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I’d Rather Die Than Miss Mass

Written by  John Andra

I'd Rather Die Than Miss Mass

Catholics have always found ways to attend Mass when governments banned it… But what happens when the Church herself takes the Sacraments away?
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“I’d Rather Die Than Miss Mass.” This sounds like one of those overwrought claims expected from the immature or unbalanced. A statement which prompts reassurance from the more mature and well-balanced. The test, though, is whether we have freedom in the matter.

Imagine a totalitarian regime where the price of Mass is death. This has happened before. Faithful Catholics have braved that price to attend Mass, while taking, of course, reasonable precautions against the unreasonable exaction. We call them heroes, saints, and martyrs.

Catholics who attended Mass at risk of their lives considered themselves free. They understood (and still understand, in places like China), that freedom comes from God. They therefore exercised their freedom in worship of Him, even if prudence required furtiveness.

catacombsPersecuted Catholics gather in the catacombs

Are we free to attend Mass in the United States? The civil authorities in certain places have said no. Do we have the residual freedom to defy that ban and attend Mass on warrant from God? Unbelievably, the ecclesiastical authorities in certain places have also said no.

Being told no by both state and Church makes God effectively disappear. In reality, God granted us freedom, but the Church now backs up the state’s denial of that freedom.

Do Church leaders expect people to return to Mass when the state eventually approves?

Compare this to the Anglo-Saxon Dooms, the law of pre-Norman England, which typically began with an assurance of the Church’s liberty. This conception was deeply Catholic—that just as God comes before the world, so the Church comes before the state. The state therefore acknowledged the priority and pledged to protect it.

Traces of this tradition are found in the Declaration of Independence of 1776, the Treaty of Paris of 1783, and the Constitution of 1787. But about a thousand years of human progress has changed the law. While the United States did not set out to abolish the Church, neither did it acknowledge her. The new government viewed life on the horizontal plane.

Well, death is pretty weighty on the horizontal plane. One can’t be surprised that leaders of such a government would fear death more than God.

Why, however, do certain Church leaders take a similar view? Why can’t they grant priests who are willing to say public Masses, and the faithful who are willing to attend, the freedom to do so, even if prudence requires precautions?

I’d risk it.

Saints to call on in a pandemic

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Basically every situation we face in life has a heavenly intercessor specifically linked to it.

We Catholics have a lot of patron saints, such that basically every facet of life experience is covered by some saint who has a connection to it.Even if a situation looks plain impossible, we can always turn to St. Jude, the patron of Impossible.

The reasons that saints are connected to their patronages can be obvious and direct, or sometimes quite humorous. But it’s consoling to know that a heavenly intercessor is always at the ready to present our needs to the Lord.

It’s not surprising, then, that we have a handful of saints to call on in pandemics. Since coronavirus is on everyone’s mind, here are a few saints with whom we can strike up a conversation about our present needs.

Let us start with the Four Holy Marshals. Of the four, we are only including two: St. Quirinus of Neuss, a patron saint for fighting smallpox, and St. Anthony the Great, a patron saint for combating the plague.

St. Quirinus of Neuss – Patron for those affected by bubonic plague and smallpox

Quirinus was born in the first century and died in the year 116 A.D.  Legend has it that he was a Roman tribune and was ordered to execute Alexander, Eventius, and Theodolus. These men had been arrested on orders of the emperor. Their crime: being Christian.

But Quirinus witnessed miracles performed by the three men and was baptized into the faith along with his daughter, Balbina. He and Balbina were decapitated for becoming Christian and buried in the catacomb on the Via Appia.

Move ahead 1,500 years. Documents from Cologne, dated 1485, say Quirinus’ body was donated in 1050 by Pope Leo IX to his sister, the abbess of Neuss. Soon after, Charles the Bold of Burgundy laid siege to Neuss with his army spreading from western Germany, the Netherlands, and as far south as Italy. The citizens of Neuss invoked Quirinus for help, and the siege ended. Wellsprings popped up and were dedicated to him. He was then called on to fight against bubonic plague and smallpox.

This saying by farmers is associated with Quirinus’ feast day of March 30, a similar tradition to Groundhog Day. It reads, “As St. Quirinus Day goes, so will the summer.”  

 

St. Anthony the Great – Patron of those affected by infectious diseases

One of the greatest saints of the early Church, Anthony was one of the first monks and is considered the founder and father of organized Christian monasticism.

He organized disciples into a community and these communities eventually spread throughout Egypt. Anthony is known as Anthony the Great, Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, and Anthony of Thebes.  He is also known as the Father of All Monks. His feast day is celebrated on January 17.

St. Anthony the Great is also invoked as a patron against infectious diseases.

 

Edwin the Martyr (St. Edmund) — Patron for victims of pandemics

Edmund is an acknowledged patron against pandemics. Much is written about this saint from the 9th century who died in 869. Interestingly though, hardly anything is known for certain about him. Yet there are churches all over England dedicated to him. The Danes murdered him when they conquered his army in 869.

Edmund the Martyr, in addition to being the patron saint invoked against pandemics, is also the patron of torture victims and protection from the plague.

We might mention a few more saints who are patrons for those who struggle with familiar illnesses and afflictions:

    • St. Damien of Molokai: Patron saint of those with leprosy (Hansen’s disease)
    • St. Dymphna: The 15-year-old Irish girl who is patroness of emotional disorders
    • The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Epidemics, especially the bubonic plague (the Black Death)
    • StMatthias: Patron saint of alcoholics and those with smallpox
    • St. Tryphon:  Patron to aid us in fighting off bed bugs, rodents, and locusts

 

Regarding the Corona virus I have one comment THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP! The democrats on the other hand, that is an entirely different story.

The most important contribution President Trump has brought into government has been efficiency!  That is something the swamp has never seen before.

The democrats on the other hand, well that is a different story totally!  During this current crises the democrats do what they do best, operate on fear, incompetence and wasting money.  In New York, Governor Andrew Homo’s solution was to get the army corp of engineers to build massive hospitals.  Besides costing a fortune, by the time the hospitals are built the crises would be over.  Happy Andy on the other hand refused to be confused by logic and the facts.

President Trump, hearing whinning Andy Como ordered a hospital ship dispatched to New York.   The latest in technology and ready to go.

In Illinois our Democrat Governor, J.B. “fats” Prizker’s (the J.B. is for Jelly Belly) solution to all this was to tank a segment of the economy, the restaurant and hospitality industry.  At midnight March 16th he ordered all Restaurants and bars closed.  A stupid solution that will solve nothing.  President Trump has asked people to stay home, Pritzker took the typical Democrat approach of playing the despot and forced these establishments to close their doors and many will not reopen because of this.  Wouldn’t it have been better to ask people exhibiting symptoms to not come it, or even limit their hours at their own judgement.  In 6 months this same governor will wonder why no one wants to open a business in Illinois and why businesses are leaving.  These same democrats have declared Illinois a sanctuary state and Chicago a sanctuary city.  God only knows how many illegal, undocumented, aliens are running around spreading the virus.  According to Pritzker lets just punish the legal, tax paying resident.

Illinois Governor “Fats” Pritzker enjoys his favorite hobby. He is probably responsible for the toilet paper as well. I wonder how many rolls he needs to wipe that fat ass at one sitting.

Bottom line thank God president Trump is president at this time.  Anyone else in charge during this time would be sure disaster.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you President Trump!

What happened to the descendants of the nations greatest Generation

My father always told me about the deep dark days of the depression where if you had a job, any job, you felt lucky.  Yet they all took it in stride.  The families bonded together and there was more laughter than tears.  Then they went to war, and they were glad to go, some lied about their age just so they could serve to defeat tyranny.  They watched a man make the first flight across the Atlantic ocean and another walk on the moon.  They build great industries and had many children, baby boomers it what they call us but somehow I think some chromosomes got lost.

We are now looking at the greatest generations children and their children.  People who can not catch the common cold without demanding the government steps in.  In the great depression people banded together.  Not this crowd its every person for themselves.  Buy up every last drop of sanitizer, grab all the toilet paper you can, kick their teeth in if you have to .   .  These are now sheep that can not think on their own, they need to be told how to do everything including thinking.

I feel sorry for president Trump, he goes the extra mile for us and how to we repay him, crying screaming and panic.   God help us.

News from the FSSP live stream

Dear Friends of LiveMass,

Today we had record numbers of viewers. The day started out with a LOT of people from France watching the Mass, since they cannot physically attend Mass in France right now. It caught our servers by surprise and momentarily crashed the server. Later in the morning many people were experiencing video freezing etc.
We would like to apologize for this, we expected a lot of viewers today but didn’t know the limitations of our Amazon servers because we have never had these numbers of viewers before.
We have increased the size of our Amazon server to four times the size it was. This should give us ample bandwidth moving forward.
Not wanting to mention money but I need to – the larger Amazon server will also cost four times the current streaming costs. If you could help us with a monthly donation of something to go toward our streaming costs, we would truly appreciate it. We can take donations via paypal on the livemass.net website, you will see the link near the live schedule link. May God reward you!
God bless you!
Fr Fryar

An Open Letter to Bishop Pates of the diocese of Joliet regarding the Corona virus and communion on the tongue

Dear Bishop Pates,

In reading thru your guidelines in handling the Corona virus your line 2 is particularly disturbing. It states.

The reception of Holy Communion should be by hand only…reception on tongue is temporarily suspended.

I need to point out that in enacting this you are in violation of Church law. Specifically Redemptionis Sacramentum 92 which states. [92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice,[178] if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.[179]

This is NOT an option it is a Right. I took this from Father Z blog you can find it at this link https://wdtprs.com/2020/03/coronavirus-redemptionis-sacramentum-92-communion-on-the-tongue-and-you/

According to Father Z “This document does NOT say, “the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice except in time of viruses“.   Bishops do not have, on their own authority, the ability to ignore RS, which established binding norms for the whole Latin Church.”.

If this is not recended then I will have to ask Cardinal Raymond Burke who is a canon lawyer to intervene on our behalf.

Thank you

 

Coronavirus, Redemptionis Sacramentum 92, Communion on the Tongue and You

From Redemptionis Sacramentum. This 2004 Instruction of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments is in force now.

[91.] In distributing Holy Communion it is to be remembered that “sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who seek them in a reasonable manner, are rightly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them”.[177] Hence any baptized Catholic who is not prevented by law must be admitted to Holy Communion. Therefore, it is not licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ’s faithful solely on the grounds, for example, that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing.

[92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice,[178] if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.[179]

This document does NOT say, “the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice except in time of viruses“.   Bishops do not have, on their own authority, the ability to ignore RS, which established binding norms for the whole Latin Church.

There is greater risk of both profanation of the Eucharist and contagion via Communion on the hand, than there is through Communion on the tongue properly done.

Regarding Communion on the hand, the risk of contagion will be greatly reduced of the faithful are taught properly to hold their hands.  However, the risk of contact remains greater via Communion on the hand, because the possibility of hand to hand contact is greater.  It would be highly irreverent simply to drop the Sacred Host on someone’s palm.

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