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EWTN to Televise Live Tridentine Mass Celebrated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

DENTON, Nebraska [FSSP] - AUGUST 17, 2007 - For the first time in its 26 year history, Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will be broadcasting a live Solemn High Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama on September 14, 2007 at 8:00AM EST. EWTN has asked for the assistance of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, an international Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to help celebrate this "extraordinary" form.

This past July 7th, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the beauty and importance of the Tridentine Mass by issuing Summorum Pontificum, a papal document encouraging and confirming the right of all Latin Rite priests to use this more ancient use of the Mass starting September 14th. The Tridentine Mass was the normative liturgy experienced by Latin Rite Catholics prior to the Second Vatican Council.

"Most Catholics have not seen this heavenly celebration in over 40 years," said Father Calvin Goodwin, a professor at the Society's international English-speaking seminary located in Denton, Nebraska. "We are very excited to help EWTN and to support the Holy Father's call for a wider presence of this form of the Mass. This is a cause for great joy."

Priests and seminarians from Denton, Nebraska will travel to Alabama and provide the celebrant, deacon, subdeacon, preacher, master of ceremonies and altar servers.


  1. God be praised! Alleluia!

    The LORD has heard the cry of his people. Blessed be the name of the LORD!

  2. Anonymous10:53 AM

    "Pastores dabo vobis," indeed!

  3. Anonymous11:17 AM

    My elderly friend is housebound and can't get out to the Mass anymore. He relies on EWTN. This news beings tears of joy to my eyes. God Bless Benedict XVI.

  4. Anonymous11:50 AM

    On the eve of the effective date of the Motu Proprio,EWTN again positions itself as a servant of the Catholic restoration.Thank God. Perhaps it can make its resources available to the FSSP in helping them to train the priests (and deaconc) who want to learn how to serve at the Holy Sacrifice.

  5. A new bishop and the miracle happens.

    So the key for more miracles is to appoint... good bishops.
    Removing bad mitred apples would be asking for more than miracles, the word doesn't exist.

  6. Anonymous1:17 PM

    I worked for a number of years at EWTN, and I must say I am quite surprised by this turn of events. I have heard Mother denigrate the old mass. And many of the employees at the time were Charismatics and supporters of Medjugorgia (groups that have never been particularly sympathetic to tradition). Yes, in the last 15 years Mother has become progressively more conservative. But to large extent I think this is an example of executives at the network sensing a change in the air with the Motu Proprio and all. They just want to be "with it" and "current". This is not to suggest any principled decision on their part. The executives at EWTN are mere reeds in the wind. Currently the wind is tending toward tradition.

  7. I say get the SSPX in there!

  8. ¡Very good, I will watch and participate in this mass!

  9. Anonymous8:18 PM

    I can't believe it. Therer has been so much good news in the last 2 weeks. I am going to try and go to the mass at EWTN and I'll post a report if I make it.

  10. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Let's say a prayer for an overflow crowd...fill the piazza!

  11. Anonymous9:51 AM

    A prayer for all of you, brothers!

  12. Anonymous4:50 PM

    The fight for Tradition is NOT over. The sacraments have been changed:

  13. Anonymous6:31 PM

    "Anonymous said...
    The fight for Tradition is NOT over..."

    I don't think anyone was suggesting or thinking anything of the sort, Anon.

    I think most of us are simply expressing joyful disbelief that we should live to see this day within our lifetimes. I think we're also hopeful for the graces that the exposure to the TLM will have for the church and her members.

    In dioceses where the M.P. has not even been publicly anounced and some folks may still be in the dark, what a breath of fresh air it will be to not only hear about it finally, but to SEE the Tridentene Mass in all it's glory being offered on television!

    Think of the number of people across the globe who will literally weep knowing that their prayers have been answered.

    No, the fight is not over, but this is certainly some much needed wind in our sails. Full speed ahead now, yes?


  14. Imagine the effect this will have on people who have forgoten the importance of beauty, reverence, and more importantly the worship due a God, Jesus Christ.

    For those interested, I've listed below a website devoted to training priests and altar servers on saying/praying the Latin Mass. Very well done!

  15. Anonymous6:39 AM

    The Fraternity of St Peter can not "help" celebrate the Mass, rather only the one priest of the FSSP designated as the Celebrant can offer the Mass. There is a fundamental destintion.

  16. Anonymous3:04 AM

    A thought:

    What will we do, now that the wind is in our sails? Let us NOT show to the well-meaning confused adherents of another rite the savagery their forebears visited upon us. Rather, let us show the genuinely warm, welcoming spirit of those motivated by Christian love to share the great gift, the jewel of great price, which we have (re)discovered.

    Chris Garton-Zavesky

  17. Anonymous8:44 PM

    Everyone should visit SANCTAMISSA.ORG
    to see the new section for LEARNING TO SERVE AT THE ALTAR (Tutorial for Altar Servers).

    United States of America (Press Release) September 8, 2007 -- The new website of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius of Chicago ( just launched a new tutorial in how to serve the Tridentine Latin Mass.

    Just as priests need to learn to offer the Mass according to the Rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum, Altar Servers must diligently study the rubrics and prayers of the Traditional Latin Mass.

    This "Tutorial for Altar Servers" provides a 1) a flash video demonstrating a Low Mass with one server, 2) a cheat-sheet for Altar Servers learning the Mass in a downloadable PDF file format 3) Father Calnan's classic Server Manual, 4) an introduction to the Knights of the Altar, and 4) the superb serving Manual of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen.

    Visit SANCTAMISSA.ORG today!

    For more information:

    The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
    825 N. Carpenter St.
    Chicago, IL 60622


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