Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Expanded Liturgical Opportunities

The Independent Catholic Christian Church is a very small jurisdiction, but I'm very happy that we are now offering three services weekly, with an additional service each month (see here for a listing). Of course, St. Mary of Grace parish offers Mass each Sunday at 6. Each Monday night at 10:30 EST, the Traditional Liturgy Apostolate offers Vespers and Compline by the innovative method of conference call. Wednesdays, we offer Vespers and Eucharist here at the chapel in my home, as a joint effort of the parish, the AIHM order, and the cathedral chapter. And on the first Friday of each month, the Heart of Jesus Healing Ministry offers a healing Mass.

Through the liturgy of the Eucharist and the Divine Office, we are drawn by Christ into the hidden life of the Trinity, and I am pleased that we are able to offer people these regular opportunities to be so drawn into the divine life.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

ICCC Priest Accused of Heresy!

Fr. Chris Tessone is completely orthodox in his adherence to the creeds and ICCC doctrine. He offers insightful commentary at his blog, Even the Devils Believe, and he has recently started the Traditional Liturgy Apostolate of the ICCC, with seminarian Michael Shirk, to provide opportunities for traditional liturgical prayer, including Vespers and Compline from the Monastic rite each Monday. So why is he being accused of heresy, and by whom?

The above committee feel that he has committed a grave offense against both faith and morals by his recent post "Friday Cat Blogging: Canine Edition", defiling the holy and sacred Cat Blogging tradition by the inclusion of profane dogs. This committee is currently deliberating about the penalties they will demand -- my suspicion is that Allie will demand the skinning alive of the dog in question (given her constant fears that I, the phone, random pieces of dust, etc. might skin HER alive), whereas Charles will demand that Fr. Chris feed him cat treats (Charles' solution to most situations -- my putting clean laundry in the sock drawer while he is sleeping there, my leaving for work, Tuesday, etc.).