THE OLD ROMAN 03/xi/19

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ORDO w/c Sunday 3rd November 2019 Vol I Issue x

S03.11XXI Post Pentecost
Com.All Saints Octave
(G) Missa “In voluntate” 
or in the UK*
St Winifride V&M
(R) Missa “Me exspectav…t”

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

2a) XXI PostP 3a) AllSs
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
M04.11St Charles Borromeo B&C
Com.SS.Vitalis&Agricola Mm
Com. All Saints Octave
(W) Missa “Statuit” 
d.2a) SS.V&A 3a) AllSaints
Gl. Pref.Common
T05.11Feast of All Holy Relics (R)
Missa “Multae tribulatiónes”
In the Octave of All Saints
(W) Missa “Gaudeamus  

2a) All Saints
Gl. Cr. Pref.Common

2a)HolyGhost 3a)ProEccl
Gl. Cr. Pref.Common
W06.11In the Octave of All Saints
(W) Missa “Gaudeamus” 
s.d2a)HolyGhost 3a)ProEccl
Gl. Cr. Pref.Common
T07.10St Willibrord B&C
Com. All Saints Octave
(W) Missa “Statuit” 
dii2a) All Saints Octave
Gl. Cr. Pref.Common
F08.11Octave Day of All Saints 
Com. Four Crowned Martyrs
(W) Missa “Gaudeamus”
di2a)Four Crowned Martyrs
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
S09.11Dedication of the Lateran
Com. St Theodore M

(W) Missa “Terribilis” 
2a) St Theodore
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
S10.11St Andrew Avellino C
Com. XXII Post Pentecost
(W) Missa “Os justi” 
d.2a) XXII PP 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


… to this tenth 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.

Traditional Customs this week…

The Bible tells us that, “it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins,” (2 Maccabees 12:46) and especially in the month of November, the Church urges us to spend time in prayer for those who have gone before us. Prayer for the souls in Purgatory is a requirement of Christian charity, and it helps us to call to mind our own mortality.
It is customary for the faithful during the period of eight days from All Saints Day to visit a cemetery and pray for the dead on each day of the Octave. Here is a simple invocation for the dead, called the “Eternal Rest” prayer:
Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.
Latin version:
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei (eis) Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei (eis). Requiéscat (Requiéscant) in pace. Amen.
Old Romans also pray this prayer for the dead anytime throughout the year, and whenever they pass a cemetery. Many families pray a Rosary nightly for the dead throughout the Octave of All Saints, concluding with this prayer.

The Old Roman VIEW…

Last week The Old Roman suggested “… 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.” Dr Taylor Reed Marshall has been trying to “red pill” contemporary Catholics about the present crisis in the contemporary Roman Church. Dr Taylor is a Catholic author and online content producer, known for his advocacy of traditionalist Catholicism and author of the 2019 book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church. In the book, Dr Taylor attempts to explain how things have gotten to the state they’re in, including the pontificate of Francis.

However, anyone familiar with the “traditional” Catholic scene of the past half-century will recognise the usual heady mix of conspiracy theories… Freemasons, Communists, Modernists, Mafia, global bankers, one world government advocates and the usual protagonists appear, Annibale Bugnini, Bella Dodd, Paul VI etc. Similarly the over-reliance on anecdotal hearsay, rumour and popular myth, inaccurate and out of context quotations and the over weighted appeal given to private revelations, prophecies and Marian apparitions, seemingly to sure up uber-orthodox theological theses. There is nothing original in this work, no new revelations, just the repetition of what has been said ad nauseam before.

While Old Romans should indeed have a care for and an appreciation for those who would be Traditional Catholics, we nonetheless must incline our audience to the Truths of the Faith and of the Gospel. Remember the words of St Paul to his protege St Timothy, “Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.” [2Tim4:2-4] Likewise the same apostle’s words in Galatians, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.” [Gal1:8,9]

In times of crisis people can literally “lose their heads” losing all sense and sensibility overwhelmed by emotions. The past two hundred years have been something of an emotional roller-coaster for the Catholic Church as it has been for the world. The age of enlightenment, French revolution, the industrial age, Italian civil war, Russian revolution, two World Wars, post-war and post-colonial era, Cold war and the modern technological age… all these have had a huge impact socially, politically, economically, globally upon the psyche of humanity and even upon the institution of the Roman Catholic Church; which though she may claim otherwise, should not certainly at the present time be confused with the Mystical Body of Christ. Likewise, so many have taken to elevating – contrary to Tradition – the private revelations of seers and visionaries, reading and interpreting them in ways at odds with the express admonitions of Christ [cf Mtt1:51], Who expressly forbids His disciples to entertain speculations about the End Times. Similarly, people have given into over sentimentalism and emotions trusting more in the imagery of privately revealed mysticism than in the content of the Gospel itself; putting more trust in “the Immaculate Heart” or the “Miraculous Medal” or the “Divine Mercy” than in the historically and publicly Divinely Revealed Word of the Incarnate Saviour, Himself, witnessed by the Apostles and recorded in Scripture. Likewise, too many put their trust in the disciplines rather than the doctrine of traditional customs and devotional practices. These revelations and devotions have a place in the Church, but should not take the place of the Gospel.

Dr Marshall is correct about one thing, as so many “traditional” Catholics have been before, that there has been corruption and infiltration of satanic influences, but what they often fail to distinguish is the human from the spiritual dimensions of the Church. The human component of the Church is indeed corrupt, in fact it has always been, the institution of the Church will always be subject to the sins of those who control it. Scandals of all kinds, political intrigues, murders, conspiracies, sexual immorality, fake documents and fake accounts have always been present in the human constitutive element of the Church on earth. Just look at church history of the past two millennia! What many commentators have failed to identify or see through however, is the phenomena of spiritual pride which has so blinded even well-intentioned men to conflate themselves with the Mystical Body of Christ, to claim that the human institution is not just representative of, but synonymous with Christ, Himself. We are not referring here to the accepted doctrine of SS Peter & Paul that the Church is a spiritual extension of Christ’s body through her members, but to the notion that the institutional Church is that Mystical Body.

There is a difference between being the Church and administering the Church. It’s one thing to accept that for practical reasons there has to be an organisational structure in the Church, and to recognise that as ordained and consecrated sacred ministers, the hierarchy of the Church exercises a share in the divine power necessary for example to confect the sacraments, or indeed the other specific permissions given by Our Lord to the apostles e.g. the authority to remit sins. It is quite another thing however, to identify the temporal, temporary and institutional human structures and conflate them to an exercise of that same sacred power and authority and identity with the Mystical Body of Christ. The Pope is not the Church, but the “servus servorum Dei” (servant of the servants of God), it is not for him to declare nor dictate what the Church believes, but to guard, teach and defend what the Apostles believed and in their turn passed onto the Church from Christ. It is the living sacred Tradition of the Church past and present that is the Mystical Body of Christ not the Pope nor the hierarchy.

Consider the centralisation and subsequent consolidation of power in Rome, the Papal dogmas of the 19C & 20C. St Gregory the Great (Pope 590-604AD) who first adopted the term, “servus servorum Dei” to describe his own ministry, wrote to the then Patriarch of Constantinople who wanted to adopt the title “ecumenical patriarch”, “Whoever calls himself universal bishop, or desires this title, is, by his pride, the precursor to the Antichrist.” [Letter of Pope Gregory I to John the Faster]. It is one thing to be acknowledged as “primus inter pares” (first among equals) among the ancient Apostolic Sees, the Pentarchy, and to be the objective arbiter of jurisdictional disputes, as Rome was regarded by all in the first millennium; but quite another to seek to declare dogmatically one’s office as “Summus Pontifex Ecclesiae Universalis” (Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church) and ascribe to oneself the attribute of “infallibility” however restrictive in theory it’s supposed to be! Mixed with the development of Papal celebrity – a phenomena unknown before the late 19C and aided by the 20C developments in communications technology – and one has all the conditions necessary to develop a sycophancy which developed into a heresy manifested in papolatry, expressed as a blind acceptance of anything the Pope says or does.

There are of course many who will struggle to accept the Truth that we represent as Old Romans in our adherence to the authentic Tradition of the Church. Even though the faith we profess, maintain and teach is that which the Church throughout the centuries has believed, we are accused of heresy and schism because we will not accept that the later so-called revelations and dogmatic declarations of the Popes are synonymous with the Church. We’ve seen through the hyperbole and obfuscation. the human intrigue and machinations, the mystical visions and woe-filled prophecies, the conspiracies and the cover ups because like our forefathers we cling steadfastly to Christ and His Word and His Church, the Mystical Body i.e. the union and continuity of the Church Militant and the Church Expectant and the Church Triumphant. It is because we are the Mystical Body that we continue to face persecution; we are identifiable with the suffering Christ, we share with Him in His passion and sacrificial love for the world; truly we Old Romans can say with the apostle, “And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.” [Gal2:20]

The present pontificate of Pope Francis has surely provoked many like Dr Marshall to consider and ask, how is it possible that the crisis affecting the Church has come about? But the answer, as always, will not be found in the obfuscation that is the spiritual blindness of human vanity, but through the eyes of faith recognise the difference between the spiritual and supra-natural constant of the Divine Revelation beheld in Jesus Christ i.e. His Mystical Body, and the fallen machinations of man manipulated by the Enemy. In other words, the influence of Satan is more easily exposed by studying and applying the principles of the Faith and the Church’s consistent and perennial Tradition, to see past and through to recognise what is not of Christ. The smoke and mirrors of the Devil’s deception and the effects of his manipulation on men’s vanity cannot stand the penetrating light of the True Faith. Contemporary Roman Catholics need to be encouraged to see for themselves as we Old Romans do, the Mystical Body of Christ, aside from the distracting trappings and attitudes of a now worldly institution.

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 – St Augustine of Hippo

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

Saint Augustine of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis) was born on November 13, 354, at Tagaste in the Roman Province of Numidia (modern Algeria). His father, Patricius, was a pagan who worked and saved so his son could receive a good education. Whereas Augustine’s father was prone to drunkenness and violence, his mother, Monica, was a deout Christian who prayed constantly for her son. Monica catechised Augustine in the Catholic Faith, although, she did not have him baptized.

After receiving a foundational education in his home city, Augustine moved to Carthage where he pursued studies in rhetoric. Here is his learning was sponsored by a benefactor named Romanianus. In Carthage, Augustine fell into immoral company that led to his own bad behavior. At age eighteen, Augustine met his first concubine, with whom he had a son whom they named Adeodatus.

Augustine was negligent in his duties as a father. He indulged in the worldly past times of city life, including an immoderate affection for theater and other public spectacles. He was even accused of involvement in robberies. Although only a catechumen, Augustine’s lifestyle prompted him to renounce his mother’s religion. He claimed that Christianity was an imposed faith and was not founded on reason. He began to take an interest in philosophy, and in these postulates found accommodation for some time, he leaned towards moderate skepticism.

Led by his hunger for wisdom, Augustine became a Manichean. Founded by the Persian philosopher Mani (216 to 274 A.D.), Manicheism taught dualism, a rigid division between good and evil. Like Gnosticism, this religion claimed secret knowledge is the route to salvation.

In 384, Augustine travels to Milan to practice as a professor of oratory. There he immersed himself the writings of ancient thinkers, especially the texts of Neoplatonic philosophers. The Neoplatonic readings likely weakened Augustine’s commitment to Manicheism and modified his conception of the divine essence and of the nature of evil. Augustine also developed fondness for the sermons of St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, who argued on the basis of Plotinus to demonstrate the dogmas and whom St. Augustine listened to with complacency, and this bishop had the ability to give brilliant interpretations of the bible. All the while, Monica had been praying for her son’s conversion. That finally happened in 387, when Augustine was baptized by Ambrose.

The following year, Augustine returned to Africa where he was ordained a priest in Hippo by Bishop Valerio, who entrusted him with the mission of preaching among the faithful the word of God, a task that St. Augustine fulfilled with enthusiasm.

His philosophical and theological works such stand as monuments of his extraordinary faith and theological wisdom. Amongst these are included the Soliloquies, the Confessions and The City of God as well as his treatises on the Trinity and against Pelagius, the Donatists, and the Manichees. His doctrine of the soul, Original Sin, and grace places him amongst the greatest of Church Fathers, one of the four main Fathers of the Latin Church.

Augustine lived forty years of his life consecrated to the service of God. He died at the age seventy-two, on August 28, 430. His conversion of life coupled with his wisdom and holiness as a bishop led to an immediate recognition of sanctity. The Church keeps the feast day of Augustine on August 28. In 1298, he was recognized as a Doctor of the Church by Pope Boniface VIII. He is recognized as the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and is the chief patron Old Roman Catholicism.

Curial Announcements

On Friday, November 1st, Feast of All Saints, 2019 The Primus, His Grace, Jerome of Selsey, Metropolitan of the Province of Europe, Africa & Asia elevated by decree upon completion of the probationary reception period, the Missionary Territory of the Old Catholic Church of the Philippines to a Missionary Diocese of the Old Roman Catholic Communion; the See of the diocese shall be in the capital city of Manila. The Most Reverend Rommel N Banag, formerly Vicar Capitular of the missionary territory becomes the first Bishop Ordinary of the diocese.

On Friday, November 1st, Feast of All Saints, 2019 The Primus, His Grace, Jerome of Selsey, Metropolitan of the Province of Europe, Africa & Asia received into communion with the Orthodox Old Roman Catholic Communion the Petite Église en Belgique incardinating the Monseigneur Gaëtan Bovy and erecting by decree the Missionary Territory of Belgium, with Msgr Bovy as Vicar Capitular.

Note: it is usual for ecclesial communities with pre-existing or historical territorial jurisdictional claims upon joining the Communion, to be received on a probationary period as a Missionary Territory, usually for a year, before erection as a diocese within the Communion.


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

Prayer Request Form

Daily Missal

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Mass Centre Directory

If you would like your mission’s Mass times and other activities included here just submit details via email.


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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