Mass of Ages - spring 2021 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: • Fr Timothy Finigan shows what we should learn about Lenten penance from Challoner • We report on an LMS gift of a set of faldstool covers to Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane • David Gornall SJ looks at where we are now, fifty-five years after the Second Vatican Council • Charles A. Coulombe remembers John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute
"In the 1775 edition of his Garden of the Soul, Challoner reminded Catholics that they should fast and abstain on all days of Lent, as well as the Ember Days and the Vigils of major feasts. Fasting, he said, meant that ‘we are to eat but one meal in the day.’ Between then and 1996, the law of the Church was gradually and successively mitigated. The 1872 revision of the Garden of the Soul does not require fasting on the Sundays of Lent, and abstinence is only required on Fridays. By this time, two collations or light snacks are allowed in addition to the main meal.
Lenten penance is first and primarily concerned with sorrow and reparation for our sins, and secondly with overcoming our disordered desires and temptations so that the flesh is made to submit to the spirit. Since food is so basic a necessity of life, fasting is ideally suited to the season of penance in which we seek to draw away from the death of sin and cleave to life in Christ.” Writes Fr Finigan.
“On Saturday 5 December 2020, in between lockdowns, the Guild of St Clare delivered the final instalment of an important gift from the Latin Mass Society to Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane: a set of faldstool covers in violet, black, and green, to go with a faldstool given to the parish by the LMS in 2019.
A faldstool is a chair, very similar to those you can see in pictures dating to Roman times, used by bishops in the celebration of Mass outside their own cathedral. It is normally covered in fabric, in accord with the liturgical season.
Four sets of covers, with matching cushion covers, have been executed by the Guild of St Clare. One, in white, came with the faldstool itself from the Italian supplier, Serpone, since it was needed at short notice for a Mass celebrated in Corpus Christi by Cardinal Francis Arinze, on 20 June 2019.”
“Our drastic and strange experience of coronavirus has given us a great opportunity and incentive to re-evaluate our situation in society, and the reality of our own lives. We are also fifty-five years on from the closing of the Second Vatican Council, in 1965, and this gives us also the motivation to re-assess the progress and situation of the Church since then, and especially in our own day.” Writes Fr David Gornall SJ. “Changes in the Church are often labelled ‘Reforms of Vatican II’, although very many of these significant and major changes were not foreseen by the Council Fathers, or contained in the Council documents, but were instigated following the Council, under the banner of being ‘according to the spirit of the Council’. These include, the installing of free-standing altars, and Mass facing the people, Holy Communion taken standing and in the hand, the Sign of Peace before Holy Communion, and the multiplication of lay Ministers of Holy Communion, the introduction of women lectors and girl servers, and the almost total eclipse of Latin in the liturgy, replaced by the vernacular.”
“The Catholic Church in the British Isles was in large part preserved through the Penal Times by nobility and gentry; it’s astonishing revival in the 19th century was spearheaded by many zealous converts. The Marquess of Bute was both, and he laid a large and valuable mark on the Church in the Three Kingdoms that continues to the present.” Writes Charles A. Coulombe. “The Crichton-Stuarts are descendants of John Stewart, illegitimate son of Scotland’s first Stuart King, Robert II. Holding the hereditary office of Steward of Bute since 1157, the family have numbered among other worthies John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute, who was George III’s mentor and (until a falling out) Prime Minister. His son, likewise named John, was promoted to Marquess. Predeceased by his own son, he was succeeded in the Marquessate by his grandson, yet another John, who took his mother’s surname by deed poll – ever since, the family have been Crichton-Stuart. A wealthy landowner already, the 2nd Marquess amassed ever more money through mining and other pursuits. His only son was born sixth months before he died.”
Also in this edition:
The Chairman's Message: On coping with the pandemic
Alan Frost introduces us to Dowry, the quarterly magazine of the FSSP
Alberto Carosa remembers the late Don Giuseppe Vallauri, a giant of the Traditional Litrugy
Joseph Shaw looks at the subject of fasting
We give details of the Guild of St Clare’s sponsorship scheme for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course
We advertise the selection of Easter cards, exclusive to the LMS
Our regular columnists:
• Architecture: Paul Waddington writes about St Joseph’s, Gateshead, a splendid Victorian church in the north east of England
• ‘Family Matters’In the first of a new series, James Preece looks at the perils of a ‘contraceptive mentality’
• Art and Devotion, Caroline Farey discusses a remarkable modern painting of St Joachim entrusting the Bleseed Virgin Mary to St Joseph
• Mary O’Regan remembers Girolamo Savonarola
• Wine: Sebastian Morello praises the ‘common culture’, the traditional English pub and Trappist ales
• Music: Matthew Shellhorn talks to Dominic Veall, winner of the 2020 Schellhorn Music Composition competition
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