Read the March 2020 Newsletter here.
Guides to the Sacraments under lockdown
The Latin Mass Society has published these short but comprehensive guides to the Sacraments of Holy Communion, Penance, and Baptism, while getting access to priests is restricted or impossible, in light of the Extraordinary Form and the Traditional Practice and Discipline of the Church.
What is a perfect act of contrition? What value has watching a live-streamed Mass? When would it be justified to baptise infants in the absence of a priest? Is it possible to gain indulgences if one can’t go to Communion? What is the ceremony of ‘supplying the ceremonies’ after an emergency bapism?
Your questions are answered.
NB. For those who arrange to receive Holy Communion outside of Mass, our resources may help.
New Prefaces and new Saints for the EF: FIUV Press Release
CDF Decrees on new Prefaces and Saints for the Extraordinary Form
From the President and Officers of the FIUV
26th March 2020
Yesterday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), now exercising the functions of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, has issued two decrees, one on Prefaces to be added to the 1962 Missal (Quo Magis), and the other on the possibility of saints, canonised since 1962 to have Masses celebrated in their honour (Cum Sanctissima). (English summary here.)
The Federation was consulted on both issues, and we would like to thank the CDF for taking the views of our members into account in developing these decrees.
The Federation welcomes in particular the possibility of making a liturgical commemoration of saints canonised since 1962, without excessive disruption to the Sanctoral Calendar as it has come down to us. We wish, however, to issue some notes of caution.
On Prefaces, we note that the Note presenting the decree explains that while three of the seven newly permitted Prefaces are of the ‘Neo-Gallican’ tradition (of 18th century French origin), the other four are Prefaces used in the Ordinary Form, though not composed from scratch for the reformed Mass: ‘their central section(s), known as the “embolism”, appear in ancient liturgical sources’.
This implies that these ancient Prefaces have been adapted for use in the Ordinary Form, a process which makes them conform less, rather than more, with the spirit of the Extraordinary Form. If the value of these Prefaces lies in their antiquity, it is not clear what is to be gained by their being used in the Extraordinary Form in a redaction designed to make them conform to the themes and preferences of the Ordinary Form.
Further, we would like to appeal to priests celebrating the Extraordinary Form to bear in mind the great antiquity, theological importance, and centrality to the ancient Roman liturgical tradition, of the Preface of Trinity Sunday, and the Common Preface, whose use would become less frequent if the newly optional Prefaces were systematically employed. These two Prefaces have been of such centrality to the celebration of ancient Mass up to this point, that to downgrade them to mere options among others would be to make a fundamental change in the balance of texts and theological ideas which the Missal presents to the Faithful over the course of the year.
On the Saints, we note the list of saints celebrated as 3rd Class feasts, whose celebration remains obligatory. We recognise that in order to make possible the celebration of the new saints room must somehow be made for them, and we endorse the method proposed. We have reservations, however, about the composition of this list.
We note with particular dismay that the only male lay saints on the list are SS Cosmas and Damian: this seems an omission in need of correction, particularly as the excluded category include men central to the development of their countries: St Louis of France, St Stephen of Hungary, St Henry the Emperor of Germany, St Edward the Confessor of England, and St Wenceslas of Bohemia, outstanding examples of the vocation of the laity to ‘to penetrate and perfect the temporal order with the spirit of the Gospel’.
Also completely absent are female founders of religious orders, such as St Angela Merici, St Juliana of Falconieri, and St Jane Francis de Chantal.
Although we are pleased to see two widows on the list—St Monica and St Francis of Rome—it would seem in general that non-clerical vocations, of the active or the religious life, which are richly represented in the ancient sanctoral calendar, have been set aside as of marginal importance.
Another category poorly represented on the list are Doctors of the Church. Some of the highest importance have been excluded: St Isidore, St John Damascene, St Bede, and St Irenaeus.
The imbalance represented by the list of obligatory saints appears to have been inherited from the list of non-optional Memorials found in the sanctoral cycle of the Ordinary Form, which it closely resembles. The lack of interest in the lay vocation and in the Doctors of the Church shown by the reformers of the 1960s should not be allowed to distort the presentation of the Church’s great patrimony of saints in celebrations of the Extraordinary Form today.
In choosing when to avail themselves of the option to celebrate newly canonised saints, we would like to appeal to priests celebrating the Extraordinary Form to consider carefully the balance of the categories of the saints, the importance of maintaining the connection to the distant past represented by the most ancient saints, and the value of the Marian devotional feasts also now rendered optional, such as Our Lady of Lourdes and the Presentation of Mary.
As an indication of feasts which we regard as particularly worthy of continued celebration, we give the following, non-exhaustive, list.
14/01 St Hilary
10/02 St Scholastica
11/02 Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (of Lourdes)
17/03 St Patrick
18/03 St Cyril of Jerusalem
27/03 St John Damascene
4/04 St Isidore
27/05 St Bede
3/07 St Irenaeus
15/07 St Henry, Emperor
25/08 St Louis, King
30/08 St Rose of Lima
2/09 St Stephen, King
28/09 St Wenceslas, Duke and Martyr
8/10 St Bridget, Widow
13/10 St Edward, King
24/10 St Rafael the Archangel
15/11 St Albert the Great
21/11 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
25/11 St Catherine of Alexandria
 Second Vatican Council Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam actuositatem 5
Dear Members and Friends,
Although this evening saw the last public Masses for the time being in Scotland, current advice from several Bishops is that Holy Communion may still be administered upon the request of the faithful.
We have prepared PDFs of the formula for administering Holy Communion outside of Mass in the Traditional Rite. It should be noted that Holy Communion in the Old Rite can only be received kneeling and on the tongue. This is still permitted in some of the Scottish Dioceses.
- Click here to download a PDF including the rubrics for priests (2pp, A4)
- Click here to download a PDF for servers or communicants (2pp, A4)
- Click here to download a PDF for servers or communicants, which can be cut to A5 size.
Please make these sheets available to priests with whom you are in contact, or print it out and take it to a priest if you wish to receive Holy Communion in the Traditional Rite.
I assure you of my daily prayers as Chairman for all our members, friends and priests who offer the Traditional Rites for us.
Dear members and friends,
In addition to our guidance on sanctifying Sunday during periods of isolation, please join in the following effort that is being headed by Bishop Keenan of Paisley. We also encourage priests to add these prayers to their daily Masses.
Dear members and friends,
Over the coming weeks, it is likely that many of us will not be able to attend Mass due to illness.
Should this be the case, we can sanctify the Sabbath by refraining from servile work, undertaking our usual prayers and devotions and by praying through the Mass of the day in our missals.
For those who would like to pray along with the Traditional Latin Mass online, I recommend livemass.net. LiveMass is an apostolate of the FSSP which streams the Latin Mass from several locations in various time zones. At the bottom left of the homepage, there are links to the Breviary and Missal which may be useful.
Update, our sister organisation, The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales have a list of livestreamed Masses on their homepage.
Dear Reverend Fathers, members and friends,
I have recently written about the practical arrangements requested by the bishops of Scotland and their bearing on the Traditional Latin Mass. In addition to the practical measures taken, I write to encourage all priests to add the prayers from the Votive Mass in Time of Pestilence as a spiritual response to the threat of Coronavirus. Votive Masses are not possible in Lent, but the collect, secret and post communion can be added after those of the Mass of the day in the manner of a commemoration.
Download a PDF here.
Although holy water is not to be placed in stoups, I encourage all priests, whether they say the Traditional Latin Mass or not, to make holy water and exorcised salt, blessed with the traditional ritual, available to the faithful who present a container for private use. The prayers are self-explanatory and worthy of consideration.
I ask all lay people to forward this message to priests.
Brief update: this week we are responding to another priest who would like to learn the Traditional Latin Mass and requires and altar Missal. If you wish to assist us as we continue to provide training and sacred articles for the Latin Mass, please visit our support page to leave a donation or become a member.
Please continue to pray for priests from around Scotland who are discerning how and when to begin learning or saying the old rite.
Dear members and friends,
Thank you for your ongoing support, both material and spiritual. Our February prayer intention was overwhelmingly granted with such a successful Mass in Johnstone. Thanks especially to those who responded to my request for prayer and fasting for this intention.
In March, I ask you to join me in adding the following to your daily Rosary intentions:
1. The growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in Aberdeen
2. The priests who we are sending to the Latin Mass Training Course in April.
Thank you again for supporting us in our work for Jesus, for the Church and for the Traditional Mass.