Monday 13 April 2015

Happy Eastertide on Low Sunday - Quasimodo geniti infantes...

Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
Non cessant clamare quotidie UNA VOCE dicentes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Quae patronum invocat sanctum Gregorium Magnum Papam 

2015 - 50th Anniversary Year of the Federation founded in 1965  

12 April 2015
Quasimodo or Low Sunday (Close Pasch)

A very Happy Easter to all members of the Federation
from the President and Officers

Surrexit Christus! Alleluia!

Dear friends and fellow members of the Federation,  

May I wish you all a very Happy Easter 2015, every blessing for the Paschal season and Gaudium Paschali to you all! 

On this day, which is often called Quasimodo Sunday, being the 8th day after the Resurrection, are sung the words of 1 Peter 2:2 as the introit of the Sunday:  

Quasimodo geniti infantes, alleluia, rationabile sine dolo lac concupiscite.
("As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile.")

We recall the appearance of the Lord for a second time to the Disciples, the first being on Easter Day when, after appearing to St Peter and Cleophas on the road to Emmaus, he appeared miraculously amongst the Disciples at table.  

We recall that, on this second occasion, our Lord showed his wounds to St Thomas Didymus "the Doubter", who saw and so believed.  

The Lord said to him (John 20:27-29):  

Deinde dicit Thomae: Infer digitum tuum huc, et vide manus meas, et affer manum tuam, et mitte in latus meum: et noli esse incredulus, sed fidelis. Respondit Thomas, et dixit ei: Dominus meus et Deus meus. Dixit ei Jesus: Quia vidisti me, Thoma, credidisti: beati qui non viderunt, et crediderunt. 
("Then he saith to Thomas: put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.")  

Let us rejoice, then, in being those who have not seen but yet have believed. 

Let us also recall, and await, the third appearance of the Lord to the Disciples, by the sea of Tiberias, when, after the miraculous draught of fishes, He heard the confession of St Peter, our first Holy Father, Pope and Bishop of the Holy See of Rome, who humbly obeyed the Divine Command. 

May I ask that those members who are able to do so, share with us any pictorial or photographic record of their participation in the services of prayer over Palm Sunday and especially the Sacred Triduum of Holy Week. I shall then arrange for them to be posted to the website. 

It has been especially joyful to see more and more young people participating in the sacred Triduum services according to the traditional rites, including the beautiful services of Tenebrae that so profoundly capture the spirit of that most holy week of the liturgical year. 

Whilst there are many matters of concern to us all, as members of Una Voce, in these troubling times, nevertheless we may still experience the joy of seeing the ancient ceremonies and rites of Holy Church being embraced by more and more of the Faithful who are daily re-discovering the liturgical treasures that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, through the Church, over the centuries, and which more and more people are feeling themselves drawn to. 

Despite the best efforts of the Enemy to deprive the Faithful of these treasures, nevertheless they remain to us and - increasingly - to more and more, in a manner that often seems highly providential given the unbelieving tenor of our times. 

May I fittingly end this letter by warmly thanking all of you who, as members of the International Una Voce Federation, have worked so tirelessly, and so courageously, and for so many years, to preserve, protect and defend these most beautiful liturgical rites, so lovingly tended by our spiritual ancestors and which have, for so many centuries, nurtured amongst us so many saints from so many nations, races and peoples. 

As we prepare for the many feasts that adorn the Roman liturgical calendar during this season, I look forward to seeing some of you on the weekend of the great Feast of Pentecost when so many traditional Catholic pilgrims undertake the arduous pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres, organised by the Association Notre Dame de Chretient√©, in witness to our Faith and to our sacred Catholic traditions.

May God bless us all during this festive and holy season of Eastertide! 

With every good wish and blessing,
yours sincerely in Christo rege, 


Colonel James Bogle
International Una Voce Federation


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