SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS (LATIN)
CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
November 11, 2012; Fifth Resumed Sunday after Epiphany
Epistle: Col. 3: 12-17—Gospel: Mt. 13: 24-30
Mass schedule November 12 through November 16
Monday: Saint Martin I; Pope & Martyr-- No Latin Mass
Tuesday: Saint Didacus; Confessor
Wednesday: Requiem Mass + Antonio Garcia
Thursday: Saint Albert the Great; Bishop, Confessor & Doctor
Friday: Saint Gertrude—No Latin Mass
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. Indulgences, which remove temporal punishment due to forgiven sin, may be gained by the living for themselves or applied to the souls in purgatory but they cannot be applied to other living persons. Indulgences are called plenary if they remove all temporal punishment and partial if they remove only some of it. A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of a day but a partial indulgence may be acquired more than once a day. To gain an indulgence for oneself one must be baptized, in the state of grace at least at the completion of the prescribed work and subject to the one granting the indulgence. He must also have at least a general intention of gaining them and must perform the works enjoined at the time and in the manner prescribed.
Some works to which are attached plenary indulgences are: a visit to the Blessed Sacrament which lasts for a half hour, the Stations of the Cross, recitation of five decades of the Rosary while contemplating the mysteries, and reading of Scripture for one half hour.
Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).
All indulgences whatsoever may be applied to the Poor Souls at any time by way of suffrage. The simple intention to offer them for the Poor Souls is sufficient.
Jesus Christ explicitly refers to Hell in the Gospels. In contrast to this life, where there is always some relief or interruption from the tribulations which we suffer, the damned must remain forever in the fires of hell. They are always in torture and always weeping without ever enjoying a moment’s rest. There is absolutely nobody to pity their sufferings. They burn forever in despair and have themselves been the cause of their own destruction. The saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary and even God Himself do not show compassion for their miseries. In fact, the saints even rejoice in the vengeance inflicted upon the injuries offered to their God! The Blessed Virgin cannot show pity because the damned hate her Son. Jesus Christ cannot pity them because they have rejected His love.
We must make it our aim in life to save our souls! We must never take for granted our salvation! We must toil and suffer to work out our redemption in cooperation with the grace of God.
Fr. Jeffery Fasching