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Mass in Mexico Cathedral

The news from Primate Archdiocese of Mexico is by now well-known around the world, but no less significant.

The News System of Archdiocese of México (Siame) reported last Thursday on Masses celebrated in the Mexican capital:
Visiting Mexico, Mons. Rudolf Michael Schmitz, ... Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereing Priest in the United States, celebrated four Masses in Mexico City according to the liturgical canon of the Council of Trent, of the time of Saint Pius V. The first was in La Profesa, in the Historical City Center; two in the Guadalupe Township (in El Pocito and in a small chapel of the Basilica), and the last one in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church.
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Hebdomadary said...

This is really wonderful, particularly that the first mass was in the historic church of "La Profesa", just two blocks from the Cathedral and Zocalo, down Avenida Cinco de Mayo, towards Bellas Artes (for those travelling there). This was originally a Jesuit Church, first erected in 1609, but was handed over to the Congrgation of St. Philip Neri and is now crowned by the three stars of the Oratory! I have just been to Mexico City, and was there the week before Msgr. Schmitz, and visited the Oratory, met the provost, and learned something of the history of the Church. For one thing, its high altar is undisturbed, and the extremely well kept interior with eight side altars (all undisturbed), is classical, dating from 1801-3. I was impressed by the fact that the rector (provost) said the noon mass wearing an alb, stole - properly cinctured, and Roman chasuble on St. Cecelia's Day. The music, while played from an undistinguished electronic console, was dignified, and properly amplified. There is a pipe organ and a sizable loft, and I take it that the organ works. I felt at the time that this church was ripe for the traditional Mass, but didn't expect my intuition to come to fruition so quickly.

For images of the Oratory church, please refer to

Alas, I got a lovely shot diagonally across the nave, but the battery ran out just before I got the High Altar. I'll scan something soon and put it up asap. Well done Oratory; well done Msgr. Schmitz; well done all.

Anonymous said...

This is really a great event,Mexico has been a very hard nut to crack, it seems there has been almost no good news there until now. Now that the Cathedral has allowed the mass and even posted positive news of the latin mass I belive this will really help others in the country to follow suit. The precedent has now been set. One other thing. I talked with some SSPX priests in Mexico and they said that the clergy of Mexico only think that the priests who wear cassocks are in the SSPX and only SSPX people want the latin mass. They never even imagine that other Catholics not part of the SSPX want the mass. I think what happened last week in Mexico was very significant. Until now when a priest showed up in a cassock to say the latin mass he was automatcially pegged as a SSPX member and denied access to churches. ( while one can argue whether or not the SSPX is in full communion with Rome the point I 'm trying to make is that you don't even have to argue that point at all with the Institute of Christ the King).

Edgar said...

Anonymous, your comment about only SSPX priests wearing casocks in Mexico is not exactly true as the priests from Opus Dei do wear traditional cassocks and the Legionarios de Cristo wear both roman collar with black suits and also traditional cassocks. Your comment is nevertheless true for the diocesan priests and even bishops most of the time dont wear cassocks or even roman collars. It is a sad custom inherited from the time when the Mexican Goverment banned wearing any type of religious habit in public. I pray and hope we might soon see a return of traditional everyday vestments among priests and religous as I believe this helps them bear witness of their faith.

Anonymous said...

Please understand that until the 1990s it was forbidden to wear a cassock in public, and it was also technically forbidden to use any kind of clerical attire. This is why the old traditional priests in Mexico (and the SSPX founders of the SSPX Mexican district as well)did not use cassocks or even clerical collars.

Hebdomadary said...

The same was the case in England - Catholic priests in particular were proscribed by law from wearing clerical atire in public. The law was finally relaxed sometime in the 1970's, yet it still un-customary for the soutane to be seen in public. The clerical "suit" is the norm, for those who chose to wear them.

Anonymous said...

However, if I understand it well, in H.M. domains it was permitted or at least tolerated for the Roman Catholic clergy to use the clerical suit with the Roman collar, whereas in Mexico both cassock and clerical suit were forbidden by civil law until the nineties.

Hebdomadary said...

"Now that the Cathedral has allowed the mass and even posted positive news of the latin mass..."

I'm curious about this comment, Anon., what is the positive news that the Cathedral has disseminated regarding Msgr. Schmitz's mass?

I was there said...


I just want to mention that I just returned from Mexico last night. I was part of that historic Mass at La Profesa. It has been an incredible experience and an unmerited grace for me to take part in the pilgrimage with the Institute. I must return someday to give thanks!

Viva Cristo Rey!!!