Mass of Ages - Winter 2019 Edition
Mass of Ages is the quarterly magazine of the Latin Mass Society. It contains reports on our many activities across the country, national and international news of Traditional Catholic events, feature articles on different aspects of traditional Faith and culture, and opinions and views on developments in the Catholic Church.
In this issue: • We feature pictures of the Pontifical Low Mass celebrated by HE Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane • Bishop Michael Campbell’s address to the AGM, on the life and influence of St Augustine • Charles A. Coulombe explores how the 19th century Celtic Revival brought many to the Faith • The LMS Priest and Server Training Conference resumes next year – Paul Waddington explains its history • Marygold Turner reports from Kent on the recent Mass on Romney Marsh • Joseph Shaw on how some measure of ancient glory could be passed on to future generations • Canon Post ICKSP write about sacrifice and joy at St Benedict’s Academy in Preston
“Saint Augustine of Hippo, North Africa, ranks as one of the towering figures in the history of the Church, and a most distinguished member of that group known as the Church Fathers.” writes Bishop Campbell. Through a brief biography of his life and work, Bishop Campbell reveals how Almighty God was guiding Augustine’s steps towards the truth and to the Catholic Church. “Augustine proved to be an exemplary bishop, devoted son of the Church, and a vigorous upholder and advocate of her doctrines: the true nature of the triune God, the all-importance of grace in the life of a believer; against the Donatists, Christ the real minister of the sacraments, despite the possible unworthiness of the particular celebrant.” Bishop Campbell concludes.
“Ever since the Anglo-Saxons made themselves at home in the ruins of Roman Britain, there have been greater or lesser amounts of antagonism between the English and the denizens of the so-called Celtic Fringe – Ireland, Man, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and to some degree portions of the north and west Counties of England itself.
Expressed in the Middle Ages by the combat between the reigning English Monarch and such figures as Owen Glendower and Sir William Wallace, the Reformation added an ideological element to the struggle. Ireland and districts in the Scottish Highlands and Islands remained bastions of Catholicism – Wales and Cornwall, as their 16th and 17th century struggles for the Faith showed – doubtless would have done the same, had priests fluent in their languages continued to be trained.” Writes Charles A. Coulombe; read why, as he concludes, “… many of the figures we have looked at came to the Faith because they realised that it was responsible for all that was best and truest in their traditions.”
After a break of a year, the Latin Mass Society will be resuming its residential conference for teaching the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Paul Waddington gives a potted history of these conferences and invites priests and servers to Stonyhurst for our 2020 conference.
“The century and a bit from about the 1830s to the end of the 1950s was a period of restoration. One aspect of this was the revival of interest in the Middle Ages, not as a period of darkness, horror, and Catholicism, but as intriguing, romantic, and profound. Although not only a project of Catholics, the Catholic Church in England played an enthusiastic part in this. The glory the Medieval Church might seem unattainable, but some things could be saved, some new things could be built in the ancient spirit, and, to paraphrase Tolkien, some measure of the ancient glory could be passed on to future generations.” Joseph Shaw explains.
Almost two years ago, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest opened an Academy, dedicated to St Benedict, in Preston. Canon Post of the Institutes explains its ethos and hopes that it will grow and offer a sure refuge for many Catholic families a Catholic education which seeks to foster in children a sense of their supernatural vocation.
Also in this edition:
The Chairman exhorts us to “…be the change you want to see in the world.”
Maurice Quinn remembers Jeremy Hooper
Adam Harrison explains how the Traditional Mass saved his spiritual life
Joseph Shaw reviews three books on Catholic Faith and Catholic identity, all of which are available to purchase from the LMS online shop
Our regular columnists:
• Mary O’Regan makes a pledge in the month of Holy Souls
• Paul Waddington reviews the architectural output of one of the most prolific Catholic architects of the 19th century – Joseph Aloysius Hansom
• The Lone Veiler on how a whole generation has been traumatised
• Alberto Carosa explains how the new Benedictine Monastery in Norsia is a door to Heaven in the path of faith
• The Macklin Street column (yes, it is still here!) appeals for material for inclusion in the LMS archive and encourages you to buy the 2020 Ordo, 2020 Wall Calendar and LMS Christmas cards
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