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You report: Bishop Schneider's Pontifical Mass in Russia

From Mr. Oleg-Michael Martynov of Una Voce Russia comes this report. (See also Rorate's earlier post on this Pontifical Mass.)

Another step in the restoration of traditional Roman Catholic spirituality in Russia was taken on October 15: Mgr. Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Maria Sanctissima in Astana (Kazakhstan), celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the historic church of St. Louis in Moscow. Serving was an international team of clergy representing three different religious institutes: Canon Gwenaël Cristofoli ICRSS was the assistant priest, Fr. Vitaly Leontiev FSSP served as deacon, and Fr. Michał Jermaszkiewicz OP acted as subdeacon. Abbé Louis Valadier was the primary master of ceremonies. Fr. Igor Kowalewski, the parish priest of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul parish (which shares the church with the parish of St. Louis) assisted in choro. The choir under the direction of Mr. Timur Dosayev sang beautiful pieces of sacred polyphony.

This Holy Mass began the three-day conference of scholars, entitled "Catholic Church in the USSR in the 1920s and 30s" and held by Una Voce Russia with the support of the Archdiocese of Mother of God of Moscow.


  1. Anonymous1:50 PM

    I was married there at that Church in 1999.

  2. "Another step in the restoration of traditional Roman Catholic spirituality in Russia" would be a Russian Catholic Byzantine Liturgy rather than the 1962 book of the Latins.

  3. "The Latins"? Isn't Moscow "the Third Rome"? So it is their book as well...

  4. The official language of the whole Catholic Church is Latin.

  5. In response to Ben, regarding the celebration of the Russian Byzantine Catholic Liturgy:

    It is my understanding that the Russian Byzntine Catholic liturgy is a very sensitive topic for the Orthodox, and I suspect that a high profile celebration of that liturgy would cause some problems. I know that a Byzantine Rite Liturgy is celebrated regularly at a Latin Rite parish in St. Petersburg, but the celebration is not very widely advertised. In fact, I got the sense that they didn't want too many people to know about it. Mind you, it has been more than a year since I was a regular Mass attendant at that St. Petersburg parish, so maybe things have changed since then.

  6. Ha ha, well-played, NC!

    I have heard this as well, Mr. Peacocke. Thanks for the additional information.

  7. Bishop Schneider's "Dominus Est" is wonderful.

  8. Guys. Let me tell you something. We love Slavo-Byzantine liturgy. We admire Slavo-Byzantine liturgy. We want Slavo-Byzantine to be kept and cherished, with all its beauty, by the Byzantine Catholics in Russia as well as in Ukraine (where it now undergoes "reforms") and everywhere in the world. BUT. There have always been Latin-rite Catholics in Russia, the first Latin-rite communities appearing in the Middle Ages and then during the reign of tzar Peter the Great (d. 1725) and since then remaining here uninterruptedly. At first, they were mostly Western expats (but expats living in Russia for generations, speaking Russian as their mother tongue, and serving Russian tzars and emperors); then, as soon as it became legally possible after 1905, there were numerous ethnic Russian converts of whom some wanted Byzantine rite, and we respect them, but some wanted Latin rite. Yes, there are, thanks be to God, Slavo-Byzantine Catholic communities in many places in Russia, and even in Moscow. But Latin Catholics are still the majority here, and they (we) are very much entitled to having the traditional liturgy of the Church of Rome that we belong to. Thanks for understanding that.

    P.S.: For a Catholic, Latin or Byzantine or whatever, there ain't such a thing as a "third Rome". There is but one Rome, Urbs Aeterna, and we don't want any other.

  9. I sure hope he Bp. Schneider gets a red hat soon...

  10. Latin is the official Language of the Western Latin Catholic Church not the whole Church. Much like Greek is the official language for the Greek Catholic Church not the whole church or Coptic is the official language for the Coptic Catholic Church.


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