Ireland’s Loyalty to the Mass By Father Augustine Hayden, O.F.M. Cap.
The history of Catholic Ireland is the story of a nation’s unsurpassing love of the Mass.
After the death of Henry the VIII in 1547, when the heretics (so called Reformers) tried to subvert the Faith of Ireland by introducing a “reformed” English Mass, the Irish would have no part in it. Father Augustine Hayden, who authored this book in 1933, will explain why.
He describes the measures to destroy the Mass and force attendance at Protestant services during the reign of “Good Queen Bess.”
You will learn of the dark times during the invasion of Cromwell and the fanatical fury of the Puritans who promised to destroy all places where Mass was offered.
In the face of crippling fines, imprisonment, and execution, the Irish would not abandon the Mass—the central act of worship of their Faith. They would unite their sufferings with those of Christ. For them, the Sacrifice of the Mass was a true re-enactment of Calvary in their lives.
Fr. Hayden gives an eloquent testimony to a Catholic people who loved and lived the Mass daily and kept the Faith for three long centuries. He writes: “Memories such as these must sternly rebuke our coldness. They should certainly warm our devotion, and, with God’s grace and our cooperation, make us resolve to cleave to the Mass…”
In unison with those who have republished Ireland’s Loyalty To The Mass, we say, “It is time to drink in the heroic fidelity of our ancestors, clergy and laity alike, to the Mass.”
“One of the most moving and glorious historical examples is Ireland’s loyalty to the Mass in the time of persecution and the so-called ‘Hidden Saints of the Mass,’” — Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Paperback 5 ½” x 8 ½” / 228 pages. Printed in Ireland.
Read the companion book by Father Augustine OFM Cap, entitled "Ireland's Loyalty to Mary."
The history of the Irish people who were brutalized by the English for many years is a clear indication of their deep love & commitment to the gift given to them by Saint Patrick- the gift of our Catholic faith.
This is an excellent read and the book itself is very nice. It’s great to see older texts brought back into publication. I ordered one for myself and one as a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day, but couldn’t wait to give it to her. I’ve just ordered Ireland’s Loyalty to Mary as well, and I can’t wait to read it (and give a copy to my mom!). These stories are good reminders of the courage we must have as Catholics, and that what we experience now is nothing new in history.