Rorate Caeli

You report: Traditional Masses around the world - III


When Pope Benedict visited Brazil last May, he was a guest of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption in São Paulo, known simply as "Monastery of Saint Benedict". Since the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum went into effect, a Traditional Mass has been celebrated in the abbatial church every Sunday. A reader reports:

Since September 16th, 2007, every Sunday the bells of the abbatial church of Saint Benedict's Monastery, in São Paulo, have rung again, calling the faithful to the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. [Pictures of the September 16th Mass here].

Accompanied by a Gregorian Choir and the attendance of about 400 people every week, the Priest kneels before the old altar and everyone listens his sweet and confident voice: "Introibo ad altare Dei"...


The Monastery that received Benedict XVI in his first visit to Brazil as a Pope witnesses now the practical result of his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Each Sunday, at 6 PM, the Old Rite is celebrated and we hope that this decision may bring many Catholics to the beauty and glory of the Holy Church.

22 comments:

techno_aesthete said...

Deo gratias!

Anonymous said...

Here are some pictures of the September 16th Tridentine Mass at the "Monastery of Saint Benedict" in Sao Paulo

poeta said...

Second anon: If the old Mass is "all smells and bells" and has no power to revitalize traditional belief, then why do the modernists persecute it so much?

The devil knows who and what his enemies are.

Anonymous said...

I was in the first latin mass at monastery of saint benedict. It was a mark for the brazilian church and a victory for the whole catholic church, since that was the place where innovators started their abuses in latin america.

Anonymous said...

Deo gratias!

Anonymous said...

This gives the lie to those who argue that the TLM is merely "Eurocentric" and fatally foreign to all others.

Janice

Anonymous said...

Great photos of the mass, looks like a great crowd. Who are the men in suits sitting in the choir? Isn't it wonderful now. A year ago most of us pretty much knew of every place that had a latin mass but now they are popping up everywhere. What will the situation look like in 5 years???

Anonymous said...

The choir taht sings at S. Benedict's Tridentine Mass is from Montfort Cultural Association.

Though not accepting Vatican II, their choir is allowed to support the Mass.

The Association has a very well visited site on Internet. Serch for "Montfort".

Francisco said...

Rorate Caeli,
Congratulations for your blog. Do you know anything about a reform of the Novus Ordo taking place at the Vatican?

Anonymous said...

A Reform of the Novus Ordo? That's as likely as the Dalai Lama converting to the Catholic Faith.
More likely that the Tridentine Latin Mass will start to grow so fast and gain so much support that the Novus Ordo will lokk terribly stupid in comparison and slowly go extinct.

Hiroyashi Takemitsu said...

Doesn't it already look like that?

Anonymous said...

Hiroyashi,

Not to the 99.9% of the Catholic world that doesn't know the Tridentine Mass and may never get to see one celebrated.

Francisco said...

It is said that the Pope would be preparing the "reform of the reform" which he talked about so many times. One Rite respecting the Tradition of the Ancient Rite as he wrote in a letter in 2003. Is this true? Any one has heard about this?

Anonymous said...

Francisco,

No, this is not happening. If it does happen, it won't be for many years, perhaps centuries.

Anonymous said...

Janice,

Unfortunately here in Brazil the TLM is seen as an "alien" mass... in my city there is no priest to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice according to the old missal! The archdiocese said nothing about the motu proprio when it was released; the same did also the CNBB (Brazilian Conference of Bishops). I think not spreading the news is a way of not helping the TLM to be celebrated. Brazilian people are (at most) in favor of the reforms from Vatican II; RCC (Charismatic Movement) is very strong here... and when there is no quasi-protestant "catholics", we find liberation theology. Actually, I can not decide which one is worse! However, I found the TLM in a small city near mine and I have been trying to convince my parents to take me there...

Luiz

Jon said...

Luiz,

Please know that I'll remember your situation when I assist at the Traditional Mass later this evening. I remember what it was like to long for the Mass and not have it. Here where I live in the US my diocese is now blessed with a holy bishop and priests eager for tradition. I pray you may soon be rewarded with the same.

As for a reform of the Novus Ordo, Bishop Fellay mentioned in a conference this past May that a revision of the 2002 Missal was quietly afoot to, in his words, "make it more Catholic." The reforms he specifically mentioned were suppression of all Eucharistic Prayers other than the Roman Canon and EPIII, and the optional insertion of the traditional Offertory in place of the Preparatio.

You can find his conference on Youtube if you have time to look.

Luiz said...

Jon,

Pray for us... The Church needs much help in Brazil. People say we are the greatest catholic country on Earth, but one who lives here knows what kind of catholicism they are talking about.

Modernism is not an exception, but the rule. In my parish, the liberation teology is shared by many and liturgical abuses are not rare. This fact is also truth for other parishes in my city and country.

I hope the Holy Father will help us with the other document regarding the way in which the motu proprio must be applied.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us!
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us!
Saint Tarcisio, pray for us!
Christe, eleison!

Luiz

Dom Anselm said...

Alas, I do not see any of the Benedictine monks in the photos.( Other tah the celebrant. Even the servers seem not to be monks). I see laymen chanting... Where are the monks?? It looks like a beautiful Abbey Church. I wonder about the life of the community itself. Are there many monks??

Johnny Domer said...

I like the fact that His Holiness, during his foreign visits, is going to places like this monastery and Heilegenkreuz (spelling?) Abbey in Austria, places where (it seems) the liturgy is celebrated more traditionally. I think he's giving an indication of what he prefers...let's hope that, with the new Msgr. Marini at the controls for Papal liturgies, the Pope's more traditional liturgical views will become more apparent.

Francisco said...

I believe the Pope will finally reform the Novus Ordo. He said it a million times in his books, letters, etc. He would betray himself if he did not do so.
And he would betray Mons. Guido Marini and Mons. Ranjith if the last got to be in charge of the liturgy of the Church as it is said it will happen.

mike said...

Another Brazilian trad blog is Gazeta da Restavração.

I don't read, write or speak the language, so I can't comment on the content.

Anonymous said...

Luiz,
Of course you know that the TLM is the Mass that brought the Faith to Brasil. So it can't be "alien." Just remind people of that!