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…and dated as well!

JPII MosqueToday we have another Immemorial Mass of All Ages sighting deep in JPII country, again. This time by way of the UnaCum.pl (Una Voce Poland) website. Today brings news of a Missa Cantata with Gregorian chant at the JP II Mosque Church in Krakow, Poland. For those who might have forgotten, JPII was the archbishop of Krakow before he ascended to the Throne of St. Peter. Here is the translation of the mass announcement: (see here)

Mass on White Saturday in Krakow.

You are invited to the joyous celebration of the Octave of the Resurrection through participation of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Mass Tridentine”) on White Saturday  (11.04).

The liturgy will begin at 16:00 in the Chapel of Leviticus (lower church) of the Pope John Paul II Sanctuary in Krakow and will be celebrated as a sung Mass (Missa Cantata) with Gregorian chant.

The faithful will have prepared texts in both Latin and Polish to facilitate the tracking of the liturgy.

We also invite you to take advantage of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation from15:30 –  Rev.  Casper Nawrot will be hearing confessions for penitents in the Chapel of Reconciliation.

As for the monstrosity that is the JPII Mosque Church, here is the background: (see here)

Church of St. John Paul II – the Roman Catholic church located in the southern part of Krakow, in the District IX, Totus Tuus Street, is about 0.8 miles south of the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. It is one of the buildings of the John Paul II “Do not be afraid” Center – was dedicated June 23, 2013.

The church is built as an octagon and the style refers to the Byzantine churches of Ravenna, eg. the Church of Vitale, designed by Andrzej Mikulski. It has two levels: the church of the Relics (lower church) and the upper church. Next to the church a minaret tower has been built.

For those who are new to the Polish Catholic scene, the Poles are still trying to come to terms with what the “spirit of Vatican II” really means. (see here) With respect to the “spirit” and architectural design, during communist times the Polish Church was putting up some really “fugly” structures simply due to the problems that were specific to those days, i.e. lack of access to building materials.  After the fall of communism however, the structures being built (which are not that many to be perfectly honest) have no such justification and are entirely the result of bad architects, bad taste and… being a bit behind the times. This JPII Church pictured at the beginning of this post is a good example of all three.

With respect to the TLM being offered in the lower church in the Krakow sanctuary, this blog always finds it noteworthy when a TLM is offered in one of the hippie era “space ship churches”. The thinking goes that once Tradition re-establishes itself in the collective mind of practicing Catholics, there is only one way to move, and that is “back to sanity“, regardless of what Francis thinks or says on this particular issue. Not to mention back to good form and aestetically elegant architectural design. Just to make my point, here is an article about the new cathedral in Raleigh that is in the works. (see here) And just to give you dear reader, an idea of which way the architectural trends are moving, please see here and here. But I digress…

As to the significance of a TLM being offered in the “Church of the Relics” of JPII, it cannot be understated and is pretty representative of the forces at work in the Polish Catholic Church these days. The dilemma for the Polish heirarchy is to move the Faithful to Tradition without upsetting… actually, without being accused of upsetting the “sect legacy of JP II”. And there are plenty of modernist forces, funded by the Germans among others, who are all to eager to expliot any and every opportunity of this nature. But that is a topic for another day and excuse the  digression…

On an aside, yesterday, I posted on a TLM being offered only a couple of miles away from JPII’s childhood parish (in Wadowice). (see here) In the post, the following passage can be found:

We should go back to the tradition! May the liturgies of his type appear in Andrychów permanently so as to celebrate important holidays.

And from the looks of things, the above author is getting his wish… maybe not in Andrychow, but definately in Gorzow Wielkopolski. I found this on the New Liturgical Movement’s Polish Facebook page yesterday. The below is a video of a TLM mass offered as part of the official commemoration ceremony to honor the faithfully departed who served in the World War II partisan forces. The Immemorial Mass of All Ages (High Mass) was offered in the town of Gorzow Wielkopolski on the 8th of March of this year. Here is that video:

I will leave off here for today, but I think it is safe to say that the Barque of St. Peter is in good hands in Poland. (see here) I am also quite certain that the universal church will have proof positive of just this fact when the Polish Episcopate Conference representatives will take their place at the upcoming Stealth Sex Synod that is due to begin 181 days from yesterday.

Should be interesting!