Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Keep Calm. And Go To The Latin Mass.


The following Article is taken from, and can be read in full at, NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT




Something which has been rumoured for a few weeks, that The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has been abolished as a separate entity, and its duties subsumed by The Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith, has now been officially confirmed by the publication on The Vatican’s "Daily", Bolletino, of a Motu Proprio to this effect, dated two days ago.. It is currently available only in Italian.

I would strongly urge our readers to read what Edward Pentin (HERE) and Fr Zuhlsdorf (HERE) and, especially, (HERE), have written about this.

UPDATE: An Article about this has now been published on the Web-Site of Vatican News:

Solemn Requiem Mass For King Louis XVI. Monday, 21 January 2019, At 7 p.m.

English: Requiem Mass for King Louis XVI at The Church of 
Saint-Eugène, Paris, 21 January 2017.
Français: Requiem pour Louis XVI à Saint-Eugène – 21 janvier 2017.
Illustration: LITURGIA

Solemn Requiem Mass for King Louis XVI,
21 January 2019, at 7 p.m,
at The Church of Saint-Eugène,
Parish of Sainte-Cécile, 4, rue du Conservatoire,
75009 Paris, France.

Messe solennelle de requiem pour le roi Louis XVI,
Mundi, 21 janvier 2019. 7 p.m.
Saint-Eugène Parish of Sainte-Cécile,
4 rue du Conservatoire 75009 Paris - Tel. 01 48 24 70 75 -

Mass For The Sunday Within The Octave Of The Epiphany.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Mass For The Sunday Within The Octave Of The Epiphany.


White Vestments.

[In 2019, this Mass is Celebrated on Saturday, 19 January. being the first available free day to Celebrate this Day.]

Artist: René de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.

From twelve-years-old, a Jew was bound each year to keep The Three Feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. In The Liturgy for Christmastide, the whole of Our Lord's childhood is put before us and today we see Him in the Temple, where, for the first time, He shows the Jews that God is His "Father" (Gospel).

"It was by no accident," says Saint Ambrose, "that this Child, Who, even according to the flesh, was full of Wisdom and Grace of God, forgetting His human parents, should wish to be found after three days in the Temple.

"By this, He intimated that, three days after The Triumph of His Passion, He, Who was believed to be dead, should rise again and so offer Himself as the object of our Faith, seated on a Heavenly Throne in Heavenly Glory. The truth is that, in His case, there is a two-fold birth; the one by which He is begotten by The Father, the other by which He is born of a Mother.

"The first is wholly Divine; by the second, He humbles Himself to take our nature" (Third Nocturn). This "Man sitting upon a High Throne, Whom a multitude of Angels Adore, singing together" (Introit) is, therefore, that Divine Child, Who is shown to us in today's Gospel.

"Sitting in the midst of the doctors, who "were astonished at his wisdom and answers", Moreover, since, "as God hath delivered to everyone the measure of Faith" (Epistle), Christian Souls form but "one body in Christ" (Epistle), they ought to be penetrated with the wisdom of Him who, far from "conforming Himself to the maxims of this World," reforms "and rules human life according to The Will of God" (Epistle).

"Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business ?" said the young boy, Jesus. This wholly supernatural wisdom, whose guiding principles exceed, without destroying, those of the natural order, is beyond our unaided powers. While seeking to curb our flesh by the mortification which such wisdom enjoins, sacrificing, at times, even the most lawful affection, in pursuance of a Divine Call which draws children from their parents' side, the plans of Almighty God must needs remain for us hidden Mysteries to be accepted without being completely understood.

"They understood not the word that He spoke unto them" (Gospel). Following Mary, who "kept all these words in her heart" (Gospel), let us meditate on the sublimity of Jesus' words and actions in the Temple. Like this Child, Whose whole life at Nazareth is summed up in the one word "subjection" (Gospel), let us grow in wisdom so that always we may "perceive what we ought to do," and in strength "to fulfil the same" (Collect).

Mass: In excélso.
Second Collect: Of The Epiphany (if during The Octave).
Creed: If during The Octave.
Preface: Of The Epiphany (if during The Octave).
Communicantes: If during The Octave.

If The Epiphany (6 January) and its Octave Day (13 January) fall on a Sunday, The Mass of The Holy Family (with The Commemoration of The Sunday within The Octave of The Epiphany, and The Commemoration of The Octave) is said "in anticipation" on Saturday, 12 January, and The Mass of The Sunday within The Octave Of The Epiphany is Transferred to Saturday, 19 January, the only free day. In this case, it is said with the Gloria, but without the Credo, with the Preface, but without the Communicantes of The Epiphany, and with the Gospel "Pastores" (from The Second Mass at Christmas), as Last Gospel.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Saint Peter's Chair At Rome. Feast Day, Today, 18 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew's Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Peter's Chair At Rome.
   Feast Day 18 January.


White Vestments.

The Chair of Saint Peter, in Saint Peter's Basilica, The Vatican.
Year: 1647-1653.
Photo: 3 May 2008.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The manifestation of the Divinity of Jesus, which characterises the Season after Epiphany, demands of us the recognition of His Kingship over our Souls.

Christ is the Head of the Church. But as He is to re-ascend some day to Heaven, He communicates His Divine Power to man, for, after the Incarnation, it is to human intermediaries that God wills normally to establish His dealings with us.

The man whom Jesus constitutes "Prince" of Souls (Introit), and "on whom He builds His Church" (Gospel), is Saint Peter. As Vicar of Christ, he will sit in the Chair once occupied by Jesus and will hold in his hands The Keys as symbols of supreme authority (Collect, Gospel).

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's "Cathedra Petri" (or, Chair of Saint Peter).
Gilded Bronze, Gold, Wood, Stained-Glass. 1647-1653.
(Apse of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican, Rome).
Available on YouTube at

We read in the Epistle, the beginning of the First Letter of Saint Peter. All the Letters of the Apostle bear the mark of his Primacy. Rome is to be the Capital of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. It is to Rome that Peter will come, it is on Rome's Blessed soil that he will shed his blood, he will be Bishop of Rome.

Wherefore, we must see in this Feast, a Liturgical testimony to the Primacy of honour and jurisdiction attached to The Chair of Rome. This material Chair is still preserved in the Apse of the Basilica of Saint Peter.

Saint Paul, during his sojourn at Corinth, in the year 58 A.D., wrote an Epistle to the Romans. Towards the year 62 A.D., he was led to Rome a captive and remained there two years. Imprisoned again in the year 67 A.D., he was put to death, like Saint Peter, in the henceforth Eternal City. Wherefore, the Liturgy associates, in a Second Collect, the glorious name of the Apostle with that of the first Bishop of Rome.

Let us, today, Pray for the Pope, successor of Saint Peter, that he may freely exercise the Divine Powers communicated to him by Jesus, Son of God.

Mass: Státuit ei Dóminus.
Commemorations: Saint Paul and Saint Prisca.
Creed: Is said.
Preface: Of The Apostles.

English: Interior of the Basilica of Saint Peter's, Vatican.
Français: Vatican, Basilique St Pierre, Intérieur.
The Chair of Saint Peter can be seen directly through the Baldachin, in the middle of the photo.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy.
Saint Peter's Chair is in Saint Peter's Basilica.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Chair of Saint Peter (Latin: Cathedra Petri) is a Relic, conserved in Saint Peter's Basilica, enclosed in a sculpted gilt bronze casing, that was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and executed between 1647 and 1653.

The name derives from the Latin "Cathedra", meaning "Chair", or, Throne, which is used to denote the Chair or Seat of a Bishop. The Cathedra, in Saint Peter's Basilica, was once used by the Popes. Inside the Chair, is a wooden Throne, which, according to Tradition, was used by Saint Peter. It was, however, actually a gift from Charles the Bald to Pope John VIII in 875 A.D.

"The Milwaukee Road" Railroad.

Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Herald.png

Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad Logo.
Date: Pre-1980.
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by SchuminWeb using CommonsHelper.
Author: Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and Pacific Railroad.
(Wikimedia Commons)

A Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad Locomotive.
Fairbanks Morse and Company was an American manufacturing company
in the Late-19th-Century and Early-20th-Century. In December 1945, Fairbanks Morse
and Company produced its first streamlined, cab-equipped, dual service, diesel locomotive.
Illustration: PINTEREST
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, often referred to as 
"The Milwaukee Road" was a Class I Railroad that operated in the Mid-West and North-West of The United States from 1847 until 1980. The Company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy on multiple occasions throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, in 1980, it abandoned its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) as a cost-cutting measure following a 1977 bankruptcy.

"Milwaukee Road: A Railroad At Work".
1946 Film.
Available on YouTube at

What remained of the system operated for another six years until it merged into The Soo Line Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, on 1 January 1986. Although "The Milwaukee Road", as such, ceased to exist, much of its Railroad Track continues to be used by multiple Railroads. It is also commemorated in buildings, like the historic Milwaukee Road Depot, in Minneapolis, and in Railroad hardware still maintained by Railroad fans, such as The Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Locomotive.
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