Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pontifical Latin Mass for the Holy Father

A regular reader has asked me to post this:

This Holy Week, The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy launched a new, dedicated website in support of the traditional Latin Solemn High Pontifical Mass to be offered on April 24, at 1 p.m., for the Holy Father on the anniversary of his papacy. I encourage you to view the site at http://pontificalmass.org. This groundbreaking Mass, offered by Darío Castrillón Cardinal Hoyos, will be the first Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered at the High Altar at the National Shrine in more than 40 years.

As you know, the Holy Father is under attack as never before. As Father Zuhlsdorf has written on his blog, this very special Mass for the Holy Father is an opportunity to show our solidarity with Pope Benedict and offer him our prayers during this difficult time. I hope that you will be able to attend the Mass, and importantly, I pray that you will take this opportunity to give to support this Mass at

EWTN has graciously agreed to cover this extraordinary event and show of support for the Holy Father. The worldwide Catholic network has even gone so far as to accommodate star commentators (including Father Zuhlsdorf) and coverage on all its worldwide satellites.

But we are still well short of our fundraising goal to cover this very substantial cost. Please consider, in your charity, donating as much as you are able to support broadcasting this Mass. Perhaps you can make a sacrificial gift for the Church and the Holy Father during this Sacred Triduum?

Throughout our planning for this Mass, we have been blessed by providence beginning with the opportune date (the anniversary of Pope Benedict's pontificate). Now I am even more convinced that the Holy Spirit is active in the timing of this Mass. Please join us at the Shine on April 24th and contribute financially to our apostolate as much as you are able. Donations are being accepted at http://pontificalmass.org . We expect thousands for this show of solidarity for the Holy Father. Its worldwide broadcast would be a powerful show of support for Pope Benedict.

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