Thursday, 30 April 2020

Comprehensive List of Live Streaming Traditional Latin Masses (Updated)

Thank you Matthew! I'm pinning this above the Mediæval Lenten Regs post for the duration. I will add to it as I hear of other Masses and Divine Liturgies. 

From A Catholic Life

By Matthew Plese


With the current crisis in regards to the coronavirus, many Dioceses or governments have suspended all Masses and gatherings. This is unprecedented in the Church. As a result, in most places, the faithful have been dispensed from Sunday Mass. Yet, while it is possible to be dispensed from the precept of assisting at Mass, the divine law requires that Sundays are nevertheless honored. We must refrain from servile works on Sundays, pray, worship God as we can, and perform works of mercy, in addition to using the time for rest and leisure with family or friends. See: Top 5 Ways to Sanctify Sunday When Mass is Suspended

In order for the faithful to help sanctify Sunday, many parishes are now livestreaming their Masses. In fact, many of the links here offer daily streaming - even the weekday Masses and the devotions.

During this Lent, we especially bear these crosses which the Lord has given us. When Lent started, we never planned to receive this Cross, but like our Lord, we must bear it with patience and resignation.

Some of these livestreams are only during this period of crisis. Others are available all year round. If you know of any more, please list them in the comment section below.

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
Society of St. Pius V
Society of St. Pius X
Institute of Christ the King
Eastern Catholic Rites:
Schedule for the Shrine of Christ the King, Chicago, IL:
From One Peter Five

Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini (FSSP), Rome, Italy – via their YouTube channel: Mass every day at 6:30 pm local time (1:30 pm EDT)
St Eugene, Paris, France – via their YouTube channel and Facebook page. Mass every weekday at 7:00 pm local time (2:00 pm EDT). Sunday: Mass at 11 am, Vespers at 5:45 pm, Mass again at 7:00 pm.
Chevetogne Abbey (Monastery of the Holy Cross), Belgium – via their Mixlr channel. Services in the Byzantine church in Church Slavonic, French and other languages. Check the schedule daily. Times are European Central. During Lent, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated only on Sunday and Saturday, but the Liturgy of the Presanctified is celebrated on Wednesdays and Fridays, and various other Hours (Matins, Vespers, Great Compline etc.) are broadcast every day.
Collegiate Church of St Just, Lyons, France (FSSP) – via their YouTube channel; schedule pending.
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Užhorod, Ukraine (Greek-Catholic) – via their YouTube channel. (Not sure about the schedule, since I don’t read Ukrainian. On Eastern European standard time, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich, 7 hours ahead of EDT.)
Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste, Toulouse, France (ICRSP) – via their Facebook page: schedule pending.
St Roch, Paris, France – via their Facebook page live, daily at 8:30 am local time; reposted afterwards to their YouTube channel.
Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Austria (Cistercians) – two livestreams on their website:
Chapel of St Bernard: Vigils 5:15 am; Lauds, 6 am; Terce and Sext, 12 pm; Vespers, 6 pm; Compline, 7:50 pm. Mass on weekdays at 6:25 am, 11 am, and 5 pm; Sunday at 9:30 am. In addition, the Divine Mercy Rosary is prayed at 3 pm, and the ‘Maurus Blessing’ with a relic of cross especially for the sick. At 8:15 p.m. the rosary will be prayed.
Chapel of St Catherine: Mass every Monday at 6 pm; Tuesday to Saturday at 5 pm, followed by Adoration; Sunday at 5 pm.
Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Římov, Czech Republic (FSSP) – via their webpage: Sunday Mass at 10:30 am, Monday to Saturday at 6 pm.
Oratory of St Philip Neri, Birmingham, England – via their YouTube channel: EF at 9 am, OF at 11 am everyday, including Sundays. (GMT)
St Dominic’s Church and Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, London, England – via their Facebook page; Dominican Rite Mass on Sundays at 4:30 pm (GMT)
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Pittsburgh, PA (ICRSP) – via their Facebook page: Monday – Friday, 12 noon; Tuesday, also at 7 pm; Saturday at 9 a.m.; Sunday, Low Mass at 8 a.m., sung Mass at 11 a.m.
Prince of Peace, Taylors, South Carolina – via their Facebook page and YouTube channel; daily Mass at noon local time; Sunday at 11 am (OF) and 12 noon (EF).

St Mary’s, Providence, Rhode Island (FSSP)
 – via their webpage: Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 am; Thursday, 7:00 am; Friday, 11:00 am & 6:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am, with the Rosary beforehand; Sunday, 8:00 am with the Rosary beforehand, & 10:00 am.
St Patrick Parish and Oratory, Waterbury, Connecticut, (ICRSP) – via their Facebook page: currently scheduled at 6:30 am daily.

St Patrick, Wilmington, Delaware
 – via YouTube: schedule not posted.
Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri – via their webpage.
Monday-Saturday: Lauds at 7:15 am, Mass at 11:45 am, Vespers at 5:15 pm
Sunday: Lauds at 7:45 am, Mass at 10:30 am, Vespers at 5:30 pm
On Saturday, March 21, Sunday schedule for the feast of St Benedict.
St Barnabas the Apostle, Fallon, Missouri – via their Facebook page; Saturday at 4:30 pm local time, Sunday at 10 a.m.
Epiphany of Our Lord, St Louis, Missouri – via their Facebook page, no regular schedule.
St Stanislaus, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (ICRSP) – via their webpage: Low Mass, Monday-Thursday at 12:00 pm, Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 9:00 am. Sunday, Low Mass with organ at 8:00 am, High Mass at 10:00 am.

Holy Resurrection Monastery, Nazianzen, Wisconsin (Romanian Greek-Catholic) 
– via their Facebook page: their very full liturgical schedule is available at their webpage.

St Albert Priory, Oakland, California (Dominican Fathers)
 – via their webpage. Sundays at 9:30 am., incl. Easter: Annunciation: 5:00 pm; April 4th, Dominican Rite, 11:00 am; Holy Thursday and Good Friday, 7:30 pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, San José, California, (ICRSP) – via their YouTube channelSunday: 10:00 a.m., Monday - Saturday 12:00 p.m., Compline: Monday and Wednesday through Saturday - 9:00 p.m., Please note: No live streaming of Compline on Tuesdays and Sundays.
St Andrew Russian Greek-Catholic Church, El Segundo, California – via their Facebook page: Divine LIturgy on Sunday, March 22, at 10:00 am PDT.

Churches in England and Wales

Bournemouth Oratory, Bournemouth
Cardiff Oratory, Cardiff

Saturday, 11 April 2020

You Think We Have It Tough? Mediæval Lenten Fasting Rules

I'm going to pin this to the top of the blog for all of Lent, until Easter. Remember that Traditionally, Holy Saturday is a day of Fast and Abstinence!

And we think we have it tough! I abstain from meat every day in Lent that is not a Sunday or a I Class Feast. Also, even tho' I'm no longer bound to fast because of my age, I fast (using the 'modern', pre-Conciliar rules) on every Wednesday and Friday of Lent. I doubt I get much spiritual benefit from the fasting, however. Due to a wonky metabolism, I fast most other days of the year, as well. I'm not hungry in the morning, so I seldom eat breakfast. Since I'm a night person who sleeps into the late morning, breakfast and lunch tend to fall by the wayside. I eat a hearty supper, and then before bed, I have a light snack. Alas, the paucity of my meals seems to have no effect on my weight! 😄

From Dr Taylor Marshall

Medieval Lent was Harder than Islamic Ramadan

have been told that medieval Christians would ridicule the Islamic season of fasting called Ramadan as weak, effeminate, and easy when compared to the austere Christian season of fasting during Lent or Quadragesima.
The Catholic Church has decreased the austerity of Lent over the centuries so much that Islamic Ramadan now appears as more challenging than Lent. Let’s take a look at Ramadan compared to Medieval Lent.

Rules for Islamic Ramadan:
  1. Duration? 29-30 days during the entire month of Ramadan.
  2. Fasting rules? Fasting completely from the break of dawn until sunset:
    1. food (zero calories and no food intake)
    2. drink (including water)
    3. sexual intercourse
    4. smoking

Rules for Medieval Quadragesima or “Lent”:

Nota bene: I’m using the standards of the Roman Church. The Eastern Churches have had various disciplines by jurisdiction. For this article, we are focusing only on the Roman rules. Perhaps we’ll study the Eastern fasting rules in a future post.
  1. Duration? 46 days. 40 Days plus 6 Sundays in the Roman Church.
  2. Fasting rules? Medieval Lenten rules (as described Saint Thomas Aquinas) were as follows:
    1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday were black fasts: no food at all.
    2. No food from waking until 3pm (the hour when Christ died). This practice of fasting till 3pm goes back to the 5th century (see Socrates’ Church History V.22).
    3. No animal meat or fats (no lard).
    4. Fish was allowed. Click here to understand the theology of why fish was is allowed, but not meat.
    5. No eggs.
    6. No lacticinia or “dairy products”: milk, cheese, cream, and butter. However, Catholics of the British Isles before the arrival of Saint Augustine of Canterbury were still consuming dairy products and perhaps eggs during Lent. Roman influence brought this to an end.
    7. Wine and beer were allowed.
    8. Medieval Europeans during Lent subsisted on bread, vegetables, and salt.
    9. No sexual intercourse between spouses. Pagan kings were pretty pissed to learn about this after they married hot Catholic princesses.
    10. No Sundays off. All these rules apply for 46 days. The 6 Sundays in Lent were relaxed liturgically (less penitential), but the fasting and abstinence were not relaxed on Sundays.
    11. For the Good Friday black fast, many would begin fast from Maundy Thursday night till about noon on Saturday. The Easter Vigil was usually celebrated about noon on Saturday and this ended the Lenten fasting officially.
  3. Was it Changed?
    1. Breaking the no food fast before 3pm began to creep in as early as AD 800. The reason we English speakers call 12pm “noon” is because the liturgical recitation of nones (“ninth hour” or 3 pm in Latin) was moved up by hungry monks more and more until nones (3 pm) was celebrated as early as 12 pm so that they could break fast and eat lunch!)
    2. In Germany, dispensations were given for consuming lacticinia or dairy products based on payment or performing good deeds. In honesty, wealthy people simply paid a fee to the diocese, and were allowed to serve and eat dairy in their homes during Lent. It was a popular “fundraising technique” by (German!) bishops.
    3. Dinner snacks were allowed at the time of reading Cassians book Collationes and so this snack became known as a “collation” – the term we still use today for a snack during fasting.
    4. With the advent of tea and coffee, it became allowable to have tea or coffee in the morning and this was considered as not violating the fast before nones.
    5. Over time, papal indults allowed meat on Sundays and then to other days of the week until only Friday remained “meatless.”
    6. Pope Paul VI’s 1966 Apostolic Constitution of Paenitemini changed Lenten practice to what it is today:
      1. No meat (only fish) allowed on Fridays in Lent.
      2. 1 meal and 2 collations (snacks) allowed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Ramadan vs Medieval Lent:

  1. Both have no food at all until 3 pm (Catholic) or sundown (Muslim).
  2. Both have no sex allowed at all, but the Muslim is allowed at night.
  3. Only the Catholic is restricted on kinds of food (no meat, dairy, eggs), whereas the Muslim can eat steak every night.
  4. Muslims may not drink even water during the daylight, but Christians may.

Conclusion: Medieval Christians were Tough

For the Medieval Christian, he would have seen the chief difference between Lent and Ramadan as the Muslims having a “reset” every single night with refreshment with food and sex every 24 hours. Whereas the Christian had to wait until Easter. The Muslim had daily sprints. The Medieval Christian had a marathon that ended on Easter.
So could you do it? No sex, butter, or bacon for 46 days? No food daily till 3 pm? Leave a comment and tell me what you think about this old Lenten rules. Is it good or bad that changed them?

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

David Benham: Coronavirus Crisis Is Being Used to Shut Down Pro-Life Free Speech

Their aim is a left-wing totalitarian state! Sign the petition supporting David Benham and other pro-lifers arrested for sidewalk counseling here.

From LifeSiteNews

By Calvin Freiburger 

Liberal-left leaders are using this real crisis to 'grab power' for themselves and to 'silence voices'

CHARLOTTE, April 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – David Benham, one of the evangelical Benham Brothers, told the story of his Saturday arrest outside a North Carolina abortion center this week on The Van Maren Show, warning that exploitation of the coronavirus crisis to shut down safe pro-life speech is a sign of growing dangers to come.
“I was sipping coffee with my wife one Saturday morning when I got a phone call from our sidewalk team that said ‘hey guys, we’re out here at the abortion clinic, we’ve only got three sidewalk counselors, and yet there’s fifteen officers, they’re threatening arrest for breaking the COVID laws,” Benham says.

Benham, who along with his brother Jason saw their planned HGTV series canceled in 2014 over their outspoken Christian views, notes that his organization Cities4Life is a federally-recognized charity that qualifies as an “essential business” per the lockdown order, and that the volunteers out Saturday were not only well within the ten-person limit on public gatherings, but were using sidewalk chalk to ensure they remained six feet apart from one another.
A video released by the Benham Brothers shows David asserting his legal rights to one of the officers before being arrested. “The actual citation was violating emergency prohibitions and restrictions,” Benham says, noting that the officer said he was acting on orders from the city attorney. He adds that the police department later falsely accused him of staging a protest of fifty people.
Sign the petition supporting David Benham and other pro-lifers arrested for sidewalk counseling here.
“The only reason you’re not going to the Home Depot (which is down the street) with a thousand people there, the only reason you’re not going to the park with 1,500 people there, is because I’m standing in front of an abortion clinic,” Benham recalls telling the officer. “He had nothing to say.”
Right now we know that if our rights and our liberties are taken,” Benham warns. “Who knows what it’s gonna be like for our children and our children’s children.” 
He accuses state and city officials of essentially saying, “‘we want these women to go into these abortion facilities that are gonna give no assistance whatsoever, and it’s gonna devastate their lives’” while at the same time keeping them from “pro-life organizations that are gonna help mothers holistically from womb to tomb, not just the baby but the mother and the family.”
Pro-life activists have also been arrested in California and Michigan for gathering outside of abortion centers, even when maintaining social distancing and carrying documentation of their legal right to do so. Sidewalk counselors were also threatened with arrest in Wisconsin, but ultimately allowed to continue.
Despite these challenges, Benham sees positive developments arising from the negative. 
“It’s awakening pro-life Christians and it’s awakening others,” he says. “On the one hand, it’s awakening Americans to fight and defend our rights, to not allow leaders, especially the liberal-left leaders from using this real crisis to grab power for themselves and to silence voices.”
“They’re exercising viewpoint discrimination. It’s also altering Christians to the reality that… we are altering our behavior to protect ourselves from COVID. How about we alter our behavior to protect the most vulnerable among us, those that don’t even have a voice, the unborn,” he added. 
Benham tells Van Maren that Christians should take away from his experience the need to “step into the culture and join this conversation and be willing to take a hit, be willing to be called a bigot, be willing to be called a hater, be willing to be lied about by the police department.”
Further details on respecting public health rules during pro-life activism, and on pro-lifers’ legal right to stay active during this time, can be found at Pro-Life Action League's website here. Readers can also click here for LifeSiteNews’ live updates on the coronavirus and its impact all over the world.

‘They Want to Punish the Church’: Italian Priest Fined for Procession to Fight Coronavirus

The anti-Catholic, left-wing Italian Government strikes again. See here for an earlier example.

From the Acton Institute

By Michael Severance


The following translation is an exclusive interview that appeared in the weekend edition of the northern Italian daily La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, which has fiercely defended Italy’s religious freedom throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Correspondent Andrea Zambrano interviewed a Roman Catholic parish priest, Rev. Domenico Cirigliano, who was slapped with a €400 fine by local police for processing with a “miraculous” crucifix. Rev. Cirigliano said he was performing essential “work” by blessing the town of Rocca Imperiale in order to save it from the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“The mayor ordered me to observe a 14-day quarantine," he said after the incident. "But I won't pay the fine. They want to punish the Church.”
Zambrano writes in his introduction:
The story is unbelievable, but it is nothing more than the natural continuation of the arbitrary limitations that having arisen during the COVID-19 emergency, from a literal application of government decrees which have severely limited [Italy’s] freedom of worship … In Rocca Imperiale, in the province of Cosenza, we have just witnessed the worst of this.
Zambrano notes, "It was precisely in 1691 when the crucifix" that Rev. Cirigliano carried "shed blood. And because of this miraculous wood, the crucifix is processed each March 30 through the main streets of the town."
Below is the full interview between Zambrano and FRev Cirigilano who leads off by saying, “There is no way I’ll pay that fine.”
Zambrano: Fr. Domenico, what do you mean you won’t pay it?
Cirigliano: I won't pay for it. Period. I didn't even sign the police report for this reason.
Zambrano: Why?
Cirigliano: Because it is only a way to punish the Church.
Zambrano: Did you inform your bishop?
Cirigliano: Yes, I did.
Zambrano: So, what did he say?
Cirigliano: That he will call the mayor.
Zambrano: What for?
Cirigliano: Because the mayor notified me of a report prohibiting me from leaving home for 14 days.
Zambrano: Let’s review what happened step by step.
Cirigliano: OK.
Zambrano: So, it all started on March 30 ...
Cirigliano: Exactly. Not being able to conduct the annual procession--which we had done without interruption for three straight centuries--I told our parishioners to know that I would pass through the main streets … blessing [them] with the crucifix.
Zambrano: And what did parishioners say?
Cirigliano: The young parishioners helped me spread the word on Whatsapp, and a lot of excitement was created. People were happy. They opened the windows and doors of their homes to watch.
Zambrano: And then what happened?
Cirigliano: At noon on March 30, a boy from the parish telephoned me to report that a "policeman" (an officer whom he called policeman “V”) "said not to go on with the procession."
Zambrano: Who was officer “V”?
Cirigliano: A local officer. However, I explained that it was not a [public] procession. I was alone. There was only one parishioner with me, [following] at a distance with his mask on. The purposed [of the procession] was to protect our town from the coronavirus. I don't care [what they say otherwise].
Zambrano: What happened?
Cirigliano: Well, around 5 p.m., I went outside [to process], and I was met by two carabinieri officers, who asked me for my papers.
Zambrano: What did you say?
Cirigliano: I said that my hands were occupied, because I was holding the crucifix. I couldn’t just lay it on the ground. "Take them yourself," I said. And they rummaged through my pockets.
Zambrano: Then what happened?
Cirigliano: So, I carried on with the procession. People greeted the crucifix from afar. Some people got emotional, others blew kisses and prayed. I was tired, but the experience was moving. All went well, except on my way back ...
Zambrano: What happened?
Cirigliano: The carabinieri police officers were still standing in front of my church. They were waiting for me to return my ID card and notify me of the charges they filed.
Zambrano: For 400 euros?
Cirigliano: Yeah, but I won’t pay it. I didn't even sign their report, which they left on the church table.
Zambrano: What did the report say?
Cirigliano: I will read it to you. "Your movement was not for reasons of work, necessity, or health within the territory of the city of Rocca Imperiale. At 5:25 p.m. today [March 30th] in Rocca Imperiale you were found on Via XX Settembre [right next to the church]. You are charged with violating [quarantine] on public streets for the purposes of holding a demonstration/religious event in a public place. You carried out a procession while holding up a crucifix, and another person took part in it. The procession … continued until 17.55 [5:55 p.m.], throughout all the streets of the historic center of Rocca Imperiale."
Zambrano: How can this be a violation? Isn’t your sacred ministry considered your work, as defined by the Ministry of the Interior? Don't you think that this report appears illegitimate?
Cirigliano: What do you want me to say?
Zambrano: And what about other processions [in Italy] then? Isn’t it true … that many priests have gone out into the streets to process with the Blessed Sacrament? In the town of Bibione, a parish priest loaded up a statue of the Madonna [and processed] with the both the mayor’s and local police’s approval. Why wasn't he apprehended and fined? ….
Cirigliano: Look, I don't know. Here, everyone interprets the law as he or she wishes. ....
Zambrano: You already said you won’t pay the fine, but will you do something to restore your right to worship?
Cirigliano: For now, let's accept this as a trial sent by our Lord. Then, let's see what the bishop will be able to do. Even so, I am very bitter. I processed with the crucifix to bless the whole city, to bless all the inhabitants of Rocca Imperiale, including the carabinieri police and the mayor. It is the crucifix that must protect us. Instead, they make it seem that this was a personal matter. ... I do not find this to be fair or respectful of a minister of God.