Historic St. Anthony Catholic Church
258 Ohio, Wichita, Ks
2nd St. & Ohio
Two blocks east of Old Town
Sunday Mass at 1:oo
English/Latin missals provided. Join us for coffee and donuts after mass downstairs in the St. Clair/Sunshine room, south exterior basement entrance.
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish: Fr. Ben Nguyen
EFLR Celebrants: Fr. John Jirak, Fr Nicholas Voelker
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Strunk
Choir Director: Bernie Dette

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Fr. Nicholas Voelker celebrates Low Mass Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 106 East 8th street, Newton. There is no mass this Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Post #80

Topics: Iconography: The Art of Lynda Beck...St Alphonsus Liquori: On Prayer...Pope is 'Ecclesiastically Incorrect':Battle Against Relativism...Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux: Relics Exposed for Veneration...Prayer Chaplets: Comment...Bishop Conley: Visits Wyoming Catholic College...Altar Stones and Relics at St. Anthony's: Historian's Account...Trinity Sunday: Creed of St. Anthanasius...Congratulations: Wedding in the Usus Antiquior...The Sign of the Cross: Fisheaters.com



The Art of Lynda Beck

I recently received a beautiful rough draft copy of a St. Michael icon from Ms. Lynda Beck, local artist/ icon writer and St. Anthony parishioner. While our email conversation was on a totally different subject (Pilgrimage USA- Kansas Prairie Tour of Sacred Worship Spaces....I will feature this in a near future post) it was this copy of her icon that really caught my attention.

The icon she sent me (to chase away spam in my email) was a very masculine St. Michael the Archangel defeating the Evil One.

Venite Missa Est! will explore iconography in future posts and, when Ms. Beck has a little more time to participate, we will do a full story on her art, studio and aspirations both personal and for the local art scene. Venite will also, at Ms. Beck's suggestion, feature the sacred art of Jennifer Walterscheid (she did the watercolor renderings of the Church windows) and also Raphael Robles as well as others.

We look forward to exploring this subject and the artist more in depth but for now I present a preview of sorts of the art of Lynda Beck.

Artist Statement

The word iconography literally means “image writing”. I am attracted to the entire process of Icon painting which involves elements of theology, aesthetics and of course technique. Though I do maintain an adherence to the rules of the Tradition, residing under the grace of God also affords me the privilege to exercise my artistic license. The ground rules of traditional Icon painting/writing guarantee a spiritual continuity and doctrinal unity that are valid beyond all national and cultural boundaries.

-Lynda Beck

Lynda Beck is a full time studio artist who lives and maintains her studio in Wichita, Kansas.


St Alphonsus Liquori
On Prayer
"He who prays is certainly saved. He who prays not is certainly damned. All the blessed (except infants) have been saved by prayer. All the damned have been lost through not praying; if they had prayed, they would not have been lost. And this is, and will be, their greatest torment in hell, to think how easily they might have been saved, only by asking God for his grace; but that now it is too late, -- the time of prayer is over. "


We Are Lucky This Pope is 'Ecclesiastically Incorrect'
Benedict XVI is Prepared to Suffer Ridicule in His Battle Against Relativism
By Dr Alcuin Reid
The Catholic Herald

On April 18 2005 a 78-year-old cardinal, at the end of his working life, preached the sermon for the cardinal-electors before they entered the conclave to elect a new pope. Joseph Ratzinger spoke that evening of the Church "moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognise anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires", and reminded the cardinals that the Church's true role is "to distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth".

His remarks were direct and incisive. They were the words of a man utterly without ambition who was ready to retire under the new pope. So "ecclesiastically incorrect" were they that one cardinal-elector, a strong supporter of his candidacy, later remarked that he wondered whether, by speaking thus, Ratzinger was deliberately trying not to be elected pope.

But the following day he was elected. Journalists, most famously Margaret Hebblethwaite on BBC television, bewailed that "Rottweiler Ratzinger" now held the Keys of St Peter. Even those of us who had read him for decades and who had known him as cardinal in brief but profoundly convincing encounters could barely believe that the cardinal who had so resolutely held and reaffirmed the Church's teaching on faith and morals - with the clear support of Pope John Paul II - and who had pioneered critical debate about the state of the Church following the Second Vatican Council, in fact emerged on the balcony of St Peter's as the Successor of St Peter.

But the cardinals knew Ratzinger personally, better than anyone, which is why, under the influence of God the Holy Spirit, they elected him. The media and most Catholics only knew his public reputation, which is why we had such hysteria. continue to article.....


The Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux
Exposed for Veneration

Thee relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux will be exposed for veneration in churches throughout England & Wales in the autumn of 2009. They will be in the Oratory in Oxford on 7th and 8th October and there is a blog giving news and updates concerning the visit.


Prayer Chaplets
A Comment to the Blog by Elizabeth Clare

Blogger's note: This comment was recently left on Venite Missa Est! regarding an older post and the article Chaplets: Those Funny Looking "Rosaries", Post #63 http://venite-missa-est.blogspot.com/2009/01/post-63.html

I am a long time rosary & prayer chaplet maker. I find that the prayer chaplets are very popular. When one has a special intention or devotion to a Saint, particular devotin to Our Lady or Our Lord the chaplets provide excellent ways to spend a shorter, more focused prayer time. Chaplets are very popular with all ages, even the young, who can't sit still for a whole rosary.

One of the most common forms of chaplets is called a niner. This consists of a medal, 3 sets of 3 beads and a crucifix. A prayer of intercession is said befoe or after saying 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys & 3 Glory Be's. These short chaplets can also be turned into to a Novena by praying the chaplet for the nine consecutive days before the particulare Feast of our Lady, Lord, or Saint.

The most popular chaplet is that of St Michael. The lovely chaplet does invoke all 9 choirs of Angels including the 3 Archangels, St Raphael, St Gabriel & St Michael. There is also a bead on the chaplet for your personal Guardian Angel.

As a Secular Franciscan my favorite chaplet is the Franciscan Crown Chaplet or the 7 Joys of Mary. This is much like a 7 decade rosary with 7 meditaitons of Our Lady's Joys. Franciscans have been praying this chaplet for centuries.

Next to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayer chaplets can be a tremendous source of deep spiritual devotion. If you have never prayed a chaplet, such as the powerful Divine Mercy Chaplet, please consider this beautiful prayer form. May all the Angels & Saints assist you in deepening your prayer life thru the use of prayer chaplets.

Your servant thru Francis & Clare,
Elizabeth Clare, SFO


Bishop Conley
Former St. Anthony EFLR liaison to Bishop Jackels Visits Wyoming Catholic College

“Although I served on the Founder’s Committee for Wyoming Catholic College, until today, I had not seen the school in operation,” observed Bishop James D. Conley, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver. “The students and faculty, staff and friends of this college speak to my heart. WCC is an example of truth, goodness and wisdom. You have my total support.” During his visit, Bishop Conley delivered a meditation on his Episcopal motto “cor ad cor loquitur.” “I borrowed this phrase from Cardinal Newman who chose it as his motto when he was named a Cardinal of the Church in 1879 at the age of 78. Later I learned that Cardinal Newman took these words from St. Francis de Sales.”

Bishop Conley observed that “Newman was a great believer in Divine Providence.” He trusted that God’s “worldly light” would give us “the presence of mind and the grace to see God’s
providential hand at every moment and to see the eternal significance of events and occasions in our lives.”

Bishop Conley urged the students “to look with the eyes of faith to see God’s manifest presence in one another.” He used his own life as an example of God’s Providence. Born in the Kansas City area, Bishop Conley graduated from the University of Kansas where he met Dr. John Senior and Dr. Robert Carlson. When Bishop Conley converted to the Catholic Church in 1975, Professor Senior was his godfather.

“Bishop Conley was one of my Latin students in the Integrated Humanities Program at KC, according to Dr. Carlson the WCC Academic dean. “He is living proof that learning Latin is essential to the understanding of language; useful in learning other languages; and can even make you a Roman Catholic Bishop.”

As proof of Dean Carlson’s thesis, Bishop Conley offered the College Mass in the extraordinary form accompanied by the Wyoming Catholic College Choir under the direction of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. Bishop Conley commented that “receiving the Lord in Holy Communion, in the words of St. Augustine, we become what we are and what we are meant to be: the Mystical Body of Christ on earth. Thus, we are enabled and empowered to live as he loved, and to pass on this love to others, cor ad cor.”
Commenting on the Bishop’s visit, Fr. Robert W. Cook, President of WCC, noted, “‘Next to the power of supernatural grace, the greatest influence over the human heart is the example of goodness and virtue in another person,’ as Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman said in Grammar of Assent.”

Bishop Conley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Catholic College foundation. He recently urged a group of business leaders “to support authentic Catholic schools such as Wyoming Catholic College. The restoration of Christian Culture is accomplished one soul at a time, one heart at a time, cor ad cor.”

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Altar Stones and Relics at St. Anthony's

Recently while changing out the statues (the Risen Christ statue and St. Anthony) above the altar (see Post #79) the conversation came around to the altar stones and their embedded relics in the altars at St. Anthony . I wondered if information existed as to whose relics were in the stones (more on this next week) but what puzzled me most was that there is no altar stone on the side altar (south wall) and thus no relic at this altar.

Being the curious sort, and history buff, I started making inquiries and was eventually directed to Camilla Hartman, Parish Historian.

Ms. Hartman writes: "Regarding the side altar and the altar stone (or lack of it): There is new information I came across in the last few years since the 2005 Restoration which may shed some light on that. If you look at the side altar, there are some differences from the three east altars:
1) There is no bas-relief on the bottom of the altar. Instead, there is a Victorian funeral wreath. 2) That part of the altar slides out and the statue of Christ in the Tomb, used only on Good Friday, is stored behind there.
3) Two angel heads adorn the side altar.
4) We have no picture of the side altar from circa 1909, only a 1909 picture of the three front altars.
5) We have no information on what statue was there originally.
6) The current statue is of St. Therese, canonized in the 1920's.
7) Since the church was finished in 1905, that statue could not have been there.
8) The side windows by the south altar are both of angels carrying a baby/young child up to heaven; the inscription field is blank on each.
Several years ago, thanks to the interest in the Restoration, I was given some old newspaper clippings from the 1930's published in the old diocesan paper. An article about St. Anthony's referenced "The Guardian Angels' Chapel." I was puzzled by that reference, as it was the first time I had heard of it. But after looking over the church, and seeing the angel heads and angel windows, and knowing St. Therese's statue could not have been there, I wondered if the original name for that alcove was the Guardian Angels' Chapel.

More information came to light when giving a church tour shortly thereafter. One of the women said her grandparents were original parishioners and had lived on Wabash Street (just west of Ohio Street). There was a tradition in their family that the grandparents had donated the windows for the south altar alcove. After some research on her part, she learned that her grandmother lost a baby at birth in 1904. Given that the windows were ordered from Germany when the church building was started in 1902, we suspected that it was too late to get the inscriptions added by 1904. However, also given the grandmother's loss of the baby and other angel items, and how many children died in those days as babies or youngsters, it seemed possible that the south altar was indeed called the Guardian Angels Chapel as a place of comfort for grieving parents. Could a statue of an angel graced that altar? We will probably never be sure. But if so, certainly an angel relic could not have been placed inside an altar stone."


The Sign of the Cross
courtesy Fisheaters

The Catholic Sign of the Cross is absolutely ancient, rooted not only in the Old Testament but the New (Apocalypse speaks of those who have the sign of God in their foreheads -- and those who have the sign of the Beast in their foreheads). When Catholics undergo the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Bishop (sometimes a priest) seals the sign on our foreheads with holy chrism. St. John of Damascus wrote

This was given to us as a sign on our forehead, just as the circumcision was given to Israel: for by it we believers are separated and distinguished from unbelievers.


To "cross oneself," "sign oneself," "bless oneself," or "make the sign of the cross" all mean the same thing

Crossing one's self recalls this seal, and the invocation that is said while making this holy sign calls on our God -- the Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost -- and is a sign of our of belief; it is both a "mini-creed" that asserts our belief in the Triune God, and a prayer that invokes Him. The use of holy water when making this sign, such as we do when we enter a church, also recalls our Baptism and should bring to mind that we are born again of water and Spirit, thanks be to God.

Because of what the Sign indicates -- the very Cross of our salvation -- Satan hates it, and our using it makes demons flee. Make the Sign in times of temptation and confusion for great spiritual benefit!

The Sign of the Cross is made thus: First choose your style:

* Option A. With your right hand, touch the thumb and ring finger together, and hold your index finger and middle finger together to signify the two natures of Christ. This is the most typical Western Catholic practice.

* Option B. Hold your thumb and index finger of your right hand together to signify the two natures of Christ

* Option C. Hold your thumb, index finger, middle finger of your right hand together (signifying the Trinity) while tucking the ring finger and pinky finger (signifying the two natures of Christ) toward your palm. This is the typically Eastern Catholic practice.

* Option D: Hold your right hand open with all 5 fingers -- representing the 5 Wounds of Christ -- together and very slightly curved, and thumb slightly tucked into palm


* touch the forehead as you say (or pray mentally) "In nomine Patris" ("In the name of the Father")

* touch the breastbone or top of the belly as you say "et Filii" ("and of the Son")


touch the left shoulder, then right shoulder, as you say "et Spiritus Sancti" ("and of the Holy Ghost"). Note that some people end the Sign by crossing the thumb over the index finger to make a cross, and then kissing the thumb as a way of "kissing the Cross."

An optional prayer to pray after signing yourself in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is this one, said to be favored by St. Benedict:

By the Sign of the Cross, deliver me from my enemies, O Lord.

When the Sign is Made

A partial indulgence is gained, under the usual conditions, when piously making the Sign of the Cross

Catholics should begin and end their prayers with the Sign of the Cross and should cross themselves when passing a church to honor Jesus in the Tabernacle, upon entering a church, and after receving Communion. The sign is made, too, in times of trouble or fear (e.g., when receiving bad news, in times of temptation, when hearing an ambulance or fire truck go by), when passing a cemetery or otherwise recalling the dead, when seeing a Crucifix -- any time one wishes to honor and invoke God, or ward away evil, fear, and temptation.

Just for information's sake, the "Distaff Gospels," a collection of old wives tales collected ca. 1470, relate the following in its fifteenth chapter.

If in the morning, when getting up, a person crosses themselves and washes their hands before leaving the house, the devil will not have the power of harming him or her. Otherwise, whatever the work is done on that day will not be profitable.

...About that, Geffrine Tost Preste said that the devil sits on the table of whoever does not say grace before eating, then eats and drinks there.

Other Signs of the Cross

There are other signs of the Cross that Catholics make, too. One is made by tracing a small Cross with the thumb of the right hand on people and things. This sign is especially used by parents when blessing children by tracing the sign on the children's foreheads..1 Sometimes the sign is traced by the thumb on a book of Sacred Scripture and then kissed before reading. The sign is also carved onto loaves of bread before cutting, etc.

Another sign is the large sign made in the air by bishops and priests when blessing persons or material objects.

Yet another is the series of three small Crosses traced by the thumb of the right hand -- one small Cross on the forehead, one small Cross on the lips, and one small Cross on the breast -- just before the Gospel reading at Mass. The sign on the forehead is to show that we believe the Gospel, the sign on the lips is to show that we respect the Gospel and desire to spread the Good News, and the sign on our breast is to show that we love the Gospel and want it kept in our hearts. 2

Make the Sign of the Cross and make it often! Teach it to your children -- even the tiniest of children. If they're infants, take their hands and make the movements for them! Making the Sign should feel as natural as breathing...

1 The use of "bless" here refers to a parental blessing -- i.e., a prayer for God's grace for a child. Priests alone have the power to bless in the name of the Church and with the power of the Church, to bless liturgically, to bless objects rendering them sacramentals, etc.

2 When passing by or upon entering a church, many Mexicans make this form of the sign (with the thumb laid over the index finger to form a cross) -- on the forehead, lips, and mouth -- while praying the words, "Por la senal de la Santa Cruz, de nuestros enemigos libranos Señor Dios Nuestro" -- "By the sign of the Holy Cross deliver us, Lord, from our enemies." This is followed by the regular sign of the Cross outlined above (whose words in Spanish are, "En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espiritu Santo, amen") and the kissing of the Cross made by the thumb laid over the index finger. They refer to the first sign as "signing oneself" ("signarse") and the second action as "blessing oneself" ("santiguarse").

Trinity Sunday
Creed of St. Anthanasius

Jim Spencer was kind enough to send notice by email that tomorrow is Trinity Sunday: ..."the only day in the EF liturgical year when the Creed of St. Anthanasius is said in the Divine Office (during Prime).  In previous ages, it was said every Sunday.  

This Creed deals more with the Blessed Trinity than does any other of the four Church-approved Creeds (Nicene, Apostles, St. Athanasius, and Pope Pius IV).  Since the Trinity is a mystery we cannot comprehend with our limited human intelligence, the St. Athanasian Creed is full of dichotomies (seeming contradictions) .  Actually, it reads as if it had been written by G. K. Chesterton, but of course he wasn't around yet when this Creed was written and approved by the Church."

Thank you for that insight Mr. Spencer. Here is the Creed .

Creed of St. Anthanasius

Whosoever will be saved, 
before all things it is is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. 
Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, 
without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity
in Unity, 
neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, 
and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, 
the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, 
and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, 
and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, 
and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, 
and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals, 
but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, 
but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, 
and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, 
but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, 
and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, 
but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, 
and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet not three Lords, 
but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge ever y
Person by Himself to be both God and Lord, 
so we are forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, there be three Gods,
or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, 
neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, 
not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father [and of the Son], 
neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; 
one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or l ess
than another; 
but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, 
the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved 
must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation 
that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ .
For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, 
that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.
God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; 
and Man, of the Substance of His Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man, 
of a reasonable soul in human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching His Godhead; 
and inferior to the Father, as touching His Manhood.
Who, although He be God and Man, 
yet He is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, 
but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, 
but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, 
so God and Man is one Christ.
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, 
rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God 
from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise with their bodies 
and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; 
and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, 
he cannot be saved.


Wedding in the Usus Antiquior

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs. Tran, Oscar and Allana on their recent nuptials. The Holy Sacrament of Marriage was performed at Blessed Sacrament Church, Wichita, Ks. with Fr. Jarrod Lies officiating.


The Story of St. Anthony of Padua
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