At 6 PM on Thursday, September 14, 2017 there will be a special Latin Mass at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in thanksgiving for our access to Traditional Latin Mass.
Traditional Latin Mass times for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Saturday, August 15th, 2015) throughout the diocese are as follows:
Blessed Sacrament Parish
1460 Pearson Ave SW
Birmingham, AL 35211
Christ the King Monastery
5060 County Road 1635
Cullman, AL 35058
Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish
1201 Kingsbury Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35807
On August 2, the faithful can receive a plenary indulgence by reciting the Apostle’s Creed and the Our Father inside any Minor Basilica, Cathedral, or parish church (read more about this particular indulgence here). Of course, the usual conditions for an indulgence (confession and detachment from sin, reception of the Eucharist, and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father), still apply.
Today marks the 445th anniversary of Pope St. Pius V’s apostolic constitution “Quo primum,” which furthered the work began by the Council of Trent and promulgated the 1570 Missale Romanum throughout the entire world. Read/listen here! The full text of this apostolic constitution can be found here.
In other news, tomorrow (July 15) EWTN will be airing the fifth episode of “Extraordinary Faith” at 3am and 6:30pm (eastern time). The title of this episode is “Chicago: part 2 of 2.”
From their website: “Extraordinary Faith is a monthly 30 minute television program on EWTN that celebrates the beauty of classical Catholic sacred art, architecture, music, and liturgy. We’ll take you to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches. We’ll introduce you to dynamic young Catholics whose faith has survived the demands of a secular world and who are becoming key players in the New Evangelization by sharing their enthusiasm for the traditions of Catholicism. We’ll show you the rich vocations harvest that is synonymous with the movement to restore the Extraordinary Form of Mass to mainstream parish life. We’ll give you the resources to find churches that offer traditional worship experiences, and we’ll even assist you to organize your own Latin Masses.”
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.