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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Traditional Latin Mass Returns to Georgetown University

On 11 February 2010, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Traditional Latin Mass returned to Georgetown University's Copley Crypt Chapel after an absence of many months (according to an article in Georgetown's student newspaper The Hoya about the return of the TLM, the last was offered in May 2008).

On 25 February, the second such Mass, a Low Mass, was offered, on the Thursday of the First Week of Lent. Father Stephen Fields, SJ offered the Mass for the repose of the soul of a relative of one of those in attendance.

Please pray for the students involved with the cause of the TLM on the Georgetown campus, and pray also that the traditional Mass has a more permanent presence at this institution.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us!
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
St. Joseph, pray for us!
St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us!

Father Fields during some point during the Offertory.

The elevation of the chalice containing the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

[For an account of a previous Traditional Latin Mass at Georgetown, see Easter Sunday at Georgetown University (Traditional Latin Mass).]

Thursday, February 11, 2010

St. Maximilian Kolbe on Our Lady's Apparition at Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes, taken from Immaculate Conception Solemn High Mass at Mount St. Mary's

[The following is excerpted from an article written by St. Maximilian Kolbe for the first issue of Miles Immaculatae ("Militia of the Immaculate"), an international quarterly publication for priests, printed in January 1938. The original article was published in Latin. A translation of the full article can be found at Mary Personifies Man's Perfect Union with God.]

"At Lourdes the Immaculate Holy Virgin responded to Bernadette who was repeatedly asking who she was: 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' With these clear words she expressed the fact that she was not only the Woman Immaculately Conceived, but that she is, yes, Immaculate Conception Itself, in the same way as it is one thing to be something white, and another thing to be its whiteness; as it is one thing to be something perfect and another thing to be the perfection of that thing."

"In giving his own name God spoke thus to Moses: 'I am who am' (Ex. 3: 14). That is, it belongs to my essence that by my nature I always exist of myself: without any principle. The Immaculate Virgin, however, has her origin from God; she is a creature, she is a conception; still, she is the Immaculate Conception."

"What a profound mystery lies hidden in these words."

St. Maximilian Kolbe, taken from Belinda's Brain blog