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Dear Members and Friends,
I am delighted to announce the introduction of another Sunday Traditional Latin Mass, this time offered by Fr Gerard Byrne at St Brigid’s, Toryglen, Glasgow, every Sunday at 9.30am.
Fr Byrne has offered the TLM on First Saturdays for a number of years and it is wonderful to see the provision of the Old Rite growing. The Sunday Mass at St Brigid’s was offered for the first time on Sunday and the attendance was very encouraging. If you are planning to attend this week, please do arrive early.
Following the success of our online Scottish Ordo for the Traditional Latin Mass, we have decided to publish a hard copy for the liturgical year beginning Advent 2020! While only the current month is available online, the ordo will be an essential liturgical resource for everyone involved in the TLM in Scotland.
The ordo provides all the required liturgical information specific to the dioceses of Scotland and is perfect for:
- Liturgical Musicians
- Liturgical Living in the home
Stay tuned for information on how to order your copy and…tell your friends!
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From the 15th of July, the public in Scotland will be able to go to cinemas, libraries, restaurants, pubs and hairdressers. Places of worship, meanwhile, are not to open for communal worship until the 23rd of July.
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland released a statement yesterday, expressing their disappointment at the Scottish Government’s decision.
We too receive this news of the Scottish Government’s announcement with great disappointment, having encouraged our members to pray for and to support priests in their endeavours to safely restore access to the sacraments.
This matter should be raised at the Scottish Parliament, and to that end, I want to encourage you to write to your MSP today. I provide a sample text below for you to adapt; please keep the message succinct and polite.
You may also wish to CC: your Bishop to let them know that you are writing to your MSP.
Finally, we would also like to promote this petition to the Scottish Government to allow public worship sooner: https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-to-allow-public-worship-sooner-if-we-can-gather-in-a-pub-we-can-worship-safely
Thank you for your support and your prayers in this time.
— Sample MSP Email Text Below —
Subject: RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP
Dear NAME OF MSP,
As we have entered into Phase 2 of recovery from the lockdown due to Covid-19, the Catholic community of Scotland has welcomed the re-opening of places of worship for private prayer after a long and patient period of waiting. Since our churches have re-opened, and following the extensive and comprehensive guidance of the Scottish Bishops, parishes have successfully implemented social distancing measures as well as the wearing of masks and increased hygiene procedures.
Catholic parishes have been at the forefront of caring for the local community during the pandemic by offering practical, emotional and spiritual care for many, especially those who are most in need, whilst following government guidelines.
It is with great disappointment that we have learned that the Scottish Government places more importance on pubs, cinemas and libraries in the pursuit of the common good than places of worship by planning to delay the resumption of public worship while prioritising leisure activities. Since places of worship have demonstrated their ability to adhere to social distancing, perhaps even more readily than will be possible for cinemas and bars, we consider it unjust and detrimental to the spiritual and mental health of people of faith and those they serve to delay public worship whilst permitting non-essential entertainments.
We ask you to raise this at the Scottish Parliament on our behalf as a matter of urgency.
On behalf of the Catholics of Scotland,
Dear members and friends,
As the government begins to consider ways of lifting the lockdown, we want to ensure that the opening of churches is a top priority. Please write to the First Minister using the link below. We have suggested a possible draft message to save our members time (see the bottom of this post). Please feel free to use and adapt this message.
Many thanks to Holy Family Apostolate for making the First Minister’s contact link available to us: https://firstminister.gov.scot/join/first-minister-postbag/
Please share a link to this page on WhatsApp or social media: https://unavocescotland.org/2020/04/lifting-lockdown-please-write-first-minister/
Draft message begins here:
Dear Ms Sturgeon,
Thank you for your efforts to promote the common good of the people of Scotland during this troubling time.
I write to ask you to consider that in addition to the physical well-being of our nation it is necessary to consider the spiritual health of our people.
While in some faith traditions places of worship are more of a meeting place for the community, for Catholics, our churches are home to to Our Lord Jesus Christ who is truly present in the consecrated in the consecrated communion hosts, resting in the tabernacle. For this reason, being present with Him has no substitute. This is not recreation but is essential, not just to Catholics but to the people of Scotland who are in need of much intercessory prayer.
We are all aware of the requirements and necessity of social distancing: if we can achieve this in busy supermarkets, we can ensure that it is practiced in church as well.
Being aware of the importance of spiritual wellbeing, alongside physical and mental wellbeing for a holistic understanding of good health (‘Man does not live by bread alone’), we can commit to practising safe distancing from one another while we spend a short while in private prayer.
Please make the reopening of churches a priority when considering the lightening of lockdown restrictions so that we can be close to Our Lord and continue to offer prayers on behalf of all the people of Scotland, for our temporal and spiritual healing.
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
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