Category Archives: Liturgy

British Liturgical Researcher discovers original of ‘Agatha Christi Indult’

Editor’s Note: While canonically one never needed an indult to continue celebrating the Ancient Roman Rite according to the Missale Romanum approved by St. Pius V, since that Papal Bull remains valid until the end of time, English Catholics in 1969 faced with the threat of Pope Paul VI’s mad design to exterminate that Mass from the Roman Church, gathered signatures on a petition to opt out of the Novus Ordo. Among those signing the petition was Agatha Christi.  Read the whole story here below. — The reason why this discovery of the original is important, is that leading modernists and Bergoglians in the United Kingdom and abroad have denied this indult was ever granted. This discovery shuts their mouths forever.

The Divine Liturgy for Easter Wednesday at St. Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery, Kyiv

Editor’s Note: Being very devoted to the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael, I could not fail to begin my coverage of the Christian faith of the Ukrainian people during the present war, than to film the morning Mass today at Saint Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery, in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine. — This 2 hour liturgy needs no commentary, because the visual and audible splendor of what you are about to see shows clearly how we Catholics in the West have been defrauded by secularized clergy for quite some time. For when clergy love God and love worshiping God, they beautify their Monasteries, Churches services, with art and music which raises the mind and spirit back to God and directs the Christian believer to things beyond what is visible and audible to things eternal and ever lasting.

I wish to publicly thank the monks of St. Michael’s monastery for so graciously permitting me to video live stream their liturgy without advance notice.

The lesson we Roman Catholics can take from this magnificent display of faith in action, art and culture, is that the very bitter debate since Vatican II, between the Novus Ordo LItury and the Traditional Roman Rite, wherein one side demands the vernacular and ends up in mediocrity, and the other Latin with a pharasaical punctuality, is totally superseded by the lesson of authentic LIturgical Tradition, wherein the vernacular (in this case the Ukrainian language) is not at war with faith, art, devotion, music and culture. The Catholic Church needs to liberate herself from this false dialectic and get back to worshipping God the author of Salvation and Beauty, and stop worrying about those who would find such a manner of worship too artistic or beautiful, because such souls are not yet ready for true salvation, but labor still under the very dark influence of the Evil One, who is the father of ugliness and mediocrity.

For those who have never seen the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, please note that Morning Mass begins with the preparation of the gifts of bread and wine, which is then followed by Lauds (recitation of the Psalms) and then the Divine Liturgy (Mass).  Thus the signing begins in earnest about 30 minutes into this  2 hour video.

Note, also, that the Ukrainian Orthodox celebrated Easter this past Sunday, since they keep the Julian Calendar, according to which today’s date is April 15th, not 27th.

The Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple, 2021 A. D..

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Today is the beautiful feast of Our Lady, in which we commemorate the day wherein the Holy Spirit inspired the future Mother of God to consecrate herself to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as a Temple virgin. Today’s feast is one of the oldest in the Church and has been especially commemorated in Monasteries and Convents from the beginning of the Christian era, since it points the way for all Christians in the observance of Christ’s counsel to be chase and pure for the Kingdom of Heaven.

As a Franciscan Brother, I encourage all to consider adoring the Divine Majesty of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit, by taking a vow of virginity, if you are single, and living solely and purely for the love of Jesus Christ and in service of extending His Kingdom on Earth.

There is no life more beautiful, wholesome, rewarding, and blessed. I thank God that He inspired me to this when I was still a youth. It has been a guiding light for me ever since.

The evangelical counsel to chastity was taught by Jesus Christ to liberate us from the carnal mentality which thinks being a human is living as an animal, and causes all to remember that we have an immortal soul whose destiny transcends the desires of the flesh. It also reminds us that the adoration of God must be chiefly motivated by a personal love and that God’s gave us everything, not for its own sake, but so that in gratitude we might put aside all things and render our complete worship and loyalty to This Generous Creator.

You can find Christ’s teaching about this, addressed to men, in Matthew 19:12 (understanding that by “eunuchs” Christ is referring to men of self control, not to men who were slaved and were mutilated).

Being a virgin is a great way to imitate Jesus Christ, who was a Virgin for our sake, to point us to Heaven  and lead us out of the enslaving disordered lives of sin and lust.

Today’s Feast teaches us to remember also many important truths, such as:

  • That children can have strong faith and make decisions for life which are inspired by God.
  • That those who are especially dedicated to God are considered His special friends.
  • That God speaks to those who are pure of heart.
  • That God considers children and adults as equals before His Throne of Grace.
  • That the adoration of God extends beyond liturgical rules and observances, into our personal life and our most intimate possessions, of body and soul.
  • That the religion of the ancient Hebrews before the coming of Christ was good, holy and especially blessed by God.
  • That there is a continuity not a rupture between Christianity and the religion God instructed Moses to teach to His people, the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

In the image above, the child Mary is depicted ascending the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem about the year 15 B. C.. She would remain there until she espoused St. Joseph of Nazareth, in January of 2 B. C.

Wishing a Blessed Feast of the Assumption to one and all!

Today in the year 45 A. D., according to tradition,* the Blessed Virgin Mary was rapt to Heaven, Body and Soul, from Her home in Jerusalem.  Unlike Elijah and Enoch who were taken to special place and who will return to die at the hands of the followers of the Antichrist, She followed the Lord Jesus Christ, body and soul to share forever His Glory in the Empyrean Heaven. There enthroned, so that as Mother and Queen She might intercede for all who believe in His Name and seek Him.

The above image is a photo of Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin, which is found in the Church of the Carmelites at Venice, Italy. It shows the Apostles gathered around Her tomb, thinking Her dead and there to mourn her passing, being utterly surprised and amazed when the Lord takes Her to Heaven.  As She followed the Lord Jesus on Earth faithfully in every step of Her life, so at the end of Her earthly life, God granted Her to follow Him in this most extraordinary way.

The Icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani participated in this solemn celebration in 1950:

* Our Lord was born on Dec. 25, 2 B. C., and tradition holds that Our Lady was 16 years old at the time of His birth and that She passed from this life in the 63rd year of Her age, or 45 A. D..

Benedict XVI: Tu es Petrus!

As we continue our perusal of the sacred repertoire of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the greatest Italian composer of the 16th century, we sample his Tu est Petrus, a musical composition for the Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle.

This performance is by the Tallis Scholars, with Peter Philips conducting.

FromRome.Info publishes this music by Palestrina to honor Popr Benedict on today’s Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter.

The Canonical Duty of Every Priest to name Benedict in the Canon of the Mass

 

Most priests do not know that they have a canonical right to stop naming Bergoglio in the Canon of the Mass. They think wrongly that to do so would either be outside of their authority or would involve an act of schism. That it is not schism nor a sin, is proven thus:

Here is the canonical argument

First, a validly elected Pope must be named in the Canon of the Mass as a sign of communion. This is by tradition and liturgical law.

Second: Pope Benedict XVI was validly elected Roman Pontiff on April 19, 2005 A. D., just three days after his 78th birthday.

This is a dogmatic fact, which cannot be denied.

No validly elected pope’s name must be omitted from the Canon of the Mass during his lifetime, or before he validly resigns.

Third: Pope Benedict XVI did not resign on Feb. 11, 2013, he merely retired from the active ministry, as he himself said on Feb. 28, 2013 in his final Allocution (see other evidence here). For extensive canonical information about this see ppbxvi.org.

Fourth: That Pope Benedict XVI did validly resign was the falsehood which emanated from the Desk of Cardinal Sodano. (See explanation here)

Now just as Cardinal Sodano should have acted, is how all priest should act. Namely,

In accord with Canon 40, Priests who are to say mass hold a munus which is merely executory, in regard to whom to name at Mass in the Canon as Pope. This is because they do not decide on their own authority who is the pope and who is not the pope. They follow the command of a superior. That superior is above all the Pope.

If a pope therefore does not renounce his office in accord with canon 332 §2, because he renounces his ministerium instead, that renunciation has no canonical effect, because there is no canon in the Church’s laws which regard the renunciation of ministries.

Therefore, in accord with canon 40 and 41 A PRIEST IS FORBIDDEN to alter the name of the Pope in the Canon of the Mass. He cannot act on the basis of the declaration of Non Solum Propter in the same illegal manner Cardinal Sodano did. To do so would be to collaborate in his grave crime, deceive the faithful and enter into de facto schism with Pope Benedict. (see that article for a greater explanation of the crime and moral offence)

Therefore, a priest must continue to name Benedict in the Canon of the Mass.

Therefore, a priest must cease and desist naming Francis as soon as he recognizes the validity of this canonical argument.

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(This argument is not that of the Editor of FromRome.Info, who has merely expanded it for a fuller explanation — There are already a great number of priests who do not name Francis, but name Benedict instead, some openly, some secretly, some by saying for the Holy Father, without a specific name. God bless and strengthen and multiply these priests!)

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CREDITS: The Featured Image is a photo taken by Br. Bugnolo of the Papal Altar at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, here at Rome.

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Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in Caelum

https://youtu.be/IksdCSgB–g

WISHING EVERYONE A BLESSED FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

Behold,  Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, the greatest Italian composer of the 16th century, who sanctified this Feast with his Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum, the Mass for the Assumption of Our Lady unto Heaven.

This performance is  by Peter Phillips, conductor and the Tallis sholars.

The purpose of Social Media is to isolate you from human society

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

It is one thing for a hermit in a remote monastery to use the internet to do research and publish books of videos. But it is quite another thing for a Catholic in a city to shut himself up in his apartment, forsaking all human interaction with those in the city, because of his constant use of social media.

The difference between the two is that one has forsaken human company for God, and the other has forsake human company for himself.

The first is an act of religion, the second is anti-social behavior.

Much has been written on the destructive nature of the internet on the grounds of pornography, but little on the grounds that its use frequently leads to dehumanization.

You cannot control humanity and enslave the masses easily without the internet. With social media it has become easier, and with cellphones very easy. So many persons have such poor habits of self reflection — because they do not pray nor do they examine their own consciences before God — that the allure of the latest app or method of electronic social communication is enough to remove them from all human society.

Over my nearly 40 years of vocation I have seen so many Catholics who are devout become inactive and neglect the works of mercy in their own neighborhoods and cities. They have bought the lie that sharing information is all that God requires of us. And the result of this slide into the virtual world is the dissolution of the Church.

The Corona Plandemic targeted the remnants of parish communities by banning the mass and sacraments. The TV or VIDEO mass in live streaming was presented as an equivalent substitute.  This is completely and in every respect contrary to the Faith.

The Virus Mass — that is the mass with rubrics changed to suit the paranoia desired by the Plandemic — will be the next horror. It violates the authority of the Church, who alone governs what goes on in the Church. It violates the authority of Christ Who by His resurrection assured us that He was the Source of all Life and Health, and Who in ascending into Heaven assured us that He has receive authority and power over everything, even infections. But Who yet gave us the sacraments in the form which requires human contact and personal testimony without hiding who we are.

The virus mass would never have been considered acceptable without the advent of the TV Mass, the Internet Mass and the addiction to social media. The masquerade mass is like Social Media, where you can hide who you are and pretend.

None of this is Catholic, human, humane or rational.

God is Truth and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. And as Saint Paul teaches, to worship God spiritually, we must worship Him rationally.

This also means we must live among human beings in person and in the real world. It is an obligation of Christian faith, because Our God is the God of the real world, not the gods of social media, such as Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Adam Mosseri, or Sundar Pichai. None of whom is even a Catholic.

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The High Priests have demanded that Jesus be Crucified

A Meditation for Good Friday morning

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Right now, Our Lord, who was illegally seized and arrested by the guards of the Temple, under direct orders of the High Priests, is standing before Pilate. He was unceremoniously trotted before the Sanhedrin and sacrilegiously struck by the High Priest, falsely accused by paid perjurers and condemned by a vote of all but a few, among them Joseph of Arimathea.

Then, the High priests, who did not have the authority to put Jesus of Nazareth to death, sought someone to do it for them. The persecution of the Church was begun by the chief religious authorities of the Jews. They wanted this Man who claimed to be God, and proved it by numerous miracles, the most outrageous of which, to the High Priests, was the resurrection of Lazarus in a village near Jerusalem: they wanted this Man dead, by any means possible.

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When Christ stood before Pilate, no one stood with Him: will you stand at His side?

So they brought him before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator of Judea.

Pilate, being an astute, man, could see that he was being played. But the High Priests were not offering him anything in return, and his wife, warned in a dream, was counseling him to release Jesus. So He sent him away, when he heard Jesus was from Nazareth, in Galilee, telling the High Priests to show him to Herod, who was tetrarch over Galilee. It was a clever move of a calculating man with still some shred of decency.

But Herod, a notorious sodomite, wanted to see signs and wonders and Jesus would not even dignify him with a spoken word, so Jesus was sent back to Pilate, and there the High Priests cannived to get Him convicted, saying falsely that Jesus was inciting dissent to Roman Rule and specifically to the collection of the Tax by the Emperor at Rome. If Pilate did not put Jesus to death, they would accuse Pilate of not being a amicus Caesaris, a friend of Ceasar. And since the current Roman Emperor, Tiberius, was putting to death anyone who he thought was not his friend, Pilate was clearly being check-mated.

So he had Jesus scourged and his soldiers crowned Jesus with thorns to mock this Jew.

But still Pilate resisted. He told the crowds assembled, there before the Praetorium, that it was the custom of Rome to release one prisoner condemned to death. Who would it be? He asked the crowds. Barrabbas! they shouted. Amazed, he responded: And what am I do with Jesus? Crucify Him! Crucify Him! they all shouted, and they sealed their demands with a most vile oath: May his blood be upon us and upon our children. These were the actual words of the Jews assembled there. Saint Matthew the Apostle, a Jew himself, records them in his Gospel. In other words, the crowds cursed themselves.

So Pilate ordered Jesus to be condemned to death, but symbolically washed his hands before the crowds, to show that this death was on them, not on him.

And thus, the Roman Soldiers fixed the Cross on Jesus shoulders. We know from the Shroud of Turin, that the Cross bar was tied to His shoulders in such a way that if he tried to run He would trip and fall.

No one spoke in Jesus’ favor. No one came to help Jesus, except one who was pressed into service.

As the Mystical Body of Christ, today, has been condemned by the wicked High Priests in the Vatican to be torn asunder from Jesus in the Sacraments, and to be arrested in their homes by the forces of the State, we all have reason to recall Christ’s Passion more vividly this year of Our Lord 2020. Let us walk with Him in our prayers and devotions and meditations this day!

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Tomás Luis de Victoria: Holy Week

 

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his Complete Collection of Hymns for Holy Week.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Salve Regina

https://youtu.be/B5JH6QL7F3w

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his Missa Salve Regina, a Mass written in honor of Our Lady..

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Office of the Dead

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his Officium Defunctorum, that is, the Divine Office for the repose of the soul of one who has died.

The is performance is by Chorus Tomás Luis de Victoria (Granada) directed by Pablo García Miranda, along with the Zenobia Scholars directed by- Director Rupert Damerell, and was performed on Nov. 15, 2015, at the Monastery of San Jerónimo, Granada, and organized by Juventudes Musicales de Granada.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Tenebrae

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his Responsiones for the Tenebrae, a which is celebrated on Holy Wednesday morning in the Ancient Roman Rite.

This performance is by the University of Texas Chamber Singers, James Morrow conducting, at the Mission of the Immaculate Conception, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O Domine Iesu Christe!

 

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his O Domine Iesu Christe, a Hymn for Palm Sunday and Good Friday.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Salve Regina

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his Salve Regina, the Marian Hymn known in English as, the Hail Holy Queen.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

Tomás Luis de Victoria: The Reproaches

As we continue our perusal of the repertoire of the sacred polyphony of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th Century Spain, we feature today his The Reproaches, or Improperia, which are normally chanted on Good Friday as an expression of Christ lamenting His rejection by the Jewish people.

FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.

 

The High Priests have arrested Jesus

A MEDITATION FOR THE ANCIENT FEAST OF
THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE GOOD FRIDAY

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

One of the most horrible aspects of the liturgical wreckage wrought in the name of Vatican II was the cancellation of the ancient feasts which had great power to move the hearts of the faithful in remembrance of Christ’s Most Holy Passion.

Today is such a feast day. It is the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Placed today, on the Friday before Good Friday, it served to provide an opportunity for the faithful to share in the remembrance of what Our Lady suffered when She heard that the High Priests had ordered the arrest of Jesus and all the other sorrows which would follow from that, without neglecting the sorrows She had already endured in Her life long devotion to Her Divine Son.

And if you would like to read more about the power of Our Lady’s tears, I wrote an article about it in December, 2019: In Her tears, the Church can find salvation from apostasy.

But this year, I think most of us can understand personally in a much better way the greats anguish and suffering which struck at the Immaculate Heart of Mary when She heard that the High Priests had arrested Jesus.

That was the ultimate rejection of Her Son by the supreme institutionalized religious authorities of Her day. It was the perfect act of treachery by men whose religious duty was to uphold the Covenant of Moses, which forbade the arrest or accusation of a just man, and to await for the Messiah and receive Him.

By this act, Our Lady and the faithful disciples would be deprived of the preaching of Jesus and the presence of Jesus. He would longer be there to absolve them of their sins, to heal their sick, to be near their loved ones in death, He would no longer be there at their marriages, nor at their baptisms. He would no longer be there to lay his hands on the little ones, to confirm them in the Holy Spirit, nor upon men to ordain them priests.

And we today are in the same predicament as Our Lady of Sorrows.

Because by our Bishops we have been deprived of the preaching of Jesus in His priests. We have been deprived of the presence of Jesus in His Sacrament and through his priests. We have been deprived of the forgiveness of our sins by Jesus in His priests, we have been deprived of the last rights from Jesus in His priests. We have been deprived of Baptism by Jesus in His priests, we have been deprived of confirmation by Jesus in His priests. We have been deprived even of our priests, who now hunker away in hiding.

In the English language, this meditation is easier, since the word, “arrested”, means actually ‘to stop’.

Alas, though artists have excelled in depicting the sufferings of Jesus Christ in all their anatomical perfection, nevertheless, they still have not succeeded, in my opinion, in capturing the anguish which tore the Immaculate Heart of Mary asunder and disfigured Her Immaculate Visage with grief, when She heard these words:  The High Priests have arrested Jesus!

This year, we need to look at our own conditions and recall what Our Lady suffered: The High Priests have arrested Jesus. And where will we go to find Him?

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