The High Altar at the Cathedral in Green for the Season of Pentecost
Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title “Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex” to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, “Kal. Mar.”, 30 Jan. “Summa Aurea”, III, 737). The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in 1587. After Cardinal Bellarmine had examined the Carmelite traditions in 1609, it was declared the patronal feast of the order, and is now celebrated in the Carmelite calendar as a major double of the first class with a vigil and a privileged octave (like the octave of Epiphany, admitting only a double of the first class) under the title “Commemoratio solemnis B.V.M. de Monte Carmelo”. By a privilege given by Clement X in 1672, some Carmelite monasteries keep the feast on the Sunday after 16 July, or on some other Sunday in July. In the seventeenth century the feast was adopted by several dioceses in the south of Italy, although its celebration, outside of Carmelite churches, was prohibited in 1628 by a decree contra abusus. On 21 Nov., 1674, however, it was first granted by Clement X to Spain and its colonies, in 1675 to Austria, in 1679 to Portugal and its colonies, and in 1725 to the Papal States of the Church, on 24 Sept., 1726, it was extended to the entire Latin Church by Benedict XIII. The lessons contain the legend of the scapular; the promise of the Sabbatine privilege was inserted into the lessons by Paul V about 1614. The Greeks of southern Italy and the Catholic Chaldeans have adopted this feast of the “Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. The object of the feast is the special predilection of Mary for those who profess themselves her servants by wearing her scapular
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Thou who, with special mercy, look upon those clothed in thy beloved Habit, cast a glance of pity upon me. Fortify my weakness with thy strength; enlighten the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom; increase my faith, hope and charity. Assist me during life, console me by thy presence at my death, and present me to the August trinity as thy devoted child, that I may bless thee for all eternity in Paradise. Amen.
This is the prayer of St. Simon Stock, to whom the Scapular devotion with its promise
was given. It has for seven centuries been called a prayer to the Blessed Mother
which has never been known to fail in obtaining her powerful help.
O beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful Vine,
Splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, who
brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining
a Pure Virgin, assist me in this necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help and protect me!
Show me that thou art my Mother.
O Mary, Conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Mother and Ornament of Carmel, Pray for us!
Virgin, Flower of Carmel, Pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, Pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us!
O sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
The Month of July in Honor of The Precious Blood
Feast of the Most Precious Blood
For many dioceses there are two days to which the Office of the Precious Blood has been assigned, the office being in both cases the same. The reason is this: the office was at first granted to the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood only. Later, as one of the offices of the Fridays of Lent, it was assigned to the Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent. In many dioceses these offices were adopted also by the fourth Provincial Council of Baltimore (1840). When Pius IX went into exile at Gaeta (1849) he had as his companion the saintly Don Giovanni Merlini, third superior general of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood. Arrived at Gaeta, Merlini suggested that His Holiness make a vow to extend the feast of the Precious Blood to the entire Church if he would again obtain possesion of the papal dominions. The pope took the matter under consideration, but a few days later sent his domestic prelate Jos. Stella to Merlini with the message: "The pope does not deem it expedient to bind himself by a vow; instead His Holiness is pleased to extend the feast immediately to all Christendom". This was 30 June, 1849, the day the French conquered Rome and the republicans capitulated. The thirtieth of June had been a Saturday before the first Sunday of July, wherefore the pope decreed (10 August, 1849) that henceforth every first Sunday of July should be dedicated to the Most Precious Blood.
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Terrorism Hits America... Again!
Americans awakened on June 12, 2016 to horrific headlines: a gunman with
apparent ties to radical Islam/Isis murdered 50 Americans and wounded more
than 50 others in cold blood in Orlando, Florida. Not only was this vicious
terrorist attack perpetrated on our own soil, it was done at the beginning of
our summer vacation period in the most popular destination in the country for
tourism and family entertainment. To date, this unconscionable act of
violence constitutes the largest single mass murder in United States history.
Obviously the nefarious goals of these radical, violent attacks include
inflicting widespread terror, trauma, and tragedy. While many of these
terrorist attacks have occurred over the past few years around the world, and
increasingly during the month of Ramadan (June 5th to July 5th), this kind of
enormous death toll carried out on U.S. soil literally brings the war on
terror home in a devastating and diabolic way.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed with fear and/or outrage in the face of this
latest example of terrorism. Some will attempt to cope by politicizing or
pigeonholing the perpetrator and/or the targeted victims in various ways.
Yet, none of that posturing or pontificating makes us any more safe or secure.
The simple truth is that these kinds of attacks make us all acutely aware of
our fundamental human vulnerabilities and a generalized lack of safety for us
and our loved ones in a fallen world where evil and wickedness often run
From General Psych 101, we all know that safety ranks near the top of the
hierarchy of human needs. Thus, when safety needs are threatened in a way
previously unprecedented to our collective life experience, they are
substantive. These attacks can take place just as easily in any large
gathering of people and to any targeted or random population: churches (as we
have already seen), sporting events, concerts, amusement parks, state
fairgrounds, or numerous other public experiences. Perhaps never before in
our nation’s history are we so anxious to look over our proverbial shoulders
for a sudden act of violence.
How, then, shall we as Christian counselors respond? For starters, we must—as
in all things—respond with faith, not in fear (see Psalm 46, 91, etc.).
Although our circumstances can be, and often are, very fearful, we know our
faith is not contingent on things we can see, grasp or control (Hebrews 11).
God is in control. He is sovereign; we are creatures. And as with any other
figurative or literal muscle, faith is strengthened when it is exercised.
Here are five ways we suggest you exercise your faith in such a crisis as
– We know that our anxieties diminish as we talk out our feelings to God
and trusted others rather than act them out (1 Peter 5:7). Encourage
your clients and congregants to pray for those affected, organize and
participate in support groups, and share with, and pray for, one
– We know that holding and hugging reduces stress hormones and creates a
sense of comfort, especially when we experience grief, loss and hurt
(Romans 16:16). Literal and figurative meaningful and appropriate
touches help us connect and support one another in our humanness.
– We know that compassionately connecting and communing with others
provide support and represent caring and concern (Hebrews 10:25).
Reaching out in meaningful and personal ways ministers powerfully to
– We know that education always empowers, encourages, and equips the
learner (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Skill acquisition produces
self-confidence and greater ministry potentials. Training people how to
lead grief groups, deal with trauma, and help parents learn to
healthfully address their children’s fears will be a great service to
– We know that all hard work yields a profit (Proverbs 14:23).
Coordinating various churches, ministries, and organizations, as well as
mobilizing community resources, can be challenging, but rewarding, work
that will assist in bringing people help, healing, and hope.
The American Association of Christian Counselors is hard
at work to help people, ministries, and churches in the greater Orlando area
cope with, and recover from, this horrible tragedy. Pray and stand with us as
we strive to minister to those who are grief-stricken in the Orlando
community. When societal deterioration and darkness increase, our salt and
light become all the more necessary and noticeable.
AACC is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the
entire 'community of care,' licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church
members. Our goal is to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay caregivers with
biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting people and
help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental
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The "Professio fidei Tridentina", also known as the "Creed of Pope Pius IV", is one of the four authoritative Creeds of the Catholic Church. It was issued on November 13, 1565 by Pope Pius IV in his bull "Iniunctum nobis" under the auspices of the Council of Trent (1545 - 1563). It was subsequently modified slightly after the First Vatican Council (1869 - 1870) to bring it inline with the dogmatic definitions of the Council. The major intent of the Creed was to clearly define the Catholic faith against Protestantism. At one time it was used by Theologians as an oath of loyalty to the Church and to reconcile converts to the Church, but it is rarely used these days. We do not accept the teachings and beliefs of the Old Roman Catholic Church thus we are not Old Catholic, we are The Traditional Roman Catholic Church, we believe and profess what Our Lord taught and the Apostles believed, based on the three pillars of the Church. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. Unlike many Traditionalist groups we do not engaged in debates, or arguments concerning Validity of Orders. Such arguments cause further wounds to the body of Christ and are not conducive to the practice of the true religion.
Thus this is what we believe and profess:
I, N, with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which the Holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit:
I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. And one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Apostolic and Ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of that same Church I firmly admit to and embrace.
I also accept the Holy Scripture according to that sense which holy mother the Church hath held, and doth hold, and to whom it belongeth to judge the true sense and interpretations of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.
I also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all are necessary for everyone; to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege. I also receive and admit the accepted and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.
I embrace and accept each and everything which has been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification.
I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that a conversion takes place of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, which conversion the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either species alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.
I steadfastly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Likewise, that the saints, reigning together with Christ, are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated. I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be kept and retained, and that due honor and veneration is to be given them.
I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.
I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and teacher of all churches; and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, and general Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent, and by the ecumenical Council of the Vatican, particularly concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching. I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church hath condemned, rejected, and anathematized.
This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, I do so profess and swear to maintain inviolate and with firm constancy with the help of God until the last breath of life. And I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and professed by all those over whom I have charge. I N. do so pledge, promise, and swear, so help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.
This is what believe and this is what we profess so help us God
A Quote from St. Athanasius
The Traditional Roman Catholic Church is a body of Christians committed to the Person of Jesus Christ and His teachings. We are a historical part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
We are a Traditional Catholic Church, defending the Sacred Traditions as passed on by the Apostles, the Church Fathers, and the Councils, prior to Vatican II.
We welcome you to become a part of our tradition. We are committed to loving parishes, missions, and chapels throughout the world as guided by the Holy Ghost. We are also committed to training and forming men to be sacred priests.
St. Athanasius says, "May God console you! ... What saddens you ... is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way ...
"You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.
"Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ."
(Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)
A Quote from St. Augustine
And on this point the reader may benefit from the judgment of Saint Augustine: “Often, too, divine providence permits even good men to be driven from the congregation of Christ by the turbulent seditions of carnal men. When for the sake of the peace of the Church they patiently endure that insult or injury, and attempt no novelties in the way of heresy or schism, they will teach men how God is to be served with a true disposition and with great and sincere charity. The intention of such men is to return when the tumult has subsided. But if that is not permitted because the storm continues or because a fiercer one might be stirred up by their return, they hold fast to their purpose to look to the good even of those responsible for the tumults and commotions that drove them out. They form no separate conventicles of their own, but defend to the death and assist by their testimony the faith which they know is preached in the Catholic Church. These the Father who seeth in secret crowns secretly. It appears that this is a rare kind of Christian, but examples are not lacking. Indeed, there are more than can be believed. So divine providence uses all kinds of men as examples for the oversight of souls and for the building up of his spiritual people.”
(De vera religione, in Augustine: Earlier Writings, translated by John H. S. Burleigh [Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1953], 231.)
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TRCC JAN 06 DECREE
January 6, 2016
Know ye, beloved brethren, that as by God's favor we rejoiced in the Nativity of our
Lord Jesus Christ, so, too, we announce to you the glad tidings on the Resurrection of
The Sunday of Septuagesima will fall on January 24, 2016, Ash Wednesday and the
beginning of the most holy Lenten fast on February 10, 2016. On March 27, 2016, you
shall celebrate with greatest joy the holy Pasch (Easter) of our Lord's Resurrection.
The Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ will occur on May 5, 2016, The Feast of
Pentecost on May 15, 2016. The Feast of Corpus Christi on May 26, 2016.
November 27th, 2016, will usher in the Advent of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Whom be
glory and honor eternally
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