Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Blog

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Extraordinary Triduums

The Triduum has to be the high point in the liturgical year of the Church. It consists of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday Evening. There have been many changes over the years with the exact ceremony, including during Pope Pius XII's reign. But as far as the 1962 Rite, please see the following Press Release from The Latin Mass Society:

The Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form Will be Celebrated at 8 Locations for 2009

In a sign that the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) has returned to the heart of the Church, the Latin Mass Society has announced that the Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at 8 locations within England and Wales.

In recent years the LMS has organised 2-3 celebrations of the Sacred Triduum each year so 2009 is proving a bumper year – clearly Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, ‘Summorum Pontificum’ is having a powerful effect. The full Holy Week ceremonies will be celebrated at Lanherne (Cornwall), Reading, South London, Central London, NW London, Brentwood, Leeds, Shrewsbury. A partial Triduum will be celebrated at Ham, Surrey. A full list is available on the LMS website (http://www.latin-mass-society.org/) or from the LMS office.

For many years, the LMS has celebrated the Sacred Triduum at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London WC2. Because the Triduum was also celebrated there in the Ordinary Form, the LMS had to arrange its celebrations at unusual times. However, this year, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, has graciously arranged that the Ordinary Form congregation of Corpus Christi Church will join the congregation at nearby St Anselm & St Cecilia’s Church in Kingsway for their Ordinary Form Triduum so allowing the Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated at Corpus Christi Church at the usual times (e.g. 3.00 pm on Good Friday).

In a further gesture of reconciliation, Cardinal Cormac has asked one of his priests, Fr Andrew Wadsworth, to celebrate the Corpus Christi Triduum – in previous years the LMS had to make its own arrangements.

John Medlin, General Manager of the LMS said, “We are very grateful to the congregation of Corpus Christi and the parish priest, Fr Chris Vipers, for giving free use of Corpus Christi Church for the Triduum in the Extraordinary Form. We are particularly grateful to Cardinal Cormac for proposing this arrangement and to Fr Wadsworth for coming to join us. Fr Wadsworth knows the Extraordinary Form well and we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of these Mysteries of our salvation.”

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Chairman and Treasurer Appointed


23 March 2009

Latin Mass Society Appoints New Chairman and Treasurer

At its meeting on Saturday 21 March 2009 the Committee of the Latin Mass Society made the following appointments:

Dr the Hon. Joseph Shaw (LMS Representative for Oxford) was elected Chairman;

Mr Paul Waddington (LMS Representative for Middlesbrough) was elected Treasurer.

Dr Joseph Shaw said: “I am greatly honoured to be asked by the LMS Committee to take over as Chairman. There is much work to be done in furthering the cause of Traditional Catholicism in England and Wales, in loyalty to the Holy See and in accordance with the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. The emphases of my Chairmanship will be on supporting our hard-working diocesan representatives, and on priests’ training, families and the young. These three categories in particular represent the future both of the LMS and the Church.

“I am pleased to say that our Priests’ Training Conference at Ushaw College, Durham during Low Week is almost fully booked. The LMS will shortly make an announcement confirming our southern-based priests’ training conference in August.

“Further it is now confirmed that Bishop John Arnold of Westminster will celebrate the LMS’s High Mass in Westminster Cathedral at 2.00 pm on Saturday 20 June; that Bishop Fernando Rifan of Campos, Brazil, will lead the LMS National Pilgrimage to Holywell on Saturday/Sunday 11/12 July; that Bishop George Stack of Westminster will confer Confirmations in the Traditional Rite at St James’ Church, Spanish Place, London W1 at 11.00 am on Saturday 7 November; and that Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster will celebrate the LMS’s High Mass of Requiem in Westminster Cathedral at 2.00 pm on Saturday 14 November.

“It is evident that the LMS is responding to the Holy Father’s request that Catholics give an account ‘of the hope that is in us’.”

I hope you will unite your prayers with mine for the success of the Latin Mass Society at this crucial time. Dr Joseph Shaw's vision for the Society sounds wholly attractive to me, and may it bear forth much fruit, for the greater glory of God and the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.