Mass of Ages - Summer 2018 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.
The summer 2018 edition is now available. In this issue: • Paul Waddington reports from a very successful Priest, Deacon and Server Training Conference • Cardiff University Chaplain, Fr Sebastian Jones, writes about the pre-Reformation chapel of St Teilo in Fagan’s National Museum of History • Lucy Shaw reports on the second Guild of St Clare Sewing Retreat • Tyburn Convent Relic Chapel – Joseph Shaw writes about the Sung Mass celebrated there as part of the CMA’s recent conference • Looking ahead to the LMS Latin Course in Boars Hill, Oxford
“The Latin Mass Society’s latest residential conference for training priests to celebrate Mass, and laymen to serve at Mass in the Extraordinary Form took place at Prior Park College, Bath from 9 to 12 April. The students were comprised of ten priests, two permanent deacons, four seminarians and fifteen laymen; and they came from nine dioceses in England, as well as two dioceses in Scotland. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was well represented, and there was one visitor from Malta.” Writes Paul Waddington, who organised the conference.
“Tuition was given for both clergy and lay people in Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass, and provided by members of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter and the Birmingham Oratory, as well as diocesan priests. Serving at Low Mass was taught by experienced laymen.
Over the years, since 2007, more than 200 priests have successfully been trained to celebrate at least a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form... Many have commented that tutoring priests in the traditional form of the Mass is perhaps the most valuable service that the Latin Mass Society can provide in the modern Church.”
“The annual Mass at St Teilo's Church at St Fagan's National Museum of History in Cardiff has become a calendar fixture. It is a pilgrimage of sorts for Cardiff University alumni, staff and students.” writes Fr Jones.
“The museum staff are quite understandably unfamiliar with our energetic Catholic congregation who being conversant with, and at ease in a church whose artistic representations are of Pre-Reformation Catholic Wales, don't view them as archaeology but theology. The gentle praying of the rosary and rattle of the thurible's chains within the rood screen, while our scholars nervously mouth the Mass music, not only creates a uniquely Catholic frisson but a synergy between people and place: it could be mistaken for taking possession.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass connects our congregation to this otherwise typical pre-Reformation church with its original purpose. For the duration of the Mass this expertly recreated museum piece, whose original wall paintings are safely locked away from the veneration of modern pilgrims and the pious, come alive.”
Having battled through the snow, priest and retreatants made it to the Carmelite Retreat Centre in Oxfordshire for the second Guild of St Clare Sewing Retreat. “Retreatants re-stitched couched goldwork threads that had come loose on a preaching stole, replaced the clasp and gold braid of a cope, and patched damaged maniples. Enormous holes in a deep lace trim on an alb were repaired, and new orphreys for a chasuble were cut out and stitched into place.” writes Lucy Shaw, organiser of the Retreat.
“On the occasion of the retreat, we had also the spiritual nourishment of the liturgy, and of our chaplain, Fr Hunwicke's, talks. Fr Hunwicke is always a splendid speaker, both witty and profound, and we were fascinated by the talks he had prepared for us. Taking as his starting point Christ's Passion, he took us through several passages in the Gospels and linked them with their precursors in the Old Testament. His scholarship opened up some of the riches to be found there for us, and gave us a great deal to meditate on during the rest of Lent.
With the Traditional Mass at the centre of all our activities, we formed a truly Catholic community. It was a joy to be able to assist our priests in such a practical way, and I am delighted that we have been able to confirm next year's dates: 1st-3rd February 2019. In response to the tremendous demand for places we are planning an extra retreat this year, to take place at Douai Abbey from 23rd to 25th November.”
Tyburn Convent’s Relic Chapel, in the heart of London, was a fitting setting for a Sung Mass held during a conference organised by the Catholic Medical Association in March. ‘ The Traditional Mass has been celebrated in the Relic Chapel a number of times in recent years, and, as one of the nuns remarked, it is appropriate because this is the Mass for which the martyrs died’ comments Joseph Shaw, one of the speakers at the conference.
“The conference itself was filled to capacity and the talks… were well received. It is interesting to see the hunger of young Catholic medics for a proper discussion of the problems of working as a Catholic in today’s health sector. Equally pleasing was the thought of the organising committee, that it should be quite normal to have a Traditional Mass at such an event. It was an honour to be there.”
The Latin Mass Society’s Latin Course 2018, with Fr John Hunwicke and Jean Van Der Stegen, runs from 30 July to 3 August, at Boars Hill, Oxford. “It was from Boars Hill that Matthew Arnold saw Oxford, ‘that fair city with her dreaming spires’; it was home to Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, and Robert Bridges. The house of the last of those now contains a Carmelite Friary, which has twice hosted the Guild of St Clare ‘Sewing Retreat’. This year it will also be the venue for the Latin Mass Society’s Residential Latin Course.” writes Joseph Shaw.
“The course is for those who are beginners, together with those who need to learn or revise from the beginning; and also for those who know the basic conjugations and declensions and want to go on from there. The two tutors are able to divide the students into separate groups to enable them to proceed at different speeds. Naturally, the Traditional Mass will be celebrated each day during the course for all participants who wish to attend. At least one of these Masses will be sung.”
Places are still available – see here for details.
Also in this edition:
‘Making Music’, LMS Chairman, Joseph Shaw writes on the importance of training.
‘Evangelisation through Beauty’, Michael Carroll on the Great Commission for Traditional Catholics.
Joseph Shaw reviews the latest book by Peter Kwasniewski, Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness, available from the LMS online shop.
Our regular columnists:
• Alberto Carosa reports on Cardinal Burke’s recent lectio magistralis
• In her Art and Devotion series, Caroline Shaw looks at The Conversion of St Paul on the Road to Damascus by Caravaggio
• Mary O’Regan on Our Lady of Šiluva
• Paul Waddington looks at some of the churches designed by a most prolific Catholic Architect, George Goldie
• Fr Bede Row asks, “Do we still believe in Parishes (again)?”
• Tom Quinn, Editor of Mass of Ages, reports on recent events in Ealing, west London
• The Lone Veiler on ‘Why marriage starts with God’
Thanks to the cooperation of priests in whose parishes the Traditional Mass is celebrated, Mass of Ages is available from more than 115 cathedrals and churches around the country. If you do not live near one of these but would like a copy of the magazine, we would be very happy to send one from the LMS Office. However, due to the high cost of postage, we do ask that you cover the cost of postage. See here for details.
To help the Latin Mass Society continue its work of promoting and developing Traditional Catholic life and practice in the Church, please consider signing up to our Anniversary Supporters’ Appeal.
A digital copy of the magazine may be read HERE.
Thanks to the cooperation of priests in whose parishes the Traditional Mass is celebrated, Mass of Ages is available from more than 115 cathedrals and churches around the country. We now have a map showing the location of these please. See here for details. If you do not live near one of these but would like a copy of the magazine, we would be very happy to send one from the LMS Office. However, due to the high cost of postage, we do ask that you cover the cost of postage. See here for details.
To help the Latin Mass Society continue its work of promoting and developing Traditional life and practice in the Church, please consider signing up to our Anniversary Supporters’ Appeal.