Thursday, 11 April 2019

St Tarcisius medals seen in the wild

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The medals of the Society of St Tarcisius have started to appear at celebrations of Mass, and outside the context of events organised specifically for server training.

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 At the St Catherine's Trust Family Retreat, the final Mass was celebrated by a team of four members. Members were also present in force at the Latin Mass Society's Pilgrimage to Caversham on the Ember Saturday of Lent.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Second training day in London

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The Society of St Tarcisius held its second training event of the year in St Mary Moorfileds, London, on Saturday 9th March. It was attended by 19 people, plus Fr Neil Brett of St Anne Line, South Woodford. We enrolled four new members and received three new postulants.

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The next event will be in Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, on Saturday 11th May. As with the others in this series, it will take place in conjunction with a sewing day of the Guild of St Clare.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Successful server training day in London

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On Saturday 16th February the Society had its first Server Training Day, relaunching the Society for a new phase of activity.

Fourteen people were enrolled at appropriate grades in the Society, and two more were registered as 'Postulants'. Because this was our first ever enrollment ceremony, even the instructors were enrolled, including one, Jonathan Hague, at the highest possible grade, Grand Master of Ceremonies.

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It was particularly useful to have an entire serving team, from South Woodford, together with their parish priest, Fr Neil Brett, who could go through the ceremonies of Sung Mass together.

Fr Gabriel Diaz officiated at the enrollment ceremony in the afternoon.

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The next training day is Saturday 9th March, in the same venue: St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, in the City of London: EC2M 7LS. Please email tarcisius@lms.org.uk to book.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Tarcisius medals have arrived

The relaunch of the Society of St Tarcisius is rather dependent on our having physical medals: members can't be enrolled in the ranks of the Society without them. I am delighted to say, therefore, that the manufacturers, JC Trophies, have exceeded expectations in the speed of the process, and the medals are in the LMS Office in plenty of time for distribution at the first of our training days, which is 16th Feburary.

The design on the medals is taken from the central motif of the Latin Mass Society's black High Mass set of vestments: IHS, incorporating a cross, surrounded by a crown of thorns and a quartrfoil. (More on it here.)

Email us at tarcisius@lms.org.uk to book your place to be trained and/or enrolled.

Training days start at 10:30 am and should end by 4pm.

February: Saturday 16th at St Mary Moorfields
March: Saturday 9th at St Mary Moorfields
May: Saturday 11th at Our Lady of the Assumption

Friday, 14 December 2018

Server Training days in London in 2019



With apologies for the long dormancy of the Society, it is now being revived with new statutes, a new and specially designed medal for members, and a series of events where servers can be trained and also enrolled in the Society.
The LMS website's page on the Society of St Tarcisius has been updated, and this links to a pdf with information about the aims of the SST and the grades of altar server which it contains.
No one at present has any of these grades, but at the training events already arranged (see below) and other such events we can have the necessary brief tests and enroll people at the appropriate level.
I would like to hear from anyone will to attend at these events as a trainee or trainer, or simply to be enrolled (please specify your level of experience).
I would also like to hear from anyone willing to organise training events elsewhere in the country.
Contact me through tarcisius@lms.org.uk
With best wishes for Advent and Christmas,
Joseph Shaw

Training days in London


Saturday 16th February in St Mary Moorfields,
Saturday 9th March in St Mary Moorfields,
Saturday 11th May in Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street.
All levels of serving can be addressed, and servers can be enrolled in the Society and receive its splendid new medal.
Days begin at 10:30am: full details here. Please book so we know who to expect, indicating your level of experience, what you would like to learn, or at what grade you feel you could be enrolled: tarcisius@lms.org.uk
These training days in London are running in parallel with Vestment Mending Days with the Guild of St Clare, in the basement of the churches where the training is taking place. Details of these events can be found here.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Feast of St Tarcisius, 15th August


15th August is the Feast of St Tarcisius.

Members of the Sodality are encouraged to commemorate him in their prayers at Holy Mass, in the Office, or in private devotions.

It is also a good time for members to renew their annual commitment, using the Sodality prayer.

St Tarcisius is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on this day, although of course the Feast that is universally celebrated is that of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady.

Those who say the Divine Office privately can add a commemoration at Vespers and Lauds. This consists of an Antiphon, versicle and response, and collect; and comes after the collect for the day and before the conclusion. Those who say the Little Office of Our Lady would add the commemoration after the main collect, and before the commemoration of All Saints.


1st Vespers.

Antiphon: Iste Sanctus pro lege Dei sui certavit usque ad mortem, et a verbis impiorium non timuit; fundatus enim erat supra firmam petram.


V. Gloria et honore coronasti eum, Domine.
R. Et constituist eum super opera mannum tuarum.


Oremus.
Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, intercedente beato Tarcisio Martyre tuo, et a cunctis liberemur in corpore, et a pravis cogitationibus mundemur in mente. Per Dominum etc.


Antiphon: This is a Saint who strove for the truth, even unto death, and feared not the words of sinful men, forasmuch as he was founded upon a sure foundation.


V.  Thou hast crowned him with glory and worship, O Lord.
R.  And hast made him to have dominion of the works of thy hands.



Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the intercession of blessed Tarcisius, Thy martyr, we may both be delivered from all adversities in body, and be purified from all evil thoughts in mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


Lauds.


Antiphon: Qui odit animam suam in hoc mundo, in vitam aeternam custodit eam.


V. Justus ut palma florebit.
R. Sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur.

Oremus.
Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, intercedente beato Tarcisio Martyre tuo, et a cunctis liberemur in corpore, et a pravis cogitationibus mundemur in mente. Per Dominum etc.


Antiphon: He that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.


V.  The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree.
R.  And shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.



Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the intercession of blessed Tarcisius, Thy martyr, we may both be delivered from all adversities in body, and be purified from all evil thoughts in mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

2nd Vespers.


Antiphon: Qui vult venire post me, abneget semetipsum, et tollat crucem suam, et sequatur me.


V. Justus ut palma florebit.
R. Sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur.

Oremus.
Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, intercedente beato Tarcisio Martyre tuo, et a cunctis liberemur in corpore, et a pravis cogitationibus mundemur in mente. Per Dominum etc.

Antiphon: If any man shall come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.


V.  The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree.
R.  And shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.



Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the intercession of blessed Tarcisius, Thy martyr, we may both be delivered from all adversities in body, and be purified from all evil thoughts in mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.