Easter Sunday

“The history of man is a love story. It is the story of how man was made for God, and then became estranged from God, but in the end, after many struggles and many sorrows, is to come back again to God, to be happy again in the end.” (Rev. Gerald Vann, O.P., The Pain of Christ, p. 7.)

    Due to original sin, our First Parents lost for themselves and for the human race the greatest gift that God had bestowed upon them—the life of sanctifying grace which made them His children and gave them the right to Heaven. In addition, as a result of their sin, our First Parents and their descendants were punished with death, suffering, ignorance and a strong inclination to sin.

    One consolation, however, remained in the midst of so many sorrows. In His infinite love and mercy, God promised to send to the world a Redeemer to make satisfaction for the sins of mankind and to regain for us the right to be heirs of Heaven and children of God. He confirmed this promise of a Redeemer many times and assured Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that the Savior of the world would be born of their race. In the Old Testament, the religious body of Jews preserved the worship of the true God and awaited the coming Messiah.

    “They awaited Him as captives await their delivery, and this hope sustained them, and in virtue of Him that was to come their sins were forgiven them. As we believe that He has come, so they believed that He was to come; and so they called Him, He that is to come. That was the question they put to St. John the Baptist in Matthew 11: 3, ‘Art Thou He who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” (Alphonsus Rodriguez, The Practice of Perfection and the Christian Virtues, p. 490.)

    The animal sacrifices the Chosen People offered to God prefigured the true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who was to offer His suffering and death upon the Cross in order to make satisfaction to divine justice. “The delivery of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage foretold the delivery of the human race from the bondage of the devil and the slavery of sin.” (Rev. J. Maegher, The Tragedy of Calvary, p. 238.)

    In order that mankind might realize the misery of their state, understand the need for God’s assistance, plead for a remedy and recognize His mercy, He did not send His only-begotten Son into the world soon after the fall of Adam and Eve. Through the long centuries before the coming of Christ, the principal persons, events and prophecies of the Old Testament, with ever increasing clarity, describe the marvels of His coming.

    The Prophet Isaias foretold the miraculous virginity of His mother. Micheas has written that Bethlehem was to be the place of His birth. Isaias described the future slaughter of the Holy Innocents. Osee said that the Redeemer would flee to Egypt. Isaias indicated that He would live in Nazareth.

    The holy men of the Old Testament, including Moses, King David and the prophets Isaias, Zacharias and Jeremias expressed in precise detail the suffering endured by the coming Redeemer. They describe Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden, desertion by His apostles, His silence before His accusers and false witnesses, His scourging and mockery.

    In addition, the prophets also foretold Christ’s crucifixion between two thieves, the insults offered Him upon the Cross, the gall and vinegar given Him to drink, the division of His garments and the darkness attesting to His divinity. In the gospel accounts of the Passion, the four evangelists clearly indicate the fulfillment of these prophecies, made centuries before the death of Jesus Christ.

    The prophet Isaias described the future Redeemer thus: “A Man of Sorrows and acquainted with infirmity… Surely He hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows… He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed.”

    “All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was His own will, and He opened not His mouth: He shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer… For the wickedness of My people have I struck Him.” (Isaias 53: 3-8.)

    There were so many prophecies regarding Christ that after His Resurrection, Our Savior appeared to the disciples of Emmaus and reproved them for their lack of faith: “O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory? And beginning then with Moses and with all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things referring to Himself.” (Luke 24: 25-27.)

Exact prophecies were not only made of Christ in the Old Testament, but also many important persons of the Old Testament prefigured the Redeemer:

    • Abel, put to death by Cain, prefigured the Innocent Savior.

    • Noah saved those in the ark from the deluge and symbolized the Redeemer of the world.

    • Melchisedech offered a sacrifice of bread and wine which foretold the Last Supper and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

    • Isaac carried the wood of the sacrifice up the mountain. He typified Christ carrying the Cross to Calvary.

    • Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver and suffered unjustly. He was a type of Our Lord who was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.

    • Job suffered with patience and symbolized the afflicted Redeemer.

    • Josue led the Hebrews into the Promised Land and prefigured Jesus Christ who reopened the gates of Heaven.

    • Jonas remained inside the whale for three days. This prefigured Christ’s resurrection on the third day.

    During the Offertory of the Mass, the Church prays: “O God, Who hast wonderfully created the dignity of human nature… and still more wonderfully restored it.” The Redemption of mankind through the Passion and death of Christ displays in a striking manner the wisdom and the power of God, in bridging over the infinite goodness and love of God, in offering His Son for our redemption and God’s justice in requiring an atonement proportioned to the offense.

    The benefits that have accrued to us from the Incarnation and Redemption are so many and so great that during the Easter Vigil the Church sings: “For it would have profited us nothing to have been born unless redemption had also been bestowed upon us. O wonderful condescension of Thy mercy towards us! O inestimable charity: that Thou didst give up Thy only-begotten Son to redeem a slave! O truly needful sin of Adam, which was blotted out by the death of Christ! O happy fault, that merited to possess such and so great a Redeemer!”

    Christ has given us much more than what had been taken away from us by Adam. St. Paul said that the grace that Our Lord has imparted to the world is greater than the loss caused by original sin. “Not as was the offense hath been the gift.” (Romans 5: 15.) “Greater is the gain of the Redemption than the loss of the Fall.” (Alphonsus Rodriguez, The Practice of Perfection and the Christian Virtues, p. 492.)

    If only we understood and appreciated the great blessings that God has bestowed upon us! Although we often profess our love of God, how easily we are repulsed by the least difficulty and overcome by the slightest temptations. What would become of us if Our Lord had loved us only to the degree that we love Him? Due to His infinite mercy, Jesus Christ spared nothing in order to prove that He loves us. To express His infinite love for us and the evil of sin Our Redeemer triumphed over the tortures, shame and bitterness of His Cross and Sacred Passion.

    If our love for God is active, it will be manifested by our obedience to His commandments and the faithful fulfillment of our duties to God, our neighbor and ourselves. This includes control of our passions and custody of our senses. If we do not mortify our eyes, they will often draw us into sins of impurity, avarice, pride, envy, etc. The guarding of our senses and the practice of self-discipline are the ABCs of living a Christian life.

    The fulfillment of our daily duty and the patient acceptance of our crosses will atone for our sins and merit graces for our own sanctification and the salvation of many souls. Frequent prayer, especially the daily rosary, obtains for us grace, power, protection, light, courage, and strength to overcome temptation. Frequent Confession and reception of Holy Communion are the most powerful means to overcome temptation, control our passions, and grow in grace. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary will obtain countless graces, including final perseverance. “A devout servant of Mary will never be lost,” said St. Alphonsus.

    Christ requires personal effort from us and co-operation with grace because He has heaped upon us so much love and bestowed so many benefits upon us. St. John Vianney has written, “What happiness to love the good God! There is no joy, no happiness, no peace in the heart of those who do not love the good God on earth. We desire Heaven, we aspire to it; but that we may be sure to attain it, let us… love the good God here below, in order to be able to love Him, to possess Him eternally in His holy paradise.” (The Cure of Ars to His People, pp. 134-135.)


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Prayer to St. Joseph:
O glorious St. Joseph, thou who, on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night, put fear aside to take thy Virgin Bride into thy home, show thyself today as my advocate and protector. Guardian of the Christ Child, defend me against every attack of the enemy, preserve me from the dangers that surround me on every side. Stand by when accused, stretch out they hand when I am tempted, comfort me when I am fearful, forsake me not when I am weak.

In thee God has given to me a model of faith, of obedience in adversity, of chastity in the midst of evil, and of hope in the uncertainty of these times, Thou art the terror of demons and the healer of those who fight the spiritual combat. Come, then to my defense. Keep me under thy gracious protection. Amen.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, California, is much like any Catholic church you might have attended before the Second Vatican Council occurred in the 1960's. This Council, supposedly intended to bring about a genuine spiritual renewal in the living of our Faith, inaugurated liturgical changes that broke drastically from the Church's sacred liturgy and traditions of nearly 2,000 years. It is because of these changes and the resultant universal loss of faith among so many bishops, priests, nuns and laity, that Queen of Angels and chapels like this one are drawing more and more interest from concerned Catholics all over the world.

The pastor of Queen of Angels is Father Dominic Radecki, CMRI, a priest belonging to the religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen . The bishop and priests of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) offer only the Tridentine Latin Mass in all the churches and chapels they serve. Remaining faithful to all of the Church's venerable teachings and traditions, Queen of Angels Church reflects the stability and endurance of truths and doctrines that will never change with the times.

The faithful receive Holy Communion on their tongues as they kneel at the communion rail in humble adoration of the Real Presence of God. Ladies wear head coverings and modest clothing out of respect. The reverent silence in the House of God indicates a living faith in Christ Who dwells in the tabernacle.

We have a full schedule of activities at our church. The Sacraments are administered exactly the way they were before Vatican II: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, the Holy Eucharist, Matrimony and Extreme Unction. Parish organizations who attend Queen of Angels, ranging from basic catechism instruction for the youth and converts to the Faith, to our Confraternity of Christian Mothers. For those who wish to lead a more dedicated spiritual life, we have the Confraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen. We invite you to check out all of our parish activities on this website.

We at Queen of Angels welcome visitors to our parish at anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas and Easter. Although the number of parishioners has outgrown our small church, newcomers are always welcome.

Each of our parishioners adds something unique to the family atmosphere we think is very special here at our church. Come and see it for yourself! If you have not been to a Latin Mass in many years, if you have never been to one at all, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at Queen of Angels. You will feel as if you have come home, as indeed you have.

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Queen of Angels Catholic Church



Prayer to the August Queen of Heaven

August Queen of Heaven, Sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent's head, we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen

O good and tender Mother Thou shalt ever be our love and our hope.

Holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen



Novena of Confidence
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(for family relations that have fallen away)

O Lord Jesus Christ, to Thy Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention (silently mention here the names you are praying for). Only look upon me, then do what Thy Heart inspires. Let Thy Sacred Heart decide. I count on it. I trust in it. I throw myself on its mercy, Lord Jesus! Thou wilt not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked Thee for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Thy open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father looks upon it, covered with Thy Precious Blood, He will not refuse it.s It will no longer be my prayer but Thine, O Sacred Heart of Jesus. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee. Let me never be confounded. Amen.



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May Crowing ceremony for Our Lady at Queen of Angels Catholic Church
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Prayer

The time may be delayed, the manner may be unexpected, but the answer is sure to come.

Not a tear of sacred sorrow, not a breath of holy desire poured out to God will ever be lost, but in God's own time and way will be wafted back again in clouds of mercy and fall in showers of blessings on you and on those for whom you pray.

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General Information

Baptisms: One parent and the sponsors must be practicing Catholics who attend only the Traditional Latin Mass. Call the pastor to make arrangements.

Confessions:
Sundays -
one hour before Mass. Weekdays - 10 minutes before Mass.
1st Friday and 1st Saturday - during the Rosary.

Communion for the Sick:
Inform Father if you are unable to attend Mass and wish to receive Holy Communion and/or Extreme Unction.

Marriages
For registered members of Queen of Angels parish only. Please contact the rectory at least six months prior to the wedding date for marriage instructions.

Mass Intentions:
If you would like to have Holy Mass offered for your intention, please use the envelopes provided in the back of the church. The customary offering is $25.00. Mass requests are honored in the order in which they are received. If you wish a Mass offered on a particular day, it must be submitted at least a month in advance. Mass requests for special days will be honored when possible.

First Holy Communion Classes:
Classes are held every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Confirmation Classes:
For the children: on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.
For the adults: on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.

Prayers For Rain

O God, in Whom we live, move and have our being, grant us seasonable rain, so that our temporal needs being sufficiently supplied, we may seek with greater confidence after things eternal.

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the gifts which we offer, and garnt us in season the blessing of sufficient rain.

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, beneficial rain and deign to pour out showers from Heaven upon the parched face of the earth. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost. God, world without end. Amen



Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located in Santa Clarita, California and draws parishioners to the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) from all over Southern CA and the Greater Los Angeles areas.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
24244 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, California 91321

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  Pastor: Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
Church: (661) 255-9849
Rectory (661) 269-4943
FAX: (661) 269-5134
 revdominicr@gmail.com

 Please use the address below for mailing purposes:

PO Box 220208
Santa Clarita, CA 91322