Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spiritus Sancti = Holy Ghost

During this Pentecost week, I just happened to find a post by Dr. Taylor Marshall on Canterbury Tales, which deals with why the proper English translation of Spiritus Sancti is "Holy Ghost." It is a very interesting article, and I encourage you to read it thyself.

First of all, the Douay-Rheims Bible, the official English translation of the Catholic Bible, says "Holy Ghost" most of the time, but occasionally says "holy Spirit" (notice that "holy" is not capitialized). My hand missal says "Holy Ghost." My parish describes the third person of the Most Holy Trinity as "The Holy Ghost."

While the word "spirit" is a litteral translation of the Latin spiritus, it has been received in Sacred Tradition that the phrase Spiritus Sancti translate as "Holy Ghost." Dr. Marshall also mentions in the article most English-speaking saints have used the term "Holy Ghost" in their sermons. The Baltimore Catechism also uses this term.

Please note that the common use of "Holy Spirit" among Catholics is a Novus Ordo and liberal Protestant invention; Traditionalist Catholics and Anglicans have retained "Holy Ghost" when they speak English, liturgically or conversationally. I'm not exactly sure which term Eastern Orthodox Christians use when speaking English, however.

This comes to one point: my mother continues to use the term "Holy Spirit," even after several times trying to tell her that it's not proper. When I get married (if that ever happens), my wife and children will be using the term "Holy Ghost," regardless of what other people say. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ordination (or graduation) season

Easter and Ascensiontide are generally popular times for ordinations, especially for priestly ordinations. I know two men who are going to be ordained priests this June. 

The first one is someone for whom I'm friends with the family, and from my ex-parish church. He has assisted at Traditional Latin Masses and will say the Traditional Latin Mass once ordained. But we have some problems here. He is being ordained for a modernist diocese-Worcester. And he plans to say his first Cookie Service at my ex-parish, the parish that eventually screwed up my life. And because I don't know if he is being conditionally ordained in the Extraordinary Form, and this first "Mass" is not a Mass, I'll be absent from both events. 

Now, the deacon who has been serving at my current parish church for the past year will be ordained in Minnesota, and will come back to say his first Solemn High Mass on June 24, the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. I will be at this Mass, because it will be a real Mass! 

Now ordinand #1 is being ordained on what is Ember Saturday in the Roman Catholic Church, but the day means nothing in the Novus Ordo Church. So why would my friend, who plans to say the TLM as ordered by the Pope, choose to be a priest of the modernist Diocese of Worcester, where Bishop McManus has banned the Latin Mass at all diocesan parishes (with the exception of one that is in the boondox)? 

Sancta Missa has an article and an English translation of how a priest is ordained traditionally.

Also, here is a video with highlights of Cardinal Burke ordaining priests (the way it's supposed to be done):

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Our Lady of America
Mother's Day is a Federal Holiday
I was unable to attend Mass today because I had a fever, so I missed the First Communion of four girls and three boys and the May Procession and Coronation at my parish church today. However, this coincides with Mother's Day in the USA, so I wish all mothers out there a happy and blessed Mother's Day.

Also, I am praying that I will be able to see that unidentified young woman at my parish church, who said "hi" to me three weeks in a row, next week when I return to that parish church. I will pray a Rosary for her this week. Chances are she was at Mass today, but how am I going to know for sure when I wasn't actually there? In another words, I will pray that I will get to find out her first name and meet her formarlly in the upcoming, not-so-distant future.

Also, something professionally that is very notewothy will happen on this Thursday, Ascension Day: I will be receiving my associate's degree. This degree will be the first degree from a Whittle in my family since my great uncle Ed several years ago before I was born (I never met him nor my paternal grandfather). So this is an accomplishment. As may know, I am studying to become an architect, and will be entering a five-year bachelor/master's program for architecture in September. While this will take a long time, it will be worth it when I receive my master's in 2017, and then become a registered architect afterwards, provided I have worked 5600 hours (Massachusetts law) for an architect and pass the test.

Also, about Ascension Day, other than the 40th day after Easter and when Christ when up to heaven. Thursday, May 17th, 2012 is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. This means you are to treat this day like Sunday, and attendance at Mass is required under the penalty of sin.

Also, I have seen calendars that state that Ascension is transfered to Sunday in some states in the USA. Well, THIS IS NOT TRUE. While most Novus Ordo parishes will observe Ascension on the following Sunday, it is not transfered in the 1962 Missal, so you must attend [Latin] Mass this Thursday. HOWEVER, if you are unable to attend a valid Mass on Thursday because of distance (i.e. no transportation like myself), then you are excused from Mass since there is no valid Mass that can be located for that day. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Possible Boston candidates

While none of us will have any say in the matter, I have put together a Power Point presentation of bishops and priests who I think would make a good Archbishop of Boston. Please note that this is solely for entertainment purposes only, and is not an official document:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How a young women becomes a nun

Msgr. Charles Pope has a video on his Youtube channel: the investiture scenes from the movie The Nun's Story, starring Audrey Hepburn. I would like to post it to show the world what will happen when a young woman turns from a postulant to a novice:


As you can see, the postulants are in wedding dresses for their wedding to Our Lord Jesus Christ. They will receive "wedding rings" that will symbolize this (not shown). 

The bishop will receive the first vows, and then after the Veni Creator Spiritus, the women will receive their habits, which are blessed by the bishop during the invocation of the Holy Ghost. The habits are then dressed by the other sisters, in this video in the sacristy, but may be in the open if there are fewer candidates. 

The hair is cut off and the habit placed. 

The new nuns return the the sanctuary, where the bishop will rename them after the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

This is where a postulant becomes a novice. It will be another seven or eight years of study before final vows. 

This is a traditional ceremony. To see a fake, V2 ceremony with fake nuns, click here to watch at your own risk!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Latin Mass offered at Holy Cross in Worcester

Shawn Tribe of the NLM is reporting that Fr. David Phillipson said a Traditional Latin Mass at the College of the Holy Cross' St. Joseph's Chapel in Worcester on Tuesday, May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (a titular feast). (Post with photo here)

Since I still live in Worcester, I could have went if I knew about it, depending what time it was held. I went to the last one held there in 2010. 

I really hope that they offer the TLM on a weekly basis to give people in the Worcester Diocese another accessible option. 

If you look on the college's website, their is no trace of the TLM on the news section. Instead, there are heretical links to thinks like Zen Christianity and GLBT groups. Please note that this is a Jesuit institution after all, so the chances of any of the Jesuit priests on campus saying the Mass are very slim. 

At least they did not get caught inviting an anti-Catholic commencement speaker this year. 

First Class Heretic

This guy is supposed to tell the kids not to bully, but he bullies the Bible and supports the political action in the city of Sodom!

Watch this at your own risk, and watch some kids walk out of this sinful talk:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Guess how old the Latin in the Mass is...

I found this video on Youtube explaining who introduced the Latin language into the Mass:


As you can see, Pope St. Victor I introduced Latin as the language for the liturgy around A.D. 200. Latin was spoken as a vernacular language in Northern Africa, where Victor was from. So since many people in Rome did not know Greek, the liturgical language at the time, he changed it to Latin, and it has stuck ever since.