Catholics During The Spanish Flu - Begged God, Full Church

Faithful praying on the steps of San Francisco Cathedral for Mass during the Spanish flu pandemic 1918.
Mr.Cannoli
Old St. Mary's? So cool! That's where my parents were married. 😇
rhemes1582
Great Picture! Great Post!
DJRESQ
And to think that the Blessed Virgin was complaining about the state of the world in 1917. Good grief, what in the world does Heaven think of us now? We're doomed.
giveusthisday
You forgot to add, Ultra, it is a sign of our respect for God. The Blessed Virgin told the Children at Fatima that God was very offended by the fashions of today.
Ultraviolet
...which is a troubling statement giveusthisday The Blessed Mother was speaking (as DJRESQ very rightly observes) back in 1917. If God was offended at 1917 fashions what, then should we be wearing? After all, 1950s and early 60s fashions certainly weren't any more modest than those of 1917.

I've never asked people why they dress the way they dress for Mass. None of my business, really. I'd …More
...which is a troubling statement giveusthisday The Blessed Mother was speaking (as DJRESQ very rightly observes) back in 1917. If God was offended at 1917 fashions what, then should we be wearing? After all, 1950s and early 60s fashions certainly weren't any more modest than those of 1917.

I've never asked people why they dress the way they dress for Mass. None of my business, really. I'd like to believe it's simply out of respect for God as you suggest. I'm hoping everyone's sticking with what we Catholics know was good, liturgically and sartorially.

Though I do have my doubts that it's just about reverence..

At one TLM parish I know, there's a guy who dresses in Victorian fashions. Really. Frock coats, cravats, low-cut brocade vests, spats... Seriously, spats. Nobody wears spats anymore except Mr. Peanut! It's the total package. Any given Sunday he shows up looking like one of the "the good guys" in Coppola's version of Dracula. He's not the only one. Okay, he's probably the only one who' s that serious about it, but there's at least one Well Dressed Wild West guy as well. So I guess we've got the Texan in Dracula covered too. Maybe I'm confusing him with the Victorian guy.

If you're wondering, yes... The cowboy-guy does come to Mass openly wearing his "shootin' iron" in a quick-draw holster and his big bowie, too. Just in case he gets into a shoot-out at the communion rail, runs out of ammo and has to kill a man the old-fashioned way in a knife-fight.

At least he doesn't wear spurs. That would be overdoing it. ;-)
giveusthisday
Oh, dear! I am so grateful I haven't seen those kinds of spectacles! We're pretty conventional in my parish. I would find that so distracting and irritating. A good opportunity, I guess, to imitate the St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who was often irritated by her fellow sisters, but offered it up.
Ultraviolet
This is essentially what Sundays look like at Traditional Latin Mass parishes today. High Mass is mobbed. --and most of the parishioners look just like the folks in this photo. Many men make a point of wearing three piece suits complete with cotton hankerchiefs and watch-chains and fobs and fedoras. Why? Because that's the way Catholic men dressed "pre-'62". It also gives them a chance to …More
This is essentially what Sundays look like at Traditional Latin Mass parishes today. High Mass is mobbed. --and most of the parishioners look just like the folks in this photo. Many men make a point of wearing three piece suits complete with cotton hankerchiefs and watch-chains and fobs and fedoras. Why? Because that's the way Catholic men dressed "pre-'62". It also gives them a chance to mark their seats using the "hat clip" on the back of the pew in front of them. Mantillas are ubiquitous. Mantillas made of hand-made Spanish lace are common. "Sunday best" dresses with hand embroidery by home-schooling moms are common.
mccallansteve
Compare then with today when the good majority of Catholics don't even bother with going to mass ( who would want to go to the Novus Ordo?) even before the virus. The majority of Catholics put their faith in science, not God. Poor uneducated souls.