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You report: First TLM in Rostov-on-Don, Russia since Soviet times

July 22, 2012: TLM in Rostov-on-Don


From Mr. Oleg-Michael Martynov of Una Voce Russia:

Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, perhaps for the first time since 1952 when the city's only Roman Catholic parish was “liquidated” by the Communist authorities. Its church was blown up. 

Forty years later, after the Soviet regime collapsed, the parish of the Last Supper was given a new birth by a young missionary priest from Poland, Fr. Jaroslaw Wisniewski who now serves in the Central Asian republic
of Uzbekistan. A somewhat unusual, but very inspiring church was erected in a nice park area, together with magnificent parish facilities. 

Fr. Wladislaw Kloc, SDB, another Pole who has spent many years as a missionary in Zambia and then in Russia, celebrated on Sunday, July 22, his first usus antiquior Mass. Much assistance was rendered by Una Voce Russia, both its local members and those who have traveled some 1100 kilometers (more than 650 miles) from Moscow to provide help and council. 

Rostov-on-Don is soon supposed to become Russia's third place, after Moscow and St. Petersburg, and first one in the Diocese of Saint Clement in Saratov, to have regularly scheduled Masses celebrated according to the norms of Summorum Pontificum.

6 comments:

Eugene said...

Deo gratias! Being Russian, I'm very excited to see the traditional Mass being celebrated yet in other city in my home country. Слава Богу за все!

Anchorite said...

Воистину, слава Богу! Надеюсь славный Ростовский пример подвигнет и другие "нестоличные" города постсоветского пространства к тридентской Мессе.

Matt said...

How wonderful it is for the Faithful there to be able to begin hearing Mass again in the Tridentine form. We pray it further adds to the revival only the EF can really bring.

Off topic, I was curious about the mention of the church being "somewhat unusual." There weren't any images or links provided to clarify that, yet from the image shown, it didn't look any different than the average parish. Actually, the classical, tradtionally oriented churches (due to many disagreeable reasons) are now really the unusual.

Joe Potillor said...

Deo Gratias

Unknown said...

Could this be it, http://us.fotolia.com/id/8222639

Patrick said...

It is always good news to hear about a new TLM but how traditional is it in Rostov? This is a Byzantine territory, so it would have been more adviseable to send a Byzantine Catholic priest. Unless we really insist on Latinizing the Russians?...