Thursday, April 26, 2012

Urgent Request for Prayer

A Fortnight for Freedom

In particular, we recommend to our brother bishops that we focus "all the energies the Catholic community can muster" in a special way this coming summer. As pastors of the flock, our privileged task is to lead the Christian faithful in prayer.
Both our civil year and liturgical year point us on various occasions to our heritage of freedom. This year, we propose a special "fortnight for freedom," in which bishops in their own dioceses might arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending our first freedom. Our Catholic institutions also could be encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths, and indeed, all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.
We suggest that the fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, be dedicated to this "fortnight for freedom"—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
In addition to this summer's observance, we also urge that the Solemnity of Christ the King—a feast born out of resistance to totalitarian incursions against religious liberty—be a day specifically employed by bishops and priests to preach about religious liberty, both here and abroad.
To all our fellow Catholics, we urge an intensification of your prayers and fasting for a new birth of freedom in our beloved country. We invite you to join us in an urgent prayer for religious liberty.
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Deo Gratias! Traditional Latin Mass - April 30, 2012

At the request of Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the Traditional Latin (Tridentine) Mass is returning to the Tallahassee area.  Through the efforts of local coordinator Stephen Mozier, the first mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Quincy, FL on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7 PM (directions below).  Father Hector R.G. Perez, STD will be presiding.  Initial plans are for a monthly Sunday mass in Quincy, with more frequent masses if attendance and participation merit.  If you are interested in more information or to be added to his mailing list, please contact Stephen Mozier e-mail here.

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
27 North Shadow Street
Quincy, FL

 April 30 is also the feast day of our Dominican predecessor, Pope St. Pius V.  As is very appropriate for the re-establishment of a Traditional Latin Mass here, Pope St. Pius V is most famous for promulgating the 1570 Roman Missal which came to be known as the Tridentine Missal.  He also established the Feast of Our Lady of Victory (later Our Lady of the Rosary) in thanks for the victory of the Catholic fleet over the Turks at Lepanto.

 St. Pius V, Ora Pro Nobis!

I have only attended one Traditional Latin Mass myself.  For those, like myself, who need some education, here are some links to help you along.  (WARNING: if you Google or otherwise search for internet information, there are many spurious and heretical sites out there filled with misinformation. Use caution!)  -  Excellent place to start with several video tutorials
Una Voce America (Resources)   -   List of links with other resources
Latin Liturgy Association   -   FAQs and HTML text of the Latin Liturgy

Hope to see you in Quincy!

Oratio pro Missa Latine Celbranda
Official Prayer of the Latin Liturgy Association
 O mundi Regnator, qui te omni lingua hominum angelorumque laudari vluisti; tribue, quaesumus, ut etiam in diebus nostris sacrificium dilecti Filii tui immaculatum assidue lingua Romana in oratoriis gentis nostrae omniumque permultis tibi offeratur a populo ad te toto corde converso: per Christum Dominum nostrum. 

Let us pray.
O Master of the Universe, who have willed that you be praised in every tongue of men and angels, grant that in our day too the perfect sacrifice of your beloved Son may continue to be offered  to you in the tongue of the Romans in many churches of our land and every land by a people who have turned to you with all their heart; this we ask through Christ our Lord.