New Haven’s Latin Mass during Covid

Catholics throughout the world have been confronted with a serious obstacle to the practice of their faith by the Covid-19 pandemic during these past months: access to the sacraments, the heart of religious life, has been challenged by possible mortal health consequences. Submission to local authorities, both religious and civil, limited this access significantly during the late spring with the closing of churches for the public celebration of Mass. Beginning in July, public celebration of the Eucharist resumed with carefully defined restrictions, including the wearing of masks and social distancing directives.

In the New Haven community, we rejoice that the Traditional Latin Mass is again celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church every Sunday at 2:00 pm and on the First Friday of each month at 8:00 am. At. present, only Low Mass is offered, owing to the challenges presented by the pandemic with regard to the physical interaction among servers and choir members at High Mass.

The Saint Gregory Society invites all who are committed to the Traditional Liturgy, as well as those who would like to learn more about it, to attend these services and make their availability known to others.

We also encourage all those who visit this page frequently to have recourse to the “Prayer in Time of Pestilence” below.

Latin Mass to resume

We rejoice that after these long months of liturgical eclipse owing to the corona virus pandemic, regular public celebration of the Eucharist will resume in the Archdiocese of Hartford next weekend. The Traditional Latin Masses at St. Stanislaus Church will resume with the First Friday Mass on July 3 at 8:00 am, and Sunday Mass at 2:00 pm on July 5.

We include here the note from the Pastor regarding the reopening:

Dear Parishioners,
It is with great joy that I share with you the long-awaited news. Archbishop Blair has made the decision to open the churches for Sunday Masses next weekend, July 4th & 5th, with a limit of 100 people per Mass. If people are maintaining the six-foot distance between them, after marking off the pews, there are 60 single places in our church. Taking into account the fact that the people coming to Mass are often spouses and families who may sit together, it is apparent that in our situation, there is room for all. Masses will be celebrated according to the normal Sunday schedule. In addition to maintaining a six-foot distance, there is an obligation to wear a mask as soon as you enter the church. I am already filled with joy in anticipation of our meeting after such a long hiatus. I greet you cordially and assure you of my prayers. I look forward to when we will see each other again!!!

Fr. Tadeusz

Please visit this website for any updates regarding other precautions or scheduling.

Prayer in Times of Pestilence

We invite our Members and Friends to visit this page frequently for updated news regarding the reopening of churches and resumption of the schedule of Latin Masses at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven.

In the meantime, we encourage all to offer the following Prayer in Times of Pestilence with a beautiful antiphon attributed to the Sisters of the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra, Portugal, during the Black Death. One among many renditions of this chant available online here.

  Stélla caéli extirpávit 

Quae lactávit Dóminum 

Mórtis péstem quam plantávit

Prímus párens hóminum.

Ipsa stélla nunc dignétur

Sídera compéscere,

Quórum bélla plébem caédunt

Dírae mórtis úlcere.

O gloriósa stélla máris

A péste succúre nóbis:

Audi nos, nam te fílius

Níhil négans honórat.

Sálva nos, Jésu!

Pro quíbus vírgo máter te órat.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi

Oremus.

Deus misericórdiae, Deus pietátis, Deus indulgéntiae, qui misértus es super afflictiónem pópuli tui, et dixísti Angelo percuténti pópulum tuum: Cóntine manum tuam ob amórem illíus Stellae gloriósae, cuius úbera pretiósa contra venénum nostrórum delictórum quam dúlciter suxísti; praesta auxílium grátiae tuae, ut intercedénte Beata Vírgine María Matre tua et Sancto Ráphael tuo Archángelo, ab omni peste et improvísa morte secúre liberémur, et a totíus perditiónis incúrsu misericórditer salvémur. Per Te, Iesu Christe Rex glóriae, qui vivis et regnas in saécula saeculórum. Amen.

The Star of Heaven 

That nourished the Lord 

Drove away the plague of death 

Which the first parents of man 

Brought into the world. 

May this bright Star now vouchsafe to Extinguish that foul constellation whose battles Have slain the people with the wound of death.

O most pious Star of the Sea,

Preserve us from pestilence; 

Hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours Thee 

By denying Thee nothing. 

Save us, O Jesus, 

For whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God of mercy, God of forbearance, God of forgiveness, who was moved to compassion for the affliction of Thy people, and who said to the Angel devastating Thy people: AStay thy hand,@ for the love of that glorious Star, at whose dearest breast Thou graciously fed against the poison of our sins; grant the help of Thy grace, that as Thy Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Raphael, Thine Archangel, we be safely freed from every disease and from an unprovided death, and that we may be mercifully saved from the assault of utter ruin. Through Thee, Christ Jesus, King of Glory, who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

Mass canceled time-being

Due to the COVID 19 crisis the Archbishop of Hartford has cancelled Holy Mass until April 3rd.

Stay tuned to when the Latin Mass will be offered again.

In the meantime, let us pray for the victims and their families, and the medical professionals.