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Hear Mass!

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Let us hear Mass as much as possible this Advent!  What a source of great graces, the greatest in the world, coming from the Supreme and Eternal Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

From The Incredible Catholic Mass by Fr. Martin von Cochem:

In every Mass, not earthly riches, but celestial riches from Heaven are showered down on all who are present, and all who are free to possess themselves of them.  But what are the riches which drop down from above?  An
increase of divine grace, an increase of merit and virtue, an increase of eternal glory, celestial consolations, the divine blessing in temporal affairs, the pardon of venial sins, the remission of a great part of the temporal debt due to Divine Justice, a share in the infinite merits of Christ.  Grace and mercy, temporal welfare and eternal salvation – such is the heavenly dew which distills from above…….Wherefore, if on account of the slight trouble it costs us or the trifling pecuniary sacrifice it entails, we omit going to Mass on weekdays when we might do so, we are guilty of great folly
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…….The object and end of our existence upon earth is to praise the Divine Majesty according to His great glory.  This cannot be done better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most Sublime Sacrifice of praise……….We cannot bear fruit better than by hearing Mass in the state of grace, for it is the most perfect Sacrifice of satisfaction.  We daily stand exposed to the danger of falling into sin, of being overtaken by misfortune; we cannot guard against these perils better than by hearing Mass, for it is the most efficacious Propitiatory Sacrifice.  Death and the devil constantly dog our footsteps and lay in wait for us, desirous to snatch us away and precipitate us into hell; we cannot shield ourselves against their arrows better than by hearing Mass, for it is the surest protection against the evils that threaten us.  Finally, let us not forget that in the hour of death we shall be in some need of the Savior’s assistance; there is no better means of assuring ourselves of this than by hearing Mass devoutly, for have we not heard how Christ Himself gave to one of His servants the promise that he would send for his solace and support at his last moments as many blessed spirits as he had heard Masses with devotion during his lifetime?  Reflect upon these truths and resolve from henceforth to hear Mass, if possible every day.  

How great is the Holy Catholic Mass of All Time!

~Damsel of the Faith

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Timeless and eternal

Once there was a time when the Mass was one and the same everywhere in the Latin Rite.  One and the same in its language, movements and ceremonies.  It was timeless, unchangeable and eternal.  On this side of Heaven, it was the most beautiful and holy act of worship to Almighty God. It remains such, for the truth cannot change.  Pray that the Traditional Latin Mass is restored to all the churches of the world, for the honor and glory of God and the salvation of souls.

“It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with celestial charming, so that our very senses seem to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste and touch beyond what earth can give.”   ~Fr. Frederick Faber

“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

“If there is anything divine among man’s possessions which might excite the envy of the citizens of heaven (could they ever be swayed by such a passion), this is undoubtedly the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by means of which men, having before their eyes, and taking into their hand [referring here to priests] the very Creator of heaven and earth, experience, while still on earth, a certain anticipation of heaven. How keenly, then, must mortals strive to preserve and protect this inestimable privilege with all due worship and reverence, and be ever on their guard lest their negligence offend the angels who vie with them in eager adoration.”   ~Pope Urban VIII

“Three characteristics of which Our predecessor [Pope St.] Pius X spoke should adorn all liturgical services: sacredness, which abhors any profane influence; nobility, which true and genuine arts should serve and foster; and universality, which while safeguarding local and legitimate custom, reveals the Catholic unity of the Church.”   ~Pope Pius XII, “Mediator Dei”

“This was the only form of Mass which countless millions of Catholics throughout the nations and the centuries had known, and from which, together with a catalogue of saints too long even to begin listing, they drew the spiritual nourishment that gave meaning and purpose, consolation and inspiration to their existence. This was the form of Mass which the martyr-priests of England and Wales celebrated at the cost of their lives”   ~Michael Davies

“And whereas such is the nature of man, that, without external helps, he cannot easily be raised to the meditation of divine things; therefore has holy Mother Church instituted certain rites, to wit that certain things be pronounced in the mass in a low, and others in a louder, tone. She has likewise employed ceremonies, such as mystic benedictions, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind, derived from an apostolical discipline and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be recommended, and the minds of the faithful be excited, by those visible signs of religion and piety, to the contemplation of those most sublime things which are hidden in this sacrifice [of the Mass].”   ~Council of Trent

External points to Eternal

Condemnation of the banality that is the Novus Ordo Mass:

“The proposition of the synod by which it shows itself eager to remove the cause through which, in part, there has been induced a forgetfulness of the principles relating to the order of the liturgy, “by recalling it (the liturgy) to a greater simplicity of rites, by expressing it in the vernacular language, by uttering it in a loud voice”; as if the present order of the liturgy, received and approved by the Church, had emanated in some part from the forgetfulness of the principles by which it should be regulated,–rash, offensive to pious ears, insulting to the Church, favorable to the charges of heretics against it.” ~Pope Pius VI

“And since the nature of man is such that he cannot without external means be raised easily to meditation on divine things, holy mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely, that some things in the mass be pronounced in a low tone and others in a louder tone. She has likewise, in accordance with apostolic discipline and tradition, made use of ceremonies, such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be emphasized and the minds of the faithful excited by those visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of those most sublime things which are hidden in this sacrifice.”   ~The Council of Trent

“These ceremonies which are used in the administration of the Sacraments, each of which we receive as delivered and entrusted to us through the hands of the fathers, must especially be retained and observed with great devotion.”   ~St. Peter Canisius

“That rule must be absolutely observed which states that, except for the most serious reasons and with the Apostolic See, no innovations are to be introduced into the holy rites of the liturgy.”   ~Pope Gregory XVI

“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 sense[s] at least some intimations of immorality, however rudimentary.”    ~ Michael Davies

“And since it is fitting that holy things be administered in a holy manner, and this sacrifice is of all things the most holy, the Catholic Church, that it might be worthily and reverently offered and received, instituted the sacred canon many centuries ago, so free from all error, that it contains nothing in it which does not especially diffuse a certain sanctity and piety and raise up to God the minds of those who offer it. For this consists both of the words of God, and of the traditions of the apostles, and also of pious instructions of the holy Pontiffs.”   ~Council of Trent

“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

“This rite of Mass gives the most perfect possible liturgical expression to the Eucharistic teaching of the Catholic Church”   ~Michael Davies

“To abandon a liturgical tradition which for four centuries stood as a sign and pledge of unity in worship, and to replace it with another liturgy which, due to the countless liberties it implicitly authorizes, cannot but be a sign of division – a liturgy which teems with insinuations or manifest errors against the integrity of the Catholic Faith – is, we feel bound in conscience to proclaim, an incalculable error.”   ~Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci

The nature of God is such that he uses things of the senses to lead us to Him and things heavenly. Our Lord used a human body to reveal Himself to us and earthly things as matter for the Sacraments.  The solemnity of the Mass is a reflection of the Majesty of God, who is not earthly but heavenly and lives in the Kingdom of Heaven, with much solemnity and angels gathered around singing His praises for eternity.  To reduce the Catholic Religion to an earthly Protestant sect is to reduce God to the level of man and to strip Him of His glory.

~Damsel of the Faith

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the re-presentation of Our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. In the Mass, the Holy Eucharist and the Crucifixion are perpetuated.  It is the great sacrifice of the new law, that is offered from the rising of the sun to it’s setting.  It is the clean oblation.  God always finds it acceptable because in every Mass, His Son is offered to Him. It is the most profound of events, the holiest act of religion that requires as much reverence and devotion as humanly possible.  The Mass contains all that is good, true and beautiful in the Church of God and without it, the world would have ceased to exist long ago, for in the Mass we are able to make atonement to the Father for our sins.  There is nothing more powerful than offering Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Father in reparation for sin.  This is the reason of Satan’s diabolical hatred for it.  He wishes to destroy the Mass because he knows that the triumph of the Mass, when it happens in full glory as the Traditional Latin Mass is completely restored to the Church, will be the end of his reign.  He has used the Modernists, who St. Alphonsus says are precursors to the Antichrist, to rid the Church of it.

“The devil has always attempted, by means of heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of the antichrist, who before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel, ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice.”  ~ St. Alphonsus

Whenever you see the True Mass being attacked, it is the work of the diabolical.

St. John Fisher tells us:

“He who goes about to take the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from the Church plots no less a calamity than if he tried to snatch the sun from the universe.

Sacrifice is the principle external act of the virtue of religion.  The only true sacrifice offered is in the Catholic Church, the True Church of Christ.  In the Mass, we pay external worship to God, which must be the very best we have to offer.  The Sacrifice of the Mass is the same as that of Calvary:

“The Mass is and ought to be considered one and the same Sacrifice as that of the cross, for the victim is one and the same, namely, Christ our Lord, who offered Himself, once only, a bloody Sacrifice on the altar of the cross. The bloody and unbloody victim are not two, but one victim only, whose Sacrifice is daily renewed in the Eucharist, in obedience to the command of our Lord: Do this for a commemoration of me. The priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, consecrate the holy mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ, as the words of consecration itself show, for the priest does not say: This is the body of Christ, but, This is my body; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, he changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His body and blood.” ~Catechism of the Council of Trent

Those attend the Holy Mass will always be blessed by God and they will have an unshakable Faith:

“Who are those that will remain firm in their faith in those days of unheard-of tribulation? Who will not be conquered, but will fight the good battle of the Lord? They will be those especially who, in the course of their life, assisted regularly at Mass with fervor and devotion. We have seen how the early Christians prepared themselves for their severe trials, by assisting at, and partaking of, the sacred mysteries. They knew that it was only from the Lamb of God, sacrificed on the altar, that they could receive that heroic courage which was requisite to sacrifice all, even their own lives, for the sake of Him who sacrificed Himself upon their altars. In like manner Catholics who will live in the days of Antichrist and have heard Mass regularly, will be endowed with a strength supernatural to baffle all the efforts of the son of perdition and his infernal agents to make them apostatize and to pass over to his army.”  Fr. Michael Muller’s “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass”

The heart and soul of the Church is the Mass and the Blessed Eucharist that springs from it:

“The Sacrifice of the Mass is and remains the center of the Christian Religion, the sum of spiritual exercises, the heart of devotion and the soul of piety. Hence that ever-new, never-failing power by which the Holy Sacrifice of the mass attracts all Catholic hearts and gathers Catholic nations around its altars. Everywhere the Holy Mass retains this magnetic power of attraction… The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the soul and the heart of the liturgy of the Church; it is the mystical chalice that presents to our lips the sweet fruit of the passion of the God-Man – that is, grace.” – Father Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass”

The only sacrifice pleasing to Almighty God is that of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered in the Catholic Church in every time and place:

“We may divide the inhabitants of the world into five different classes of people, professing different forms of religion – Pagans, Jews, Mohammedans, Protestants and Catholics. Among which of these shall we find the clean oblation of which the prophet speaks? Not among the Pagan nations; for they worship false gods, and consequently cannot have any sacrifice pleasing to the Almighty. Not among the Jews; for they have ceased to sacrifice altogether, and the words of the prophet apply not to the Jews, but to the Gentiles. Not among the Mohammedans; for they also reject sacrifices. Not among any of the Protestants sects; for they all distinctly repudiate sacrifices. Therefore, it is only in the Catholic Church that is fulfilled this glorious prophecy; for whithersoever you go, you will find the clean oblation offered on Catholic altars. If you travel from America to Europe, to Oceania, to Africa, or Asia, you will see our altars erected, and our Priests daily fulfilling the words of the prophets by offering the clean oblation of the body and blood of Christ.”  ~Cardinal James Gibbons

Aesthetically, the Mass is a great masterpiece, which displays the great glory and beauty of God and Heaven:

“It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with celestial charming, so that our very senses seem to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste and touch beyond what earth can give.” – Fr. Frederick William Faber

“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 worshiper senses at least some intimations of immorality, however rudimentary.” -Michael Davies

“And since it is fitting that holy things be administered in a holy manner, and this sacrifice is of all things the most holy, the Catholic Church, that it might be worthily and reverently offered and received, instituted the sacred canon many centuries ago, so free from all error, that it contains nothing in it which does not especially diffuse a certain sanctity and piety and raise up to God the minds of those who offer it. For this consists both of the words of God, and of the traditions of the apostles, and also of pious instructions of the holy Pontiffs.” ~Council of Trent, 1562 A.D.

“The Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated with many solemn rites and ceremonies, none of which should be deemed useless or superfluous. On the contrary, all of them tend to display the majesty of this august Sacrifice, and to excite the faithful when beholding these saving mysteries, to contemplate the divine thing which lie concealed in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.” ~Catechism of the Council of Trent

“Nothing is greater or holier than the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, in which the body and blood of Christ are offered to God for the salvation of all. Holy Mother the Church has always been careful and diligent in order that the Mass be celebrated by priests with clean and pure hearts. It should be celebrated with the proper splendor of sacred ceremonies and rites so that the greatness of this mystery will shine forth all the more even from external appearances. This will also arouse the faithful to the contemplation of divine things hidden in such an admirable and venerable sacrifice. And with like solicitude and devotion, the same most holy Mother has never ceased to urge, exhort, and influence her faithful sons to frequently attend this divine sacrifice [of the Mass] with due piety, veneration and devotion. She teaches that they must at all cost be present at it on all holy days of obligation, with their minds and eyes religiously intent on that from which the divine mercy and an abundance of all good things might be acquired.” ~Pope Pius IX, “Amantissimi Redemptoris”, 1858 A.D.

If the Mass is all of this and more, then what must Heaven be like?

The Mass is a foretaste of Heaven.  When we attend Mass, we are no longer on Earth. We are joined with Heaven in the Communion of Saints.

Without the Holy Mass, the Church would be deprived of it’s essence and life, namely God.  Without the Mass, there would be no way to make atonement to God for the many offenses committed against Him.  Without the Mass, we are deprived of countless graces and most importantly, the Bread of Life, the Holy Eucharist.

Until the Mass is restored and the Church once again recognizes what the Mass truly is, the Church will continue to groan under the many errors engulfing her, especially the dreaded heresy of Modernism.

Long live the True Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass!

~Damsel of the Faith