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Mass of Ages - winter 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: • Joseph Shaw discusses the FIUV World-Wide Report on the Traditional Mass • Philip Marshall celebrates England’s last Catholic senior boarding school for boys and its embrace of the Mass of Ages • Maurice Quinn with a tale of two young men: The blood of the martyrs – seeds of today’s vocations • For centuries there was a close and obvious connection of the Papacy with Monarchy, Charles A. Coulombe explains

“In April this year it ... came to the Federation’s attention that the Holy See was seeking information and views from bishops around the world on the Extraordinary Form. After thirteen years of Summorum Pontificum, it is natural to ask how things have been going. Once again, the Federation has sprung into action to ensure it will not only be the voice of the bishops which is heard in Rome. If you want to know the answer to the question, ‘does it [the EF in your diocese] respond to a true pastoral need?’, then it might seem helpful to know what the sheep think, and not just the opinion of the shepherds.” writes Joseph Shaw.

“As Secretary of the FIUV, it fell to me to devote a summer stripped of its usual events by the Covid-19 epidemic coordinating a systematic survey of the Federation’s members and other contacts. The result was a 577-page report covering 368 dioceses in 56 countries. It is more a work of reference than a bed-side book: the idea is that in as many cases as possible officials will be able to supplement what they have read about a country or diocese from bishops’ reports, with the relevant section from the FIUV report.”

Philip Marshall writes: “Two recent Catholic trends have brought about an historic moment for Chavagnes International College in the Vendée, France. First, creeping coeducation has reduced the number of all-boys Catholic boarding schools year by year – first the great Benedictine schools, then the smaller schools, and lastly, this year, the Oratory School, Reading. This has left no officially recognised all-boys Roman Catholic boarding school in the UK, at least not at secondary level. Chavagnes, on the other side of the channel where in past centuries Ampleforth and Stonyhurst began their existence, is now the last of its kind. Our second trend is that of the wider celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. This year Chavagnes has made the decision to become a Latin Mass only school; until recently the Old Rite was celebrated only three times a week.”

“Priestly vocations do not just appear from thin air but are nurtured within our homes, families and communities over a period of time.” Writes Maurice Quinn.  “The Holy Spirit is in no hurry, and for many vocations a number of persons, events and circumstances appear to act as a catalyst, as happened to Pope St John Paul II, whose final decision, apparently, came after almost being knocked over by a bus while attempting to cross the road.

While not as dramatic as happened to Pope St John Paul II, prayer, and the hand of Our Lady and of the often forgotten Chideock Martyrs can be discerned quite clearly in the vocation journey of two young men, known here by their Confirmation names as Philip and Peter, both of whom, completely unknown to each other, attended the very first Latin Mass pilgrimage to Chideock in Dorset. ” Read their story.

Charles A. Coulombe: “Before the ostentatious display of humility betokened by Paul VI’s donation of his tiara in 1964, and subsequent abolition of most of the hereditary offices of the Papal Court, the Noble and Palatine Guards, and the Vatican citizenship of the Black Nobility – whose ancestors had sacrificed their standing in society out of loyalty to the Holy See – there was a close and obvious connection of the Papacy with Monarchy. As Dom Gueranger’s treatment of Christmas points out, never was this clearer than in the traditional Papal Yuletide liturgy. He describes in detail an unusual – to us - occurrence at St Peter’s on Christmas Eve, just before Matins.”

Also in this edition:
The Chairman Message: On preventing chaos
Alan Frost introduces us to the Mater Dolorosa Blog
Monsignor Frederick Anthony Miles, Prot. Ap. An obituary by Mgr Martin Hayes and personal memories from Gordon Dimon
Fr Henry Whisenant on the start of a regular Old Rite community at Withermarsh Green on the southern edge of Suffolk
Paul Beardsmore looks at a newly translated book by the late Fr Raymond Dulac
Macklin Street reports on how back issues of Mass of Ages are being digitised

Our regular columnists:
• Architecture: Paul Waddington follows up Fr Whisenant’s article with a special feature on the architecture and history of the church of St Edmund at Withermarsh Green
A sequel to Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ, is planned, but the success of the original film should be seen in light of the grace granted by the Traditional Latin Mass, writes Alberto Carosa
• Lone Veiler on the irritations of COVID and the happiness of autumn logs and blackberrying
• Art and Devotion: Caroline Farey discusses a magnificent painting of the Blessed Virgin by Hans Memling
• Mary O’Regan explains why she only wears skirts and dresses
• Wine: Sebastian Morello sings the praises of the eccentrically named, Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone DOC, Trappolini
• Music: Matthew Shellhorn on ‘To write music is an exercise in humility’

Thanks to the cooperation of priests in whose parishes the Traditional Mass is celebrated, Mass of Ages is available from more than 120 cathedrals and churches around the country. See HERE for stockists. 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.

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