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Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christum imperat!

October 29th marks the glorious Solemnity of Christ the King.  Here is my post from last year:

https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/christ-the-king/

Please give Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical on the Feast of Christ the King a read.  A very important Encyclical on the Social Kingship of Christ the King:

http://www.catholictradition.org/Encyclicals/primas.htm

Let us pray that Christ will once again be King over Society and dare we say, acknowledged as King within the Church, for He has been dethroned.

Viva Christo Rey!  Our Lord is our King and He rules over His Kingdom, the Catholic Church, forever and ever!

A Blessed Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King to all!

The following is a sermon from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the Feast of Christ the King, given October 28, 1979:

My dear brethren,

In the magnificent encyclical Quas Primas of His Holiness Pope Pius XI, instituting the Feast of Christ the King, the Pope explains why Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly King, and he gives two particular and profound reasons. There are indeed many scriptural proofs. We have just read the Gospel in which Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaims Himself King. There are many passages from the Psalms and in the New Testament which express this same quality of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King. But His Holiness Pius XI takes care to deepen our knowledge of the reasons of this royalty.

The first reason is what the Church calls the “hypostatic union,” the union of the Divine Person of Our Lord with His human nature. Our Lord is King because He is God. Indeed, there are not two persons in Our Lord, there is not one Divine Person and one human person. There is only one person—the Divine Person who directly assumed a human soul and a human body without passing by the intermediary of a human person. Consequently, when we speak of Jesus Christ, we say the Person of Jesus Christ. Now, this person of Jesus Christ is a Divine Person. Certainly, Jesus Christ is both God and man since He assumed a human soul and a human body. Thus, the human soul and the human body of Our Lord Jesus Christ have become so intimately united to God that they cannot be separated. It is the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ which is entirely Divine and by His Person, His body and soul are “deified.”

Thus, Our Lord Jesus Christ as He presented Himself along the route of Palestine and even as He presented Himself as an infant in Bethlehem, is King. Not only does He possess the character of this royalty but also the Church teaches us that by this union of God with human nature, with a soul and with a body, which He assumed, Our Lord Jesus Christ is essentially, by nature—Saviour, Priest, and King. He cannot but be the Saviour, for He alone may say that He is God. He alone is able to say that He is the Priest, the Pontiff—He who truly makes the link between heaven and earth—and also He alone is able to say that He is the King. He is not king according to the kingships of this world, that is to say, over a given territory and limited to the earth, to men. Indeed, Our Lord is King not only of the earth but also of heaven. This is the first profound reason of the royalty of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of this we must be convinced in order to see Our Lord as King, our personal King. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our King.

But He is King for another reason as well. Pope Pius XI explains well that Our Lord Jesus Christ is King by conquest. By what conquest?

It is because Our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all by His Blood, by His Cross and by Calvary.Regnavit a ligno Deus, God has reigned by the wood, i. e., by the Cross, Our Lord has conquered all souls, whomsoever they may be, by right—a strict right. All souls since they are created by God, even if they live for only a moment here on earth, are by right subjects of Our Lord Jesus Christ because He conquered them by His Blood. He wants to save them. He desires to redeem them all by His Blood, His Divine Blood, in order to lead them to heaven. Yes, Our Lord, by His Precious Blood and by His Cross, is by right Our King. This is the very reason why in the early centuries after the peace of Constantine, when the Christians were officially able to present the Cross in their churches, in their chapels and in other places of worship, they usually represented Our Lord Jesus Christ as a crowned King; crowned with the crown of Kings. Christ is surely our King and He is King by His Cross.

We must then consider the principles of this nature of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, of this conquest which Jesus has made upon our hearts and our souls by His death upon the Cross. Is Our Lord Jesus Christ daily in practice, in all of our actions, in all of our thoughts, truly our King? Pope Pius XI continues in his encyclical to describe the manner in which Our Lord must be our King. He must be the King of our intellects and of our thoughts because He is the Truth (Veritas). Jesus Christ is the Truth because He is God.

Is then Our Lord Jesus Christ truly King of our thoughts? Is it He who truly orients all of our thoughts, our reflections, our intellectual life, in the life of our Faith? Is it truly Our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the light of our intellects? Is He King of our wills?

He is the Law. If the Tablets of the Law were found in the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament, they represented precisely Our Lord Jesus Christ Who today is found in our tabernacles. But today with a tremendous superiority have. we the Law in our tabernacles, in our “arks of the covenant.” It is no longer the cold stones of the Old Testament but rather it is Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who is the Law. The Word of God is the Law by Whom all has been made, in Whom all things have been created. He is the Law not only of souls, of minds, of wills but He is the Law of all nature. All the laws which we discover in nature come from Our Lord Jesus Christ-come from the Word of God. It suffices to consider that all creatures follow with incomparable fidelity the laws of God, that they follow physical laws, chemical laws and all the laws of vegetative nature, of animal nature. These laws are followed impeccably.

And we, too, must follow in a diligent manner, in a free manner, the laws of God inscribed in our hearts. It is precisely due to our liberty that we must attach ourselves to this law which is the path of our happiness, the way to eternal life.

Man has turned away from this law.

Our Lord Jesus Christ must then be—must again become—the King of our wills and we must conform our wills to His law, to His Law of love, to His law of charity, to the Commandments which He has given us and which He Himself told us encompass all other Commandments: To love God and to love one’s neighbors. Are not these two in fact one and the same Commandment? It is He Who tells us so. Do we then truly conform our wills to the law of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Christ truly King of our wills?

Finally, Jesus has to be, as Pope Pius XI tells us, the King of our hearts. Are our hearts trulyattached to Our Lord Jesus Christ? Are we conscious of the fact that Our Lord Jesus Christ is our ALL—Omnia in omnibus.Jesus Christ is all and in all things. It is He in ipso omnia constant as St. Paul says. In Him all is sustained, in Him we live, in Him we are and we act. It is this that St. Paul explains in his discourse to the Areopagite: In ipso vivimus, in ipso movemur, in ipso summus—He holds all in His hand.

We must then wonder what the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph must have thought. I believe that there is an admirable example for us. If we truly desire that Jesus Christ be our King we must try to imagine what Nazareth must have been. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. What must Mary have thought of Jesus? What must Joseph have thought of Jesus? It is incredible! It is a great mystery, an impenetrable mystery of the goodness, of the charity of God. To think that He permitted two creatures chosen by Him, to live with Him! For St. Joseph during thirty years, for the Blessed Virgin during thirty-three years, in the intimacy of Jesus, in the intimacy of He Who is God. It is He without whom neither Mary nor Joseph could speak, think, nor live. Mary bearing Jesus in her arms, bearing God in her arms! As the Gospel often says it was not she who was bearing Jesus but Jesus who was bearing her. For Jesus was much greater than she for He is God. Just think what must have been in the soul, will and heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary living with Jesus, seeing Him with His young companions, seeing Him working with St. Joseph.

We also have the joy to live with Our Lord.

Even under the delicate envelope of her body, the Blessed Virgin Mary adored the living God for she knew—she knew that the living God was in her home. She knew this through the Annunciation by the angel. And St. Joseph knew it perfectly as well.

We, too, know that we have the living Jesus in our tabernacles under the delicate Eucharistic species. Jesus is there! Not only do we have Him in our tabernacles, but moreover in a manner which I would say is almost more intimate than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph, when Our Lord gives Himself to us as our spiritual food.

Imagine, that truly in our bodies, in our hearts we bear Jesus—we bear God who sustains us, for without Him we would not be able to live nor exist nor say a single word nor even think a single thought. And we bear this God in the Holy Eucharist!

Let us ask Our Lord Jesus Christ when we receive Him in us that He be our King—that He may give us the thoughts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph; that our wills be as theirs, submitted to His law; that He may grant us the affections of the hearts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, these creatures whom He chose from all eternity to be His guardians, to be those with whom He was to live.

Ask them—ask Mary and Joseph—to help us live under the sweet Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ. One day, we hope that we shall be in that Kingdom and that we shall see Him in His splendour and in His glory as we say so often when we recite the Angelus ut per passionem ijus et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur—in order that by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.

Indeed, we also must pass now by the Passion and Cross of Jesus upon the earth in order that one day we be able to join in the glory of His Resurrection, this glory which illuminates heaven, which is heaven, for God is heaven. Thus Our Lord Jesus Christ is heaven. In Him we will live in the grace of God by the grace of God. If we have Him already as our King here on earth, then we shall have Him as our King for all eternity.

Beseech the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph today, not only for us, but for our families, for all those who surround us, that they may come to the light of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that they recognize evil, and also for those who do not obey Him or who withdraw themselves from Him. Have pity on all these souls who do not know the King of Love and of Glory, in whom we have the happiness to believe, in whom we have the happiness to love. Beseech Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph to convert all these souls to Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

 

The 1962 Missale Romanum

An important post from The Knight of Tradition on the 1962 Missal:

For decades, some Catholics, particularly those in the sedevacantist movements, have criticized the Society of St. Pius X and other traditional priests for using the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal.  They often claim that this “Missal of John XXIII” reflects the Modernistic tendencies that had begun to infiltrate the Church structures.  Also, since an older edition would have been approved by a fully traditional Pope, Catholics might be safer to simply use that Missal, as if there was some hidden evil that great Catholics such as Padre Pio, Cardinal Ottaviani, and Archbishop Lefebvre did not find.

There are several objections put forth against this Missal, but this response is intended to take a more general approach.  However, I will specifically address two of the more common objections:

  1. The addition of St. Joseph’s name to the Canon of the Mass
  2. “If this Missal is so good, then why does the SSPX “re-insert” the second Confiteor(before Holy Communion)?”

All of these criticisms are not of little importance, since many Catholics of good will can be confused into having unnecessary scruples about the Masses they attend and the good priests that they support.  Archbishop Lefebvre and his Society have responded several times against these accusations, however, many traditional Catholics may not be fully aware of them.  I will thus attach some of the responses below, in the hope of reassuring these concerned Catholics.

This first article covers Archbishop Lefebvre explaining the principle of the Church and St. Thomas Aquinas in his decision for him and his order to use the 1962 edition of the Missal (I will post the article below):

http://sspx.org/en/only-when-faith-question

These featured items are responses by Fr. Peter Scott, SSPX, to the two most common objections noted above.

http://www.angelusonline.org/index.php?section=articles&subsection=show_article&article_id=3535 

http://www.angelusonline.org/index.php?section=articles&subsection=show_article&article_id=2396  

Part of this wonderful article notes the general reaction in the Church to the addition of St. Joseph to the Canon and also mentions the Divine Providence perhaps manifested by this action:

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/st-joseph-protector-universal-church-3579

May good Catholics always keep to the good Faith whole and entire, without giving into any dangerous compromises or excesses!

Only when the Faith is in question

Archbishop Lefebvre’s 1983 Ridgefield Conference

On April 24, 1983, Archbishop Lefebvre gave a conference to the seminarians at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The background was the opposition of nine priests (one just ordained) and a few seminarians who had disobeyed His Excellency’s instruction to follow the 1962 liturgical books.

Despite their disobedience to his directive, the Archbishop attempted to remonstrate with them, but eventually was compelled to expel them from the Society of St. Pius X for obstinate refusal to obey their superior.

As the opposition had been led by the former seminary rector, Archbishop Lefebvre prudently decided to delay the diaconate ordinations that were scheduled for that year. He wanted to ensure that the future deacons would willingly follow the SSPX’s policy concerning the liturgical books to be used.

During the conference he explained his reason for deciding upon the 1962 liturgical books and the principle upon which it was based, asking the future deacons to consider this and thus determine their decision if they intended to remain faithful members of the Society of St. Pius X.

We present here three extracts from the conference outlining Archbishop Lefebvre’s exemplar attitude and firm response in dealing with this past historical event of the SSPX.

Extracts from Archbishop Lefebvre’s conference

What is the first principle to know what we must do in this circumstance, in this crisis in the Church? What is my principle?

The principle of the Church, it is the principle of St. Thomas Aquinas. It is not my choice; it’s not my favor; it is not my personal desire… I am nothing… I merely follow the doctrine of the Church. This doctrine is expounded by St. Thomas Aquinas.

So what does St. Thomas Aquinas say about the authority in the Church? When can we refuse something from the authority of the Church?

Principle: Only when the Faith is in question.

Only in this case. Not in other cases… only when the Faith is in question… and that is found in the Summa Theologica (II II Q.33, a.4, ad 2m): St. Thomas’ answer is that we cannot resist to the authority; we must obey:

  1. Sciendum tamen est quod ubi immineret periculum fidei.” Periculum fideii.e., the danger to our faith…
  2. etiam publice essent praelate a subditis arguendi.”, i.e., the subject can be opposed to the authority if the Faith is in question (“periculum fidei“);
  3. Unde et Paulus, qui erat subditus Petro, propter imminens periculum scandali circa fidem, Petrum publice arguit,” i.e., St. Paul opposed St. Peter because it was a danger for the Faith (cf. Galatians 2:11).

That is the principle (of St. Thomas), and I cannot harbor another motive to resist the pope… it is very serious to be opposed to the pope, and to the Church. It is very serious, and if we think that we must do that, we must do it (resist the Holy Father) only to preserve our Faith, and not for any other motive.

We must now do an application of the principle. For me I think that the liturgical reform of Pope John XXIII has nothing against the Faith. You can take the Pontificale, the Rituale, the Breviary, the Roman Missal, and… what is in these books of Pope John XXIII that is against the Faith? Nothing! And so [in an urgent tone]: …I cannot refuse this book (of Pope John), because he is the pope, and the pope gave me this book (and I must obey).

It is quite another thing with the reform of Pope Paul VI… in this book of reform of Pope Paul VI is a very grave danger to my Faith… it is precisely Periculum Fidei. So I refuse it, because ecumenism is the idea and motive of this reform… and this ecumenism… they say themselves, Pope Paul VI, Bugnini, etc., all say the motive of their reform is ecumenism, and this ecumenism takes away all (Catholic) things which are displeasing to the Protestant.

(…)

Some people abandon the Society on the left (i.e., moving towards the left), and some abandon her moving towards the right.

Those who abandon the Society on the left, they now use the rite of the New Mass… they are Progressivists… they are not against Progressivism any more.

Those who abandon us to the right, for them, there is no more any relations with Rome, no more relation with the Church, and they look (for a pope elsewhere)…as in the case of Fr. G–, where he went to Spain to see if the famous Palmar De Troya [a schismatic “traditionalist” cult in Spain who elected their own “pope”—Ed.], i.e., Clemente… he went there to see if Clemente is the true pope! Because such priests (who defect to the right) they look for authority; (by nature) they cannot remain without authority… because they have none… they have none.

(…)

This situation is very sad because I thought that I was helping my priests, (since I gave them) all my prayers, all my spirit, all my heart.

I gave all this to these priests… [“The Nine” who were expelled—Ed.] and they did good work… But it is a pity now… what will happen to the faithful? …the poor faithful, if they know that five or six or seven priests are no more members of the Society of St. Pius X?

What has happened? They will be bewildered to hear that it is true, these priests are not members of the Society any more… [with great distress and heartache]; …it is very sad, very sad for the faithful. I know these American faithful… they are very good people… and now… what can I do?”

Perhaps it is my fault, because I waited too long… if I took this decision three or four years ago, perhaps the situation would not be as grave as now. But perhaps I am too lenient, too tolerant, too good to them, because I do not like to go against my brothers, my priests.

So I tolerated them… I thought perhaps next year, or some time, things would change… but truly nothing has changed… it’s not better… in fact things have gotten worse with time.

Thus, we must pray… we must pray.

I hope, slowly, slowly, they can return in the good way, in the good progress of the seminary… and I hope I can give you ordination. We need priests… but we do not need priests that disobey, no.”

 

~Steven C., “Knight of Tradition”

 

 

 

A tribute to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

With permission from the Editor at the excellent Catholic Truth blog, I share with everyone this beautiful poem dedicated to the great Archbishop Lefebvre by Tom Weir to commmorate the blessing of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Glasglow, Scotland, September 13th, 1986.  It can be found in the April 2016 edition of the Catholic Truth Newsletter.

Most Gracious Archbishop,

True Shepherd of your flock;

Defender of the One True Church,

protector of the Rock.

While brother Bishops scorn you,

and rebuke each word you say,

By your guidance and example,

from the Truth we cannot stray.

A pious humble prelate

and loyal priest of Christ.

When liberal ways deceived the fold,

you could not be enticed.

Steadfast until death are you,

no compromise you give.

And for many Catholics everywhere,

their true faith they can live.

Those many years ago, your Grace,

when you were first ordained;

To the vows made on that special day,

you devoutly have remained.

Your love of Christ and Holy Church,

her doctrine you defend;

Against the powers of Satan,

you will fight until the end.

This, our tribute, comes to you

From Scotland far away

Where Saint John Ogilvie was martyred

for the Mass we keep today.

He, like you, would not deny

his ordination vow.

But how many modern clergy

would gladly do that now.

God bless you dear Archbishop,

And give you special grace;

That in the future years to come,

We shall see your smiling face

With all those priests around you,

Who bring the Mass of Trent;

May Our Lord protect you always,

To us all, you’re heaven-sent.

 

What a beautiful poetic tribute to our dear Archbishop Lefebvre!  And it ever remains true.

~Damsel of the Faith

 

SSPX Ordinations in Econe, 2016

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On June 29, 2016, at St. Pius X Seminary in Ecône (Switzerland), 8 priests and 12 deacons were ordained by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, bringing the number of SSPX Priests to 608!

http://www.dici.org/en/news/june-29-2016-ordinations-in-econe-switzerland/

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/new-priestly-ordinations-econe

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I would be remiss if I failed to mention that today is the 28th Anniversary of that glorious event that saved the Faith as it was known and practiced up until the Second Vatican Council- Archbishop Lefebvre’s Episcopal Consecrations in Econe, that took place on June 30th, 1988.

See last year’s post here.

May God bless our new priests and keep them ever steadfast in the true Catholic Faith!

~Damsel of the Faith

Meet the new SSPX Priests for the US District

http://stas.org/en/news-events/news/meet-new-priests-16517

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 10th, 2016, 7 new priests were ordained for the Society in the United States.  Here are their short biographies with photos of each.  Pray for our new priests, so young and so full of fervor, charged with the duty of acting in Christ’s place, saving our souls and offering the Holy Mass, for the living and the dead! And May St. John the Baptist, whose Feast it is today, intercede for these priests, that they may always proclaim the Divinity of the Lamb of God, staying true to the whole Traditional Catholic Faith and the Mass of All Time!

~Damsel of the Faith


 

Fr. Andrew Dwyer, the youngest of six children, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he spent his entire life before entering the seminary. For many years there was no traditional Mass on Sundays, but eventually he would serve at the altar almost every day for thirteen years. Fr. Dwyer’s ordination card shows the Mater Dolorosa of Ernesto Murillo.

 

Fr. Paul-Isaac Franks grew up in Nottingham, England. He attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Manchester University. It was during the work for his master’s degree that he began attending Mass at a chapel of the SSPX. On his ordination card is a 15th century alabaster panel depicting the crucifixion of Our Lord.

 

Fr. Brandon Haenny, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, grew up in Highland, Indiana. In 2005 he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. The example of a few good priests encountered in his youth led Fr. Haenny to the seminary. His ordination card pictures the annunciation, with a quotation from the gospel of St. Luke (i, 38): Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

 

Fr. Reid Hennick grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon discovering tradition he began attending Mass at the SSPX’s chapel in Mukwonago. There he experienced the good friendship and encouragement which are so propitious for a vocation. Fr. Hennick’s ordination card shows a Florentine statue of St. Thomas putting his finger in the pierced side of Christ.

 

Fr. Patrick Kimball grew up in a large traditional family, attending the Blessed Virgin Mary Academy (SSPX) in Syracuse, New York. He spent the last three years of high school at Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy (SSPX). Father has both a brother and an uncle who are priests of the Society of St. Pius X. His ordination card bears an image of the Immaculate Heart depicted in the Beuronese style. The inscription on the back reads Spes nostra, “Our hope.”

 

Fr. Francis Palmquist was born in New Jersey but grew up in Belmont, North Carolina. He was homeschooled and attended for two years St. Mary’s College (SSPX) before entering the seminary. On the back of his ordination card one reads, “I thirst.” On the front are written the last words of the canon of the Mass: Per Ipsum, cum Ipso, in Ipso, Omnis Honor et Gloria.

 

Fr. James Trummer grew up in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks region of New York, as the second of four children. He attended St. Therese’s Academy (SSPX) in Nicholville as well as Phillips Exeter Academy. Later he went to Hamilton College and Columbia University, taking a degree in mathematics and civil engineering. His ordination card shows the Holy Face from the Shroud of Turin, with the words of the Mass, “Through Him and with Him and in Him.”


 

Beautiful photos of their First Masses, offering that perfect oblation to Almighty God:

http://stas.org/en/media/photos/first-masses-2016-16434

Queen of Angels Catholic Church (SSPX) in Dickinson, Texas

 

“The Mass is the most beautiful thing in the Church.”   ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

For a history of Queen of Angels Church “The Angelus Online” has a great article here.

Last weekend, I was on vacation in Houston, Texas. Before departing on Sunday, I attended Mass at Queen of Angels. A beautiful experience! The Mass offered was a Low Mass but it was especially stunning in this glorious, peaceful and most beautiful atmosphere. The High Altar is magnificent! Words cannot do Queen of Angels justice so I post some pictures that I took of everything.  Of note is the relic of St. Philomena that is on display in the Church. I was able to take some good shots of it.  And of course, it’s always wonderful to see Pope St. Pius X!

“The Tridentine Mass is something which must be experienced, and only then will it become clear why, in an article written fifteen years after the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae, the Tridentine Mass can be termed with perfect accuracy: ‘the Mass that will not die.'”  ~Michael Davies

A few words from Steven, the Knight of Tradition:

“Although this blog often covers the unfortunate state of affairs in the Church today, it should be acknowledged that much good is being accomplished today for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of souls.  The traditional movement, which started as but a wee mustard seed under the providential guidance of Archbishop Lefebvre, has grown beautifully through decades of loving dedication and perserverance.  There have been particularly good fruits harvested in the SSPX’s USA District.  As Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, SSPX, noted in a recent interview in Canada, the U.S. District has now become the largest District in terms of faithful.  90 SSPX Priests offer Mass, administer the Sacraments, and preach the Faith without compromise to tens of thousands of faithful at over 100 Mass Centers.

I hope our readers enjoy the wonderful pictures taken by The Damsel on her visit!  Let us pray that this good harvest of Tradition will only be further manifested in the U.S. and throughout the world!”

Approaching the Church

The grand Crucifix on the top front of the Church

          


“Beauty, like truth and goodness, is a reflection of the divine essence. The closer we come towards God, the closer we come to pure beauty, pure truth, and pure goodness. The Tridentine Mass is theocentric, it is focused not upon man but upon God. By consciously disassociating himself from his everyday life the ordinary worshipper senses at least some intimations of immorality, however rudimentary.”   ~Michael Davies

St. Joseph – Patron of the Universal Church

 

Our Lady – the Mother of God

 

An angel

St. Anthony of Padua

The relic of St. Philomena

The Incorrupt body of St. John Vianney

Beautiful images of Our Lady

The Baptism of Christ

The Baptismal font

An Angel blowing a trumpet from the choir loft. Glorious!

The beautiful pulpit.

The Choir Loft. Look at that organ!

St. Cecilia

 

St. Therese of Lisieux

Now that’s a Confessional!

What beautiful detail there is in these Stations of the Cross!

Side altar to Our Lady

Side altar to St. Joseph

 

The Infant of Prague

Our beloved Patron, Pope St. Pius X

“It would not be an exaggeration to describe this Missal as the most sublime product of Western civilization, more perfect in its balance, rich in its imagery, inspiring, consoling, instructive than even the most beautiful cathedral in Europe.”   ~Michael Davies

It is beautiful to see these sacred, glorious and magnificent Temples of God fully fit and adorned for the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!

~Damsel of the Faith

 

Photos of the Blessings of the newly ordained SSPX Priests

“The worthy priest is an angel of purity in mind and body, a cherub of light and knowledge, a seraph of love and Charity, an apostle of zeal in work and sanctity, a little god on earth in power and authority, in patience and benignity. He is the living image of Christ in this world, of Christ watching, praying, preaching, catechizing, working, weeping, going from town to town, from village to village, suffering, agonizing, sacrificing Himself and dying for the souls created to His image and likeness. . . He is the light of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He is the destroyer of error, schisms and heresies, the converter of sinners, the sanctifier of the just, the strength of the weak, the consolation of the afflicted, the treasure of the poor. He is the confusion of hell, the glory of heaven, the terror of demons, the joy of angels, the ruin of Satan’s kingdom, the establishment of Christ’s empire, the ornament of the Church…”  ~St. Jean Eudes

http://sspx.org/en/media/photos/first-blessings-new-ordained-priests-16384

What beautiful blessings for the Faithful and the parents of these young men! Happy day indeed both on Earth and in Heaven, most especially for the parents, seeing their sons configured to Christ the Great High Priest!  Beautiful photos of our new Priests!

God bless our Priests and forever give them a fruitful ministry in the Holy Catholic Church, for our salvation and sanctification! And keep them always holy, as a true “Alter Christus”.

~Damsel of the Faith