SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS (LATIN)
CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
September 16th, 2012; 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Epistle: Eph. 3:13-21; Gospel: Lk. 14:1-11
Mass Schedule September 17th through September 28th
Monday –Feria-- NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Requiem Mass + Arturo Ricardo Echevarria Alcover
Thursday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS
Friday-Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist-NO LATIN MASS
September 23rd, 2012; 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Celebrant-Father William M. Hodgson)
Epistle: Eph. 4:1-6; Gospel: Mt. 22:34-46
Monday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS
Wednesday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS
Thursday-SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs
Friday-Saint Wenceslaus, Duke & Martyr
There will be no Latin Mass from Thursday, September 20th through Wednesday, September 26th, with the exception of Sunday, September 23rd. The Celebrant for the Sunday Mass on the 23rd will be Father William Hogdson.
When the Lord spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses asked that he might see the divine glory. The Lord responded: “I will make all my beauty pass before you…but my face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives…” (Ex 33. 18-23). The infinite God, the God of ineffable glory, is so far above all creatures, that the human creature, by its natural powers, can never behold Him as He is. In the New Testament, the Epistle of Blessed Saint Paul to Timothy reiterates this teaching: “(God) is King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone possesses immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light. No one has ever seen or ever can see Him. To Him be honor and might forever! Amen” (1 Tim 6.15f). John 1.18 speaks in the same vain.
Yet Jesus promises, “Blest are the single-hearted, for they shall see God” (Mt 5.8); and Paul, in enumerating the gifts that God bestows upon His beloved, speaks of the immediate vision of God as His ultimate gift: “Now we see indistinctly, as in a (dark) mirror; then we shall see face to face. My knowledge is imperfect now; then I shall know even as I am known” (1 Cor 13.12).
John tells us that we cannot imagine what God has in store for us who are His children, but this we know, that we shall see Him as He is: “Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 Jn 3.2). Notice that John says, “We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” It is because we are made like God, sharing in His divine nature (cf. 2 Pet 1.4), that we shall be able to see God as He sees Himself!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Jeff Fasching