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Motu Proprio miracles: Notre-Dame de Paris


The Parish Priest of Saint-Eugène, one of the few Parishes in which the Traditional Mass is celebrated in the Archdiocese of Paris, announced today at the end of the Solemn Easter Mass that the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, has already decided to hold a Solemn Mass in the Ancient Use of the Roman Rite in one of the greatest buildings in Christendom, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris (Notre-Dame de Paris). The Mass will be celebrated in June, in a specific day to be defined soon.

This turn of events seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, one year ago, before the publication of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum: thank you, o God, cuius antiqua miracula etiam nostris saeculis coruscare sentimus!

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Source: Le Forum Catholique (also, pictures from today's Mass in Saint-Eugène).

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!

John Hudson said...

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Anonymous said...

God be praised!!! I was in Notre Dame De Paris in 1999 they had on display the relic of the crown of thorns. All of our sufferings which are united in Christs' passion continue to be heard and the Lord uses them to bring about the new springtime.

Paul Haley said...

This is huge! If France comes back to Our Lady and asks Her intercession, anything is possible.

Anonymous said...

This is truly amazing how the Holy Spirit is restoring all things to Christ one step at a time.

gengulphus said...

That recalcitrant members of the hierarchy might suddenly find within themselves the ability to trim their sails according to a new wind, and to skim serenely and unresistingly towards a photo-opportunity suggestive of leadership and success, was by no means the least perceptive insight underlying that skillful document Summorum Pontificum.

S&L France

Anonymous said...

This is a marvellous development. I hope it will reassure the impatient that it will take some time before Summorum Pontificum is implemented widely. The days of immediate obedience to Roman decrees are long past and have left the general mentality of the Church indifferent. But what is wonderful is the way that the Motu Proprio is gradually seeping into the life of the Church in a positive way. Once the forthcoming Mass is celebrated it will create a precedent for future developments at Notre Dame and will help to make the Extraordinary Form become normative.

Vernon said...

Great news indeed, but it would have been even better if the Traditional Mass could have been first celebrated in May as a send-off for the pilgrims in the great Pentecost walk to Chartres.

Mornac said...

Nice photos. Saint-Eugène is a delightful church in the heart of Paris that one could easily miss without foreknowledge of its existence. I’ve availed myself of the 7.00 weekday evening Mass there on several occasions and I’ve always been taken with its cavernous, warm interior. It should be noted that the parish has been known as Saint-Eugène - Sainte Cécile since the 1950’s when the pastor asked for the added patronage of the patroness of musicians due to the churches proximity to the National Conservatory.

Anonymous said...

When visiting the cathedrals of Europe over the last 15 years, I could not help but feel, in addition to a sense of sadness at what was lost, a true sense of hope that one day all the Vatican II altars would be removed and the cathedrals and the Mass would be restored to their original splendor. We are, with this announced Mass at Notre Dame, truly one step closer to that reality! If the Faith of France is restored, the rest of the Church is sure to follow.

Anonymous said...

This will surely be a miracle!


"When visiting the cathedrals of Europe over the last 15 years, I could not help but feel, in addition to a sense of sadness at what was lost, a true sense of hope that one day all the Vatican II altars would be removed and the cathedrals and the Mass would be restored to their original splendor. We are, with this announced Mass at Notre Dame, truly one step closer to that reality! If the Faith of France is restored, the rest of the Church is sure to follow."

Rich said...

Happiest of all at this news must be the angels assigned to the great
Cathedral of Our Lady. Once before, at the time of the French
Revolution, she was robbed of the Mass for which she was built. At
that time the goddess Reason was placed on a mock throne and worshiped
in blasphemous rituals, this time it has been the same force again
that assaulted her and took away her Mass. It was the same cult of man
deified, which we know now as modernism or liberalism now some two
centuries later having penetrated the very heart of the institutional
Church itself that robbed her of her heart for awhile this time. We
have lived long enough to see the beginning of the end of her second
time of persecution. It is indeed a great day for all the Church.
Thanks be to God!

LeonG said...

As several of France's aging presbyters have said - the church in France faces extinction within 20 years if something is not done. In 10-15 years France will be left with one third of the presbyters it has now. And as Abbe Calvet (RIP) correctly stated in question form - how many "masses" according to the 1970 missal actually obey its rubrics? Answer almost none these days. How many of the French bishops actually obey the papal call to be generous with the Latin Mass? France is facing a total ecclesiastical catastrophe - Vingt Trois can hardly have failed to notice. One Holy Mass in Latin in Notre Dame is not a restoration just as a few dalmatics and the end of the bent Christ do not represent a traditionalist revival. Nevertheless, something dramatic has to be done and now. Or else!

Anonymous said...

how many "masses" according to the 1970 missal actually obey its rubrics?

Well the theology of the Novus Ordo is based on disrespect for the rubrics. It is pure libearalism.

Anonymous said...

"France is facing a total ecclesiastical catastrophe - Vingt Trois can hardly have failed to notice. "

I copied and pasted this quite from
Leong.

THis is true. IN France, the Catholic Faith is practically dead, except where the Tridentine Latin Mass exists, and other traditionalist communities.
There are now less than 750 seminarians in all of France. Of that total, 40% are seminarians attached to traditionalist/Tridentine Latin Mass religious Orders. About 90 seminarians or novices are affiliated to groups loyal to the SSPX. The remainder of that 40% are in traditionalist Orders loyal to the Vatican and under the Ecclesiae Dei Commission.
There are about 20-30 new religious Orders of cloistered monks, or active friars and priests in France using only the Tridentine Latin Mass, or bi-ritual (Tridentine Latin Mass as well as a very traditionalist interpretation of the Novus Ordo).

The situation among the standard progressive, liberal religious Orders of priests/brothers in France is that within 10 years, most of these Orders will be extinct in France. This includes the Jesuits, Franciscans, Dominicans, Servites, White Fathers, Sulplicians, Christian Brothers, etc. etc.
There are less than 400 Jesuits left in France (-1,500 since Vatican II). The Trappists, a cloistered Order once very solid in France has about 25 abbies/monasteries in France....but they have become so liberal and lax (discarding many ancient monastic customs), that nearly all abbies there have skeleton populations of monks (abbies which once boasted between 65-100 monks now have between 15-30). Only 1 Trappist Abbey in France has remained with a large compliment of monks, Abbaye Notre Dame de Sept-fons. This is because it has become a training house for young men who which to become Trappists coming from former Soviet bloc countries. The monastery of Novy Dur in the Czech Republic came from Sept-Fons.
MOst Trappist Abbies have monks averaging between 60-85+, with none younger. Some abbies with 10-15 monks will be closed within 2-3 years.
The one word which can describe religious life for nuns in France (except for the rising number of traditionalist communites and new traditional Orders which are flourishing) is hopeless. Nearly ALL the religious Orders of nuns in France have discarded the habit and traditions, just like most Orders in the USA. Even in cloistered houses.
Needless to say, these groups are dying out very rapidly, with convents and cloisters closing by the dozens each year. The biggest Orders of nuns in France ( Daughters of Charity, Daughters of Wisdom, Religious of the Sacred Heart(Barat), Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Good Shepherd Nuns, Sisters of Saint Joseph de Cluny, and hundreds of others have a median age of 72, and have declined in the hundreds of thousands in France since Vatican II. Orders which once boasted 2,000 or 3,000 in France alone (like the Good Shepherd nuns or the Daughters of Charity), have today at best 600-700 aged members.
The sad thing is that probably 60% of these liberal habitless dissident femminist Orders will be extinct within the next 10 years.
LIberal Orders are shrinking, merging with other communities, or going out of existance voluntarilly rather than return to Catholic tradition and survive.

While the state of the Catholic Faith is critical in France..there are pockets of hope where the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional religious life exists. The situation in neighboring countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium is even worse than France....if that can be believed!!

So much for the "Fruit of Vatican II" and the "New Springtime"

LeonG said...

"There are less than 400 Jesuits left in France"

Thank you anonymous.

When I quote these types of statistics modern catholics deny it. Such is their capacity for self-delusion.

The Jesuits have effectively apostasised the faith in France as many follow the modernist biblical exegesis characteristic of 19th & 20th century France stripping Our Blessed Lord of His divinity & His historicity, among other un-Catholic curiosities. One can even state with certainty today that many french bishops are in de facto schism with The Church.

The time has come for plain speech. Catholics everywhere are being hoodwinked by a hierarchy which is dominated by wolves.

LeonG said...

"...as a very traditionalist interpretation of the Novus Ordo..."

There's that liturgical oxymoron again.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

The solution for France is obvious. The one country where the NO hasn't fourished is France. Return the TLM, and watch the Faith come back slowly.