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ORDO w/c Sunday 27th October 2019 Vol I Issue ix

S27.10XX Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Omnia, quae”
or by local dispensation*
Feast of Christ the King
(W) Missa “Dignus est”

2a) a cunctis 3a) ProEccl 
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity 

2a) XX PostPent
Gl. Cr. Pref.ChristTheKing
M28.10SS. Simon & Jude, Apostles
(R) Missa “Mihi autem” 
diiGl. Cr. Pref.Apostles
T29.10St Bede the Venerable C.D.
(W) Missa “In medio” **
Feria of XX Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Omnia, quae” 

Gl. Cr. Pref.Common

2a) a cunctis 3a) ProEccl
noGl. Pref.Common
W30.10Feria of XX Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “Omnia, quae” 
s.2a) a cunctis 3a) ProEccl
noGl. Pref.Common
T31.10The Vigil of All Saints
(V) Missa “Judicant sancti” 
s.d2a) HolyGhost 3a) ProEccl
noGl. Pref.Common
F01.11The Feast of All Saints 
(W) Missa “Gaudeamus”
diGl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
S02.11Com. of All Souls
(B) Missa “Requiem”
noGl. Pref.Requiem
S03.11XXI Post Pentecost
(G) Missa “In voluntate” 
s.d2a) AllSaints 3a) a cunctis
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity 

KEY: A=Abbot A cunctis=of the Saints B=Bishop BD=Benedicamus Domino BVM=Blessed Virgin Mary C=Confessor Com=Commemoration Cr=Creed D=Doctor d=double d.i/ii=double of the 1st/2nd Class E=Evangelist F=Feria Gl=Gloria gr.d=greater-double (G)=Green H=Holy K=King M=Martyr mpal=missae pro aliquibus locis Mm=Martyrs Pent=Pentecost P=Priest PLG=Proper Last Gospel Pref=Preface ProEccl=for the Church (R)=Red s=simple s-d=semi-double Co=Companions V1=1st Vespers V=Virgin v=votive (V)=violet W=Widow (W)=white *Ob.=Obligation 2a=second oration 3a=third oration

*By dispensation of the Ordinary at his discretion only, unless a Patronal feast/of dedication in which case the office may be celebrated as a “double of the first class” though technically is a votive. The feast was instituted after 1909 and thus is not included in the General Calendar.
**If not celebrated on May 28th.
***It is customary for every priest to offer three Masses on this day.


… to this ninth edition of “The Old Roman” a weekly dissemination of news, views and information for and from around the world reflecting the experience and life of 21C “Old Romans” i.e. western Orthodox Catholics across the globe.
CONTRIBUTIONS… news items, magazine, devotional or theological articles, prayer requests, features about apostolates and parish mission life are ALL welcome and may be submitted via email. Submissions should be sent by Friday for publication the following Sunday.

Beatus festum! The Old Roman wishes the Missionary Franciscan Friars of Christ the King in Chicago a very happy feast day on this their patronal festival of Christ the King 2019! May Jesus Christ continue to reign in their hearts and minds as they seek to spread the rule of His Kingdom in the community around them.

The Old Roman VIEW…

“Then the high priest rent his garments, saying: He hath blasphemed; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy:” [Mtt26:65]

If anyone had suggested a year ago that the Bishop of Rome would sanction, venerate and defend the worship of idols even in the basilica of St Peter’s in Rome, we would surely have laughed them to scorn, would we not? As disappointing and dubious as Pope Francis has been as a pontiff, borderline heretic at best if his ambiguous defences are to be believed, an apostate promoter of paganism was probably one of the few last things anyone might have dared accuse him of. Yet these past weeks that’s exactly what Pope Francis has become and what he has done.

The Old Roman VIEW has already commented on the bizarre opening ceremony of the Amazonian Synod that took place in the Vatican Gardens in the presence of Pope Francis on October 4. The statues were the centre of a display of Amazon artefacts around which a group including a Franciscan friar prostrated themselves – kneeling and with faces to the ground – in an obvious act of worship. In the same ceremony an indigenous pagan priestess conducted the worship and burnt sage to ward off evil.

Subsequent to the gardens incident, the statues were identified as “Pachamama” the Incan earth goddess – literally “Mother Earth” – by other indigenous natives present at the Synod and pagan observers, but denied by Vatican and Synod spokespersons in the daily Press Conferences. The idol was processed into Mass and a prayer vigil held around it after Mass by the Pope and Synod leaders. It was processed amidst much singing and dancing into the Synod Hall and placed in front of the dais immediately in front of the Pope’s seat.

Later in the week it was processed around Rome in a specially Amazonian themed “Stations of the Cross” where once again burnt sage was wafted toward it and over those present. Other copies of the idol were displayed in the church of Santa Maria Transportina with other Amazonian cultural artefacts, though the idols were placed on the side altars and again took centre place in a worship circle with prostrations and a female Episcopal priest. These statuettes were eventually removed from the church at night by men who threw them into the River Tiber from the Ponte Sant’Angelo.

This action provoked a great outcry from Synod spokespersons and others in favour of the Synod’s progressive discussions of married priests and female deacons. But the Vatican Press Office and Synod spokespersons still insisted the statuettes were not pagan idols of Pachamama. The action was decried as theft, vandalism and even racism by others. However, Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented on the incident Thursday night on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, he said: “to throw it out, can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law.”

Pope Francis has now called the carved wooden statues, first privately behind closed doors in the Synod Hall and subsequent publicly by Press release, “Pachamama statues.” Speaking to attendees at the Amazon Synod, he apologised as “the bishop of Rome” to those who were offended at the statues being removed from the church and thrown into the Tiber. He then told the attendees, “I can inform you that the statues which created so much media clamour were found in the Tiber… At the moment the news is confidential, and the statues are being kept in the office of the Commander of the Italian Carabinieri.” He then suggested that the retrieved statuettes of Pachamama might be present at the closing Mass of the Synod on Sunday.

Not a few have noted that the actions and words of Pope Francis are indeed tantamount to obstinacy and a wilful attempt to defend and promote what has clearly been and will be, the veneration of pagan idols in Rome. Despite the various protestations and advice proffered formally, privately and publicly by several Cardinals, the Pope dismisses any and all criticism with derision and barely concealed contempt. The Old Roman VIEW asks Catholics the question once more, without humour and with all sincerity, “Is the Pope a Catholic?”

Old Romans – the heavenly leaven

Since 1853 Old Romans have preserved often vilified and derided alone in the west, the orthodox Catholic Faith. Even and despite often times attempts by persons either through ego or ignorance to mislead or misguide through machinations and manipulations, we have survived to the present day. Whether by accident or design, by holding fast to the traditional liturgy of the Latin Rite, with only pastoral concession to the vernacular and permitting no new doctrines, we Old Romans have proved true the sage maxim, “lex orandi, lex credendi”.

According to Prosper of Aquitaine, legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi, which is to say, ‘the law of prayer determines the law of belief’ (Prosper used the equivalent term lex supplicandi in place of lex orandi). Prosper treats the Church’s prayer as an authoritative source for theology in arguing that salvation must come entirely at God’s initiative since in the liturgy the church prayed for the conversion of infidels, Jews, heretics, schismatics and the lapsed who would not seek the true faith on their own. (Charles R. Hohenstein, “‘Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi’: Cautionary Notes“. Cf. Prosper of Aquitaine, De vocatione omnium gentium, 1, 12: PL 51, 664C.)

By our adherence as Old Romans to the traditional Missal and rites of the Church, particularly by retaining the older forms and calendars, and the traditional customs, devotions and culture of the Latin rite, seemingly by accident we have kept Tradition alive. But as the sole authentic continuation of the Latin rite, perhaps we should now, in light of recent events particularly, come to recognise something about the unique situation we find ourselves in? Why have we been preserved by God as a faithful remnant, despite the mistakes, the persecutions, the derision we Old Romans have endured?

Our Lord Himself likened the Kingdom of Heaven to leaven, “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” [Mtt13:33] In this parable, as in the preceding parable of the mustard seed, Christ is comparing the Kingdom of Heaven not with leaven itself, but with the ultimate process of its action on flour and dough. Christ is reminding us that an insignificant amount of leaven (yeast), placed in a large volume of dough, yet stimulates fermentation throughout the dough.

We Old Romans are the leaven of the Kingdom of God. The meaning of the figurative comparison of the Kingdom of God with dough, raised by the action of yeast, is that in both instances a living, creative beginning is at work. The heavenly leaven, the grace of the Divine Spirit, placed by the Saviour in the human souls which compose His Church­, the Kingdom of God on earth, determines the growth of their inner, spiritual life. And as the leavened dough rises until the leaven is mixed with it completely, so also the process of establishing the Kingdom of God will continue until all its true children enter into it.

The time has come for Old Romans everywhere to utilise what God has entrusted us with. For too long we have thought ourselves too small, too unworthy, too poor, too lacking in the societal and institutional advantages and privileges of the “mainstream”… and yet, it is clear we have the Faith, we have the Sacraments, we are the small portion of the heavenly leaven that God will use to gather His true children into His Kingdom. It is no longer “ok” for Old Romans to sit on the sidelines and allow others to speak half-truths to the crisis as the Great Apostasy unfolds. Are these the “end times”? Who knows? What matters is that we speak the Truth about the orthodox Catholic faith to others and focus on our salvation and theirs. That is God’s divinely revealed and expressed Will.

FEATURE – pray for Chile

Of your charity please pray for the nation of Chile and particularly for our clergy and faithful there under the leadership of His Grace, Archbishop Cristián Andrés Morales. Civil unrest has escalated into widespread and violent protests and clashes with Government forces in the capital, Santiago, where the Archbishop is based.

The 2019 Chilean protests are ongoing civil protests throughout Chile in response to a raise in the Metro de Santiago subway’s fare, increased cost of living, and prevalent inequality in the country. The protests began in Chile’s capital, Santiago, as a coordinated fare evasion campaign by secondary school students which led to spontaneous takeovers of the city’s main train stations and open confrontations with the Chilean Police. On the 18th of October, the situation escalated as organised bands of protesters rose in rebellion across the city, seizing many stations of the Santiago Metro network (part of Red) and disabling them with extensive infrastructure damage, ultimately disabling the network in its entirety. In total, 81 stations have been damaged, with 17 burned down. On the same day, President of Chile Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency, authorising the deployment of Chilean Army forces across the main regions to enforce order and prevent the destruction of public property, and invoked before the courts the Ley de Seguridad del Estado (“State Security Law”) against dozens of detainees. A curfew was declared on 19 October in the Greater Santiago area.

Protests and riots have expanded to other cities, including Concepción, San Antonio and Valparaíso. The state of emergency was extended to the Concepción Province, all Valparaíso Region (except Easter Island and Juan Fernández Archipelago) and the cities of Antofagasta, Coquimbo, Iquique, La Serena, Rancagua, Valdivia, Osorno, and Puerto Montt. The protests, because of the destruction to public infrastructure, the number of protesters and the measures taken by the government, have been considered as the “worst civil unrest” having occurred in Chile since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.

On October 25, over a million people took to the streets throughout Chile to
protest against President Piñera, demanding his resignation.

As of 26 October, 19 people have died, nearly 2,500 have been injured, and 2,840 have been arrested. Human rights organisations have received several reports of violations conducted against protesters, including torture and sexual abuse.

Ask a bishop…

A new weekly broadcast invites viewers on Facebook to “Ask a bishop” a question on any subject connected with the Faith and Christian life, in real time. The “live and interactive” show is hosted by Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey and is broadcast via The Brighton Oratory’s Facebook page every Wednesday from 7pm GMT.

An Old Roman – Thomas à Kempis

“An Old Roman” is a weekly look at significant Old Romans in Church history…

St Thomas More, England’s famous lord chancellor under Henry VIII (and subject of the film A Man for All Seasons) said it was one of the three books everybody ought to own. St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, read a chapter a day from it and regularly gave away copies as gifts. Methodist founder Rev John Wesley said it was the best summary of the Christian life he had ever read… “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis.

Thomas was born in Kempen in the Rhineland. His surname at birth was Hemerken (or Hammerlein), reflecting the family’s profession, “little hammer,” Latinized into “Malleolus.” His father, Johann, was a blacksmith and his mother, Gertrude, was a schoolmistress. Later he became known as Thomas à Kempis, which means Thomas “of Kempen”, his home town and in German he is known as Thomas von Kempen (in Dutch, Thomas van Kempen). In 1392, Thomas followed his brother, Johann, to Deventer in the Netherlands in order to attend the noted Latin school there from 1392 to 1399. While attending this school, Thomas encountered the Brethren of the Common Life, founded by Geert Groote (previously featured in The Old Roman) and Florens Radewyns. Groote developed the “Devotio Moderna” ie the Modern Devotion.

After leaving school, Thomas went to the nearby city of Zwolle to visit his brother again, after Johann had become the prior of the Monastery of Mount St. Agnes there. This community was one of the Augustinian canons regular of the Congregation of Windesheim, founded by disciples of Groote in order to provide a way of life more in keeping with the norms of monastic life of the period. Thomas himself entered Mount St. Agnes in 1406. He was not ordained a priest, however, until almost a decade later. He became a prolific copyist and writer. Thomas received Holy Orders in 1413 and was made sub-prior of the monastery in 1429.

At Mount St Agnes, Thomas spent his time between devotional exercises in writing and in copying manuscripts. He copied the Bible no fewer than four times, one of the copies being preserved at Darmstadt, Germany in five volumes. In its teachings he was widely read and his works abound with biblical quotations, especially from the New Testament. Later he became the prior’s assistant, charged with instructing novices in the spiritual life. In that capacity, he wrote four booklets between 1420 and 1427; they were collected and named after the title of the first booklet: The Imitation of Christ. It was first translated into English by Bishop Richard Challoner in 1737. It has been translated into over 50 languages, in editions too numerous for scholars to keep track of (by 1779 there were already 1,800 editions).

Throughout the The Imitation of Christ, Thomas’s advice is consistent: Do not trust yourself, do not indulge yourself, do not put yourself forward; instead put your full trust in God and, out of love for God’s will, yield to all the circumstances of life into which God places you.

Thomas à Kempis also wrote the biographies of the Modern Devotion members, Gerard Groote, Floris Radewijns, Jan van de Gronde, and Jan Brinckerinck. His important works include a series of sermons to the novices of the Augustinian monastery, including Prayers and Meditations on the Life of Christ, Meditations on the Incarnation of Christ, Of True Compunction of Heart, Soliloquy of the Soul, Garden of Roses, Valley of Lilies, and a Life of St. Lidwina of Schiedam (featured in last week’s The Old Roman). Kempis’s 1441 autograph manuscript of The Imitation of Christ is available in the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels.

A quiet man, often Thomas would excuse himself from company, “My brethren”, he would say, “I must go: Someone is waiting to converse with me in my cell.” A possibly authentic portrait, preserved at Gertruidenberg, bears as his motto the words: “In omnibus requiem quaesivi et nusquam inveni nisi in een Hoecken met een Böcken” (Everywhere I have sought rest and found it nowhere, save in little nooks with little books). Thomas died near Zwolle on July 25, 1471. He was laid to rest in the eastern cloister in a spot carefully noted by the continuator of his chronicle. Two centuries after the Reformation, during which the priory was destroyed, the holy remains were transferred to Zwolle and enclosed in a handsome reliquary by Maximilian Hendrik, Prince-Bishop of Cologne. A monument was dedicated to his memory in the presence of the Archbishop of Utrecht in St Michael’s Church, Zwolle, on November 11, 1897. In 1964, this church closed, causing his shrine to be moved to a new St. Michael’s Church outside the centre of Zwolle. In 2005, this church also closed and his shrine was moved to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Hemelopneming kerk (Assumption of Mary church) in the centre of Zwolle.

Though many of Thomas’s contemporaries thought him a living saint and many would have rejoiced to see him canonised it was not until the same Maximilian Hendrik, Prince-Bishop of Cologne (above) showed such zeal in preserving and honouring the relics of à Kempis, that the cause of his beatification was introduced. Hendrik began to collect the necessary documents; but little more than a beginning was made when he died (1688) and since that date no further steps have been taken. Even so, Thomas is generally and popularly regarded and known as “St” Thomas à Kempis and it seems doubtful from his life and posthumous reputation that this is not so! Certainly he is regarded as one of the “lights” of the Dutch Church and subsequently Old Roman tradition.

FOCUS – meet an Old Roman!

Every week meet individuals, faithful or clergy from around the Communion! This week…

Bishop Nioclás OSF

His Excellency, Bishop Nioclás OSF is Titular Bishop of Movilla (in Ireland) and was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Chicago last October, 2018. He’s also a professed Friar of the Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King and Chaplain at Kindred Hospital, and is a member of The Society of Fellows of the St. Bonaventure House of Studies.

Born in Belfast, (Northern) Ireland, His Excellency originally came to Chicago to work at the Martin D’Arcy Museum at Loyola University as a Research Scholar/Professor (2002/2003), having completed his masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) in medieval art, architecture and iconography. From 2002 until 2003, he also became a Research Scholar in the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Newberry Library of Chicago examining, translating and cataloguing Medieval liturgical manuscripts.

Bishop Kelly also holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Aesthetics degree from St. Patrick Pontifical University, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Philosophy and Classical Studies from the National University of Ireland and a Diploma in Theology from the Dominican Studium ratified by the Angelicum, Rome (Pontifical University of St. Thomas). In 2012 he spent a year at Rush University Medical Centre of Chicago as an Intern / Resident in their chaplaincy program earning four units of Clinical Pastoral Education completing levels one and two. He serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Kindred Hospital, Chicago North and also serves on and co-ordinates the area’s Ethics Committee for Kindred.


Don’t forget that Mass is broadcast live everyday and the recording available to view on YouTube via the playlist below. The Mass Propers are posted online here. IF you would like a Mass offered for your intention please use the Prayer Request form below stating in the message that it is a Mass intention.


One of the greatest impediments to evangelism in the 21C is not the ignorance of non-believers, but of believers! Catechism Classes are currently ongoing around the Communion for all levels of students, those exploring or converting to the faith, those being brought up in the faith and those preparing to be Baptised/Confirmed in the faith.

BACOOR (Philippines) the Mission Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy offers a catechetical Mass for children on Sunday’s from 10am.

BRIGHTON (UK) the Brighton Oratory holds Catechism Conferences on Saturday mornings for those wishing to deepen and better understand their faith, from 10am following coffee and fellowship after the 0830 Mass.

CHICAGO (USA) the Mission Parish of St Anne‘s is holding classes for explorers and converts contact Fr Thomas Gierke OSF for more information [contact details below].

Of your charity…

For health & well-being…

Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, +Rommel B, Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, Fr Graham F, S&A, Dave G, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Terrence M, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W, Fr Antonio Benedetto OSB, Fr Kristopher M & family, Mark Coggan, Ounissa, Ronald Buczek, Rik C, Adrian & Joan Kelly, Juanita Alaniz & family, Shirley V,

For those vocationally discerning…

James, Breandán, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Thomas, Yordanis, Nicholas, Tyler, Micha, Michael, Gaëtan

For the recently departed…

Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Père Pierre Fournier (08.02.19), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day), Peter, Bernard Brown (27.06.19), Peter Ellis (01.08.19), Petronila Antonio (10.09.19), Fr Mark Spring (13.09.19), Jean Marchant (15.09.19), Mary Kelly (15.10.19), John Pender (23.10.19)

For those who mourn…

Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & family, Phil E & Family, Adrian Kelly & family, Fr Nicholas Pnematicatos & family

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Mass Centre Directory

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PHILIPPINESBacoor Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy, Copper St. Platinum Ville, San Nicolas III, Bacoor, Province of Cavite

1000Mass & Children’s Catechesis
1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. of Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Frids’1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions

PHILIPPINES, Lagunas Parish of San Isidro Labrador, Dita, Sta. Rosa

1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Fri’s1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions


UK, Brighton The Brighton Oratory of SS Cuthman & Wilfrid, 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton BN2 3HD Telephone +44 7423 074517

Sundays0830Mass & homily
& Daily1000Breaking fast
Wed’s1730Holy Hour & Benediction
Sat’s0830Mass & homily
1000Catechism Conference

UK, Bristol The Little Oratory of Our Lady of Walsingham with Saint Francis, 11 The Primroses, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BG

Sundays1030Sermon & Holy Communion


USA, Chicago IL Parish Mission of St Anne, Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 Telephone: (773) 817 – 5818

Sundays1800Mass & homily (2nd of the month)
Wed’s1930Catechism & Reception Class

USA, Chicago IL Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King, The Friary


USA, Glendale AZ St. Joseph’s Glendale AZ. Contact address: 7800 N 55th Ave Unit 102162 Glendale AZ 85301 Telephone +1 310 995 3126


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