LMS Guides to the Sacraments under lockdown

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

New Prefaces and new Saints for the EF: FIUV Press Release

PDF version here.

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’.[1]

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


[1] Second Vatican Council Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam actuositatem 5

Another Missal to another priest!

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.

In Domino




Sung Mass in Johnstone for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

On the Feast of the Chair of St Peter (22nd February) the Parish of St Margaret of Scotland in Johnstone celebrated with a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form. At the invitation of Parish Priest Fr Paul Brady, and with encouragement from Bishop Keenan, Una Voce Scotland (UVS) provided this Mass in the ancient form of the Roman Rite. UVS is a Scottish charity that promotes the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass and Gregorian Chant.

Around 170 of the faithful from around the Diocese of Paisley (with a few supporters from Glasgow) took shelter from the hail and sleet in this hidden gem of a church. Firstly, the Holy Rosary, led by UVS chairman Fraser Pearce, was offered for the current incumbent of the Chair of St Peter and for Holy Mother Church.

The congregation of parishioners – young and old – prayed in silence before Mass began with a flourish from the organ. The procession of servers and nine priests approached the altar of God, the last of whom was the celebrant of the Mass, Fr Gerard Byrne of St Brigid’s Toryglen.

This Sung Traditional Latin Mass was the first to be offered in St Margaret’s in 50 years. For some, it brought back memories of a Low Mass offered there a few years back for the golden wedding anniversary of a parishioner couple. For others, it was a reminder of Mass before the liturgical changes of the late 1960s. For most however, it was much more than a memory. In line with the global trend, the majority of attendees were those who are too young to remember, and who want the traditional Mass not out of nostalgia, but out of a love for the richness of the prayers, the depth of the silence, the  transcendence of the Gregorian Chant and the beauty of the ceremonies.

The music was provided by UVS’ own Schola (choir). In addition to the chant of the Mass, they sang polyphonic pieces by preeminent Catholic composers such as Thomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler and Antonio Lotti with organ music by Buxtehude.

Thanks to the warm hospitality of the parishioners, Mass was followed by refreshments and a time to share in conversation. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many asking for the Traditional Latin Mass to be offered regularly in the area.

Una Voce Scotland works to improve access to the TLM around Scotland. If you would like to see more events like this, pray for us and support our work.  If you don’t have a TLM near you, but would like one, let us know!

End of the Year Roundup 2019

Originally published in the December 2019 Newsletter.

As we begin a new liturgical year, we look back with thankfulness for the opportunities that we have had to support and expand the celebration of the traditional rites.

In June we shared in celebrating Fr Dunn’s 25th anniversary Mass providing music and altar servers.

Fr Doohan in Dundee received his first parish from Bishop Robson and the community there continues to grow having several baptisms and first holy communions in the old rite. Immaculate Heart Parish is also thriving and has had three baptisms and two first
holy communions in the old rite this year. St Mary’s Cleland was the setting for the baptism of another new baby, the daughter of one of our schola members.

In addition to the initiation of new Catholics, Una Voce Scotland assisted with the Requiem Mass of Dr Dunn.

The highlight of the year was the second visit of Cardinal Burke which was a resounding success. The Cardinal was able to see the fruits of his first visit, a ‘Burke Bounce’ one might say.

Una Voce Scotland continues to offer unseen support to many priests who rely on us for vestments, missals, training and personnel to assist with liturgies and events, all of which we do gladly.

Finally at the AGM, we recognised the service of Fred Stone and welcomed Fraser Pearce as the new Chairman. Moving into this new year, we entrust our apostolate to Our Blessed Lady, the Immaculata, who will guide and protect us in doing the work of Her Son.

Pontifical High Mass offered by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke ~ 2019

Cardinal Burke Pontifical High Mass 2019

Pontifical High Mass said by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke
~ Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2019

Members of Una Voce Scotland can, once again, be extremely proud of their level of success in the realm of promoting the traditional liturgy. On Saturday, the 14th of September we were successful in arranging a second Pontifical High Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in the parish of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Glasgow.

The reason for arranging the Mass on that date was that it was the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the twelfth anniversary of the coming into law of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum which released The Traditional Rite from all the restrictions to which it had so unjustly and falsely been subjected. No doubt that Pope Benedict XVI will have chosen the date with intention: the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was instituted as a result of the rediscovery of the True Cross by St Helena. This treasure, once lost, was returned to the Church, much like the Latin Mass. We are only too happy to acknowledge and support this connection in our choice of date.

We must be extremely grateful to Fr. Mark Morris for his permission to use Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and to his parishioners who so readily welcomed us to the parish as they always do. We must also extend our gratitude to Archbishop Tartaglia for his hospitality to The Cardinal and for once again loaning us the crozier of Archbishop Eyre for use on the occasion.

The Mass itself represented the triumph of the manifestation of the beauty of the traditional liturgy in its most magnificent form, the Pontifical High Mass. The church was full to capacity, with four hundred members of the faithful present. This was indeed a very edifying sight. The music was conducted by Una Voce’s Director of Music, Fraser Pearce, and consisted of the Church’s ancient chants and polyphony of the highest quality. The serving was ably organised by both John Inglis of Edinburgh and Thomas Thomson of Glasgow. The Cardinal’s words were extensively reported in The Scottish Catholic Observer. Many members of the clergy participated in the Mass. They included clergy from the Archdioceses of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Dioceses of Motherwell and Dunkeld and from Australia. Others attended in choro, including clergy and seminarians for Scottish dioceses and priests from the North of England. Good news travels fast- and FAR! You can find coverage of the Mass on:

New Liturgical Movement – Tradition Is For The Young (18)

Scottish Catholic Observer (printed)

Scottish Catholic Observer (online)

As usual, Mr. Vincent Macdonald will produce a DVD which will be available soon, both on Una Voce’s website and on individual copies. You can view the video of the Pontifical High Mass here:

Meanwhile Mr Matthew Lukowski, the photographer for the event, has already released the photographs for the day, which can be viewed here:

Many thanks to Mr Vincent Macdonald and Mr Matthew Lukowski for their service on the day.

Noticeable in all the coverage is the presence of large numbers of the faithful and the presence among them of large numbers of young people, giving the lie to the claims that there is no demand for the Traditional Rite and that it is an exercise in nostalgia.

Our thanks are due to Fr. de Malleray and the community at Warrington who loaned us the canopy for the throne for the Cardinal. This confirms the close links already established between Una Voce Scotland and the Warrington community and through that to the wider Fraternity of St. Peter apostolate.  We are also glad to record that the weekend of the Cardinal’s Mass was arranged in conjunction with our sister organisation, The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, who arranged for the Cardinal to celebrate Mass on London on Monday, the 16th of September.

Fred Stone
Chairman, Una Voce Scotland