Friday, 24 June 2011

Heaven came to Park Lawn

"Qui pacem ponit fines Ecclesiae, frumenti adipe satiat nos Dominus"--The LORD establishes peace in the borderlands of His Church and feeds His people with the finest of wheat. These were the words from scripture of the anthem, Qui Pacem Ponit by Jean-François Lallouette (1651–1728) sung last night after Holy Communion at St. Mark's in Toronto at the Missa Solemnis in honour of our Eucharistic LORD on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

At 6:30, a half-hour before Mass, it was evident that I had erred. There were only 100 red missal books and 100 printed translation aids. These were gone not too many minutes later. Last night in Toronto, 225 souls attended the Holy Mass and were fed the Finest of Wheat by the Priest Celebrant who confected the Holy Eucharist on the original High Altar at St. Mark's, not used in more forty-five years for this sacred purpose. That priest was ordained less than two months ago in Toronto and will shortly begin his parish duties. He was assisted by two other priests as Deacon and Subdeacon ordained in 2010. The parish's pastor provided the homily and assisted at the distribution of the Holy Eucharist.

Except for perhaps the Holy Mass at The Toronto Oratory Church of St. Vincent de Paul in honour of Blessed John Henry Newman last September, this was the largest number of Catholics gathered for the Usus Antiquior of the Latin Church since it was falsely abolished by the episcopacy in this diocese and in this country. Pope Benedict XVI in Summorum Pontificum has written that this liturgy "was never abrogated."

On July 1, another Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter's Church in Toronto in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

There will be more Masses of this nature. This liturgy will save our faith.


Julian Barkin said...


That WAS ... A ... MASS!!! I was so fortunate to have attended it. It was truly a blessing!

Two Notes:
1) On the Una Voce Blog or even here as an Update: Would you be able to perhaps state how many people signed up for Una Voce? That will have some power!

2) For all your readers interest, here's a short snipit on the Main Celebrant from last night: Fr. Russell Asch. He was feautred as part of the Catholic Register's annual ordinandi biopics, this one for 2011:

Anonymous said...

Well done, Vox Cantoris!
An extraordinary event.
Maria Garraza

JP said...

Slightly related...but tangential because I so want to be part of what just happened for you folks...The pries who celebrated Mass for us yesterday, and not our regular priest, asked if any of us was old enough to remember Eucharistic Processions for Corpus Christi.

We ARE a young, highly mobile parish, but several hands went up. Father says "What? You aren't forty yet?" (could have kissed him) Someone said, "We've had them HERE!" And we did a few years back, under the leadership of a priest on loan from the Archdiocese of Toronto!

Thanks Fr. A!