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Events: Mass for Blessed Karl ...

Saint Mary, Mother of God, Church in Washington, D.C. has scheduled its fifth annual Votive Mass of Blessed Karl of Austria.  

Blessed Karl, the last ruler of Austria-Hungary, was a model of holiness in his public, family and spiritual life. He was beatified on October 3, 2004. Because his feast day, October 21, falls on a Sunday this year, the Mass will take place during the octave on Saturday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m.  

The Solemn High Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, with Fr. Gregory Pendergraft and Fr. Rhone Lillard of the FSSP as Deacon and Subdeacon. At the end of Mass there will be an opportunity to venerate the relic of Blessed Karl.  

At the reception following the Mass, history professor Dr. Paul Van Wie will share a representative sampling from his vast archive of documents and artifacts about Blessed Karl and his empire.  

Saint Mary’s is now honored to house a first-class relic of Blessed Karl in a new shrine dedicated on September 2nd, when HIRH Archduke Imre of Austria presented the relic to Fr. Harris, pastor of St. Mary’s.  St. Mary, Mother of God, Church is located at 727 5th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001, which is the corner of 5th and H Streets, N.W.

6 comments:

Matt said...

This is a great thing. Its timing is so fortuitous with the coming Elections as well as just the general ungodly chaos going on in DC. Blessed Karl along with all of our statesmen-saints can really give us a boost with their intercession before the Throne of Almighty God.

Ryan Ellis said...

I thought octaves of this kind were suppressed in 1955. I think it's better called an external solemnity in this case.

JabbaPapa said...

Hopefully, the drastic reduction of the number of parishes in the Vienna archdiocese will root out of the ground the evil rebellion of those liberal Austrian clergymen ...

Andrew said...

This is a great thing.

In terms of royalty being recognised as heroic examples of virtue and holiness; especially in family life, the sacrament of matrimony and duties as a royal...can anyone tell me why Catherine of Aragon has not had her cause opened?

As far as I can tell she was a faithful and devout Catholic. She persevered in the Faith until the end and stayed deeply loyal to her marriage to Henry VIII despite his horrible ways. She was a true example of marital fidelity. She was always making recourse to prayer until the end and had a deep love for the poor. She was also known for her loyalty to Rome in very difficult times.

Does anyone have any insights on this?

Alan Aversa said...

Oh, I thought this about Karl… Rahner.

Liam said...

Andrew

Probably because Rome found Catherine's refusal to go to a convent and not contest annulment (unlike Queen Joan of France in 1498) put Rome in a difficult position Rome would have vastly preferred to have avoided. (I am not sympathetic to Rome on this point, but Rome has a deep memory for things like this.)