Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension - Gathered
with Mary waiting for the Spirit
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for Pope Francis !
pro summo Pontifice
Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in
terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum
tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse
voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et
exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum
grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum,
Dominum nostrum. Amen.
for the Pope
V. Let us
pray for Francis, our Pope.
R. May the
Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him
blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the
will of his enemies.
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful
people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom
Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church.
Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and
example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so
that together with the flock committed to him, may he
attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pope Benedict XVI on the
"What happened at the Council was something else entirely:
in the place of the liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated
liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living, process of growth and development over centuries, and
replaced it - as in a manufacturing process - with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product."
From the preface to the French edition of
"Reforms of the Roman Liturgy Its Problems and Background"
"I am of the opinion, to
be sure, that the old rite should be granted
much more generously to all those who desire it. It's impossible
to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A
community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that
what until now was its
holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden and when
it makes the
longing for it seem downright indecent."
"Salt of the Earth",
Joseph Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, 1997 p 176
The second great event at the beginning of my years in Regensburg was the publication of the Missal of Paul VI, which was accompanied by the almost total prohibition, after a transitional phase of only half a year, of using the missal we had had until then.
(...) The prohibition of the missal that was now decreed, a missal that had known continuous growth over the centuries, starting with the sacramentaries of the ancient Church,
introduced a breach of the liturgy whose consequences could only be tragic."
"Milestones – Memoirs 1927 –
1977", Joseph Ratzinger, Ignatius, San Francisco, 1998,
For fostering a true
consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that
the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970
should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing
existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a
leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like
this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the
Church's whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are
that way? I must say, quite openly, that I don't understand why
so many of my episcopal brethren have to a great extent submitted to
this rule of intolerance, which for no apparent reason is opposed to
making the necessary inner reconciliations within the Church."
"God and the
World", Joseph Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, 2002 p 416
"The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose will is law, but is the guardian of the authentic
Tradition, and thereby the premier guarantor of obedience. He cannot do as he likes, and is thereby able to oppose those people who for their part want to do what has come into their head.
His rule is not that of arbitrary power, but that of obedience in faith.
That is why, with respect to the Liturgy, he has the task of a gardener, not that of a technician who builds new machines and throws the old ones on the junk-pile.
Anyone like myself, who was moved by... the Liturgical Movement on the eve of the Second Vatican Council, can only stand, deeply sorrowing, before the ruins of the very things they were concerned for."
26th July 2004 -
Preface to the second edition of "The Organic Development of the
Liturgy", Dom Alcuin Reid
"As for the use of the 1962 Missal
as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal
was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted."
Letter to the Bishops -
July 7th, 2007
Pope John Paul II
Supreme Pontiff, in a desire to meet the wishes of these groups,
grants to diocesan bishops the possibility of using an indult
whereby priests and faithful, ... may be able to celebrate Mass by
using the Roman Missal according to the 1962 edition."
Quattuor Abhinc Annos
October 3, 1984
those Catholic faithful, who feel attached to some previous
liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition, I wish to
manifest my will to facilitate their ecclesial communion by means of
the necessary measures to guarantee respect for their rightful
aspirations. In this matter I ask for the support of the bishops
and of all those engaged in the pastoral ministry in the
By virtue of
my Apostolic authority I decree...respect must everywhere be shown
for the feelings of those who are attached to the Latin liturgical
tradition, by a wide and generous application of the
directives already issued some time ago by the Apostolic See, for
the use of the Roman Missal...of 1962."
Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei July
"I invite the Bishops also,
fraternally, to understand and to have a renewed pastoral
attention for the faithful attached to the Old Rite (...) to
help all Catholics to live the celebration of the Holy Mysteries
with a devotion which may be true nourishment for their spiritual
life and which may be a source of peace."
Pope John Paul I
||We are still overwhelmed at the thought of this tremendous ministry for which we have been chosen: As Peter,
we seem to have stepped out on dangerous waters. Battered by a strong wind, we turn toward Christ crying: "Lord, save me" (Mt. 14:30). Again we hear his voice encouraging and, at the same time, lovingly reminding us: "Why do you doubt, oh you of little faith."
If human forces alone cannot be adequate to the task before us, the help of almighty God who guides his church throughout the centuries in the midst of great conflicts and opposition will certainly not desert
us, this humble and present-day servant of the "servants of God."
Placing our hand in that of Christ, leaning on him, we have now been lifted up to steer that ship which is the church; it is safe and secure, though in the midst of
storms, because the comforting, dominant presence of the Son of God is with it.
According to the words of St. Augustine, who takes up an image dear to the ancient fathers, the ship of the church must not fear because it is guided by Christ and by his vicar: "Although the ship is tossed about, it is still a ship.
It alone carries the disciples and receives Christ. Yes, it is tossed on the sea but without it, one would immediately perish" (Sermon 75, 3; P1. 38, 475). Only in the church is salvation: "Without it one perishes."
First Message to College of Cardinals and to the World
At Conclusion of a Mass Celebrated in the Sistine Chapel August 27,
We have begun this homily in Latin, because as is well known, it is the official language of the church and in an evident and effective way expresses its universality and unity.
Homily September 3, 1978
Pope Paul VI
We wish to draw your attention to an event about to occur in the Latin Catholic Church: the introduction of the liturgy of the new rite of the Mass.
(...) The Mass will be celebrated in a rather different manner from that in which we have been accustomed to celebrate it in the last four centuries, from the reign of St. Pius V, after the Council of Trent, down to the present.(...)This change has something astonishing about it, something extraordinary.
(...) We ask ourselves, how could such a change be made? What effect will it have on those who attend Holy Mass?
Perhaps some (...) might come to believe that the equation between the law of prayer, lex orandi and the law of faith, lex
credendi, is compromised as a result.
General Audience, November 19, 1969
We shall become aware, perhaps with some feeling of annoyance, that the ceremonies at the altar are no longer being carried out with the same words and gestures to which we were accustomed
(...) We must prepare for this many-sided inconvenience. It is the kind of upset caused by every novelty that breaks in on our habits.
We shall notice that pious persons are disturbed most, because they have their own respectable way of hearing Mass, and they will feel shaken out of their usual thoughts and obliged to follow those of others. Even priests may
feel some annoyance in this respect. (...)
No longer Latin, but the spoken language will be the principal language of the Mass. The introduction of the vernacular will certainly be a great sacrifice for those who know the beauty, the power and the expressive sacrality of Latin.
We are parting with the speech of the Christian centuries; we are becoming like profane intruders in the literary preserve of sacred utterance.
We will lose a great part of that stupendous and incomparable artistic and spiritual thing, the Gregorian chant.
We have reason indeed for regret, reason almost for bewilderment. What can we put in the place of that language of the angels?
We are giving up something of priceless worth.
General Audience, November 26, 1969
The nature of Latin
Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for
promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no
jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself
with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all.
Preservation of Latin by the
For these reasons the Apostolic See has
always been at pains to preserve Latin, deeming it worthy of being
used in the exercise of her teaching authority "as the splendid
vesture of her heavenly doctrine and sacred laws."She further
requires her sacred ministers to use it, for by so doing they
are the better able, wherever they may be, to acquaint themselves
with the mind of the Holy See on any matter, and communicate the
more easily with Rome and with one another.
Thus the "knowledge and use of this
language," so intimately bound up with the Church's life,
"is important not so much on cultural or literary grounds, as
for religious reasons." These are the words of Our Predecessor
Pius XI, who conducted a scientific inquiry into this whole subject,
and indicated three qualities of the Latin language which harmonize
to a remarkable degree with the Church's nature. "For the
Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to
endure to the end of time ... of its very nature requires a language
which is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular." (...)
Finally, the Catholic Church has a dignity far
surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by
Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the
language it uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular.
In addition, the Latin language
"can be called truly catholic" It has been consecrated
through constant use by the Apostolic See, the mother and teacher of
all Churches, and must be esteemed "a treasure ... of
Apostolic Constitution "Veterum
Sapientia" February 22, 1962
Warnings against the False
Liturgical Movement that Lead to the Disastrous Reforms after the
Second Vatican Council
We observe with considerable anxiety and
some misgiving, that elsewhere certain enthusiasts, over-eager in
their search for novelty, are straying beyond the path of sound
doctrine and prudence. Not seldom, in fact, they interlard their
plans and hopes for a revival of the sacred liturgy with principles
which compromise this holiest of causes in theory or practice, and
sometimes even taint it with errors touching Catholic faith and
The Church is without question a living
organism, and as an organism, in respect of the sacred liturgy also,
she grows, matures, develops, adapts and accommodates herself to
temporal needs and circumstances, provided only that the integrity
of her doctrine be safeguarded. This notwithstanding, the
temerity and daring of those who introduce novel liturgical
practices, or call for the revival of obsolete rites out of harmony
with prevailing laws and rubrics, deserve severe reproof. It has
pained Us grievously to note, Venerable Brethren, that such
innovations are actually being introduced, not merely in minor
details but in matters of major importance as well.
The use of the Latin language, customary in
a considerable portion of the Church, is a manifest and beautiful
sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption
of doctrinal truth. (I)t is neither wise nor laudable to reduce
everything to antiquity by every possible device. Thus, to cite some
instances, one would be straying from the straight path were he
to wish the altar restored to its primitive tableform; were he
to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were
he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were
he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body
shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to
disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where
it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.
(I)t is perfectly clear
how much modern writers are wanting in the genuine and true
liturgical spirit who, deceived by the illusion of a higher
mysticism, dare to assert that attention should be paid not to the
historic Christ but to a "pneumatic" or glorified Christ.
They do not hesitate to assert that a change has taken place in the
piety of the faithful by dethroning, as it were, Christ from His
position; since they say that the glorified Christ, who liveth and
reigneth forever and sitteth at the right hand of the Father, has
been overshadowed and in His place has been substituted that Christ
who lived on earth. For this reason, some have gone so far as to
want to remove from the churches images of the divine Redeemer
suffering on the cross. Since His
bitter sufferings constitute the principal mystery of our
redemption, it is only fitting that the Catholic faith should give
it the greatest prominence. This mystery is the very center of
divine worship since the Mass represents and renews it every day and
since all the sacraments are most closely united with the cross.
But in all these matters, it is essential
that you watch vigilantly lest the enemy come into the field of the
Lord and sow cockle among the wheat; in other words, do not let your
flocks be deceived by the subtle and dangerous errors of false
mysticism or quietism - as you know We have already condemned
these errors; also do not let a certain dangerous
"humanism" lead them astray, nor let there be introduced a
false doctrine destroying the notion of Catholic faith, nor finally
an exaggerated zeal for antiquity in matters liturgical.
November 20, 1947