So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Cæsar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours. ~Fortescue
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Upcoming Masses & Events
CHURCH OF THE HOLY
UPCOMING MASSES & EVENTS
1.TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY
2 – FEAST OF THE PURIFICATION/PRESENTATION:
Tomorrow, Friday, February
there will be a Sung Mass at 6PM for
the Feast of the Purification of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, also known as
Candlmes. The Mass will start with the solemn blessing of candles and a
procession inside the church.
are encouraged to bring their own (beeswax) candles to be blessed (please, label your candles).
2. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY
3 – FEAST OF ST. BLAISE & BLESSING OF THROATS:
February 3,there will be the traditional blessing of throats following the 1PM Sung Mass.
3.SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 –
ANNIVERSARY OF CONSECRATION OF THE CHURCH:
On the first Sunday of February, the Church of
the Holy Innocents celebrates the anniversary of its solemn consecration. This
year, it will be on Sunday, February 4, which will take the place of Sexagesima Sunday.
So, this coming Sunday, February 4, the traditional Masses at 9AM and 10:30AM will use
the formulary for Mass for the Dedication of a Church (Terribilis est locus iste), which will be a first class feast for
In the Catholic Church, the practice of consecrating churches
dates from Apostolic times. Consecrations were done privately under persecutions, but
once persecutions stopped, the consecration of churches became solemn
(public/festive) events. For the licit consecration of a church at
least one fixed Altar must be consecrated.
At the Church of the Holy Innocents,
which was consecrated on February 12, 1901, three (3) Altars (the High
Altar and two side Altars) were consecrated. Sadly, the two side Altars were
destroyed by the iconoclastic fury of modern times, but the High Altar
still stands and it is still used.
Since 2008, the consecrated High Altar
at Holy Innocents has been used for the traditional
Mass – the Mass that was used for its Consecration in 1901. Since August
15, 2010, it has been used daily and uninterruptedly for the greater glory of
God and of His Saints, as well as for the benefit of God’s faithful in the
context of the immemorial rites and ceremonies of the Catholic Church.