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First public TLM by a bishop in Spain since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum

Una Voce Malaga reports on its blog (which is now in the Rorate blogroll) that on January 15, 2011, Manuel Urena Pastor, Archbishop of Zaragoza (or Saragossa) in Spain, offered a Solemn Requiem Mass according to the 1962 Missal in the Parish Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, Epila, Zaragoza. This is the first Mass according to the 1962 Missal to be said by a canonically-regular Catholic bishop in Spain itself, since the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

Judging from the pictures, the Archbishop offered the Solemn Requiem Mass in the manner of a priest.

On July 2010, the same Archbishop had presided over the reburial of the remains of the family of the Count of Aranda, giving him the distinction of being the first bishop in Spain to preside post-Summorum over a ceremony done according to the pre-Vatican II liturgical books. 

A few other Spanish prelates had offered or assisted at Masses according to the 1962 Missal after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, but none of these were in Spain itself.


  1. Anonymous3:31 PM

    This is good news. Email his Excellency and thank him!

  2. Frankly it would be preferable if wider use were made of the Mozarabic/Gothic Rite.

  3. How about the Archbishop throwing the brakes on the Neoway Carmen Hernandez and company, since he buried the Count and family properly?


  4. Anonymous8:41 PM

    Dear Conchúr:

    The Mozarabic Rite was wreckovated (reformed) in 1988. I believe that the traditional 'form' of it remains in use in only one chapel at Toledo, so it has been preserved but is now hardly known. I would want the *Traditional* Mozarabic Rite to be used and not the one of 1988.

    While we're on the subject, does anyone know how often the Braga Use is celebrated in the A. of Braga in Portugal? I'm told that is is only used occasionally and not every Sunday.


  5. Dear PKTP

    Actually, the rite of Braga is only used in the United States, in the area of New England, by Father Joseph dos Santos.

    In Braga, a diocese ruled by an archbishop not sympathetic to the tradition (to say the least...), such rite is now completely abandoned, replaced by the "Novus Ordo" Mass.

  6. Dear Conchur

    The Mozarabic Rite is proper from the Churches of Toledo and Salamanca: in the remaining parts of Spain,which includes Zaragoza, the common rite is the Roman Rite.


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