Mass of Ages - Autumn 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 Ordination of four men, in the Traditional Rite, by Bishop Philip Egan in his Cathedral in Portsmouth • Joseph Shaw explains the ‘Confirmation slap’ • A selection of pictures from our recent pilgrimage to Holywell • Maurice Quinn remembers the Dorset men who died for the Faith – the Chideock Martyrs • Jonathan Luxmoore explains why Polish Catholics rally to their Church undeterred by a new crisis • Fr Lawrence Lew OP on the traditional liturgy and Catholic masculinity • Joseph Shaw explains how Catholic Linguistic Survivals from the Ancient Liturgy are embedded in the fabric of our lives
“We have become almost used to the annual ordinations of men from England and Wales for the Traditional Institutes, particularly for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter.” Writes the Chaiman in his message column. “The young men ordained last evening [5 July 2019], however, are members of a new religious community, based near Portsmouth in Gosport: the Family of Mary Immaculate and St Francis. This is an institute of diocesan right established by Bishop Egan; the superior is Fr Serafino Lanzetta.” Read more in the Chairman’s message and see the photographic celebration.
Joseph Shaw explains the liturgical version of the ‘colée’, the blow on the cheek given to new knights. For Catholics it symbolizes the candidate’s willingness to suffer for the Faith, as explained by Bishop John Sherrington during the ceremony organised by the LMS last November. “Being slapped on the cheek…” Shaw writes, “…might seem an odd way to symbolize a willingness to suffer, and there is of course more to it than that. The blow on the cheek after the anointing appears in liturgical books in the Middle Ages, and is a liturgical version of the ‘colée’, the blow on the cheek given to new knights in many versions of the knighting ceremony. This is the equivalent to the blow (or touch) to the shoulders with a sword which The Queen uses to ‘dub’ a new knight to this day.”
High Mass during our pilgrimage to Holywell in Flintshire was offered for the repose of the soul of Edmund Waddelove, who instigated the pilgrimage 30 years ago. Edmund would have been 100 years old this year. A selection of photo by Michael Durnan give you a flavour of the day
“Seven Chideock men – three priests and four laymen – were cruelly put to death for their Catholic faith between 1587 and 1642, whereas an eighth, John Jessop, died in prison. The church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, and St Ignatius, is a memorial to them and to all those who kept the faith throughout the times of bloody repression” writes Maurice Quinn. [They] “are commemorated at their place of execution in South Walks Road, Dorchester, by a life-size bronze monument in memory of all the Dorset Martyrs.” Join us as we organise our first pilgrimage to honour the Chideock Martyrs on Saturday, 28 September.
Jonathan Luxmoore explains: “Over the three decades since the peaceful overthrow of communism, the Polish Church has weathered numerous storms over its place in public life, as well as over such issues as abortion and school religion, land and property profiteering, and accusations that its clergy were infiltrated by communist informers.
To this turbulent litany has been added intermittent accusations of clerical sex abuse, which exploded into the open last May when a TV documentary exposed how crimes by priests had been ignored and covered up.
This film has proved a significant catalyst for a cleansing process - it's no longer enough to seek improper, superficial, communist-style ways out," Fr Adam Zak, a Jesuit priest acting as the Church's national co-ordinator for child protection, admitted to Poland's Catholic Information Agency, KAI. "We have to admit we made mistakes and failed to follow the right path - we have to stop proudly believing we're better than others and hiding behind our historical experiences of persecution.”
The increase in single mothers who are abandoned by irresponsible men; the increase in children who thus do not know their fathers; the perpetuation of the Peter Pan syndrome among men; the clerical abuse crisis; and the refusal of priests to lead people in faith and to teach the Gospel in all its fullness: these are all some of the signs of a sinful failure to exemplify the Fatherhood of God. For the call to fatherhood is a call to lead, care, and protect a household as paterfamilias. There is a crisis of virtuous leadership, of genuine paternity in our society, and thus, also, a crisis of genuine holy masculinity in the world and in the Church. Consequently, the family itself is in crisis today. Like the gender ideology that plagues us, the crises of fatherhood and the family is diabolical.
In 2016, Cardinal Sarah exhorted some two thousand Rover Scouts of Europe in Vézelay to lead the way in virtue, for the Cardinal rightly warned that a more virile people, that is, those who are more manly, more committed to their cause and more willing to suffer for its success, will eliminate Christendom if we remain weak-willed and drunk on ideology and hedonism; if the Christian men of today do not rise to the challenge of being strong Catholic men, and if we do not work now to form our boys to become men of virtue. It is opportune, then, to turn now to the one whom God the Father chose to be father to his incarnate Son: be consecrated to St Joseph, and so receive his paternal love and guidance and leadership to become Christian men of virtue.”
Joseph Shaw explains: “We live in a country with vestiges of Catholic life and culture all around us. Some of these are massive and unmissable, like the ruins of the great Yorkshire monasteries. Others are harder to discern, like the single remaining archway of the once-important Osney Abbey, now in Oxford Marina.
Traces also remain in language. The term used in medicine, placebo, refers to a treatment with no innate power to heal, but which has a psychological effect, the so-called ‘placebo effect’. Anyone with a touch of Latin will know that ‘placebo’ is the Latin for ‘I will please’, which seems to have something to do with the matter in hand, but in a somewhat oblique way. Why is it in the future tense?
The appropriateness of calling a pleasing medical treatment a ‘placebo’ must have helped the word to stick, but the origin is actually liturgical. As the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology explains, it is the first word of the first antiphon of Vespers for the Dead: Placebo Domino in regione vivorum, ‘I will please the Lord in the regions of the living’. This is itself a quotation from the Gallican Psalter, the ancient Latin psalter used in the Traditional Office, Ps 114:9.” He goes on to explain more examples of words from the Ancient Liturgy still in use today.
Also in this edition:
The Chairman writes on a new religious community, a new book and a ten-year anniversary
Fr John Saward reviews The Case for Liturgical Restoration, a new book edited by Joseph Shaw
Canon Ryan Post ICKSP, issues a plea for help with St Benedict’s Academy in Preston
Charles Coulombre recalls that indefatigable propagandist for Anglo- Catholicism, Doctor Lee of Lambeth
Maurice Quinn, one of the LMS Local Representatives for the Diocese of Plymouth, remembers three Latin Mass stalwarts from his area
Lucy Shaw reports on the first sponsored place on the Royal School of Needlework Certificate course being awarded to James Sharpe
Annie Mackie-Savage reviews a novel reminiscent of Victorian Improving fiction, The Spirit and the Flesh by T.J. Dias
Our regular columnists:
• Mary O’Regan remembers the Catholic writer, Alice Thomas Ellis
• Paul Waddington visits Sacred Heart Church in Bournemouth, the home of an expanding Oratorian community
• The Lone Veiler on the trials and tribulations of being ‘woke’
• Alberto Carosa has interviewed Vatican expert Aurelio Porfiri, who believes the Church has lost her way
• We print what will be the last Macklin Street column - the General Manager explains why.
Caroline Shaw has taken a break from her Art and Devotion series.
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