The above photos capture (poorly) my view in the procession last night, where Archbishop Carlson and Canon Wiener, with a relic of the great King of France, led about 300 of us through the streets of the city that relies on his patronage.
Neighborhood residents came to view the scene, police blocked the streets for the procession, and local media had cameras rolling. I reflected at the time that this was such a better occasion for citizens, police and media to converge than what we've endured lately.
This is the everyday Catholic life that influences the culture and informs it-- or rather, it should be.
The procession was followed by a sermon by His Grace on the merits of our saint, a glorious Solemn Vespers and Benediction. Sublimely beautiful.
We should be grateful for events like these while we have them. Pray to St. Louis for his powerful intercession for our city and Church!
On a clear Sunday afternoon, about 300 Roman Catholic faithful led a procession in a south St. Louis neighborhood.
They were there to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis IX, king of France, and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, and they took something special with them.
As they marched up and down the streets surrounding St. Francis de Sales Oratory — the neo-Gothic church known for practicing the Latin liturgy and for its soaring, 300-foot steeple — they carried a relic of St. Louis IX, a piece of bone thought to be hundreds of years old. The relic is kept in a Vatican-sealed glass case; the church is unsure exactly which bone it is.
Archbishop Robert Carlson, as well as the Rev. Michael K. Wiener, St. Francis de Sales’ rector, led the crowd as bagpipes played.
Parishioners gathered inside the church after the procession to listen to Carlson speak about the patron and namesake of the city of St. Louis.
Carlson described St. Louis IX as a “husband, a father, a man of justice and faith, a saint who said the day of his baptism ... was far more important than the day he was crowned king of France.”
“As we celebrate 250 years of faith and thank God for our Catholic heritage we ask St. Louis to intercede for us and ask God to keep us strong in faith and give us hearts that desire to serve,” Carlson said, noting St. Louis IX’s humanitarian work, such as building hospitals and serving food to the poor.
The Rev. Anthony Ochoa of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, a predominately Hispanic parish, invited his parishioners to the liturgy so they could become better acquainted with the city.
It’s a “nice way to connect to the community,” Ochoa said.
Chantel Deneus, 56, who is temporarily in St. Louis visiting her son who attends St. Louis University, called the liturgy “extraordinary.”
“It was beautiful. I don’t have the words to describe how I felt,” Deneus said.
The procession follows a weekend of Roman Catholic celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country.
Archbishop Carlson to lead procession with relic of King St. Louis IX
ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead a procession with a relic of King St. Louis IX, patron and namesake of the City of St. Louis, on Sunday, October 19. The solemn event will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave.) at 5 p.m. Archbishop Carlson will give a homily about King St. Louis IX after the procession. A reception will follow in the church basement.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been an active participant in the STL250 celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of King St. Louis IX's birth. The procession this Sunday follows a weekend of celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country. Collectively these events are affectionately referred to as "CatholicSTL250." :
RIP Jacques and Simone Wach, Parents of the Prior General of the ICK
BY GREGORY DIPIPPO
Via the blogs Notions Romaines and Sancta Trinitas Unus Deus, I learned today that the parents of Msgr. Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, both passed away very recently, Mrs Simone Wach on September 7th, and Mr Jacques Wach on Monday. Please be so good as to pray for the repose of their souls, and for the peace and consolation of their family members and friends.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
I knew of the death of Monsignor Wach's mother, but the death of his father so close in time must be so difficult for him. Please pray for Monsignor Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute, who has done so much good for the Church.
Cardinal Burke, in the interview in Il Foglio I linked in my previous post, has this to say about the link between liturgy and morals. When we understand this truth, restoration is possible.
Q:Do you not think
that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy?
A:Certainly.In the post-conciliar period a collapse of
the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen
especially in the liturgical crisis.The
liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a
reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He
himself asks.From here, in the moral
sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men,
instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.The lex orandi is always bound to the lex
credendi.If someone does not pray well,
then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass,
for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.I do not believe that these families do not
have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront
them.This has to say something.The liturgy is the most perfect and most
complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or
is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed.
“O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
And here's why, as stated by Roberto de Mattei (translated at Rorate Caeli):
bishops and cardinals, even more than the ordinary faithful, find themselves
faced with a terrible drama of conscience, very much graver than the one the
English martyrs had to face in the XVI century. Then, in fact it was about
disobeying the highest civil authority, King Henry VIII, who, because of his
divorce, opened a schism with the Roman Church. Today however, the resistance
goes against the highest religious authority should they deviate from the
perennial teaching of the Church.And
the ones who are called to resist are not disobedient Catholics or dissenters,
but actually those that most profoundly venerate the Papal institution. At the
time of Henry VIII, the ones who resisted were consigned to the secular arm,
which destined them for decapitation or dismemberment. The modern secular arm
applies moral lynching, through psychological pressure from the mass-media on
public opinion.The outcome is often the
psychological and physical collapseof
the victims, a crisis of identity, the loss of a vocation and the faith -
unless one is able to exercise the heroic virtue of fortitude with the help of
800 Years King St. Louis IX-----250 years city of St. Louis
Visit of Archbishop Carlson
On Sunday, October 19, Archbishop Carlson will come to the Oratory as we add our contribution to the city-wide celebration of the 800th birth anniversary of King St. Louis (Louis IX of France) and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis that bears the holy saint’s name.
The program will begin at 5:00 PM, starting with honoring King Saint Louis with his holy relic in a solemn procession. The entire program, including a sermon pronounced by the guest of honor, His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, is as follows:
Procession of Relic of St. Louis Sermonpronounced by His Grace, Archbishop Carlson Solemn Vespers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Benediction Reception in the Oratory Hall
Throughout this year, many civic as well as Catholic events have been organized in St. Louis to highlight the history, development, and accomplishments of our great city. Please join us as the Oratory marks this special anniversary year with the Church’s joyful and solemn liturgy.
Of course there are others, we can only pray that there are many others. But I just have to write in gratitude for the leading stalwart of the faith, operating under attack by those within and without the highest levels of the hierarchy, and whose defense of the faith never waivers.
Of course, the man is His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect (for now) of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. From what I know of the man, even from the small acquaintance I have with him, it wouldn't matter if he were head of the Holy Office or the Holy Office Janitor, he would stand firm for the faith. Otherwise, I might opine that the impending demotion from the Signatura, already made public before the fact, has liberated him even more to stand up to those modernists who would destroy the Church if they could.
Catholic World Report has an article today covering His Eminence's response to the Synod's midterm Relatio, about which you will have read already. His Eminence states it well, and plainly (my emphases):
CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public? Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.
While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church. CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?
Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact, advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable. The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary”, teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality. CWR:How important is it, do you think, that Pope Francis make a statement soon in order to address the growing sense—among many in the media and in the pews—that the Church is on the cusp of changing her teaching on various essential points regarding marriage, “remarriage,” reception of Communion, and even the place of “unions” among homosexuals?
Cardinal Burke:In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue. The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.
The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage which is the first cell of the life of the Church.
God bless Cardinal Burke! I hope that his guardian angel looks out for him. And I pray he looks both ways before crossing the street these days. We need him, and will need him more in the future.