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Something more parishes should consider – votive Masses for persecuted Christians May 1, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Latin Mass, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.

Reader GM sent me a link announcing a Votive Mass (TLM) for persecuted Christians to be held May 6 in Winnipeg.  Given the ongoing atrocities against Christians (just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, diabolical islamists in Syria destroyed the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of Aleppo), and the rising persecution so many of us see in our own land, this would be a quite charitable and salutary imprecation to God for more traditional parishes to make:

This announcement has come in recently from The Latin Mass Society of Winnipeg:

On Wednesday, May 6th, at 7:30 pm, a Votive Mass on behalf of persecuted Christians will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Parish, 271 Hampton Street, Winnipeg. 

For more information, see this link.

This is a good opportunity to suggest to NLM readers that it would be highly appropriate, in these times of violent persecution, to consider offering or organizing the celebration of the Missa votiva pro Ecclesiae defensione (In Defense of the Church) with the Commemoration Pro Ecclesiae libertate on behalf of persecuted Christians, which may be used on 4th class ferial days.

I must agree.  We hear from our very good priests all the time that we had “better get prayed up,” that is, internally, spiritually prepared for the sufferings many of will likely be forced to endure.  Being a Catholic has been relatively easy in many parts of the world for a long time – it may no longer be so.  Since the Mass is the highest form of prayer possible, it would only make sense that we should see many such Votive Masses offered both for the souls now enduring the most cruel persecutions, as well as to bring down Grace upon ourselves as we face our own.  This might be a good request to make to your local TLM pastor/priest in a kind, courteous manner.
BTW, I am very pleased to announce that the number of North American priests who have signed the “credo” signifying their commitment to uphold the doctrine of marriage, the Blessed Sacrament, divorce, etc., has increased tremendously in just the past few days.  Over 700 priests have now signed on, including three priests very dear to my heart (up from 450 3 days ago).  God bless them.  There are more names with FSSP after them, but I’d love to see many, many more.  Some OSBs from Clear Creek have signed on.  Awesome!
It’s not a competition, and those of us who know these men certainly know where they stand, buuut……..it is also reassuring and gratifying to see the names of priests we know and love formally attached to this vital stand in defense of the Faith.  As I watch the list grow, my fears over how the Church in this country will deal with any unprecedented “pastoral” approaches emanating from a conclave or Synod are diminished.  It is most comforting to see the names pile up.  Again, God bless all these men, and may there be many, many, many more.  There are, after all, around 45,000 priests in this country, so there is a long way to go.
If you have a local priest who you know to be relatively orthodox and you don’t see their name on the list, you might, in charity, also send them an invitation to sign on.  It is quite probable most priests have no knowledge of this initiative at this point.
Deo Gratias!


1. Peter - May 1, 2015

That the statement is being signed is heartening, on the one hand, but heartbreaking as well … How did our Church even get to this point?

2. Don - May 3, 2015


I’m sure some have seen this, but for those who have not.


TG - May 5, 2015

Thanks for the link. I agree with it but I do give a pass on the pope if he can’t knee due to bad knees. I’ve seen people at adoration sitting because they have bad knees. I try not to criticize anyone for not kneeling or not barely bowing anymore. Our former priest would barely bow but later I learned he was in extreme pain due to a back problem. He had surgery and got better but was not ever really able to really bow. I learned a lesson from that and try not to judge because you don’t really know what’s going on.

TG - May 5, 2015

Meant Kneel.

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