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Mass of Ages Magazine

Mass of Ages - Winter 2017 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 winter 2017 edition is now available. In this issue:
Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster, leads us in to the great liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas with a thought-provoking meditation John Coverdale reports on a magnificent work of restoration at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate In our series on Catholic traditions, Joseph Shaw looks at the history of the Christmas crib There is a review of Leo Darroch’s new book Una Voce: The History of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce 1964-2003 (copies of which can be purchased from our website) and much, much more.


Bishop Campbell writes:“Through her liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas the Church sets before us a rich fare of doctrinal themes and biblical passages which have the purpose of deepening our understanding and appreciation of the wonder of salvation which God has accomplished for us in Christ. By means of her liturgical cycle the Church exercises her maternal teaching role in a preeminent way, forming us spiritually and leading us year by year ever more profoundly, in the Pauline phrase, into the mystery of Christ…

The Advent liturgy invites us, as it were, to transport ourselves spiritually back in time and to make our own the faith and hope of the people of Israel as they looked to Almighty God to make good his promises to Abraham and David and send a saviour from heaven…

The Preface of Christmas speaks of the ‘wonder of the Incarnation’ and that surely should be the uppermost feeling of the believer throughout this whole liturgical period. The splendid history that has been the Old Testament has now reached its climax in the child lying in the manger, the principal actor so to speak in this whole divine drama.”


“I see the Church I am erecting at Ramsgate is described as an oasis in the desert… it is literally true. Kent, the land which first received the tidings of Salvation from Blessed Austin”, wrote Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, in 1850, concerning the church which he counted as his greatest achievement and which was to become his final resting place: St Augustine’s, Ramsgate.

 

“St Augustine’s is set up for the Traditional Latin Mass”, writes John Coverdale (until recently Centre Manager and Activity Co-ordinator at St Augustine’s). “Here the priest and server regularly go up to the altar of God. Incense is burned, sonorous Gregorian Chant is sung, and all the rites and rubrics of the Traditional Mass give glory to God…

Augustus Pugin is a name that should be on the lips of every Catholic in England... He became one of the most influential architects and designers of the nineteenth century, championing Catholicism and the Gothic style in everything…

He said that building a church was the greatest thing a man can do, and that is precisely what he did in Ramsgate. For the greater glory of God, he created this ideal church where God could be worshipped according to the ancient rites of our Holy Mother the Church.”

St Augustine's was the home of The Victoria Consort. Recorded in the Shrine, their CD traces, in Gregorian Chant, the arrival of St Augustine in Kent and the re-establishment of Christianity in England from AD 596.


"...no Catholic family home is complete, at Christmas, without a Crib: a three-dimensional representation of the Stable at Bethlehem, with its inhabitants” writes Joseph Shaw. “The history of the Crib is an interesting one. It is clearly a cousin of the Medieval Mystery Play, another way of representing and making vivid key scenes from Scripture, which embedded them in the late Medieval Catholic imagination… The crib is a visual Gospel [a point made by Bishop Campbell in his meditiation] and its place in churches is entirely appropriate, as well as in private homes.”

Nativity scenes for your home are available from the LMS online shop.


Book review: Una Voce: The History of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce 1964-2003

“Leo Darroch’s important book contains valuable insights into every major development in the treatment of the Traditional Mass over the long period of time it covers, and makes clear the important role of the FIUV. It will be an indispensable work of reference for scholars and historians, as well as being of interest to anyone who wants to become well informed about the treatment of our liturgical patrimony during its long time in the wilderness.”

Leo Darroch was a member of the LMS Committee from 1986 until 2012; Deputy Chairman to Christopher Inman, and converted the old-style A4 typed reports into a modern magazine style in the early 90s.

Read the full review in Mass of Ages. Better still, buy the book and read it for yourself!

We publish the text of a homily preached by Mgr Antony Conlon in St Augustine’s, Snave.
Shaun Bennett remembers the Rev. Dom Antony Tumelty OSB.
Matt Showering reports on Tolkein’s devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Clare Bowskill reports from the recent LMS Latin Course.
Alisa Kunitz Dick tells about her experiences of teaching Latin and Greek to children.

Our regular columnists:
Alberto Carosa reports on the 6th Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome
See photographs of our own celebration for the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum
In her Art and Devotion series, Caroline Shaw looks at The Nativity by Piero Della Francesca
Mary O’Regan on the significance of the number 13
Fr Bede Row asks, “Do we still believe in the Devil?”
The Lone Veiler on ‘The war against women’

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. 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.

 

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