Mass of Ages - Summer 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 celebrate the fact that this edition is the 200th publication to be sent to members since the Society was founded • On the 10th anniversary of the Guild of St Clare, they announce a new scheme to sponsor training in hand embroidery • Charles Coulombe writes about Kenelm Digby and the Catholic Revival • Mackenzie Robinson explores how the Shroud of Turin may been the inspiration for Buckfast Abbey Chapel window • A young occupational therapist reports on the Catholic Medical Association’s Youth Retreat • Following another very successful Sacred Triduum in St Mary Moorfields, London, we publish a selection of photos from those Great Three Days
From the very early days of the Latin Mass Society, members received regular bulletins keeping them up to date with news and developments of its work to preserve the Traditional Latin Mass. “When what we now know as Mass of Ages first began it was a typed newsletter with one simple aim – to ensure that the Latin Mass remained available for those that wanted to celebrate in the traditional language of the Church rather than the vernacular. These were the days when no one had quite realised the actual destruction of the Roman Rite that was to happen with Vatican II.” The feature presents the various guises the newsletter went through. It was not until May 2003 that this regular bulletin was first called ‘Mass of Ages’ and we show how the Society continues to present news of its activities using modern means of communication.
“The Guild of St Clare was founded in 2009, as a group dedicated to the making and restoration of vestments for the traditional liturgy, and for the promotion of domestic sewing. It is affiliated to the Latin Mass Society, and has active groups in London and Oxford… For two years now, an ongoing project of the Guild has been the Latin Mass Society’s own collection of vestments… This work is an opportunity, for those doing it, to learn first-hand about traditional vestments, their proportions, the materials used, and their methods of construction, and Guild collaborators are constantly learning and improving their skills.
Vestments are traditionally constructed and embellished using techniques quite distinct from those of dress-making… The Guild is fortunate in currently having two active members who have completed the Certificate Course at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). To take forward and expand its work, the Guild needs more input from people with RSN training. With this in mind, the Latin Mass Society is launching a scheme to sponsor students through the RSN’s Certificate Course.” Read the feature to find further details about the sponsorship.
“Kenelm Digby, almost unknown to-day, deserves to rank beside Newman, G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc not merely in the front row of British Catholic, but of British literature. Born in 1800 to a wealthy, distinguished, (and in the case of his father, Church of Ireland Dean of Clonfert, clerical) Anglo-Irish family, he was a distant cousin several timed removed to the Cavalier hero of the English Civil War of the same name. His imagination was early fired by his youth in Ireland; his mother was a cousin of both the Abbe Edgeworth, who heard Louis XVI’s confession, and Maria Edgeworth, the novelist.
In 1825, Kenelm converted to Catholicism, as did two of his best friends at Cambridge – Ambrose Phillips de Lisle, who would bring the Cistercians back to England and sire a Catholic clan that continues to this day; and Frederick Spencer, who eventually became a Jesuit and a great maker of converts in his own right. There being no Catholic church in Cambridge, the three friends would ride twenty-six miles, fasting, every Sunday to Old Hall at Ware; there they would attend Communion, High Mass, and Vespers, and then ride back.
This zeal would also find an outlet in his literary work. Kenelm rewrote Broad-Stone of Honour, transforming it into an apologetic for Catholicism as well as Chivalry – and intimately linking the two. Kenelm would write two other major multi-volume apologetics works. The first, which he began in the early 1830s, was Mores Catholici, a defence of the truths of the Catholic Faith through the actual customs of the Catholic peoples, during and after the Middle Ages. The second, Compitum, similarly explores different ‘paths’ in the Faith – the ways in which it has been lived by different professions and degrees of men.”
“Visitors to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Buckfast Abbey are always struck by the impressive floor-to-ceiling stained glass window of Christ, offering his body and blood in the Eucharist” writes Mackenzie Robinson. “Many puzzle over the seemingly abstract choice of colours - the face, for example, contains a mixture of reddish-brown, green, blue and more. However, a comparison with the face in the Shroud of Turin reveals that there is nothing abstract about the choice of colours. The similarities between the two images are so close that the monk who created the stained-glass window, Dom Charles Norris, must surely have been influenced by the Shroud image.” Read Robinson’s article to discover how this must be so.
“The Catholic Medical Association’s Committee for the New Evangelization is the youth branch of the Catholic Medical Association. We are very grateful to the Latin Mass Society for sponsoring the Old Rite Mass and choir for our annual retreat.” Read an event report written by a young occupational therapist who works with stroke and brain injured patients.
Also in this edition:
The Chairman writes on the mission of the Latin Mass Society and of Mass of Ages
Lone Veiler reviews An Oxford Scandal by Norman Russell
Our regular columnists:
• In her Art and Devotion series, Caroline Shaw looks at St Mary Magdalene preaching in Marseilles by a follower of Antoine de Ronzen
• Mary O’Regan remembers a special child, Little Nellie of Holy God
• Paul Waddington visits Shrewsbury Cathedral
• The Lone Veiler on over-familiarity
• Alberto Carosa on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
• The Macklin Street column issues and appeal to fill some gaps in our network of Local Representatives
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