Saturday, 14 July 2018

Latin Mass in Saint Joseph's, Berkeley Road

This morning the monthly 2nd Saturday Sodality of Our Lady Exercises and Traditional Latin Mass took place in St. Joseph's Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7.

The Traditional Latin Mass was offered for the feast of Saint Bonaventure. Traditional Hymns and Mass IX of Our Lady accompanied the Mass, which was preceded by the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary in Latin, the Memorare, Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Saint Joseph and the Litany of Our Lady. After Mass Matins of the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception and the traditional Sodality Prayers for sick and deceased Sodality members, for Priests and the Act of Consecration of St. John Berchmans, an early member of the Sodality, were recited.

The Monthly Patron - a custom going back to the earliest days of the Sodality in Rome - was St. John Marie Baptist Vianney - and the monthly 'billet' giving a date to go to Mass and Holy Communion in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was distributed to each Sodalist present.

 The Church is in a beautiful neo-gothic style with most of its original features remaining. The Dictionary of Irish Architects describes the original features of the Church. Archiseek includes further pictures. Buildings of Ireland has a detailed architectural description. Dublin City Council's website includes an early picture of the Church from the North.

You can attend these traditional devotions ever 2nd Saturday of the month at 11.30 a.m in the Chapel of Our Lady in the South Aisle of the Church, although the Sacred Heart Altar and High Altar are also used on special feasts.  The warm and generous hospitality of the Carmelite Community and the Parish Community of St. Joseph's is warmly appreciated by all involved in the Sodality and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Come and Pray!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

11th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today we celebrated the 11th Anniverary of the issuing of Pope Benedict XVI's decree Summorum Pontificum with a Traditional Latin Mass in Blessed Cardinal Newman's University Church on St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.  It was also the 11th Anniversary of the first monthly First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass there.  The text came through from a friend in Rome that the long-awaited Summorum Pontificum had been published.  However, the Sodality of Our Lady, meeting monthly in University Church since 2003, had already received the gracious permission of the Archbishop of Dublin for a monthly Traditional Latin Mass even before Pope Benedict XVI's decree.  Today was a day to give thanks to God for many blessings received and the kindness of many friends over the years!