22 November 2018


The happy day has arrived when comes plopping onto our doormats the Saint Lawrence Press ORDO. I enthusiastically commend this admirable publication to readers who are not already familiar with it.

It gives 2019 according to the Calendar of the Roman Rite as it existed in 1939; that is, before Ven Pius XII acquired the collaboration of Hannibal Bugnini and began the series of changes which ended up with the Missal of S Paul VI. OK, you might not be in a position to use this ORDO; you might not even wish to use it; but it is quite an education to visit a world of First Vespers, Vigils, Octaves ... the world our fortunate forefathers inhabited for centuries. Frankly, you will hardly imagine how different that world was.

As I wrote yesterday, there are rumours again about PF abolishing the Old Rite. I don't think this is very likely. It would be more his style to undermine it by, for example, giving to bishops some rights of supervision which Summorum Pontificum explicitly and so very wisely denied them. Indeed, a deplorable Italian 'liturgist' called Andrea Grillo has been advocating precisely this for years.

I wonder how many readers have, as I have, seen a hen run after the fox has somehow got into it. And these are, as Cardinal Mueller has this week very explicitly reminded us, corrupt and dangerous days when extremely undesirable individuals, sometimes sycophants and careerists, get appointed to the hierarchy for nakedly ideological reasons.

But, if SP were to bite the dust, this, paradoxically, would eliminate the scruples of anybody who wished to use the 1939 Calendar but had drawn back from doing so out of respect for the (slightly curious) insistence by SP on the use of the comparatively much denuded 1962 recension of the Roman Calendar.

Swings and, er ....


Edward Palamar said...

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Prayerful said...

Ordered as soon as I could. This will be my third. It is fascinating to get to grips with a proper Ordo.

Reader said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought there was a major renovation of the Liturgy of the Hours by Pope St. Pius X, of which some have been rather critical.

Paul-A. Hardy said...

I suppose one could find a SSPV parish. Otherwise, I just go to Russian Church Outside Russia, whose cathedral is near me. I just cannot face mass, knowing that there might be a material defect in the celebrant because he is not fully male. This isn't a problem of course, with you, since you are married. But any SP mass would be like attending at St. Severin's in Paris, during my student years where the priest use commune Muslims with grape juice. Did he consider that grape juice the consecrated species like the host he delivered to them? I knew not to receive communion there.
I didn't know until recently that the ordination of women had been anticipated in the Church of Rome until recently. Now I await a decision as to whether they will ordain individuals with the full reproductive apparatus of women or will maintain the status quo and only endorse acceptance of those who suffer gender dis-ease or rather dysphoria. So I for now am delaying my baptism, until death is near in imitation of Catholics in St. Augustine's time. In the present situation, I simply do not know if I am committing the sin of idolatry by attending the 1962 rite or earlier. I am fairly convinced that the SP fails to confect the sacred species and should be avoided. Whether the Pope is truly the Pope seems doubtful, if we follow Msgr. NicolĂ  Bux. Please tell me, what do you think? You say your own mass and have not these worries and can commemorate whatever bishop you believe is in communion with the Church. I haven't this option, so must repair to some other Church of apostolic lineage. Now that Constantinople is doubtful, things are becoming more restricted

George R. said...

The website mentioned by "Edward Palamar" seems to dangerous. Be careful!

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Father. You are among a growing number of experts who want Tradition to be liberated (pun intended).


While one appreciates the inclinations of the 62ers, their ideological positions can not be sustained in the face of a growing awareness of liturgical history.

ABS remembers the shock first expressed when Pius X first began to come under criticism for his reforms. Keep up your great work.

Edward Palamar said...

We have entered the "age to come" foretold by Jesus in Mark 10:30. (the Harmonious Gospel of Saint Mark, chapter 10, verse 30, the Glorious Manifestation of Our King, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ)