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Tomb of St. Stanislaw Bishop and Martyr - Wawel Cathedral

Tomb of St. Stanislas Bishop and Martyr – Wawel Cathedral

Continuing our Restoration theme, todays news from two parts of Europe, namely Poland and the UK.

With respect to the UK, what is interesting to observe is the progress that the Immemorial Mass of All Ages is making, even in the face of the headwind that is Francis. What’s nice to see is that even at the height of the “spirit of VII” reactionary assault of 2014, no territory was lost. In fact, one can even venture to say that the worst of this version of the “Francis Effect” has passed, and it has become a spent force.

With respect to Poland, here what is interesting to observe is how the TLM is breaking into the Cathedrals. Even if only in some side chapels, the infrastructure is being rebuilt.  This is time-consuming. I have read somewhere that it only takes a couple of days to teach a priest to offer the TLM, but the scholas, choirs and organists take much longer. And if anyone has traveled to Poland in the last few years, you would no doubt be shocked by the awfulness of the “organist”. We are talking nuns doing karaoke. AT BEST!

Below are the two posts that I am reproducing…


Cathedral in Poland, where the Tridentine Mass is celebrated at Wawel Cathedral

Krakow – side chapel of the Wawel Cathedral of St. Stanislaus B&M and St. Wenceslas.

Bialystok – old Parish church within the complex of the Archdiocese Basilica of the Assumption.

Opole – church of St. Alexander located within the Cathedral complex of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Gliwice – church of the Holy Trinity is located in the Cathedral complex of Sts. Peter and Paul in Gliwice.

Sandomierz – Cathedral Basilica church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Legnica – cathedral of Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul.

Swidnica – Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and Wenceslas.

Rzeszów – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Mass dates you can learn from our maps

See original here

While on the other side of Europe, from the LMS Chairman we get this rundown of Masses offered in the UK and Wales: (see original here)

61 Traditional Christmas Masses in England and Wales

See the whole list of Christmas Masses here, and Masses for the Epiphany here.

The Latin Mass Society is advertising a record number of Masses in the Extraordinary Form being celebrated this Christmas. Counting Midnight Mass and the Mass of Christmas Day, there will be no fewer than 61 celebrations this year. This represents an increase of 11 since last year

2012 – 44

2013 – 50

2014 – 50

2015 – 61

It is interesting that there was not increase between 2013 and 2014. In many ways I have the impression that there was something of a pause in the development of the Traditional Mass around that time. But that is over now, and it is not difficult to see where the growth has come from. We have a whole group of new centres for the celebration of the Traditional liturgy coming on-stream this year: the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Preston, the Fraternity of St Peter in Warrington, the Friars in Gosport, the Oratory in York, a new EF Mass venue in Bedford, and so on. Who would have thought, ten years ago, that there would be celebrations of the Traditional Mass for Christmas in six churches in the Archdiocese of Liverpool?

That there would be a Traditional Mass for Christmas in places like the University Chaplaincy at Leeds, or Portsmouth Cathedral?

That there would be traditional High Masses – with celebrant, deacon and subdeacon – in five different places for Christmas? In Sheffield, Birmingham, Warrington, New Brighton, and Gosport.

We have a long way to go, in making the Traditional Mass genuinely available to Catholics in England and Wales. But thanks to the tremendous work of the priests who love this Mass, and to the faithful who support them – including the Latin Mass Society – we are moving in the right direction.

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