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Vatican II? No: THIS is what a real Spring looks like!

The Sure Signs of a Real Spring

We often get discouraged given the state of the Church today, especially with respect to the liturgical life of the Church.  We also tend to pay attention only to developments that cause us great concern about where the hierarchy is leading the Church.  But we must also take note of positive movements within the Church that are a signal of a True Springtime in the Church despite the dreariness of the current Roman Winter.

De Mattei: What is at stake after the European elections of May 26

Roberto de Mattei 
Corrispondenza Romana
May 29, 2019

The elections of May 26th were an important episode in a conflict that goes way beyond the destiny of the European Parliament or any national government. In fact, a lobby exists that has as its aim, the destruction of Christian identity and the construction of cosmopolitan organisms that are assuming sovereign power of life and death over its European citizens. An example of this plan is what has just happened in France, where the Paris Court of Appeals handed over to the United Nations Organization, the ultimate decision on the life of Vincent Lambert, the French paraplegic condemned to death by his wife and the doctors at Rheims Hospital, where he is a patient.      

It is clear that power of legislation on the life of Lambert does not pertain to the French judges, nor those of Europe or the United Nations. Positive laws, both national and international, do not have their source in the entities that emanate or apply them, but in a divine law that is preexistent to the laws of men and by the laws of men cannot be changed.   Now, the natural and divine law prohibits the killing of the innocent and any human law claiming to establish the contrary must be considered a non-law, invalid and iniquitous. Further, inasmuch as the only guardian of the divine and natural law is the Catholic Church, it is first of all up to the men of the Church to proclaim the inalienable right to life.  But today the voice of the men of the Church is gone.  The only problem  the leaders of the Church seem to be interested in is that of hospitality to migrants from outside of Europe. An absolute, unconditional, total hospitality. We are not dealing here with the ancient virtue, whether Christian or secular, of hospitality, but of an ideological choice, wherein the philosophy of hospitality is presented, in reality, as a theory of renouncing European identity, or rather, its replacement.

Thank you, good and faithful servant

We received this solemn note from our friends at the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles early this morning. Please pray for Sister and consider supporting the Benedictines of Mary's critical work by clicking here


Dear Family, Friends and Benefactors,

Mother Abbess and the Sisters humbly request your prayers for the soul of our beloved Sister Mary Wilhelmina of the Most Holy Rosary, osb (née Mary Elizabeth Lancaster) who passed away peacefully at 8:35 PM on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 having been strengthened by the Last Sacraments and the entire community surrounding her in prayer. It seems Our Lord could not have granted a more consoling departure from the community, who loved her so dearly.

Sister became unresponsive on Saturday morning. Nevertheless, several times she joined in as best she could while the Sisters sang Marian hymns and prayed the Rosary between Sunday and Wednesday. She also briefly smiled at the Sisters gathered around her. 

Fontgombault Sermon for Ascension, 2019: "God, when will you restore a Christian Society?" God is in charge of the right time.

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
(Fontgombault, May 30th, 2019)

Videntibus illis, elevatus est.
While they looked on, He was raised up.
Acts 1:9

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,

In her liturgy, the Church uses things that come under our senses so as to lead us towards the unseen mysteries.

Our senses are indeed the means through which we human beings get our knowledge. In the liturgy, sounds, colours, smells, help our minds and souls, as a reflection of a special presence of God, while they are appropriate to the mystery, the feast’s object, or the liturgical period.

High Mass in DC basilica shrine Saturday

There will be a High Mass offered in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this Saturday, 1 June, at 5:30 p.m.

The Mass will conclude the annual three-day pilgrimage, organized and led by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, "to do penance for our sins and for the sins of our nation."  Named after its founder, Father James Buckley, FSSP, the "Buckley March" has concluded at the basilica shrine in D.C. for over a decade, with photos of some past years here and here.

Saturday's Mass will be a votive of the Immaculate Conception during paschaltide, as permitted in the shrine so-named. The celebrant (and chaplain for the pilgrimage) will be Father David Franco, who began offering the annual High Mass at the basilica shrine immediately after his ordination in 2015 (relieving Father Buckley).  Gregorian chant propers will be sung by the men's schola of Saint Mary Mother of God church, and a polyphonic choir from the region will sing Hassler's "Missa Secunda" as the ordinary of the Mass and motets such as Asola's "Ave Maris Stella" and L'Heritier's "Ave Maria." 

FSSP ordinations happening now

If you are online now, click here to watch the ordination of four members of the Fraternity of Saint Peter to the priesthood.

Please pray for soon-to-be Fathers John Killackey, Ralph Oballo, Daniel Powers and Jesus Valenzuela, receiving holy orders at 11 a.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Central time from His Excellency Fabian Bruskewitz at Saint Thomas Aquinas church in Lincoln, Nebraska (the beautiful new Newman Center for the University of Nebraska).  Deacon Luc Poirier, FSSP, will be ordained a priest next Friday in Ottawa.

When the Yearly Biblical Readings of Immemorial Tradition Were Cast Away

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the revised Lectionary, promulgated with the decree Ordo Lectionum of May 25, 1969, Rorate has obtained permission from Bloomsbury to post the full text (slightly revised), albeit without its 59 detailed footnotes, of Dr. Kwasniewski's contribution to Sacra Liturgia 2015 in New York City, which was published in the proceedings, Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives, ed. Alcuin Reid (London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 287–320. (See here for a book review.) The publisher is offering a 35% discount on the book if you purchase it from their website using the code REID35 at checkout. Offer ends July 31, 2019.

A Systematic Critique of the New Lectionary, On the Occasion of Its Fiftieth Anniversary

Peter Kwasniewski

Yes, Research Shows Christians of Asia Minor and Thrace really were the Victims of Genocide by Turkish Muslims

Turkey, of course, still denies it. But they created modern-style genocide and initiated the process that led to the current near-disappearance of Christians in the Middle East -- Christians who were until the beginning of the 20th century a considerable proportion of the regional population.

From The Wall Street Journal (excerpts):

When Turkey Destroyed Its Christians

From 1894 to 1924, a staggered campaign of genocide targeted not just the region’s Armenians but its Greek and Assyrian communities as well​

By Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi
May 17, 2019

Between 1894 and 1924, the number of Christians in Asia Minor fell from some 3-4 million to just tens of thousands—from 20% of the area’s population to under 2%. Turkey has long attributed this decline to wars and the general chaos of the period, which claimed many Muslim lives as well. But the descendants of Turkey’s Christians, many of them dispersed around the world since the 1920s, maintain that the Turks murdered about half of their forebears and expelled the rest.

The Christians are correct. Our research verifies their claims: Turkey’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian (or Syriac) communities disappeared as a result of a staggered campaign of genocide beginning in 1894, perpetrated against them by their Muslim neighbors. By 1924, the Christian communities of Turkey and its adjacent territories had been destroyed.

Traditional Mass celebrated for the first time in centuries in Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

Photo by Maciej Zurawski

Sent by local reader:

Last weekend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass returned to one of Scotland's most impressive ruined cathedrals for the first time in over four centuries. The Mass, celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite by Fr Ross Crichton on Saturday 18 May, was sung in the cathedral's Huntly Aisle and heard by around thirty people, many of whom were participating in the Confraternity of St Ninian's weekend retreat to nearby Pluscarden Abbey. It is locally understood that no previous celebration of Mass had taken place within the ruin since it was abandoned by the Church during the Reformation c.1560. The cathedral, which was founded in 1224, was one of the most prominent centres of the mediaeval Church in Scotland and its impressive structure was widely famed as the "Lantern of the North".

Photo by Maciej Zurawski

The Vatican against Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini

The present Vatican which never makes its voice heard when policies and laws against the traditional family and the protection of the unborn are passed, is violently against Matteo Salvini (who has anyway all the usual national, international and European 'big' powers against him, even more so after last Saturday's rally in Milan).

The President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Bassetti, has also openly condemned Salvini and the Lega Party, telling Catholics not to vote for them. (see here: 

Here is one strong voice in defence of Salvini, who, it would seem, despite the constant, vicious attacks, has a great part of the Italian people with him. 

How sad to see the Church taking a stance against Salvini

by Dr. Alessandro Meluzzi

What a sad and disconcerting stance the Vatican has taken, in the person of the Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin, who accuses Salvini and the sovereignists in general, of a blasphemous use of the Rosary, Marian devotion and religion. 
Was it perhaps blasphemous when Pius V, before the Battle of Lepanto,  invoked the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of the Rosary [...] against the Turks, who, if they had won at Lepanto, would have eliminated Europe and Rome today would be a Muslim city?  But perhaps this is what “Bergoglioism” and “Soroism” want.

DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory's disgraced guest

At the "installation" of Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington this afternoon, eyebrows were raised when disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony was spotted near disgraced Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the sanctuary.
Roger Mahony in 2011 while still archbishop of Los Angeles

Tweeted by Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, it is a telling sign of where the Archdiocese of Washington is headed.  Following his step down from public ministry in Los Angeles in 2013, at the request of Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, Mahony has been very selective on his public appearances.  He attended the "installation" of like-minded Bishop Robert McElroy in 2015.

As first revealed by Rorate, Bishop of major Swiss diocese retiring to SSPX house

In January, Rorate was the first English language venue to reveal (and confirm) that the bishop of Church, the major Swiss diocese that includes the financial center of the country, Zurich, was planning on spending his retirement in a house belonging to the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX).

Today, the Holy See announced the retirement of Bishop Huonder, and a joint communique by the Bishop and the SSPX confim it.

Salvini: “Personally, I entrust Italy, my life and your lives to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let’s entrust ourselves to the six Patrons of Europe.”

H/T Messainlatino blog

Yesterday, the leader of an Italian political party, at a packed rally in Piazza Duomo, Milan, invoked the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and the Holy Patrons of Europe “for the peace and prosperity of our peoples”: words that immediately stirred the hearts of Catholics who love Jesus and His Church "usque ad effusionem sanguinis".

SSPX on 'Heresy Open Letter': "A Radical Approach Doomed to Failure"

The General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) has published an extensive analysis of the open letter accusing the current Pope of heresy and published a couple of weeks ago.

We post it here for the record of events of this tumultuous pontificate.

Regarding the Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church

MAY 17, 2019

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, twenty or so Catholic theologians and university professors published an Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church, inviting them to intervene with Pope Francis, to ask him to renounce the heresies of which he is accused. In case he persists, the canonical crime of heresy would be established, and the pope would then be “subject to the canonical consequences.” The summary published by the authors explains this last point: if Francis obstinately refuses to renounce his heresies, the bishop will then be asked to declare “that he is freely divested of the papacy.”

Event: Another diocesan priest to offer TLM as first Mass

From a reader:

Mass of Thanksgiving offered by soon-to-be-ordained Rev. Deacon Brian O'Hanlon, seminarians of the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacon O’Hanlon will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston by Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on Saturday, May 18, at 11a.m.

On Sunday, May 19 at 10:30a.m., at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes parish in Newton, Ma, newly ordained Father O'Hanlon, assisted by Rev. Juan Carlos Rivera, SJ, will offer a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving as his first Mass. 

All are invited to attend. 270 Elliot st Newton, Ma., 02464.

De Mattei: Cardinal Krajevski’s “proletariat expropriation”

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
May 15, 2019

On May 12th, Cardinal Konrad Krajevski, Pope Francis’s Almoner, reactivated the electricity in an illegally occupied building on Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, in the centre of Rome.  In order to do this, he had to break the seals put there by the Public Electricity Corporation (ACEA) which had disconnected the electricity because of  the occupants’ unpaid bills (more than 300.00 Euros) over the last five years,  

Recent Profane Novelties: A Dialogue on the Death Penalty

The papal apologists who have been so vocal in recent weeks about "how dare you criticize the pope and accuse him of heresy" have fallen eerily silent in the face of his explanation of "development of doctrine" when speaking last Friday, May 10, to the International Union of Superiors General of Women Religious:

The Church is not only Denzinger, that is, the collection of dogmatic passages, of historical things. This is true, but the Church develops on her journey in fidelity to Revelation. We cannot change Revelation. It’s true the Revelation develops. The word is “development” — it develops with time. And we with time understand the faith better and better. The way to understand the faith today, after Vatican II, is different than the way of understanding the faith before Vatican II. Why? Because there is a development of knowledge. You are right. And this isn’t something new, because the very nature — the very nature — of Revelation is in continual movement to clarify itself.

Also the very nature of the moral conscience. For example, today I said clearly that the death penalty is not acceptable — it’s immoral. But, fifty years ago, no. Did the Church change? No. Moral conscience has developed. A development. And the Fathers [of the Church] understood this. In the 800s [actually 400s] there was a French Father, Vincent of Lerins, who coined a nice expression. He says that the knowledge of faith — I’ll say it in Latin, and then I’ll translate it — ut annis consolidetur, dilaetur tempore, sublimeture aetate. That is, it grows with the years. It is continually growing. It doesn’t change, it grows. It expands with time. It is better understood. And with the years it is sublimated. 

Event: Diocesan priest's FIRST Mass to be TLM (and newest member of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society)

Two great things to report out of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This Saturday, May 18, Rev. Deacon Michael Rocha will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The very next day, Sunday, May 19, he will offer his first Mass -- a Solemn High traditional Latin Mass. We are told this will be the first time in decades that a diocesan priest's first Mass will be traditional in the Archdiocese. 

Also of note, on this wonderful day, he will become the 91st priest of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. 

CLICK HERE for details on the Mass, time and location. 

CHECK BACK HERE next week and video of his first Mass should be uploaded for your viewing. 

God bless soon-to-be Father Rocha and thank you Archbishop Cordileone for not only allowing, but fostering, tradition in your priests. 

Event: FSSP Superior-General celebrates Solemn Mass in Colombia

The Superior-General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be in the village of Anolaima, Cundinamarca (near the Colombian capital Bogota), where the FSSP has had a mission for years. A Solemn Mass will be celebrated on May 26:

(Source: local faithful)

“Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”: Dr Kwasniewski in Chicago, June 14

I have been invited to give a talk by the Catholic Citizens of Illinois at their monthly Forum Luncheon on June 14, 2019. The event is held at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, and begins at 11:45 am. Tickets are $40; the Club requires business attire. To register, call Maureen at 708-352-5834 or use this link.

Op-Ed: Happy Birthday to Dog?

Paulus Potter, A farmer with his herd (1648) - Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel

The days are getting warmer and, in a green square of a midsize town, tables are laid. A large cake, numerous snacks, "Happy Birthday to You" is sung enthusiastically -- and no child in sight.

There are sixteen adults and seven dogs.

It seems birthday parties for pets are quite common these days. It truly takes a suspension of reason to have it in such a grand form and in such a public setting. There is something inherently childish in almost every birthday party: children enjoy the small fantasy and playfulness of each of these events, it makes "sense" to them. It makes absolutely no sense to animals.

Yet, with no children around to partake of these festivities, the very absurdity of the situation is made manifest, though ignored by those present: this really is the new normal... Every month, there are growing signs that everywhere in the West children are disappearing, as pets are even more anthropomorphized by their owners than they already were.

It was not supposed to be like this.

May, Mary's Month - III: Whoever finds the Immaculata, finds Jesus | Zieleński | Kolbe

Mikołaj Zieleński 
Magnificat (1611)
We cannot take rest as long as there is in the world one soul in danger, who does not yet know the Immaculata. Our human frailty, limited resources or any other worldly difficulty must not restrain us; let us confide in the Immaculata, let us place ourselves truly in Her hands and She will continue to win the battles of God, as at Lepanto, as at Vienna. We must place our Lady in every soul so that from every soul sin be expelled and Jesus introduced. Whoever finds the Immaculata, finds Jesus.

New book: The Case for Liturgical Restoration

Long-term readers of Rorate Caeli will remember the series of short 'Position Papers' I published on behalf of the FIUV--Una Voce International--on a variety of subjects about the ancient Mass, both aspects of it which need to be explained to those unfamiliar with it, and ways in which it can assist the Church in evangelisation.

These papers, gathered together and thoroughly revised, are now available as a book from Angelico Press, with a Preface by Cardinal Burke.

I will be organising book launch events in Oxford, London, and Rome.

You can buy them from the Latin Mass Society in England, from Angelico Press in the USA, and from Amazon.

the-case-for-liturgical-restoration cover

The Case for Liturgical Restoration

Una Voce Studies on the Traditional Latin Mass


Preface by Raymond Cardinal Burke

432 pages
Paper (ISBN 978-1-62138-440-3): $19.95 / £16.50
Cloth (ISBN 978-1-62138-441-0): $30.00 / £24.00

Vatican II Springtime: the Collapse of Female Religious in Latin America

The number of female professed religious in Latin America:

(1) 1980: 120,016 (89,936 in South, 30,080 in Central America and Mexico)

Note: In 1980, the population of Latin America was of approximately 364,000,000,including approximately 92,000,000 in Central America and Mexico

(2) 2016: 102,953 (69,552 in South, 33,401 in Central America)

May, Mary's Month - II: The Immaculata, the Exterminatrix of all heresies

Peter Philips
Gaude Maria Virgo
[I]f it becomes children not to omit the imitation of any of the virtues of this most Blessed Mother, we yet wish that the faithful apply themselves by preference to the principal virtues which are, as it were, the nerves and joints of the Christian life - we mean faith, hope, and charity towards God and our neighbor. Of these virtues the life of Mary bears in all its phases the brilliant character; but they attained their highest degree of splendor at the time when she stood by her dying Son. Jesus is nailed to the cross, and the malediction is hurled against Him that "He made Himself the Son of God" (John xix., 7). But she unceasingly recognized and adored the divinity in Him. She bore His dead body to the tomb, but never for a moment doubted that He would rise again. Then the love of God with which she burned made her a partaker in the sufferings of Christ and the associate in His passion; with him moreover, as if forgetful of her own sorrow, she prayed for the pardon of the executioners although they in their hate cried out: "His blood be upon us and upon our children" (Matth. xxvii., 25).

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Sermon for Good Shepherd Sunday, by Saint Vincent Ferrer - "Nowadays the dogs provided by Christ to keep the sheep make peace with the wolves of hell."

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Easter - Good Shepherd Sunday

Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P.

"But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd." (St. John, 10:12-16)

Our sermon shall be from the holy gospel of this Sunday. And we shall have many good teachings for the illumination of the mind and reformation of life. But first let the Blessed Virgin be saluted.

The proposed word for a theme and the basis of our sermon is the world of our Lord Jesus Christ speaking of himself saying: "I am the good shepherd". The goodness of this Blessed shepherd toward his sheep, namely of the Christian faithful, is shown in today's holy Gospel in four ways:

-First reason, because he buys the sheep dearly;
-Second, because he keeps them carefully;
-Third, because he feeds them abundantly; and
-Fourth, because he guards them safely.

First Reason: Christ buys his sheep dearly 

May, Mary's Month
- I- Mary, the foundation, the noblest after Christ

Giovanni Gabrieli
Sancta et Immaculata Virginitas
quibus te laudibus efferam, nescio:
quia, quem caeli capere non poterant,
tuo gremio contulisti.
Genuisti qui te fecit,
et in aeternum permanes Virgo.
[C]an anyone fail to see that there is no surer or more direct road than by Mary for uniting all mankind in Christ and obtaining through Him the perfect adoption of sons, that we may be holy and immaculate in the sight of God? For if to Mary it was truly said: "Blessed art thou who hast believed because in thee shall be fulfilled the things that have been told thee by the Lord" (Luke i., 45); or in other words, that she would conceive and bring forth the Son of God and if she did receive in her breast Him who is by nature Truth itself in order that "He, generated in a new order and with a new nativity, though invisible in Himself, might become visible in our flesh" (St. Leo the Great, Ser. 2, De Nativ. Dom.): the Son of God made man, being the "author and consummator of our faith"; it surely follows that His Mother most holy should be recognized as participating in the divine mysteries and as being in a manner the guardian of them, and that upon her as upon a foundation, the noblest after Christ, rises the edifice of the faith of all centuries.

Vatican walls

A congressional hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives this week featured El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz discussing illegal immigration and border security.

A keen ear by a reporter at the Washington Examiner highlighted an exchange between the bishop and the ranking minority (Republican) member of the border security subcommittee: 

"Regarding the sovereignty of the church and as it relates and compares with the sovereignty of our nation, the church has been a light for the world for 2,000 years — a place of refuge, a place where a child of God could seek spiritual prosperity," said [Congressman Clay] Higgins, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations.

"But the sovereignty of the church has been protected by the security of the church. One of the most famous walls in history is the wall around the Vatican. I would ask you, bishop, in the area that you serve, do your churches lock their doors after hours?" he asked.

"Many of them do," replied Bishop Mark Seitz, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops representative for the Catholic Diocese in El Paso, Texas. "I would point out that that wall you refer to at the Vatican also has arms embracing and opening to the world, if you've been to the ... "

De Mattei: “The most terrible schism the world has ever seen”

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispomdenza Romana
May 1, 2019

On February 4, 2019, at Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad Al- Tayyeb, signed the document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”. The declaration opens in the name of a God, who, if he has to be a God common to all, cannot be anything other than the Allah of Muslims.  The God of Christians, in fact, is one in nature, but Triune in persons, equal and distinct, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Since the time of Arius and thereafter, the Church has been battling the anti-Trinitarians and the Deists who deny, or set aside this mystery, which is Christianity’s greatest.  Islam, on the contrary, rejects it in horror, as the Sura “of authentic worship” proclaims: “He, God, is one! God, the Eternal One! He will not generate, nor was he generated, and none is equal to him!” (Koran, 112, 2,4).  

Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society

This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. The Society now stands at 90 priests saying weekly or monthly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls. Come on Fathers, let's get this to 100!

** Click here to download a "fillable" PDF Mass Card in English to give to the loved ones of the Souls you enroll. It's free for anyone to use. CLICK HERE to download in Latin and CLICK HERE to download in Spanish

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society." And we will always keep you completely anonymous unless you request otherwise. 

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

May, a Very Special Month:


Jesus, Lily of the Valleys
Mary, Queen of May
Joseph, Patron of Laborers

Orate pro nobis!


Chalice - Lily. The chalice is the lily, stylized and adapted to our use, and which, born from water, is proper for us to take to our lips.

The lily, and especially the water-lily, also called lotus or nenuphar, has always had a peculiar place in the symbolism of all religions. It projects its roots to substantial and deep regions, separated from our sight by these fluid, contemplative, mirror-like layers which are the domain of that which is contingent, unstable, of illusion and of this "time", of this reflection which relates to several circumstances.