321 South Broadway Lawrence, MA
01843 (Dominican Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters, O.P. — Ordo Praedicatorum)
Heart Traditional Roman Catholic Church Lawrence, MA:
The Traditional Holy Sacrifice
in Latin only
— is offered at Sacred Heart Traditional Catholic Church daily,
weekends and Sunday (High Mass)
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“We promote separation from the World, simply because if we live by
the World we will lose our souls to the World.”
I was struck by this statement.
There was no guile in it, no equivocation
— It was another way of saying, “For
what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the
loss of his soul?”
(Saint Mark 8.36)
Just twenty minutes north of the junction
of I-93 and I-95 (128) you will encounter at Sacred Heart what you have
found to be painfully absent virtually throughout the archdiocese of
Boston since Vatican II: sanctity.
distinctive white tunic, or habit, and black scapular of the Dominicans
are the first intimation that things at Sacred Heart are different from
most parishes — and distinctly different from Novus Ordo parishes
— the more one enters into the Church. Holy statuary, beautifully crafted,
abounds. There is a Communion Rail! An Altar
of marble (an Altar of Sacrifice) majestically ascends to the Sanctuary
— in place of the dreary wooden “table of the Lord” that became
the pseudo-Catholic equivalent of Protestant disdain for the Sacraments
... and most especially “the Holy Eucharist as really and truly the
Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Only at an Altar does a real Sacrifice occur — at a “table
of the Lord” things are shared and eaten as becoming any meal: the bread
is simply bread ... no more. The wine is just that: wine ... nothing
more. A commemoration takes place — but not a sacrifice! Christ is no
more in the bread and wine than He is in the table and the pews. The
Real Presence becomes a blasphemous Absence. The alchemy
of Ecumenism can only change so much ... Stained glass — the art-work
of centuries that made them inimitable and emblematic of our holy Catholic
Faith. Real stained glass! Not the cheap imposter that became prevalent
with lines and angles of pale, incongruous colors that came to fill
newly minted Bauhaus church buildings — and which made them even
more strikingly Protestant in appearance. It was Modern Art — and
every bit as trite and ugly. It was essentially matter without
distinguishable form — anything and nothing.
The most striking surprise — is the
people. They are meticulously attired. They have dressed to meet
the King of Kings. Children to less than adults, the young no less
than the old. Mantillas (elegant lacey head coverings) adorn little
girls and matrons alike; the young women are modest — beautifully so.
Men and women must observe a very strict
dress code. Remember
Men and young boys suit up. Women are encouraged to holy modesty: no
hemlines above knee, no bare shoulders, no plunging necklines, no dresses
with slits beyond the knee, head-covering required (mantillas are provided
And it is quiet! No discussions
are taking place. People are praying, and other people are respectful
of the silence that seems to waft to Heaven itself on pale incense borne
by unseen Angels — to the Throne of God.
you really meet the President of the United States or the Queen
of England in your gym clothes or a hoodie if you knew that you were
going to meet them? Absolutely not! But alas, for sorrow, we accord
Jesus Christ Himself less respect than we lavish upon petty political
functionaries and figures who only covet our votes and otherwise care
nothing for us. We have become accustomed to such an absence of respect
for our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar that we have
utterly forgotten where we are, and in Whose Presence we stand. Indeed,
to Whom we come!
You go to meet the King of Kings — Christ Himself!
Heart Church has kept the Faith, the Tradition, the infallible Teachings,
and the Sacred Magisterium that the Second Vatican Council repudiated.
Sacred Heart does not recognize Vatican II and has kept the Mass
as it had been prayed by Holy Mother Church for over 2000 years.
the junction of I-93 and 95 (Rt. 128) it is a twenty-minute drive north.
Go! You will be welcomed — and you
will be humbled by the majesty of the sacred — now long forgotten and
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Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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