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We give thanks to God always for you all; making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing, being mindful of the work of your Faith, and labour, and Charity, and of the enduring of the Hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our Father: knowing, Brethren beloved of God, your election for Our Gospel hath not been unto you in word only, but in power also, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much fulness, as you know what manner of men We have been among you for your sakes.
And you became followers of Us, and of the Lord; receiving the Word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost: so that you were made a pattern to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For from you was spread abroad the Word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia, and in Achaia, but also in every place, your Faith which is towards God, is gone forth, so that We need not to speak any thing.
For they themselves relate of Us, what manner of entering in We had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. And to wait for His Son from Heaven (whom He raised up from the dead,) Jesus, Who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew Chapter 13, Verses 31-35.
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds:
The Kingdom of Heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which is the least indeed of all seeds; but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, an-d dwell in the branches thereof.Another parable He spoke to them:
The Kingdom of Heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened.All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables He did not speak to them. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet, saying:
I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world. (Psalm 77:2.)Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Both parables in today’s Gospel are giving us Liturgical lessons.
The parable of the grain of mustard-seed indicates the small beginning of the Catholic Church and her gradual propagation over much of the world. The parable of the leaven symbolizes the wonderful effects which the Catholic Church produces in human society. As leaven penetrates the flour, and makes the bread good, so the Catholic Church changes people by purifying and Sanctifying them.
The three means which the Catholic Church makes use of for this purpose are: 1) the Word of God; 2) the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass; and, 3) the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Seven Sacraments.
Prior to the days of the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church. of .automatically. excommunicated. Apostates. and. Modernist. Heretics, and .NEW. Theology. Heretics, these three means were freely used on a daily basis for our Sanctification.
Today, these three means are primarily found in the Modern-Day Catacombs, which are found in various places around the world, as witnessed by the above photo of a Roman Catholic Bishop Preaching a Sermon in the Modern-Day Catacombs, which was also the same place We had briefly visited many decades ago.
In addition to the Ordinary Sundays and week-days, there are also an extraordinary series of Feast Days which the Catholic Church celebrates during the year. By means of them, the Catholic Church not only increases her exertions on our behalf, but keeps before our minds, at all Liturgical Seasons of the year, on the various great mysteries of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Religion.
In the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, as festival after festival recurs, all of the prominent events in our Blessed Lord’s life, death, and resurrection, are vividly brought before our minds and, in commemorating the Mysteries of the Immaculate Conception, the virginal Maternity, the glorious Assumption and Coronation of our Most Holy Mother and Queen, as well as the Virtues of the Patriarchs, the Sanctity of Saint John the Baptist and OF Saint Joseph, the zeal of the Holy Apostles, the endurance and triumph of the Holy Martyrs, and the Holiness of that unnumbered group who are crowned and confirmed in Sanctity, being with God, in the Kingdom of His Glory in Heaven, Catholics who are faithful to the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, are provided with the opportunity to thereupon meditate on the Goodness and the Mercy of God, for truly “God is wonderful in His Saints” (Exurgat Deus, Psalm 67:36).
These Feast Days, and the reflections to which they give rise, invite Catholics who are faithful to the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Faith, Mass, and Sacraments, to Spiritual things and encourage Traditional Catholics to persevere in the work of the Saving of their Immortal Souls and to bear their burdens with patience and resignation, knowing that it behooves them, as it behoved even Christ and His Holy Saints, to suffer at least under the weight of their daily Cross, and so to enter into the Eternal Glory of Heaven whereupon “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away” (Apocalypse 21:4.}
Within this context We will consider these two things:
1. Some of the Liturgical Feast Days which the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates.1. Some of the Liturgical Feast Days which the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates.
2. How the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates her Liturgical Feast Days.
The Feast Days of God the Son, Jesus Christ.
The Feast Days of God the Son, Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, have for their object some mystery connected with the work of our Redemption.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church does not celebrate a particular feast in honor of God the Father, the First Person of the Blessed Trinity, because this Person has not, like the other two, revealed Himself to mankind in a visible form.
There are three principal feasts of our Lord, Jesus Christ, each one of which forms the center of a cycle of secondary feasts: Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. These three feasts form, as it were, the central sun, around which all the secondary feasts are clustered in harmonious constellations, deriving their illumination and the completeness of their mysteries from them.
The Holidays of Obligation which occur in the Christmas cycle are the Circumcision and, in some countries, the Epiphany, of our Lord, which disclose to us the Truth that Jesus Christ, the new-born Redeemer, is to accomplish, by the effusion of His Blood, the Redemption, not only of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles.
In the Easter cycle occurs the feast of the Ascension of Christ, which is the completion of the state of glorification into which He had entered by His Resurrection.
In the Pentecost cycle we have Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi. Pentecost concludes the three principal feasts of the Ecclesiastical Year, and places the Truth before our eyes, that in the work of our Redemption three Divine Persons cooperated: and the feast of Corpus Christi, which can not be celebrated as a feast of joy on Holy Thursday, is postponed to the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, and represents to us the Truth that the Most Blessed Eucharist, as both a Sacrifice and a Sacrament, is the holiest treasure of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church and the source from which unceasing Grace and salvation flow to her.
The Feast Days of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
If we consider that the Blessed Virgin Mary stood in much closer relation to the work of our Redemption, as the Holy Mother of God, than of all of the other Saints, and that in dignity and Sanctity, she surpasses by far all of the Holy Angels and Saints, and that she is also their Queen, we shall not be astonished that the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates in her honor more feasts than she does in the case of the other Saints.
There are five principal Feast Days of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Immaculate Conception, the Nativity, the Annunciation, the Purification, and the Assumption.
Two of these Feast Days, the Annunciation and the Purification, show us the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God. The days for celebrating these Feast Days are fixed in relation to the feast of Christmas, December 25th.
The Feast Day of the Annunciation reminds us of the Day of Grace on which the Blessed Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Ghost, conceived the Son of God. It is the day of the Incarnation of Christ in the chaste womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the Nativity of our Lord is celebrated on December 25th, the Feast Day of His Incarnation (which, of course, is NOT the actual month and day on which Jesus Christ was actually physically born), or the Feast Day of the Annunciation, must be celebrated nine months earlier on March 25th (which, again, is NOT the actual month and day).
In like manner the Feast Day of Mary's Purification, or Candlemas Day, must be celebrated on February 2nd, because from the official Feast Day of the birthday of our Lord, on December 25th, to February 2nd, is forty days, after the lapse of which the Blessed Virgin Mary fulfilled the Mosaic law of purification.
In the other three Feast Days, the Blessed Virgin Mary appears as the Mother of mankind, for which reason the dates for their celebration are not fixed with reference to the feasts of our Lord.
The Feast Days of the Immaculate Conception and of the Nativity of Mary stand in relation to each other; hence the former is celebrated on December 8th, and the latter nine months later, on September 8th. Both of these feasts show us the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of mankind.
Because her conception and birth announced Grace and salvation to the world, the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church says on these Feast Days: “Thy Immaculate Conception (Nativity) has announced joy to the whole world.”
The feast of the Assumption on August 15th turns our eyes to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of Heaven because she looks down from Heaven upon us, her children, with Motherly affection, and is our advocate and intercessor with her Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
The Feast Days of the Holy Angels of Heaven.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Days of the Holy Angels of Heaven because the Holy Angels are not only our friends and protectors, conferring on us many benefits - both corporal and Spiritual - but also because they are in intimate connection with the work of our Redemption.
Hence, Saint Gabriel the Archangel announced to Daniel the time when Christ would appear, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she had been chosen by God to become the Mother of His Divine Son.
A Holy Angel also appeared to Saint Joseph at the birth of Christ, in the fields of Bethlehem.
Five Feast Days of the Holy Angels of Heaven are celebrated every year by the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church:
1) Saint Gabriel the Archangel on March 24th.
2) First Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel on May 8th.
3) Second Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel on September 29th.
4) The Holy Guardian Angels on October 2nd.
5) Saint Raphael the Archangel on October 24th.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Days of one or more Saints on their own special Feast Days during the Liturgical Year.
In order to motivate us to venerate the Holy Saints of God on their respective Liturgical Feast Days, to pray to them for their intercession in our needs, to imitate their Virtues, and to follow their excellent examples in the faithful living of the Spiritual Life.
The respective Feast Day, of each of the Holy Saints, which is found in the Liturgical Calendar of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, is usually on the same day of their death - their birthday into Eternal Life - not the day of their birth into this life on earth.
All of the Holy Saints (except for Our Lord, of course, and also the Blessed Virgin Mary), were conceived in Original Sin. Therefore, on the day they were born into this life, not only were the future Holy Saints not yet Holy, but also they had not yet provided any proof of their future Sanctity.
However, the day of their death in this life was the same day on which they were born into Eternal Life - after they had been tried as soldiers of Jesus Christ and all dangers to their eternal salvation ceased for them.
This explains why the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church calls the day of their death in this life the day of their birthday into Eternal Life.
It is from this perspective that Metropolitan Archbishop Saint Peter Chrysologus [b. at Imola, Italy in 406 A.D. - d. died at Imola, Italy in 450 A.D.], Metropolitan Archbishop of Ravenna, Italy [433 A.D. - 450 A.D.], writes:
“If you hear of the birthday of the Saints, do not think that it is the day on which they were born of the flesh for the earth, but the day of their transit from earth into Heaven, from labor to rest, from temptations to victory, from sufferings to never-ending joys, from the vanities of the world to the crown of glory.”The Feast Days of the Holy Martyrs of God.
In the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, the Feast Days of the Holy Martyrs of God were the first Holy Saints whose Feast Days were celebrated Liturgically.
The day of the death of some of the Holy Martyrs of God was commemorated once a year with great solemnity by Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in their honor, by publishing their names, and by reading the history of their lives and deaths.
It was not until the Fourth Century A.D. that the Feast Days of Holy Saints, who were not Martyrs, began to be included in the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church in the East.
A Summary of all of the Feast Days of the Liturgical Calendar which the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates:
The Feast Days of all of the Holy Saints of God include both Holy Martyrs and those Holy Saints who are not Martyrs. These Liturgical Feast Days of the Holy Saints, many of whom were Holy Martyrs, are not accidental, but rather are an essential part of the Liturgical Calendar Year of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church brings before our eyes the mysteries of our Redemption on the Feast Days of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Angels of God, and the Holy Saints of God in order to set before us sterling examples of living a Virtuous, Spiritual Life for us to imitate so that each of us may also obtain our own Eternal Salvation by such good works.
Of course such good works are obviously contrary to the Protestant Heresy of sole fide - that one is saved only by Faith - in other words, if it feels good, do it, whether it is killing one or more people, stealing, being an habitual liar, a fornicator, a terrorist, a criminal, etc., etc.
On the contrary, God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the Holy Apostle and Martyr, Saint James the Just, teaches all of us not only that Faith without works is DEAD: but also that the Devils in Hell likewise believe - but note that the Devils are not in Heaven!!!!
“So Faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself. But some man will say: Thou hast Faith, and I have works: shew me thy Faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my Faith.Have you forgotten what God the Holy Ghost teaches through the pen of the Apostle?:
Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that Faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our Father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou, that Faith did co-operate with his works; and by works Faith was made perfect?
And the Scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God. Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by Faith only?
And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:17-26; emphasis added.)
“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind [i.e. homosexuals], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).The Holy Apostle, Saint Paul, does NOT say that the unjust shall possess the Kingdom of God IF they have ONLY FAITH!!! NO!!!
Likewise, the Holy Apostle, Saint Paul, does NOT say that fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind [i.e. homosexuals], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God IF they have ONLY FAITH!!! NO!!! These DO NOT HAVE THE WORKS OF FAITH!
2. How the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates her Liturgical Feast Days.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates all of the Feast Days of our Lord and of the Saints, both in the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass and in the Divine Office. In the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass, the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church refers to these feasts in the Introit, in the Collects/Prayers, in the Epistle and the Gospel, and, on some Feast Days of our Lord, even in the Preface and in the Canon of the Mass.
The same is to be said of the celebration of the Feast Days in the Divine Office. The Antiphons and Psalms are always chosen with reference to the mystery or the Saint whose feast is celebrated, just as is also the case with the Lessons. The Lessons of the Second Nocturn in particular contain a succinct biography of the Saint for that specific day.
By the celebration of the feasts in the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass, and in the Divine Office, the Catholic Church induces us to meditate on the mystery of the Feast Day, or on the life of the Saint, and to excite within ourselves salutary thoughts and resolutions.
Because the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass is most especially, in and of itself, an effectual and salutary Holy Sacrifice, the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, by connecting therewith all the feasts, enables us to celebrate these feasts worthily and profitably. For example, on the Feast Day of the Ascension of our Lord, if we humbly ask the good God to infuse into our hearts a heavenly disposition, we may confidently hope to obtain this Grace, because the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass is also a Sacrifice of Petition.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates some Feast Days with greater, others with less, solemnity. Of course, the Feast Days of our Lord hold the first rank in point of solemnity; then follow, in succession, those Feast Days of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, the Angels, Apostles, Martyrs, Bishops, Priests, and other Confessors, Virgins, and Widows.
The unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church requires a preparatory celebration for some Feast Days. To this class belong the three principal Feast Days of the year, Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. The preparation for Christmas is the time of Advent; for Easter, the Lenten season; for Pentecost, the nine days intervening between it and the Feast Day of the Ascension. These three principal Feast Days and several others also have an after-celebration for eight days, which is called the Octave.
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For your resolutions, by the Grace of God, beginning right now, firmly resolve to celebrate the way in which ONLY the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church celebrates her Feast Days. Sanctify the Feast Days that are of obligation by abstaining from servile work, and by assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass.
Receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Church, which will enable you to celebrate these Feast Days in the right spirit, and put into practice the Holy resolutions which you make on those days, that you may become worthy to celebrate, with God and His Elect, an Everlasting Feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.
As a final resolution, in the Holy Name of Jesus, and in an exercise of Real and Traditional Catholic Charity, please contribute to the support of this Traditional Catholic Mass website. This is one way to obey the 5th Commandment of the Church!
Please help us to save Souls! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and Charity! Remember, God is never outdone in generosity!!!
Think how happy you will be when, in the next life, God shows you all of the Souls you helped to save by helping our Apostolates, including this Sermon web site, because “he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20.)
“And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10.)God Bless You! Remember: “Charity covereth a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8.)