Kalenda 2013

Octavo Kalendas Ianuarii Luna vicesima secunda Anno 2013 Domini

Anno a creatione mundi, quando in principio Deus creavit caelum et terram, quinquies millesimo centesimo nonagesimo nono; a diluvio autem, anno bis millesimo nongentesimo quinquagesimo septimo; a nativitate Abrahae, anno bis millesimo quintodecimo; a Moyse et egressu populi Israel de Aegypto, anno millesimo quingentesimo decimo; ab unctione David in Regem, anno millesimo trigesimo secundo; Hebdomada sexagesima quinta, iuxta Danielis prophetiam; Olympiade centesima nonagesima quarta; ab urbe Roma condita, anno septingentesimo quinquagesimo secundo; anno Imperii Octaviani Augusti quadragesimo secundo, toto Orbe in pace composito, sexta mundi aetate, Iesus Christus, aeternus Deus aeternique Patris Filius, mundum volens adventu suo piissimo consecrare, de Spiritu Sancto conceptus, novemque post conceptionem decursis mensibus (Hic vox elevatur, et omnes genua flectunt), in Bethlehem Iudae nascitur ex Maria Virgine factus Homo. (Hic autem in priori voce dicitur, et in tono passionis:) Nativitas Domini nostri Iesu Christi secundum carnem.
(Quod sequitur, legitur in tono Lectionis consueto; et surgunt omnes.)
Eodem die natalis sanctae Anastasiae, quae, tempore Diocletiani, primo diram et immitem custodiam a viro suo Publio perpessa est, in qua tamen a Confessore Christi Chrysogono multum consolata et confortata fuit; deinde a Floro, Praefecto Illyrici, per diutinam custodiam macerata, ad ultimum, manibus et pedibus extensis, ligata est ad palos, et circa eam ignis accensus, in quo martyrium consummavit in insula Palmaria, ad quam una cum ducentis viris et septuaginta feminis deportata fuerat, qui variis interfectionibus martyrium celebrarunt.
Barcinone, in Hispania, item natalis sancti Petri Nolasci Confessoris, qui Fundator exstitit Ordinis beatae Mariae de Mercede redemptionis captivorum, ac virtute et miraculis claruit. Ipsius autem festum colitur quinto Kalendas Februarii.
Romae, in coemeterio Aproniani, sanctae Eugeniae Virginis, beati Martyris Philippi filiae, quae, tempore Gallieni Imperatoris, post plurima virtutum insignia, post sacros Virginum choros Christo aggregatos, sub Praefecto Urbis Nicetio diu agonizavit, ac novissime gladio iugulata est.
Nicomediae passio multorum millium Martyrum, qui cum in Christi Natali ad Dominicum convenissent, Diocletianus Imperator ianuas Ecclesiae claudi iussit, et ignem circumcirca parari, tripodemque cum thure prae foribus poni, ac praeconem magna voce clamare ut qui incendium vellent effugere, foras exirent et Iovi thus adolerent; cumque omnes una voce respondissent se pro Christo libentius mori, incenso igne consumpti sunt, atque ita eo die nasci meruerunt in caelis, quo Christus in terris pro salute mundi olim nasci dignatus est.
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. 
Deo grátias


December 25th anno Domini 2013 The 22nd Day of Moon 

In the year 5199th from the creation of the world, when in the beginning ‘ God created the heavens and the earth In the year 2959th from the flood In the year 2015th from the birth of Abraham In the year 1510th from the going forth of the people of Israel out of Egypt under Moses In the year 1032th from the anointing of David as King In the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel In the 194th Olympiad In the 752th from the foundation of the city of Rome In the 42nd year of the reign of the Emperor Octavian Augustus In the 6th age of the world, While the whole earth was at peace, Jesus Christ, Himself Eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, being pleased to hallow the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and when nine months were passed after His conception, (all kneel down) was born of the Virgin Mary at Bethlehem of Juda made Man, Our Lord Jesus Christ was born according to the flesh. 
Upon the same 25th day of December

Were born into the better life At Rome, in the Apronian cemetery, the holy virgin Eugenia, who in the time of the Emperor Gallienus, after many works of power, and after enlisting bands of sacred virgins for Christ, suffered long under Nicetius, Prefect of the city, and at length was slain with the sword (about 258). 
At Nicomedia, many thousand holy martyrs. Upon the feast of Christ’s birth they had come together unto the Lord’s house, and the Emperor Diocletian ordered the doors of the church to be shut, and all things made ready for fire round about it then he set a tripod and incense in front of the door, and sent an herald to proclaim in a loud voice that whosoever would escape burning should come forth arid offer incense unto Jupiter. Whereunto they all replied with one voice, that they would far rather die for Christ’s sake, whereupon he kindled the fire and they were consumed, and were born in heaven upon that same day whereupon it had pleased Christ to be born into this world to save it. 
At Barcelona, in Spain (in the year 1256), the holy confessor Peter Nolasco, founder of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ransom for the redemption of captives. He was famous for his graces and miracles, and Alexander VIII. commanded his feast to be kept upon the last day of January. 
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Thanks be to God. 


Letter On Novus Ordo Miassae

Letter from Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci to His Holiness Pope Paul VI 

Rome, September 25th, 1969

Most Holy Father,

Having carefully examined, and presented for the scrutiny of others, the Novus Ordo Missae prepared by the experts of the Consilium ad exequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia, and after lengthy prayer and reflection, we feel it to be our bounder duty in the sight of God and towards Your Holiness, to put before you the following considerations:

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The Latin Mass Is More Meritorious And Efficacious Than The Novus Ordo

Are certain masses more meritorious and efficacious to your soul than others? Is the Novus Ordo inferior to the Tridentine in terms of obtaining grace? This may be a foolish question to many –but so many are in the dark and consider the two rites to be of equal value. They are not. The following article entitled the Merit of A Mass by Father Chad Ripperger F.S.S.P., which originally appeared in Latin Mass Magazine lays it out beautifully. Beware however once you read it you will refuse to put up with anything less than the best and most efficacious of worship.

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The Glow Of The Ember Days

By Michael P. Foley

A potential danger of traditionalism is the stubborn defense of something about which one knows little. I once asked a priest who had just finished beautifully celebrating an Ember Saturday Mass about the meaning of the Ember days. He replied (with an impish twinkle in his eye) that he hadn’t a clue, but he was furious they had been suppressed.

Traditionalists, however, are not entirely to blame for their unfamiliarity with this important part of their patrimony. Most only have the privilege of assisting at a Sunday Tridentine Mass, and hence the Ember days—which occur on a weekday or Saturday—slip by unnoticed. And long before the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, the popularity of these observances had atrophied.

So why care about them now? To answer this question, we must first determine what they are. Continue reading