Mass of Ages - Spring 2020 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 the Pontifical High Mass at Birmingham Oratory in thanksgiving for the Canonisation of St John Henry Newman • Joseph Shaw finds no evidence to support the idea that traditionally minded Catholics are rigid in their thinking • Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP reports on the success of the Priory Campaign • Charles A. Coulombe shows how the British Empire helped spread the Faith • Henry Walker is inspired by the number of young people attending the Traditional Mass • Barbara Kay reports on a visit to a new hybrid education venture in Bedfordshire • Jeremy Boot introduces a Muslim colleague to the beauties of the Traditional Mass
“On 18 October 2019, Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated Pontifical High Mass in thanksgiving for the canonisation of the founder of the English Oratories, St John Henry Newman at the church built as his memorial in Edgbaston, Birmingham. It was standing room only in the church, with the struggle to get a car parking space foreshadowing the difficulty of getting a seat for the service. In attendance were many local and national dignitaries, including his Excellency, the Most Reverend Edward Joseph Adams, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant to the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE, the High Sheriff of the West Midlands Michael Kuo, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Mayor of Sandwell. These processed into the Mass at the beginning with the Archbishop, accompanied by Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, St Gregory and Malta.”
“Pope Francis appealed to the concept of ‘rigidity’ when asked by Fr Antonio Spadaro, why some people like the Traditional Mass:
‘And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.’
The accusation of ‘rigidity’ against conservative and traditionally-minded Catholics, and particularly seminarians, is a familiar one,” writes Joseph Shaw “and it is important to try to understand where it comes from and what it really means, in order to determine whether it is justified, and how to respond to it.”
Fr de Malleray writes: “By God’s grace, through the generosity and prayers of many, and against serious odds, the large building of Priory Court, near St Mary’s Church in Warrington, has been purchased by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter last autumn. As Mass of Ages readers may recall, the Priory Campaign was launched in the summer 2018 to convert two office buildings to pastoral use. Formerly owned by Ampleforth Abbey, like St Mary’s Church and Presbytery, these two further buildings of sympathetic Georgian style are part of the same architectural compound. While in the end we could not afford buying both of them, we happily secured the larger of the two. A gate through our garden wall and a paved walkway were added, connecting the new building and its adjacent car park to our existing property. It is with great joy that our growing traditional community can now expand towards that new site, which already provides us with a much-needed parish hall and conference room.” Read more about the Priory Campaign.
“One of the innumerable superstitions infecting the modern mind is the idea that European expansion across the globe and the resulting colonial empires were unmitigated evils.” Writes Charles A. Coulombe. “Given that our global civilisation is based securely upon those colonial foundations, every beneficiary of modern technology alone owes those colonialists a debt of gratitude. Sans the racial reference, the United Nations Organisation have certainly attempted to take up the White Man’s burden, as outlined by Kipling: “…the savage wars of peace; fill full the mouth of famine, and bid the sickness cease.” Nowhere is this fact truer than in terms of religion. Without a doubt, the Spanish, Portuguese, and French colonial empires were the building blocks of the Catholic Church across the globe. The French White Fathers did Yeoman work in Africa, and from the 1830s to 1914 the Emperor of Austria and the King of Bavaria poured millions of dollars into the Church in the United States through their foundations (to say nothing of artwork and missionaries). What is less well realised, however, was the role play in propagating the Faith by the British Empire.”
“I looked around the Church, a place which had happily become a second home of sorts. Over the years many of the once unfamiliar faces had become regular features in my life and I was grateful for them all. But this time, as I gazed around the crowd, something struck me; something that has been a pleasant revelation since I had wandered into a Mass in the Extraordinary Form...” Read what effect this had on Henry Walker.
“The children chuckled with laughter as they pretended to walk in Christmas pudding, in outer space and then in feathers.” Writes Barbara Kay. “The laughter then stopped as they pretended to walk through a quiet church. It started again as they pretended to walk in high heels, roller skates and cowboy boots. This was the last lesson of the day, an all-age drama lesson at the Regina Caeli UK Academy, a centre for home educators operating in the Catholic tradition. It is an affiliate of Regina Caeli Academy, which was founded in the USA in 2003 and now has 15 locations across the States.” Read why one child said ‘I want to LIVE at Regina Caeli!’
“I felt quite privileged to be able to take a colleague to High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory a few months ago. It was at his request. He had heard me speak in our conversations about the beauty of the Masses I attended there. Could he perhaps attend one? Of course. I said ‘privileged’ a moment ago because my colleague is a practising Muslim. Seeing the familiar through a stranger’s eyes as a visitor or guest, is always informative.” Find out why Jeremy Boot was humbled by the experience.
Also in this edition:
The Chairman explains why we should not align ourselves with a process just because it appears to be vigorous and likely to prevail
In the first of a series, Sebastian Morello looks at ‘Cape wine’, much-loved by Napoleon – and by the Latin Mass Society
Clare Bowskill looks back at the life and work of the Late Colin Mawby, Patron of the LMS
There is a photographic report of Mass of the Epiphany of the Lord in Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane
Joseph Shaw reviews The Gentle Traditionalist Returns by Roger Buck
Our regular columnists:
• Mary O’Regan warns of the risk of dealing with those who would lead us away from the Faith
• Paul Waddington looks at one of Edward Pugin’s lesser known churches – Belmont Abbey
• The Lone Veiler laments the folly of food fads and looks forward to Glorious Lent
• Looks at the life of St John Henry Newman
After a break of a year, the Latin Mass Society will be resuming its residential conferences for teaching the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The Priest and Server Training Conference will be held at Theodore House, Stonyhurst, Lancashire during Low Week. The LMS has always regarded the training of priests and servers to be an important part of our work, therefore we are asking readers of Mass of Ages to help raise funds to pay for the Conference.
The LMS has produced a selection of Easter cards. Featuring designs from Classical artists, each card contains a scripture text (in Latin) and greeting. The cards are available in packs of 6 of the same design and are supplied with envelopes. By sending LMS Easter cards to your family and friends, you are not only conveying the true meaning of Easter but are also supporting the work of the LMS. See the selection HERE.
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