Blessing to you on this 9th day in December of the Second Week of Advent!
As we all celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception yesterday, one important event may have been easily overlooked due to the hustle and bustle of such an important feast day.
In the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX), also called the Apostles of Jesus and Mary, December 8th was chosen by His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre as the day when seminarians and priests make and renew their commitments to the Society.
In that light, a former diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of New York, the Very Right Reverend Monsignor James Byrnes, Ph.D., now Principal of St. Padre Pio Academy in Ridgefield, CT and Pastor of St. Jude’s parish in Philadelphia, PA formally entered the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X in a High Mass celebrated on this day last evening.
The beauty of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was so fitting for an occasion, when after the Credo, Monsignor kneeling before the open tabernacle pledged himself and his works to the service of the Church, through the charism and organization of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X.
Ever since the foundation of the Society in 1970 when it received official recognition by the Church to the present day situation, the Society has continued to hand on what it has received from the fountains of Truth contained within the Deposit of Faith, and this is done with a missionary zeal oft neglected in these modern times.
Let us pray for Monsignor Byrnes and his missionary work bringing truth to all souls he encounters, especially through his preaching and teaching in the schools and in offering up the most sublime Sacrifice of the Cross!
If you would like to learn more about Monsignor’s journey from his ordination, to being declared Chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI which earned him the title Monsignor, to his eventual commitment and engagement to the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, you are invited to listen to his conference given to the Angelus Press conference in October of 2014 located at Monsignor for Tradition.