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The Mass of the Council

Concede nobis, quæsumus, Domine, hæc digne frequentare mysteria: quia, quoties huius hostiæ commemoratio celebratur, opus nostræ redemptionis exercetur. Per Dominum... (Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may worthily frequent these Mysteries: for as often as the memorial of this Victim is celebrated, the work of our redemption is accomplished. Per Dominum...)

The first quotation of Sacrosanctum Concilium - in fact, the first quotation of any document of the Second Vatican Council - is the beautiful Secret of the Mass for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:

This sacred Council has several aims in view: it desires to impart an ever increasing vigor to the Christian life of the faithful; to adapt more suitably to the needs of our own times those institutions which are subject to change; to foster whatever can promote union among all who believe in Christ; to strengthen whatever can help to call the whole of mankind into the household of the Church. The Council therefore sees particularly cogent reasons for undertaking the reform and promotion of the liturgy.

For the liturgy, through which, most of all in the divine Sacrifice of the Eucharist, "the work of our redemption is accomplished," ("Liturgia enim, per quam, maxime in divino Eucharistiæ Sacrificio, 'opus nostræ Redemptionis exercetur'": 1 - Secret of the ninth Sunday after Pentecost), is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.

On this last ferial day in July 2010 (month of the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum), on which the Mass for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated, it is appropriate to recall what was the real "Mass of the Council": the ancient Mass, which was "never abrogated".


  1. Anonymous5:19 PM

    Amen!Novus Ordo will end with the Great Monarch and the Holy Pontiff. Deo Gratias!

  2. Anonymous5:54 PM


    I've been away from Rorate and missed the controversy over Fr. Cekada's excellent book. I hope that this comment will be allowed:

    First of all, sedevacantism is NOT a heresy. It is a heresy to suggest that there is no apostolic succession from St. Peter or that such a succession will not continue to the end of time. But there can be interruptions in it; in fact, this happens between the death of one pope and the election of another, and there have been times when different devout Catholics misidentified popes, such as during the Great Schism and the earlier pontifical schisms. What is certain is that popes might (perhaps) be able to fall into formal heresy and, if any should do so, he would lose his office.

    When sedevacantists err, they make an error in a matter of fact, not a matter of theology. At most, they could be in material schism.

    Secondly, there is no danger of being convinced of sedevacantism by reading the book being reviewed here because it does not treat of that subject. What a wild bunch we have here. Is everyone here afraid of reading cookbooks written by atheists? Don't cook the casarole that way or you might lose your faith!

    Thirdly, Fr. Cekada's book on the liturgy happens to be excellent, and it argues what many of us non-sedevacantist traditionalists have been arguing repeatedly on this blog. The only difference is that his arguments are more cogent and his references more complete.

    Ah, time for the summer holidays. All these Ameericans have too hot a country. Come up to Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, where the temperatures hover around 70 degrees by day and 50 by night. Soothing to body and soul.


  3. Anonymous7:48 PM

    I wonder what are examples of excellency of Fr. Cekada's book? I haven't read it, but a few specific examples that justify the qualification of the book as excellent would be useful, to me at any rate because I would consider obtaining it. But if it is a nonsense of the kind I found in The Problem of the Liturgical Reform.....

  4. Anonymous9:00 PM

    "Come up to Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, where the temperatures hover around 70 degrees by day and 50 by night. Soothing to body and soul."

    Sounds simply perfect. I was just on the coast of Maine, however, and it was close to that.

    Pray for the parishes there, by the way, it's still mission territory.

    St. Patrick's in Newcastle, orginally built in 1808, has a new addition which is pretty nice. The horizontal proclivities of the parish are strong, and need major correction, alas.

  5. Unfortunately the Council engineered the undoing of the very thing which nourished the Council fathers: the TLM.

    As Msgr. Gherardini has said:

    "And if someone passed through that door to introduce into the Church a Liturgy subversive to the very nature and primary end of the Sacred Liturgy...the responsibility for this, in the final analysis, is none other than the conciliar text itself."

  6. Fr. Cekada references another fantastic book:

    The Problem of the Liturgical Reform

  7. Samuel Ferraro9:22 AM

    Let us all love the TLM and let Our Blessed Lord take care of the rest.

  8. Anonymous6:48 AM

    I hope to see a Tridentine Mass celebrated by the Holy Father as was during the whole of the Council. How is it possible to look through the lens of continuity and only see the NO Mass on the other side coming from the Holy Father himself? People are asking, if the Form of Mass is but 1 Form of the Latin Rite, then why doesn't the Pope celebrate it? I's stopped dead in my tracks for lack of an answer. The gates of hell will never prevail against the Church, so why worry about celebrating a Form of the Latin Rite of the Church. It legitamizes its' intangibilty for so many.

  9. The Mass of The Council was not the one intended post-councils. Anyone who reads the discussions and understands the political machinations of the progressives will quickly comprehend Bugnini had already laid the necessary foundations for a liturgy that befitted the aspirations of a church that was turning toward the world with an anthropocentric orientation.

    Anybody who seriously believes the current pope will say the Roman Catholic Latin Mass in public is in for a long wait which will end in disappointment. He is not committed to this but rather a hybridised version of it. His intentions are to produce a pluralised liturgical form.

  10. The SSPX opus on the NO rite rightly put into question its validity. Considering it uses long anathematised elements and judging by the countless scandals it has spawned together with a correlated and significant decline in chief indicators, its validity will remain in doubt. Certainly, in many cases NO services are invalid on three counts - form, matter & intention. Elsewhere even more are environed with illicitness propagating numerous un-Catholic norms and values.


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