31 October 2017

All Hallows' Eve

A lovely day, in which the Roman Liturgy, with its beautiful Mass of the Eve, or Vigil, of All Saints, sets up a big marker against the heathen puerilities of "Hallow Een". And carries forward the themes of the Social Kingship of Christ. I am sure that both clergy and devout laity enjoyed this morning the texts of this Mass.

Except that most of them didn't. What a shame that Vatican II, or the Novus Ordo, abolished it. Just another example of all that has been wrong since the 1960s.

Except that the Vigil of All Saints was not abolished by Vatican II (or by the undoubted vandals who did use "Vatican II" as a dishonest excuse to ignore what the Council did actually mandate).

No; this lovely Vigil was abolished by Pius XII, hero-pope of a certain sort of Traddy!!

Pius XII it was who employed Hannibal Bugnini and began the deformation of the Roman Rite, years before Papa Roncalli had any notion of summoning a Council. They began by interfering with the rites of Holy Week.

If, in a second-hand bookshop, you spot an old pre-1950 Missal going cheap, snaffle it up!


Claudio Salvucci said...

The heathen puerilities flowed in after the outrush of all that was good and Catholic in this day:

"We rede in olde tyme good people wolde on All halowen daye bake brade and dele it for all Crysten soules." - English book of festivals, 1511.

Soul cakes for everyone!

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John said...

The Fr Lasance daily missal reprint that is still widely available is a reprint of an edition from the 1940s. If I recall correctly, the new Mass for the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady was added but the All Saints vigil Mass is definitely still there The reprint of the St Andrew Missal is from the same era; I presume the vigil is in that edition also. (For patrimony purposes it has its place in my 1933 edition of the English Missal also. But good luck finding one of those.)

Prayerful said...

The St Andrew Daily Missal (1940) I use, not a reprint but one I got from its first owner who had it since new, has the Vigil of All Saints with a short historical explanation. Handily, this version is fairly widely available as a reprint, but the price is similar to the new Angelus and Baronius Daily Missals. Ebay is a brilliant place to find old hand missals in great condition (the oldest hand missal I found, The Roman Missal for the use of the laity (1851) has an elegant, economic design and is Book of Common Prayer compact).

JARay said...

Yes indeed it was the Holy Week services which were first mucked about. I remember it well. I actually first went to Rome for Holy Year 1950 and the Pope then was Pius XII.