Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated in the traditional calendar last Thursday, June 4th, is the day the Catholic Church celebrates in a special way the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord.

Before the 13th century, the Church had no singular feast day exclusively devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. In the early 1200s, a Belgian Norbertine Canoness,  Saint Juliana of Liege, continually received visions of a brilliant moon that had one obscured dark spot on its surface, symbolic of the Church’s lack of a feast day devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. Ultimately Our Lord Himself appeared to Saint Juliana, expressing to her that the liturgical year would be incomplete without a feast devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and urged that a feast be established to combat the heresy and irreverence shown towards His Body and Blood that was rife during this time period.

After keeping this a secret for twenty years, St. Juliana told her confessor about her mystical experiences, and with her leave he consulted others in the church, most notably Father Jacques de Pantaleon, the French priest and Archdeacon of Liege who would eventually become Pope Urban IV.

In 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the Papal Bull Transiturus de hoc mundo (“As he was about to pass on from this world;” for those versed in Latin, the text of the Bull can be found on page 705 of this link). This Bull officially declared the Feast of Corpus Christi a regular feast in the Roman Calendar. Saint Thomas Aquinas contributed much to the establishment of this feast, as he wrote some of the the Mass’s liturgical text, as well as multiple Eucharistic hymns for the feast, including Pange Lingua and Adoro Te Devote.

The Eucharistic processions that are common with this feast day serve as a public profession of Jesus Christ’s presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

For more information on the history of the Feast of Corpus Christi, including the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena and Orvieto which may have influenced Pope Urban IV’s decision to implement the feast day, please see this link.


An Update from Nashville

Church of the Assumption, Nashville TN

The Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated weekly in the Diocese of Nashville for the first time since the 1970s.

From the website Rorate Cæli: “Beginning August 9, however, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday at the Church of the Assumption, 1227 7th Ave. North, Nashville, 37208.”

Full link here.


Martin Mosebach: The Liturgy as a Window to Another World


Recently, the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny sponsored a Solemn Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City which was followed by a talk on the liturgy by the celebrated German novelist and advocate for the Traditional Mass, Martin Mosebach. Catholic website Rorate Caeli published a translation of a similar talk he gave in 2013, available here. Mr Mosebach’s book, Heresy of Formlessness, is available for purchase here.


Ascension Thursday

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Et Dóminus quidem Jesus, postquam loctútus est eis, assúmptus est in cœlum, et sedet a dextris Dei. Illi autem profécti prædicavérunt ubíque, Dómino cooperánte, et sermonem confirmánte, sequéntibus signis.

The Feast of the Ascension, still celebrated in the traditional calendar on Thursday, is May 14 this year.

There will unfortunately be no Latin Mass in Birmingham on Thursday, but for those wishing to attend a Traditional Latin Mass on Ascension Thursday, as was the tradition of the Church for many centuries, there will be Masses in both Cullman and Huntsville.

Christ the King Monastery
5060 County Road 1635
Cullman, AL 35058

  • 7:30 a.m. – Low Mass
  • 6:00 p.m. – Low Mass

Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish
1201 Kingsbury Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35807

  • 8:00 a.m. – Adoration
  • 8:45 a.m. – Benediction
  • 9:00 a.m. – Mass
  • 4:30 p.m. – Confessions
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mass

In other news, Fr. Joseph Lody, the pastor of St. Cecilia’s parish in Jasper, is leaving Sunday afternoon to attend a week-long Low Mass training workshop in Denton, NE, with the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (more info on them here). Please pray for Fr. Lody during this upcoming week!


2015 Holy Week Schedule

Ad Iesum autem cum venissent, ut viderunt eum iam mortuum, non fregerunt eius crura: sed unus militum lancea latus eius aperuit, et continuo exivit sanguis et aqua. Et qui vidit, testimonium perhibuit: et verum est testimonium eius. Et ille scit, quia vera dicit: ut et vos credatis.

 

We are very pleased to announce that for the first time in decades the Traditional Latin Mass will be be offered in FOUR different churches in our diocese this Easter!

See below for the schedule of Traditional Latin Masses in our diocese this Holy Week.


Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1460 Pearson Avenue Southwest
Birmingham, AL 35211

Holy Thursday

  • 5:00 p.m. – Low Mass, followed by Adoration until 6:45 p.m.

Good Friday

  • 1:30 p.m. – Confessions (until 2:25 p.m.)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
  • 3:00 p.m. – Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion

Easter Sunday

  • 10:15 a.m. – Confessions (until 10:40 a.m.)
  • 10:15 a.m. – Rosary
  • 10:45 a.m. – High Mass

Christ the King Monastery
5060 County Road 1635
Cullman, AL 35058

Holy Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. – High Mass

Good Friday

  • 3:00 p.m. – Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday

  • 10:30 p.m. – High Mass (Easter Vigil) *Note: Vigil Mass does not fulfill Sunday Obligation.
  • Midnight – Easter High Mass

Easter Sunday

  • 7:30 a.m. – Low Mass

Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish
1201 Kingsbury Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35807

Holy Thursday

  • 5:30 p.m. – High Mass, followed by Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday

  • 12:00 noon – Stations of the Cross and Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Our Lord
  • 1:00 p.m. – Confessions (until 2:15 p.m.)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion
  • 4:30 p.m. – Confessions (until 5:30 p.m.)

Holy Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. – Confessions (until 11:00 a.m.)
  • 7:30 p.m. – High Mass (Easter Vigil) *Note: Vigil Mass does not fulfill Sunday Obligation.

Easter Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Low Mass
  • 9:00 a.m. – Confessions (until 9:45 a.m.)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Rosary
  • 10:00 a.m. – High Mass

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
800 Lurleen B. Wallace. Blvd. North
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Easter Sunday

  • 3:00 p.m. – Confessions (until 3:25 p.m.)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Rosary
  • 3:30 p.m. – High Mass