Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


On the Feast of Candlemas last Thursday, the Presentation of the Lord, His Excellency the Most Reverend Monsignor Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta, celebrated Pontifical High Mass in the church of the Epiphany in Miami. This was the first Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Florida in 50 years. His Excellency wore the cappa, mitre and vestments of the first Archbishop, Monsignor Coleman Carroll, as a sign of the continuity of our Faith and Worship, in a reflection of the practice of our beloved Holy Father.  The Mass was preceded by a workshop for the priests attending in choir - Tuitio Fidei in practice.
Photographs courtesy of Archdiocese of Miami website
In his homily, delivered solemnly from the throne, His Excellency said: “What’s happening tonight should give us an indication of what should be happening in our parishes every Sunday — the dignity, the solemnity, the pageantry, if you will. But it’s not about entertaining people, it’s about worshiping God, along with the tradition and continuity of the faith throughout the ages.”  The full text may be read here.

This liturgical work is central to the Order's charism, as we strive in charity to bring our fellow man closer to Salvation. The sacred Liturgy is the most powerful means the Church gives us to achieve this, and one to which the Order of Malta has throughout its life been devoted in the magnificent churches it built in its various homes.

Tuitio Fidei is the Obsequium Pauperum for the soul, and just as human beings are both spirit and flesh, so these two parts of our work are also one and indivisible.

There is an article on the Archbishop's work in the Order on the Cuban Association website here.

Ad Multos Annos!

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