Photos, full HD video: FSSP-LA – Pontifical Solemn High Mass with Bishop Athanasius Schneider

We drove down to LA from San Francisco to witness a very special Solemn High Pontifical Mass yesterday (June 26, 2016) that was celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Astana, Kazakhstan. It was organized by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Los Angeles (FSSP LA), headed by the Rev. Fr. James Fryar, FSSP.  Below is the high definition (HD) video of the whole Pontifical Mass (which was streamed online via

Photos of this special event can also be viewed at our smugmug photo gallery page.

As always, while any of our photos and videos may be freely posted on other blogs and websites, we are just requesting an acknowledgement / credit to be given to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco with a link to our website (

Chaplain’s Corner | St. John the Baptist

On Friday, the we joyously celebrated the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Church celebrates the birth of only three saints: Our Savior, Our Lady, and the Precursor of the Lord. Usually, we celebrate the feast of a saint on the day of his death, which is his “dies natalis” into Heaven. The feast of John’s Nativity teaches us first of all that John is already holy at his birth. Indeed, John was sanctified by Jesus through Mary when he was six months old in his mother’s womb and, recognizing the Bridegroom of Israel, leapt for joy at the sound of Our Lady’s voice. John is made holy, consecrated as a prophet, and already acknowledges Jesus, while he is still in the womb. This is Jesus’s first miracle of grace, whereby John is given a passing share in the beatific vision in order to have the use of reason in the womb. Thus, he knows and loves his Savior and the Friend of the Bridegroom rejoices to hear the Bridegroom’s spiritual voice.

Many marvels mark the mystery of the Nativity of the Baptist. John is born on the longest day of the year, at the summer solstice. From the time of his birth, the days get shorter. Jesus is born on the shortest day of the year, at the winter solstice. From the time of His Birth, the days get longer. This is the cosmic meaning of the powerful mission statement of St. John: “He must increase; I must decrease.” John exists entirely to point out Jesus. He is His Precursor, who goes “before the Lord to prepare His way, to give His People knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.” John’s birth and Jesus’s Birth are united liturgically in the use of the identical Alleluia tone for both the Nativity of John and Christmas Day Mass.

John is born to declare, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sins of the world!” We marvel at the beauty of the birth of this holy baby, consecrated a prophet from his mother’s womb. We recall that St. Elizabeth is advanced in years as she gives birth to this miraculous child of hers, with her elderly husband, St. Zechariah, standing by, mute with incredulity. His tongue will be loosened in eight daysby his son’s intercession after Zechariah confirms that his name is John. Blessed Mary is there as well at the birth of the Baptist, as is Jesus in her womb. We can imagine the immense charity of Our Mother in assisting her elderly cousin. We marvel at the similarity and contrast between these two holy women: the aged barren wife of many years and the youthful pure Virgin of Virgins.

Like Jesus, John is born finally to give his life in martyrdom. We recall on the feast of his birth that he will die (we celebrate this on August 29) because he preached in defense of God’s law for marriage. In light of the attack on marriage in the United States, we are inspired by John to commit ourselves to the same love for Jesus. The Church rejoices with John to declare herself ready to die for the smallest part of Jesus’s beautiful saving teaching. She knows she will be hated by the Herod and Herodias of today. Her members beg John’s intercession that each one of us will be willing to shed our blood rather than remain silent about God’s holy plan for human sexuality. St. John the Baptist, holy in your birth, holier still in your death, pray for us!


Reverend Father Joseph Previtali

Fr. Peter Carota: Prayers urgently needed

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UPDATE as of 6/22/16: From Father Peter Carota’s blog:

At this point, father is completely bedridden and unable to walk. His condition continues to further deteriorate. Please continue to pray for him that he will have peace throughout this time.

O my Lord and Savior, support me in my last hour by the strong arms of Thy sacraments and the fragrance of thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me; and let Thine own body be my food and Thy blood my sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and Thy glorious saints and my own dear patrons smile on me, that in and through them all I may die as I desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen. (Cardinal Newman)

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We would like to repeat our request for prayers and masses for Fr. Peter Carota, whose health has been declining for several months now. As posted on his blog (, last May 14, Father has sought treatment for his unidentified health issues but has not found any solution. Father’s own brother is a doctor and they have not been successful in figuring out exactly what is going on. Yesterday, we were able to visit him again and we are saddened to find him in a very weak state. At the same time, we were comforted by the fact that Father is very well taken cared of by the family hosting him, and by his former parishioners in the area.

We are planning to visit him again for the next few days, so if you would like to send any messages / get well cards to Father, please email us (tlmofsf @ and we will make sure to get this to him.

Thank you very much for your kindness in keeping Father Carota in your prayers! Please forward this update to your prayer warrior friends and let’s all give our spiritual support to Father!

(Photo: 2013 Thanksgiving Day at Mission San Juan Bautista with Fr. Peter Carota, back when he was still in full health)

From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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A  brief explanation of some aspects of the Mass in its Extraordinary Form


The Prayer “Supra quae” refers to Melchisedech (page 37, red booklet). Who was this strange character? Where does he come from? Why is he mentioned here at the heart of the Canon of the Mass?

We find mentioned for the first time of this mysterious figure in the book of Genesis 14:17. He is the king of Salem, the High Priest. He is Melchisedech who offered bread and wine as a sacrifice. The Fathers of the Church recognized in Him as a Continue reading

Chaplain’s Corner – St. Gertrude the Great

This month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus allows us the joyful duty of honoring this devotion’s foundress, a very important saint, who is not nearly as well-known as she should be. St. Gertrude the Great, a German Benedictine mystic of the 13th century, has drawn the admiration and love of many saints throughout the ages. She was especially beloved by St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis DeSales, as well as by the great re-founder of French Benedictine monasticism, Dom Prosper Gueranger, wrote extensively and effusively in praise of her.

Gertrude entered monastic life in her native land at the age of Continue reading

New! FB Page for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS) – Oakland Apostolate is now up!


Great news! The Institute of Christ the King Oakland Apostolate has just opened a Facebook page. Check it out! If you’re unable to view the page, you may want to try searching for “ICRSSCalifornia” while being logged on Facebook. Be sure to “like” them and share with your friends! After “liking” them, be sure to also subscribe to the “events” to keep yourself informed on future masses and other worthwhile activities organized by the apostolate.

From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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The following question has been asked to several priests around the world:


What part of the Mass, words or rubrics, in its extraordinary form moves you the best?

Father Louis, OSB: the words uttered by the priest: He took bread into His Holy and venerable hands (page 35 in red booklet). My hands are neither holy nor venerable! They are the ones of a poor sinner. The Liturgy however invites me to take great care of this fragile Host and my hands are not mine any more but the one of Jesus who takes me in His own. “My Lord, I am holding Thee, I do not want to let Thee go.”

Father Emmanuel Marie de Saint Jean: “I am always more and more touched by the self-effacement of the priest who disappears behind Christ. The more the presence of the Priest goes away, the more Christ grows.”

Canon Alban Denis, ICRSP. : “The continuity and permanency of the Liturgy. The priest is never alone celebrating. He is with the entire Church. He is with the cohort of all the priests who celebrated before him. I say Mass the exact same way as Saint John Bosco; I pronounce the same words as the Curé of Ars did; I make the same movement as Pius X and all others…. We will meet in Heaven. This is a great source of humility and stimulation. Far from feeling to be limited by rules and rubrics, the rubrics carry me in my daily celebration.”

Father Benedict Joseph: “The celebration ‘ad orientem’. The orientation of the priest toward the East expresses well the function of the priest as Pontiff. Being all turned together in the same direction, gives a vivid image of the unity of the militant Church walking towards Heaven. It is also a great help to avoid any kind of self-centeredness.

Father Laurent-Marie, Servant of Jesus and Marie: “this Liturgy expresses the ‘Mysterium Fidei’ in a particular good and proper way, with the sense of contemplation, recollection and reverence. Even in the celebration of the greatest feast of the year, with the use of multiple ministers, incense, polyphonic choirs and even orchestras, all leads to the great silence of the Canon and the Consecration. God always establishes his masterpieces in an eternal silence.”

Father Claude Barthe: “The prayer of the ‘Suscipe’: May this Sacrifice be brought to the Altar. That is the Roman Epiclesis. These words bring us up to Heaven.”


Chaplain’s Corner | June 12, 2016

SHSIn this Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we especially contemplate Jesus’s great Love for us, which is symbolized by His Heart, opened for us as He slept the death of the Cross. We are moved by His Love for us. We are struck by this beautiful surprise in this dark world, that our God is Love, that He cares for us! We can even say that He thirsts for us, as He says on the Cross, “I thirst.”

Jesus’s thirst for us is His desire for our souls. It is a spiritual thirst for our love, as He says, “My son, give me your heart.” Jesus’s thirst for us creates in us a thirst for Him, a hunger for Him. This hunger and thirst can be satisfied only in the Eucharist, in which He feeds us with His very self, answering all our needs, as the Scriptures say. Jesus hungers for me, which creates in me a hunger for Him, which can only be fulfilled in the charity-filled reception of the Holy Eucharist. Thus, our devotion to the Sacred Heart leads us to hunger and thirst for Him, for His Love, for His Hunger and Thirst.

The main temptation of our lives is to try to fulfill our hunger for Jesus by turning to creatures. This disorder in our souls is what leads to addictions and the like. The cure for this malady is to cease committing mortal sins. There is another temptation, more subtle, which is to lose the increasing intensity of our hunger for Jesus. We make our life of religion a routine and a matter of thoughtless habit rather than a matter of the loving heart. Eventually this leads to a loss of our connection to our hunger for Him. The cure for this malady is to cease to commit venial sins.

Venial sins are the great enemy of spiritual hunger, especially hunger for the Eucharist. Love casts out venial sins with force and passion. There is no room in the heart of the Christian disciple for love for creatures! The more we lose our hunger for creatures, the more we will hunger intensely for the Creator. Let us focus on praying for an increase in hunger for the Eucharist. Jesus desires us with great desire. He wants to give us hearts opened like His. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS


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As soon as the words of the Consecration are pronounced, the priest, holding the host between his two first fingers, adores the Host making immediately a genuflection. Then, standing up, he raises the Host as high as possible to be seen by the faithful, keeping his eyes on it. He places the host again on the corporal and genuflects again. He does the same with the Chalice.

The Adoration of the Host after consecration is consistently attested since the Divine Institution of the Eucharist. We find very early interesting Greek icons representing  Jesus as an infant laying on the paten (gilded plate on which the Host is placed).

  The act of adoration itself takes various forms according to cultures and traditions. One might be standing, kneeling, seating, or prostrated on the floor: each one marks in its own way the same spiritual act of faith and adoration.

St. John Chrysostom attests that in Eastern Liturgy the “elevation of the host” came only just before communion and with great solemnity. The Holy Doors are finally opened, the curtains removed and the celebrant comes out (remember that the whole liturgy in this rite is out of sight) saying: “Consider the Table of the King. The King is here. If your vestments are pure, adore and receive communion.”

Since the 10th century, another sign of Adoration of God, is the addition of the ringing of the bells. We can read on the Carthusian rules the following ordinance: “Whenever the bell is rang for the consecration, wherever one is, he musts stop his activity and kneel down as long as the bells are rang.”

Yves de Chartres, Bishop of Paris (1115), gave thanks to Margaret, Queen of England for her gift of Bells for the Notre Dame Cathedral. He promised that her soul will be remembered at each consecration as they will ring.

The genuflection, done immediately after the words of the consecration are said, is a great act of faith on the power of the Instituted Words themselves. “This is my Body”: Adoration follows. Elevation comes after.

Another great addition of adoration in liturgy is the use of Torch-Bearer. Candles are sign of respect.

Since the heresy of Beranger – who denied the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist- the use of particular signs of adoration have been encouraged to sustain our faith. All that can help us is good to have.


From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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To acquire a ”notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier form of the liturgical celebration” (Motu Proprio, Benedict XVI, July 2007) or an exploration into the theological, historical, devotional, liturgical, ritualistic, architectural, artistic, linguistic, practical, legalistic, mystical… aspects of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Priest turning his back to the People? 

 It is a common remark heard about the Latin Mass. The distance expressed between the celebrant – getting himself behind a closed communion rail, setting himself up above everyone, not looking at the people; facing the altar – and the people remaining silent is striking. Why this has been the case for some 2000 years…?

Simply because the Mass is not considered as a social moment to which the faithful are invited to party at. It is foremost the renewal of the Single Act of Christ, offering Himself once and for all at the Last Supper, consummating His Sacrifice on the Cross, and  continuing the very same Act at each Mass. It is Christ celebrating Mass. Not any individual priest. The faithful are privileged  witnesses of it.

The position of the Priest is clearly not random. He and all the congregation are facing East. St John in the Book of Apocalypse  promised that Christ will come back like the rising Sun in all His Glory.

At Mass we all face “Oriens” that is East, waiting for our Divine Risen Master to come!

In the Roman style, many churches had “oculi” that were little windows kept opened behind the altar. Our very own St. Margaret Mary sanctuary is an example of this tradition. The purpose for this is to avoid missing the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ if it would happen during the celebration of Mass.