Dear Friends of the Church of the Immaculate Heart,
“Latare Jerusalem” Rejoice O Jerusalem” …These words taken from the Introit of the Mass have become the name for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Latare Sunday. These words may seem a little strange to us as in the atmosphere of current events. How are we to rejoice when so many people are suffering and dying, and the threat of more deaths only seems to increase? How are we to rejoice, when cannot assist at Mass? If we can remember from previous years, however, these words are always a little strange. How should we rejoice when we are preparing to commemorate the Sorrowful Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ? Yet this Sunday the Church does indeed bid us rejoice. We are to rejoice because the Passion of our Lord is followed by His Resurrection. We are to rejoice because, by His death, Our Lord has conquered death. We are to rejoice because God never permits evil to have the last word. This Sunday is the halfway point of Lent. Usually, we would examen our consciences today with questions such as these: “Have I been faithful to the good resolutions I took on Ash Wednesday?” “Have I kept up the penances I adopted that day?” Today, however, we all have penances we did not expect 3½ weeks ago. Now we must offer up the suffering that comes from losing the possibility to assist physically at Holy Mass. We must accept this suffering and offer it up as a cross, as our Lady accepted the suffering of being separated from her beloved Son for three days and nights while His Body lay in the tomb. While none of us would have chosen this cross, we must remember that the crosses which we have not chosen are always the most valuable. We must remember too, that the Passion and Death of our Lord did not last one fraction of a second longer than He permitted. So too the sorrowful situation in which we find ourselves today will not last for one fraction of a second longer than Our Lord has appointed. Soon enough He will say, as he said to the avenging angel who had been striking the people of Israel with the plague at the time of King David: “It is enough, now hold thy hand.” (II Kings 24:16). We do not know if the appointed time for the end of the current pandemic, but we do know that our Lord will shorten the time of this chastisement if we pray and do penance for poor sinners.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extra-ordinary form, as well as other Offices and Devotions, is live-streamed daily from the Institute of Christ the King’s church in Limerick, the Church of the Sacred Heart. Follow this link: (please click here)
The schedule of Live-streamed Masses and Devotions is as follows:
Sunday: 8 am: Low Mass 10:30 am: High Mass 6:15 pm: Vespers7 pm:
Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic
Monday to Thursday: 8 am: Low Mass 7 pm: Low Mass followed by Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic
Friday:8 am: Low Mass7 pm: Low Mass followed by Stations of the Cross and prayers in time of an epidemic
Saturday:8 am Low Mass 12 noon: Low Mass 7 pm: Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic.
Holy Mass is also live-streamed from the Institute’s Seminary of Gricigliano on Sundays and Feasts at missa.icrsp.org
Ceremonies are not cancelled. However, physically attending at them is temporarily suspended. The Church of the Immaculate Heart is open every day for private personal prayer.
Monday to Friday (except Wednesdays): 3 pm – 7:30 pm.
Sundays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays: 9 am – 12 noon.
Tomorrow at 12 noon I will pray the Litany of the Saints with the prayers against pestilence and plague before offering the Votive Mass “Ad vitanda mortalitate” “For the removing of pestilence.”
His Grace, Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland invites Irish bishops, priests, and faithful to join him in consecrating Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the coronavirus this Wednesday, 25 March which is the Feast of the Annunciation. We can join in this good and pious endeavour by praying the Rosary and Consecrating ourselves to Our Lady either in a church or in front of her picture or statute in our homes.
Liturgical Calendar for this week: Sunday 22 March: Latare SundayMonday 23 March: Lenten FeriaTuesday 24 March: Lenten Feria, Commemoration of St. GabrielWednesday 25 March: The AnnunciationThursday 26 March: Lenten FeriaFriday 27 March: Lenten Feria, Commemoration of St. John DamasceneSaturday 28 March: Lenten Feria, Commemoration of St. John CapistranoSunday 29 March: Passion Sunday
On a more material note, the bills and loan for the church still have to be paid. I have turned off all the heating to reduce these costs but we still depend entirely on donations. I would recommend placing your donation in the donation box at the back of the church, or making a bank transfer.
Our account details are:
Account Name: Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
HSBC Bank, 25-29 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FB
Account Number: 50374067National
Sort Code: 40-20-55
Please be assured of my prayers for each one of you and your intentions, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Wishing you a blessed week,