The Truth about Millennials: Their Love of the Extraordinary Form Mass & All Things Traditional

27 July 2014

Editor’s Note:
I “met” Emmy Cecilia on Twitter several years ago as a result of a common interest in all things Jane Austen. Since then I have read her blog “Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter” faithfully.
Her blog is well written (which in itself is a pleasure) and is an interesting look at Catholicism, the world and of course Austen, among other topics through the lens of a Millennial.

Many bloggers who are over the age of thirty-five pretty much don’t “get” the younger set. I read what others think they think, but as I read blogs like Emmy Cecilia’s and others, I KNOW they do not speak for them. In addition, younger people of Emmy’s age group seem to gravitate towards me IRL. I was puzzled by this at first because I am old enough to be their… Never mind, you get the idea.

What i have gleaned from conversations with the twenty-somethings is that they want TRUTH. They want to know about all things from the past and why we have changed certain things. I have met more young people who love the 18th and 19th century everything even though most of what they learn in school is revisionist history. They know that and research the truth on their own.

Interesting, very interesting…

As someone who is a devotee of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, I am always moved when I see college-aged people fill the pews at an EF Mass. Once in awhile I have gone to an Ordinary Form Mass and almost always I am disappointed by the lack of reverence, the terrible music and bland homily. Interesting thing. NO PEOPLE UNDER THIRTY THERE!

Plenty of senior couples, parents over 40 with young children and some high school aged kids (all bored with the music and Mass as I am) and the majority, over 50 women, alone make up the congregation at the Ordinary Form Masses I have been to.

So where are they young people we think don’t believe in God or at the least go to Church? They are at the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Quite a few bloggers (I’m thinking over at Patheos) rail on about “Rad Trads” and how they NEVER met a kind person at a EF Mass. Well, I don’t know where you are attending an EF Mass but that is NOT most places these days.

Yes, at the beginning of the fight, there were mostly older people who were upset over the major changes in the Mass who were not given pastoral care or love at the time of the changes. I witnessed the lack of charity towards them by many priests whose rainbow stoles blocked their vision. These days, you are more likely to find the majority of the EF Mass to be homeschooling YOUNG parents, college age and young 20 something professionals and just a quarter of the parish of the older people Pope Francis seems to think are the only ones who want this Mass.

Look at the bulletin of a parish who has the EF predominately. There are more Marriages, Baptisms, First Communions, Comfirmations and Young Adult Nights than funerals now. If you don’t believe me, email me and I will send you a list of parishes offering this Mass. If you can’t get to one of these Churches, better yet, read this young Catholic blogger, Emmy Cecilia.

I have followed her college experiences as well as her faith journey. She IS one of these young people who love the EF Mass and she will tell you why. I have read many more posts from others in this age group also who say the same thing.

Pope Francis, I know you have time for everyone now or so it seems. How about meeting with some of these young, educated men and women who are not attending the Traditional Mass because it’s a fad. How about talking with the young people themselves instead of reading the bloggers at Patheos. (Exception: Katrina Fernandez of course, who is young herself and loves Pope Emeritus Benedict and all the “bling”.)

I apologize to all the younger priests and older ones also who offer the Ordinary Form in a reverent manner. I have been to quite a few here in Madison WI which are reverent and are faithful to the sacred music of the Church. My negative experiences were ALL from the EAST Coast prior to my move to Wisconsin. (Exception: St John the Beloved in McLean, VA where both the EF and OF are offered with great reverence and an exceptional music program)

Thank you for indulging my rant and I hope Emmy Cecilia forgives me for stealing her thunder here. I so enjoyed this post from the past week that it gave me the courage to finally speak out regarding the Traditional Mass bashing of the last year. Thank you Emmy Cecilia, God love you.

Sofia

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What I Learned Wednesday #34: Millennial “Trad Fad”

posted by Emmy Cecilia at her blog, “Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter
23 July 2014 A,D,

Benedict on NerdwriterI know, I know. It’s been a couple of week since I’ve written one of these WILW posts but most of my Wednesdays have been occupied with studying for exams so I haven’t had the chance to write. Since this is my first free Wednesday in weeks (how did that happen?!), I thought I’d spent it writing about something that has irked me lately. I usually break these things up into three parts but I’m only focusing on this one topic this week.

Have you heard of the Millennial “Trad Fad”? You know, the trend in which Millennials immerse themselves in the world of Latin Masses, mantillas/chapel veils, and other pre-Vatican II things. Golly, we Millennials are such hipsters. (side note: don’t let the article title fool you; it doesn’t actually say that we’re hipsters.) I’m kind of hoping that Pope Francis’ comments were misunderstood and that he doesn’t really think that this is a fad… but I’ve heard that he’s not a big of Latin Masses so I don’t know.

I’ve never shied away from the fact that I really, really miss Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for several reasons, including the fact that (thanks to him) we’ve had Summorum Pontificum for 7 years now. Are the alleged quotes from Pope Francis legit? I don’t know… but I would be disappointed if they were. For someone who is so welcoming of others and their differences, the quotes made me cringe a little.

I can’t speak for others on why they prefer “traditional” Catholicism but I can tell you that many of my fellow Millennials who do have a preference to Latin Masses, chapel veils, incense (aka “smells and bells”), Gregorian chant, etc. don’t do it for the fad/trend of it. I’ve never once heard “ooh, not everyone is into this? I need to do this.” A good portion of us were poorly catechized and/or we’ve reverted/converted to the faith and we’ve come to these things on our own. Nobody did the thinking for us; we learned to appreciate them on our own. Free will, y’all. I personally looked into some – not all – of the changes that came from the Second Vatican Council while I was at that awful CINO college (because they didn’t teach these things; they taught that anything pre-Vatican II was outdated and bordered on evil) so I was able to make my own informed decisions based on my preferences.

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Please, please click HERE to go to Emmy’s blog to read the rest of her post. I pray the next time you read a “Catholic” blogger bash the Traditional Mass and/or the younger people who attend it, please speak up. Remember, this is the Mass that was offered by the Saints of the past, attended by Saints and LOVED by Saints. So how could this EVER be described as a fad or even worse (as I have heard) evil. Pray for those who are threatened by loving a Mass which was offered for centuries and helped to convert billions of souls from the past.


His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, speaks on Marriage

26 July 2014

Statement from Bishop Robert C. Morlino, regarding a federal judge’s ruling on marriage /Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s Constitution:

His Excellency,  Robert C. Morlino Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI

His Excellency,
Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI


First, it bears repeating that, we must respect, love, and care for every individual we encounter, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they define themselves. This will never change. It is at the core of who we are as members of Christ’s Church. Christ, Himself, invites each individual to know and love Him and live a life in response to His love. His love and mercy can heal all divisions that separate us; however, we must acknowledge the divisions that exist — notably those we choose through our actions. All are invited to this love and these graces offered by Christ, through His Church. This applies to all who sincerely seek the Truth.

Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.

In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization. There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves.

Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first “domino” of civilization. The very nature of marriage naturally generates life. When that first “domino” falls, everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened. If the “domino” of true marriage falls, then fall all subsequent “dominos.” This is demonstrated, too often, in a culture that increasingly chooses death over life.

And so, I cannot find myself otherwise than deeply saddened. We trust that every avenue of just recourse will be examined and pursued by competent authorities, including the state attorney general. The Diocese of Madison will participate in the way that seems most prudent. For my own part, I will continue to speak strongly about the truth and beauty of marriage and encourage my brother priests and deacons, and all the lay faithful, to do the same.

Let our fervent prayers not be lacking in the days ahead.


Oh boy, ONLY in Sheboygan! #TallestUSFlag

26 July 2014

Proud to live in Wisconsin!

Lately a handful of crazies have made the news in Wisconsin. That’s NOT what Wisconsin is like. We are a God-loving, hardworking, patriotic and fun loving people. Here is a story about the REAL Wisconsin. Check it out!

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Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty from the Civil War to the present.

Flagpole Facts:

400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
- 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
- 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F

For more videos, images, and information visit the Acuity Flagpole project page.

Thank you to Acuity Insurance proving corporations are made up of people…Patriotic and wonderful people. Thank you also to Milton Campbell who sent me the video. Milton loves our flag more than anyone I know and never fails to keep me abreast of stories about Old Glory. Deo gratias!


All About Saint Anne

26 July 2014

26 July 2014 A.D.

Meeting of St. Anne and Joachim at the golden gate in Jerusalem By HansFries Dutch (1527-1604)

Meeting of St. Anne and
Joachim at the golden gate in
Jerusalem
By HansFries
Dutch
(1527-1604)

The Biography of Saint Anne

The name ‘Anne’ derives from Hebrew. ‘Hannah’ meaning ‘grace.

Tradition refers to St. Ann as being the mother of Virgin Mary. Although not written of in the Bible, Ann is given credence in the non-biblical gospel of James.

Saint Ann was born in Bethlehem and married Joachim from Nazareth in Galilee. Joachim was a shepherd given the task of supplying the temple of Jerusalem with sheep for sacrifices.

After twenty years of marriage Ann and Joachim had no children. Once, when Joachim overheard ridicule because of their childless state, he is said to have gone into the desert to plead with God to give them a child. After a time of fasting an angel appeared to assure Joachim he and Ann would be given a child they were to name Mary and dedicate to God.

In the meantime Saint Anne wondered where her husband had gone and in her despair at having been barren she prayed while she watched newborn birds in their nests in her garden. She cried out, “Why was I born, Lord?” That is when angel appeared to tell her she would soon give birth to a daughter she was to name Mary. The story continues with Ann and Joachim’s joyous reunion at the golden gate of Jerusalem.

After her birth Ann and Joachim dedicated Mary to God at the temple of Jerusalem and she spent much of her childhood there. When Mary was fourteen they betrothed her to Joseph of Nazareth and so Mary’s story continues with the birth of her son, Jesus, and his life on earth.

The life of Saint Ann and her connection as holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus was very popular to early Christians. In the year 550 a church was built in honor
of St. Anne in Jerusalem. It is believed to be near where Anne, Joachim and Mary lived.

Since the Seventh Century the Greek and Russian Churches have celebrated feasts honoring St. Joachim and St. Ann. The Western Churches began to celebrate the feast of St. Anne in the Sixteenth Century.
The feast of St. Ann is July 26th (western) or July 25th (eastern calendar). There is no mention of Ann in the New Testament. The story of St. Ann comes chiefly from the Protoevangelium of James which only dated back to the second century.

St. Ann, patron saint of mothers and women in labor and minors, is symbolized by Mary in her lap holding the infant Jesus.

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Feast day July 26th
Canonized 1584

According to French tradition, Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, his sister Martha and other friends crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Marseilles, France to spread the word of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Mary Magdalene is said to have brought St. Ann’s remains with them.

The legend says St. Auspice buried Saint Ann’s body in a cave (under the present church of St. Mary in Apt). When barbarians invaded the cave it was filled with debris and forgotten until it was dug out by minors six hundred years later during the reign of Charlemagne. Sailors and minors of France were very devoted to St. Ann. Their devotion spread throughout Europe and eventually to the New World.

It is said that St. Ann patron saint’s relics were brought to Constantinople around 710 and remained in the church of St. Sophia until 1333. The head of St. Ann was stolen in 1510 and taken to Duren in Rheinland.

St. Ann is the Patron Saint of of Brittany with a miraculous picture venerated at Notre Dame d’Auray, Diocese of Vannes.

In Canada, she is the principal patron of the province of Quebec. Her feast day is celebrated at the shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre.

St. Anne is the Patron Saint of housewives, pregnant women, especially those in labor, cabinet makers and minors.

She is frequently represented in art. Leonardo Da Vinci, perhaps, painted the most memorable replica of St. Ann with the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus in1500.

A shrine to St. Ann was built near Quebec, Canada in 1658.
In 1905 the Passionists Priests and Brothers (of America) built a monastery in the mining area of Scranton, Pennsylvania over a coal mine. They dedicated their foundation to St. Ann. On Aug 15, 1911 the monastery was severely damaged by severe mine subsidence. The Passionists were forced to leave the monastery for a short time until repairs were made. On July 28, 1913 the monastery was against disturbed. It, in fact, began to slide down the hill. Immediate prayers asking for St. Ann’s intercession were made and the next day it was discovered the ‘slide’ had settled beneath the monastery.

St Ann’s Monastery Church was dedicated on April 2, 1929. Weekly novenas are made to St. Ann on every Monday. More than 10,000 attend the annual ten day St. Ann’s Solemn Novena beginning July 17 and ending in her feast day July 26th.

 

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Whose Patron is St. Anne?

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
against poverty
Boschi Sant’Anna, Italy
Brittany, France
Broommakers
Saint Anne the patron saint of cabinetmakers
Canada
Ann the patron saint of Carpenters
Castelletto d’Erro, Italy
childless people
Corinaldo, Italy
Detroit, Michigan, archdiocese of
Equestrians
France
Saint Anne the patron Saint of Grandmothers
Saint Ann patron saint of grandparents
Anne the patron saint of homemakers
horse men
horse women
St. Ann the patron saint of housewives
ace makers
lace workers
lost articles
Marsaskala, Malta
Micmaqs
Miners
Molo, Philippines
Anne patron saint of Mothers
Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of
Nueva Valencia, Philippines
old-clothes dealers
poverty
St Anne the patron of pregnancy
St. Ann patron saint of pregnant women
Quebec, Canada
Santa Ana Indian Pueblo Riders
San Joaquin, Philippines
Seamstresses
stablemen
sterility
Taos, New Mexico
Turners
Saint Anne patron saint of women in labor

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Stained-Glass-Image-of-saint-AnnePrayer

Prayer for some comes as easy as thought. For others, prayer is a solemn recitation. There is no set time or place to pray. In that sense prayer is defined by the individual. Prayer may be spoken on ones knees, with hands clasped, sitting, standing, holding hands with others or hand uplifted. The position of the body is irrelevant. What is relevant are the thoughts and concentration that travel through the mind during times of prayer. For some prayer is a continual commune with God throughout each day, inviting God’s attention to all tasks, be they menial or phenomenal life-changing occurrences. Some pray only in times of necessity; others pray constantly. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2559), “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”

St Anne Prayer (To Obtain Some Special Favor)

Glorious St. Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection.

St. Ann, please, recommend to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
St. Ann cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. (Here ask for favor you wish to obtain.)

Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with You and Mary and all the saints, praising and blessing Him through all eternity. Amen.
Good St. Ann, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. (Three times).

Parents Prayer to St. Anne

We call upon you, dear St. Ann, for help in bringing up our family in good and godly ways. Teach us to trust God our Father as we rear the precious heritage entrusted to us. May His will prevail in our lives and His providence defend us. These blessings we ask for all families in our neighborhood, our country, and our world. Amen.
St Ann Prayer
Good St. Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Saint Anne Prayer

Good St. Anne, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Anne

Lord, God of our fathers, through Sts. Joachim and Anne, You gave us the Mother of Your Incarnate Son. May their prayers help us to attain the salvation You promised to Your people. Amen.

Saint Ann Prayer

Good Saint Ann, obtain for me an increase of faith in the great mystery of the Holy Eucharist. Help me to see in this great Sacrament Christ our High Priest, making real for me the saving grace of His death on the cross; feeding my soul with His Flesh and Blood so that I may live in Him and He in me; producing the unity of the people of God and gathering His Church together. By your powerful intercession with God, help me to center my life around the altar that I may inherit the promise of the Lord: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has life everlasting.” Amen.

Prayer to Saint Ann for Special Needs

We thank you, dear St. Anne, for the favors, known and unknown, you have obtained for us. Assured of your constant love, we bring our special needs to you. (mention them here) Mother of the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, kindly recommend to your Grandson, Jesus, these intentions we lift to you in confident prayer. Amen.Children’s Prayer to St. Anne
Good St. Anne, you must have loved your parents just like we love Mom and Dad. They love us so much and take care of all our needs. Help us to make them happy every day. Thank you, dear Grandmother of Jesus, for listening to our prayer. Amen.

Teenager’s Prayer to St. Anne
Dear St. Anne, Mother of the Mother of God-become-human, please bless our parents who said “yes” to life. Warm our hearts with love for them. May we give them every reason for joy, not distress. Into your hands we commit our future. Teach us to say “yes” to God’s plan for us in all the years ahead. Amen.

 

A Memorare to St. Anne
Remember, dear St. Anne, that your name means “grace.” Confident in your power before the Throne of Grace, we implore your intercession. Share with us the faith, hope, and love that made your life a tribute of praise to the Lord God Almighty. May our days be grace filled and secure under your protection. Amen.
Daily St. Anne’s Prayer

Dear St. Anne, you never tire of assisting those who recommend themselves to you. Trusting not in our merits but in your powerful intercession, we request your help through this present day with all its duties and responsibilities, all its situations whether happy or anguishing. And when “tomorrow” becomes today, assist us anew for God’s glory and our good. Amen.

ROSARY Prayer OF ST. ANNE

The Chaplet consists of 3 groups of 5 beads, separated by a single bead.
The 1st group of beads say: “In honor of Jesus”, 1 Our Father and 5 Hail Mary’s.After each Hail Mary say:” Jesus, Mary and St. Ann, grant the favor I request.”
The 2nd group of beads say: “In honor of Mary”, 1 Our Father and 5 Hail Mary’s.After each Hail Mary say: “Jesus, Mary and St. Ann, grant the favor I request.”The 3rd group of beads say: “In honor of St. Ann,” 1 Our Father and 5 Hail Mary’s. After each Hail Mary say: “Jesus, Mary and St. Ann, grant the favor I request.”

For even more great information on Saint Anne please go to: the site, Saint Ann, Holy Mother of Mary


Last Day of Novena to St. Anne – Day Nine

25 July 2014

Day Nine
25 July 2014 A.D.

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Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 17 July and ending on 25 July, the eve of the Feast of St. Anne.

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee.

{Mention your intentions here)

Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Thank you to Fisheaters.com for this Novena.


Novena to St. Anne – Day Eight

24 July 2014

Day Eight
24 July 2014 A.D.

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Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 17 July and ending on 25 July, the eve of the Feast of St. Anne.

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee.

{Mention your intentions here)

Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Thank you to Fisheaters.com for this Novena.


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