Saturday, 28 September 2013

ANNUM PRIMUM, EST FINIS! Happy Blog-o-versary on Servimus Unum Deum + The Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (& Gabriel and Raphael in N.O)

Hello Everyone.

Well, I can't believe this, but this blog, this little labour of love for the Latin Mass from an altar server's perspective, is one year old. It was on Sept 29th last year that I decided to plunge ahead with this blog, to begin the journey of blogging on tips and run-throughs of altar serving in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, and give coverage to other Latin Mass efforts in the Archdiocese of Toronto that were not getting equal or additional coverage. Now, a number of serving posts exists, with others in progress, other areas of Traditional Catholicism, and even the Novus Ordo at times have been covered. Since inception, I`ve reached Over 25000K pageviews! I never thought this niche blog would get that in a year.

Tomorrow is also special besides this anniversary for another reason. This weekend, we arrive at a big feast day in the Church, which the Archdiocese of Toronto under His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, has ordered to be celebrated superseding the normal Sunday Ordoes. In the Novus Ordo and the EF in other areas of the world, this would be the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time or the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. This Sunday, he declared that the Feast of St. Michael and its associated readings be used as the Ordo for this Sunday. This is, to my understanding, for a number of reasons:
  • To coincide with the ongoing implementation of the Pastoral Plan to enhance the Archdiocese of Toronto
  • To coincide with the Year of Faith that has been promulgated by the Vatican
  • Because St. Michael is the Patron saint of this Archdiocese, and is whom our Cathedral is named after
  • Because we need his intercession in this time of our lives as Catholics.  
I`ll admit, that the reasons above aren`t official, but are what I can arrive at to my understanding. Personally I am not too keen on the idea of non-1st class (EF lingo) feast days/Solemnities of Saints superseding the normal Sunday Mass Ordo (cause I`m more of a rules and order person), which breaks from the ``universality`` of the Catholic Church (where wherever you go, you are supposed to get the same Mass, with the same ordo). Despite this snafoo, I`m pleased it was St Michael`s feast being the one to be chosen. Being a proud graduate of St. Michael`s College School, having been raised on the school Hymn to St. Michael, the SMCS tradition, and the like, it is great that I get to share a teensy little space next to this awesome feast and saint.

For now, as long as I continue to be involved with Latin Mass serving, the Servimus Unum Deum blog will continue onward in its 2nd year, and may under the patronage of St. Michael and through his intercession, that the Latin Mass may proliferate and grow in Catholic, positive, and Christ-centered means; may also the great commander of all the angels, continue to defend us from the spiritual assaults of the Evil One, whom he banished to Hell in the Great War in Heaven.

(Source Unknown)
Sancte Michael Archangele, Ora Pro Nobis!

Pax Tibi Christi, Julian Barkin.

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