and the wicked over the good, because Christian morality makes each of us accountable to God and our neighbor for our actions, both as citizens and as rulers. The Son of God, whose Birth we will celebrate in a few days, became Incarnate in time and in history in order to heal an ancient wound, and to restore by Grace the order broken by disobedience. His social Kingship was the generating principle of the ordo Christianus that for two centuries now has been fiercely fought against by Freemasonry: because the Revolution it promotes is chaos; it is disorder; it is infernal rebellion against the divine order so as to impose Satan’s tyranny.

Now, as we see what is happening around us, we understand how mendacious were the promises of progress and freedom made by those who destroyed Christian society, and how deceptive was the prospect of a new Tower of Babel, built not only without regard for God but even in direct opposition to Him. The infernal challenge of the Enemy is repeated over the centuries unchanged, but it is doomed to inexorable failure. Behind this millennial conspiracy, the adversary is always the same, and the only thing that changes are the particular individuals who cooperate with him.

Dear American brothers and sisters! Dear Patriots! this is a crucial moment for the future of the United States of America and of the whole of humanity. But the pandemic emergency, the farce of global warming and the green economy, and the economic crisis deliberately induced by the Great Reset with the complicity of the deep state, are all only the consequence of a much more serious problem, and it is essential to understand it in depth if we want to defeat it. This problem is essentially moral; indeed, it is religious. We must put God back in the first place not only in our personal lives, but also in the life of our society. We must restore to Our Lord Jesus Christ the Crown that the Revolution has torn from Him, and in order for this to happen a true and profound conversion of individuals and of society is necessary. For it is absolutely impossible to hope for the end of this global tyranny if we continue to remove from the Kingdom of Christ the nations that belong to Him and must belong to Him. For this reason, the movement to overturn Roe v. Wade also acquires a very important meaning, since respect for the sacredness of unborn life must be sanctioned by positive law if it is to be a mirror of the Eternal Law.

You are animated by a yearning for justice, and this is a legitimate and good desire. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,” says the Lord (Mt 5:6). But this Justice must be based on the awareness that this is a spiritual battle in which it is necessary to take sides without equivocation and without compromise, holding transcendent and eternal references that even the pagan philosophers glimpsed, and that have found fulfillment in the Revelation of the Son of God, the Divine Master.

My appeal for an Anti-Globalist Alliance – which I renew today – aims precisely to constitute a movement of moral and spiritual rebirth which will inspire the civil, social and political action of those who do not want to be enslaved as slaves to the New World Order. A movement that at the national and local level will be able to find a way to oppose the Great Reset  and that coordinates the denunciation of the coup that is currently in progress. Because in the awareness of who our adversary is and what his aims and purposes are, we can disrupt the criminal action he intends to pursue and force him to retreat. In this, the opposition to the pandemic farce and the vaccination obligation must be determined and courageous on the part of each of you.

Yours must therefore be a work of truth, bringing to light the lies and deceptions of the New World Order and their anti-human and antichristic matrix. And in this it is mainly the laity and all people of good will – each in the professional and civil role he holds – who must coordinate and organize together to make a firm but peaceful resistance, so as not to legitimize its violent repression by those who today hold power.

Be proud of your identity as American patriots and of the Faith that must animate your life. Do not allow anyone to make you feel inferior just because you love your homeland, because you are honest at work, because you want to protect your family and raise your children with healthy values, because you respect the elderly, because you protect life from conception to its natural end. Do not be intimidated or seduced by those who propagate a dystopian world in which a faceless power imposes on you contempt for the Law of God, presents sin and vice as licit and desirable, despises righteousness and Morality, destroys the natural family and promotes the worst perversions, plans the death of defenseless and weak creatures, and exploits humanity for its own profit or to preserve power.

Be worthy heirs of the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and do not follow those of your Pastors who have betrayed the mandate they have received from Our Lord, who impose iniquitous orders on you or who remain silent before the evidence of an unheard of crime against God and humanity.

May this Holy Christmas illuminate your minds and inflame your hearts before the Infant King who lays in the manger. And just as the choirs of the Angels and the homage of the Magi united with the simple adoration of the Shepherds, so also today your commitment to the moral rebirth of the United States of America – one Nation under God – will have the blessing of Our Lord and will gather those who govern you around you. Amen.

May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

18 December 2021

Sunday 19 December 2021

A Message from Archbishop Viganò for Christmas 2021



The twenty-fifth day of December.
In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood; the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt; the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome; the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace, in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.

Martyrologium Romanum, 25 Dec.

Like every year, in the cycle of seasons and of history, the Holy Church celebrates the Birth according to the flesh of Our Lord Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, conceived by the work of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary. With the solemn words of the liturgy, the Birth of the Redeemer imposes itself on humanity by dividing time into a “before” and an “after.” Nothing will be the same as before: from that moment the Lord incarnates himself to carry out the work of Salvation and definitively snatches man, who fell in Adam, from the slavery of Satan. This, dear brothers and sisters, is our “Great Reset,” with which divine Providence restored the order broken by the ancient Serpent with the Original Sin of our First Parents; a Reset from which apostate angels and their leader Lucifer are excluded, but which has granted all men the grace to be able to benefit from the Sacrifice of God made man, and to regain the eternal life to which they were destined since the creation of Adam.

What a wonderful gesture of Mercy, toward creatures rebellious from the beginning, on the part of their Creator. What divine Charity, which granted to disobedient man the ransom of his infinite guilt by accepting the offering of His divine Son on the Cross. What divine Humility, which responded to man’s pride with the obedience of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, incarnate “propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem” – for us men and for our salvation. This is the true “New Order,” willed by God and destined to last for the eternity of the centuries, after the thousand battles of a war in which the eternal Defeated tries to prevent the glory of the divine Majesty from being shared by us, poor mortal creatures. This is the triumph of the One who is not satisfied with creating man with his perfections and granting him His friendship, but after man had betrayed Him by surrendering himself as a slave to the Devil, he decided to buy him back – redemptio is precisely the institution of Roman law by which the slave is redeemed and becomes free again – at the price of the Most Precious Blood of His Only Begotten Son. And it is also the triumph of the Mother of God, who in the Mystery of the Incarnation gave birth to the Redeemer, that Holy Child destined to suffer and die for us. It is She who in the Proto-Gospel was promised as the victor over the Serpent, in the eternal enmity between her lineage and the Enemy.

For this the Chosen People were gathered; for this they were led to the Promised Land. For this the Holy Spirit inspired the Prophets by indicating the time and place of the Savior’s Birth. For this the Angels sang their Gloria at the cave, and the Magi followed the Star to adore the Child wrapped in swaddling clothes like the son of a king. For this the Virgin sang her Magnificat and the little Saint John the Baptist leapt in Saint Elizabeth’s womb. For this Simeon pronounced the Nunc dimittis [“Now you may dismiss”] holding the promised Messiah in his arms.

Veni, Emmanuel: captivum solve Israël. Come, Emmanuel: free your captive people. Free them also today, as you freed them with Your Most Holy Birth and with Your Passion and Death. Free Your Holy Church by revealing the false shepherds and mercenaries, as you revealed the envy of the High Priests and their silences regarding the Messianic Prophecies, which were hidden from the simple. Free the nations from evil rulers, from corruption, from the slavery of power and money, from enslavement to the Prince of this world, from the lie of false freedom, from the deception of false progress, from rebellion against Your holy Law. Free each one of us from our miseries, from sin, from pride, from the presumption of being able to save oneself without You. Free us from the disease that afflicts our soul, from the pestilence of the vices that infect our life, from the illusion of being able to defeat death, which is the just reward of our rebellion. Because You alone, O Lord, are the true Liberator; only in You who are Truth will we be free, will we see the chains that bind us to the world, to the flesh and to the Devil fall.

Veni, o Oriens. Come, O Rising Sun: cast away the shadows and disperse the darkness of the night. Veni, Clavis Davidica. Come, Key of David, open wide our celestial homeland; make the way to heaven secure and close the door to hell. VeniAdonai. Come, O Powerful Lord, who gave the Law from above to Your people on Sinai, in the majesty of your glory. VeniRex gentium. Come, King of the peoples, to reign over us, Prince of Peace, Angel of the Great Council. Come and descend into time and history, upset this infernal Tower of Babel that we have built by challenging You in Your Majesty.

Come, Lord. Because in these two years of pandemic madness, we have understood that Hell does not consist so much in the suffering of the body, but in the desperation of knowing You are far away, in Your silence, in letting ourselves sink into the deaf horror of Your absence.

And blessed be your Most Holy Mother and our Mother, whom you have left at our side in these terrible days as our Advocate, because in the vision of this hell on earth we can find the spiritual medicine which enables us to welcome You into our souls, into our families, in our nations, returning to You that crown that we have usurped from You.

Bless, O Child King, those who will allow themselves to be conquered by Your love, for which You did not hesitate to incarnate yourself and die for us. May this divine Love be received with grateful wonder by those who, dead in Adam, in You, the new Adam, have been reborn; by those who, having fallen with Eve, in Mary, the new Eve, will rise again.

May it be so.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Adventus

December 18, 2021

Sunday 5 December 2021

Five Immaculate Conception Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area - 2021

Rubens, Immaculate Conception,

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Wednesday, 8 December 2021, there will be five publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area.

Saint James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220  (Website)
7:30 AM
7:00 PM

Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
3250 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15212 (Website)
7:00 AM
12 Noon
7:00 PM

Saint Titus Church (Order of Saint Benedict)
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001  (Website)
7:30 PM Traditional Latin Mass forbidden by order of Bishop David A. Zubik.

Saturday 31 July 2021

ACTION ITEM! - 15 August 2021 – Worldwide Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by all TLM Communities

As endorsed by Rorate Caeli, Fr. Z, and many other Catholic blogs and pages, you are urged to get your Traditional Latin Mass community to join this global effort. This is very important! We can only win this spiritual battle through prayer & sacrifice, and through the intercession of our Immaculate Mother.

The Holy Catholic Church is in an unprecedented worldwide crisis. The only hope for the Faithful is a Divine intervention, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Two priests who wish to remain anonymous - one a Diocesan, the other a Religious, both of whom offer exclusively the Traditional Mass - propose a worldwide consecration to the Immaculate Heart by all TLM communities on 15 August, 2021, the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. They hope that many Cardinals and Bishops will also associate
themselves with this entrustment.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph and reign!

The consecration formula is available here.

Saturday 3 July 2021

2021 Traditional Ordinations

June 2021 FSSP Ordinations
Benedictine Basilica of Ottobeuren

Based on published reports, the following Traditional Catholic orders have ordained 36 new priests in 2021.

The breakdown is as follows:

Society of Saint Pius X:   16 (Includes six ordained in December 2020)

Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:   10

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest:   8

Institute of the Good Shepherd:  2

Hear our lowly prayers, Lord, we beseech Thee, and safeguard for ever Thy devoted servants: that no trouble may hinder them from carrying out Thy ministry with willing service.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.  R. Amen.

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Every Sunday Traditional Latin Mass Comes to the Beaver Valley of Western Pennsylvania

St. Titus Church
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Beginning 4 July 2021, the Traditional Latin Mass will be offered every Sunday, First Friday, and Holy Day at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh.

For the past fourteen years, since shortly after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum in 2007, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 has sponsored the occasional celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Titus Church, beginning with a Mass every other month, and working up to twice monthly.

The Traditional Latin Mass on 4 July 2021, will be offered at 12 noon, followed by a reception in the church hall.  For more information visit the websites of the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 Traditional Latin Mass Guild and the parish.

UPDATE: Effective 21 July 2021, all Traditional Latin Masses at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, are suspended until further notice by order of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, David A. Zubik, in response to the motu proprio issued by Pope Francis.

Sunday 2 May 2021

Six Ascension Thursday Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area

The Ascension of Our Lord
Pietro Perugino (1448–1523)

And he lead them out as far as Bethania: and lifting his hands, he blessed them.  And it came to pass, whilst he blessed them, he departed from them and was carried up to heaven.  (Luke 24, 50, 51.)

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On Ascension Thursday, 13 May 2021, there will be six publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area.

Saint James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220  (Website)
7:00 PM High Mass

Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
3250 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15212 (Website)
7:00 AM Low Mass
12 Noon Low Mass
7:00 PM High Mass

Saint Titus Church (Order of Saint Benedict)
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001  (Website)
7:00 PM Low Mass

Saint Blaise Church
772 Ohio Avenue, Midland PA 15059 (Website)
7:00 PM High Mass

Monday 29 March 2021

Five Easter Sunday Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area

Resurrection of Christ
Raphael 1499-1502

The first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre.  And behold there was a great earthquake.  For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and coming rolled back the stone.  And the angel answering said to the women: Fear not you; for I know you seek, Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here.  For he is risen.  (Matthew 28, 1, 2, 5, 6.)

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On Easter Sunday, 4 April 2021, there will be five publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area.

Saint James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220  (Website)
9:30 AM High Mass

Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
3250 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15212 (Website)
7:30 AM Low Mass
9:30 AM Low Mass
11:30 AM High Mass

Saint Titus Church (Order of Saint Benedict)
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001  (Website)
12 noon Low Mass

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