Open to me the portals of repentence, O Christ our God.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Great News From Fr. Philips Of Our Lady Of The Atonement Parish

Permission has been granted...
His Eminence, Franc Cardinal Rodé, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has communicated permission to establish a monastery for the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration here in San Antonio.We can now prepare in earnest for the arrival of five nuns from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. They will be taking up residence in our St. Joseph Parish House. There is, of course, a chapel there with the Blessed Sacrament, although they will be attending Mass ordinarily here at the parish. We’re looking forward to welcoming the Sisters as part of our extended “Atonement Family,” and we need to pray for them as they get ready to leave their present beloved monastery to begin this new work.
Post Taken from Atonement Online


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vatican To Instruct Seminaries: Must Teach Seminarians Extraordinary Form Mass- Laus Tibi, Christe!

This post is reproduced from The Cafeteria Is Closed Blog

The fact that the pope himself had the TLM Good Friday prayer updated has one important consequence - it no longer is a "fly in amber", no longer a "dated fossil". For the first time since 1962, the TLM has been updated, as it had been many times before. Increasingly popular with seminarians and priests (in particular the young and the old, who've often formed an inter-generational bond that tends to exclude the middle-aged), the Vatican is now working on requiring TLM training in seminaries. I'd venture an uneducated guess - the long-term goal is a liturgical reform V2.0, keeping aspects of the not-so-Novus Ordo (eg reformed calendar, concelebration, new lectionary) while returning to the structure and solemnity of the TLM.

From the Catholic Herald (UK)

Seminaries throughout the Catholic world will have to teach candidates how to celebrate the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass, it emerged last weekend.A letter from the Ecclesia Dei commission, the body which deals with matters concerning the 1962 missal, said that the Vatican is preparing to order rectors to “provide for the instruction of their candidates in both forms of the Roman Rite” in a forthcoming clarification of Summorum Pontificum, the Apostolic Letter which liberated the traditional Mass last July.The Ecclesia Dei letter said:

“Candidates for the priesthood in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church have the right to be instructed in both forms of the Roman Rite.“Those responsible for the formation of candidates for the priesthood in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church should provide the instruction of their candidates in both forms of the Roman Rite.”The letter surfaced last weekend on an internet site run by Fr John Zuhlsdorf, an American blogger who once worked for Ecclesia Dei.Several seminaries which serve England and Wales are planning to follow the Pope’s instructions. This could mean that in a few years every new priest will be qualified to say the traditional Mass.

The Beda College in Rome has no problems with the demands made by the letter, its rector Mgr Roderick Strange said. “When the clarification comes, then we’ll start making provisions for it. We’ll be able to establish the needs for it and so on at that time,” said Mgr Strange.Fr Mark Crisp, rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham, said he was open to the possibility. “What we have at the moment is a Latin Mass in the ordinary rite [Novus Ordo] once a month and we teach Latin, though we don’t have anyone competent to teach the extraordinary rite at the moment,” he said.But Canon Jeremy Garrat at St John’s College, Wonersh, expressed caution. “We’d better wait for the instructions from Rome before taking any steps,” he said.Rectors from the Venerable English College in Rome, Allen Hall in London and St Cuthbert’s College in Ushaw, Durham, were unavailable for comment.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Pope Pius IX And The Dogma Of The Immaculate Conception

Friday, February 8, 2008

Canonization Emperor Charles?

The Crescat Home Altar Tour 2008

In Responst to Carolina's request for home altar pics.

In our living room we have a built in book case that we also use as a home altar.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Fr. Angelo Mary, FI :Sermon on Ash Wednesday


New Film-The Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family

I came accross a new film on the Worldwide decline of birthrates.
you can view a trailer of this film by going here Demographic Winter

I highly encourage you to view this trailer.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pope Changes Good Friday Prayer For The Jews

Okay, it seems as though the Pope has changed the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews, although, I still have not seen any "Official" statement that there is one. While I am a bit disappointed that the Holy Father saw fit to make this change, I don't think that it's an Earth shattering decision. The new prayer is as follows-

Let us also pray for the Jews: That our God and Lord may enlighten their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Saviour of all men.

Let us pray. Let us bend our knees.


Almighty and eternal God, who want that all men be saved and attain the knowledge of the truth, propitiously grant that as the fullness of the Gentiles enters Thy Church, all Israel be saved. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Although I highly favor the traditional prayer(being that is was biblical and was handed down to us by our Fathers in the faith) I don't think the new prayer is bad at all. Shawn Tribe from The New Liturgical Movement Blog made what I believe is a VERY important observation in this matter. Mr. Tribe opines,

"Also, it is quite noteworthy that the Pope would not simply insert the prayer as found in the modern Roman Missal, which is, if we are honest, quite ambiguous on the point. The fact that the Pope wouldn't could be attested to as a desire to avoid any sense of mixing the two -- though given what he said in Summorum Pontificum, one wonders how hard and fast he would be on that point -- but I would suggest a more significant possibility is to consider whether the Pope does not, himself, see deficiencies in the prayer as found in the modern Roman missal."

So, Buck Up, fellow Traditional Catholics, and lets not make more out of this than we should.