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Montserrat: the sublime mother-monastery of the ancient Crown of Aragon. Our Lady of Montserrat is the Queen of Catalonia - her house on the high hills outside Barcelona is one of only a couple of very ancient, very renowned, most influential, and still active abbeys in the Iberian Peninsula, comparable to very few other places, such as Silos.

A healthy patriotism, a pride of ancient Catalan roots, always existed in Montserrat, and it reached great levels as the liturgical movement progressed in the 20th century, and as the Benedictine Abbey became the most relevant liturgical actor in Spain. But then, something happened: the 1960s, as the UNMENTIONABLE EVENT transformed Montserrat as it transformed the Church. Liturgy became revolutionary, patriotism became bigotry, vocations transformed into dust.

But something must indeed be changing as the most liberal Benedictine abbey in Southern Europe prepares to host, as the main and closing event of a pilgrimage in honor and for the soul of a young priest who died a year ago, Fr. Jordi Moya, a High Mass, on the High Altar of the church of the Mare de Déu: next Sunday, April 29, for the first time in so many decades, the Queen of the Spanish Levant will receive her due once again, a solemn Mass, a Traditional Mass, as the countless Masses she received in her home. [Source: Germinans germinavit, via La Cigüeña]

May it be the first of many; may the soul of Catalonia, Spain, Iberia, and all of Europe rise again. "With God, all things are possible." (Mt xix, 26).


  1. Anonymous12:19 AM

    If anything can save Spain, it's a return to tradition.

    Maybe we will see a Saint Catherine of Aragon soon :)

  2. Ora et Labora2:56 AM

    En hora buena, estas son muy buenas noticias.

  3. I was there when I was 17 with my family, though I didn't understand the significance of it at the time (...and still don't really, though I know it's long been a symbol for Catalan separatism --- I'd appreciate it if anyone could recommend a history of the monastery.) I recall the car breaking down as my father was driving up the long and very narrow winding road up to the monastery - the scenery was truly out of this world. Very good news to hear that they are to host a High Mass. May it be one of many.

  4. quotquot10:07 AM

    I visited Montserrst in July, 2007. I was surprised that it lacked the feeling of true Catholicism. I could tell that the spirit of St. Ignatius and St. Anthony Mary Claret was no longer present there. Hopefully, a change is about to occur there, and all over the Catholic world.

  5. Who is this source, Germinans germinavit, via La Cigüeña? That it would characterize the event as it did is almost as hopeful as the event itself. Notice the invocation to nationalism. This is true of the public posture of Hungary's new government, as well. The EUSSR will soon weigh in on Vatican II, if this keeps up. If you would like to have an idea of the depths to which Spain has fallen, watch as much as you can stomach of Life is Biutiful (no kids!) Could I take the opportunity to ask for help? I cannot find any sources of traditional books in Spanish. I take TAN and other cheap books around in the city (on a little tray like an old cigarette salesgirl!), and sometimes Spanish people will still insist on giving me a donation even though I have nothing for them. TAN has two or three, Angelus press about the same, everything else published now in Spanish is not only post-Council, it's the worst of post-Council. Mexico has nothing; I looked hard, and anyway the SSPX chapels there would not be using every scrap they can find from attics and garage sales, if they, with better contacts, could find any source of new books. If someone knows where traditional Catholic spiritual works in Spanish may be found, could you find a way to tell me? The people want these books! They are so hungry for them! Their impulse toward tradition, from God's grace, must be fed, it's so frustrating.

    Oh Spain!

  6. Neil Obstat5:28 AM

    If someone knows where traditional Catholic spiritual works in Spanish may be found, could you find a way to tell me?

    Dear Jan Baker,

    It makes me happy to see that someone is thinking this way. I recently went to the Pauline Books gift shop on Sepulveda in Culver City, CA, to find that there are no traditional books in Spanish there, only post Vatican II stuff.

    They do not carry even ONE encyclical pre-Vat II in Spanish, nor are they available for special order.

    I thought, what about the Catechism of Trent, or Quanta Cura? How would a scholar do any research in Spanish if there are no reference books???

    Now you have backed up my experience with this description of life in Spain. Thank you so much for your testimony!!

  7. Mrs Baker,

    You can find a large amount of Traditional or pre-Vatican II material in Spanish, for instance, can be found in the wonderful Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos,, now delivering to most of the world, or in Librería San Pablo or Paulinas, in their Spanish websites: . (Naturally, one is bound to find even more post-Conciliar material, but there is quite a large amount of good sources.) Librería Códice,, is also a good reference.


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