UVS Prayer Intentions for July

Dear members and friends

I pray that this message finds you well. Last month, we prayed for the swift and safe re-opening of Churches and return to public Masses, and are pleased that this is now, gradually, taking place around the country. We encourage you to pray for and to support your priests in their endeavours to resume public ministry, and please be assured of my daily prayers for the members of UVS, especially when we are enduring this great trial of being unable to receive the sacraments.

Thank you to everyone who receives these monthly prayer petitions – by email or on social media – and prays along with us.  Starting this month, we are adding something new to these messages that we hope will be of benefit to you in your prayer life. Please find here a link to this month’s Liturgical Calendar of feasts for Scotland. Every month this page will be updated with the feasts of the month, including feasts for specific dioceses in Scotland: https://unavocescotland.org/ordo/

Please join me in prayer during the month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, so that, by suffering well and bearing our cross in these days, we might merit the grace of conversion for ourselves, for members of the Mystical Body at all levels and for the whole world.

Prayer intentions for July:

  1. Resumption of public Mass without delay
  2. All the clergy who say or are learning the TLM
  3. A favourable outcome to the CDF survey

Anima Christi, sanctifica me 
Corpus Christi, salva me
Sanguis Christi, inebria me

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

Chairman

Resumption of Public Masses: Contact Your MSP

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.

You can find your MSP and their contact details using the Postcode Lookup here: https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx 

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,

Yours faithfully,

Communion in the Hand and Epidemic: FIUV Press Release

A press release from the FIUV. PDF version here.

Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce

Quae patronum invocat sanctum Gregorium Magnum Papam.

Press Release: Communion on the Tongue and Epidemic

In light of the recent statement (and here) by Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, in the United States of America, on social distancing during the reception of Holy Communion, and related issues surrounding the reception of Holy Communion around the world in the context of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) would like to make the following observations.

  1. In the Ordinary Form, the universal law of the Church gives every Catholic the right to receive on the tongue. This was reaffirmed by the Congregation of Divine Worship in the context of earlier public health concerns, the so-called ‘Swine flu’ epidemic of 2009. (See for exampleRedemptionisSacramentum(2004) 92; Letter of the Congregation of Divine Worship 24th July 2009, Prot. N. 655/09/L.)
  2. In the Extraordinary Form, the universal law of the Church allows for the reception of Holy Communion only on the tongue. (SeeUniversaeEcclesiae(2011) 28; MemorialeDomini (1969).)
  3. In neither case can the law of the Church be set aside by the Ordinary.
  4. The problem of maintaining physical distance between Minister and Communicant during the Reception of Holy Communion applies equally to Reception in the Hand as to Reception on the Tongue. In both cases Minister and Communicant are obliged to come close to each other, if only for a short time, and without touching. It is difficult to see how even the use of an instrument such as a pair of tongs (for which there are historical precedents) would enable Minister and Communicant to maintain a distance of six feet or two meters.
  5. Canon law is rightly very restrictive in the penalties which bishops can impose on their priests for the breach of regulations of their own devising. Bishop Rodi’s attempt to prohibit priests who do not obey his regulations to celebrate public Masses—something which amounts to a partial suspension of a priest—goes beyond what Canon law would appear to justify. (SeeCanons1316-1319).
  6. It has become increasingly evident that there is no clear scientific basis for the claim that Reception on the Tongue is more likely to transmit the Coronavirus than Reception in the Hand. This has been the expert advice given toArchbishop Sample of Portland, Oregon, USA, and toArchbishop José Antonio Eguren, of Piura, Peru, and it is also the view of the experts involved in the guidelines of the Thomistic Institute of Washington, DC, in the USA. If any bishops around the world are in possession of studies or expert opinions in conflict with this growing consensus, it behooves them to make these public as a matter of urgency.
  7. Where local circumstances demand it, the suspension of the Reception of Holy Communion, of the celebration of Masses open to the public, and even the opening of churches for private prayer, have been ordered by bishops and public authorities. These measures are at least even-handed and, insofar as they are justified by genuine public health concerns, do not infringe the rights of the Faithful. As these measures are gradually lifted around the world, we urge bishops to continue to act in accordance with expert advice, not arbitrarily picking out certain priests and faithful for greater restrictions than those imposed on others, and with respect for the rights of the Faithful.

The President and Officers of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, 8th June 2020

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ABOUT THE FOEDERATIO INTERNATIONALIS UNA VOCE (FIUV)

The FIUV represents the needs and concerns of the world-wide laity attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition, the Extraordinary Form. It has more than 45 member associations from Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia.

The Federation has a biennial General Assembly in Rome, and publishes a magazine twice a year, Gregorius Magnus.

CONTACT DETAILS

Website: www.fiuv.org

President, Felipe Alanís Suarez: president@fiuv.org
Secretary, Dr Joseph Shaw: secretary@fiuv.org
Treasurer, Monika Rheinschmitt: treasurer@fiuv.org

UVS Prayer Intentions for June

Dear members and friends

I pray that this message finds you well in these difficult times. Please be assured of my daily prayers for the members of UVS, especially when we are enduring this great trial of being unable to hear Mass, or even pray in our churches.

Please join me in imploring the mercy of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in prayers and acts of reparation during the month of June so that, by suffering well and bearing our cross in these days, we might merit the grace of conversion for ourselves, for members of the Mystical Body at all levels and for the whole world.

Prayer intentions for June:

  1. The swift and safe re-opening of Churches and return to public Masses
  2. The growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in Edinburgh
  3. A young FSSP seminarian who we are supporting

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offences, Have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, Have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, Have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us
Our Lady of Akita, Pray for us

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

Chairman

UVS Prayer Intentions for May

Dear members and friends,

Thank you for your ongoing support, both material and spiritual. In April we prayed for the end of the current pandemic through reparation for the sins of the world, and the growth of the TLM community in Dundee. Although community life in general has been impacted by the stay at home measures to combat the pandemic, we are pleased to share that Fr Ninian (of Dundee) has been posting links to his Traditional Latin Masses (which are streamed live on YouTube) on his Facebook page. Also, reaching a wider audience are the FSSP via their LiveMass apostolate, which we know has served many of our members as well. We thank God for these consolations in the midst of trials, and continue to offer prayer and reparation.

In the month of Mary we pray for:

  1. the growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Glasgow
  2. the reopening of Churches in the first wave of lockdown relaxation
  3. a favourable response to the questionnaire on the Traditional Latin Mass issued to bishops by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican.

Thank you again for supporting us in our work for Jesus, for the Church and for the Traditional Mass.

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

Chairman

 

Lifting of Lockdown: Please write to the First Minister

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/

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

 

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.

Yours faithfully,

UVS Prayer Intentions for April

Dear members and friends,

Thank you for your ongoing support, both material and spiritual. In March we prayed for the priests who we were sending to the Latin Mass Training Course; interest in this course was high, such that some priests who had attempted to book found that the course was full! Sadly, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus the course has been postponed; we are looking into assisting these priests with attending the course on a future date.

In April, I ask you to join me in adding the following to your daily Rosary intentions:

1. The growth of the Traditional Latin Mass community in Dundee

2. The end of the current pandemic through reparation for the sins of the world, particularly sins against Our Lord in the sacred liturgy and sins of idolatry and blasphemy

Thank you again for supporting us in our work for Jesus, for the Church and for the Traditional Mass.

In Domino,

Fraser Pearce

Chairman

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