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U.S. District Superior: "The matter is in the hands of the Holy Father and we are waiting for His decision."

The Superior of the American District of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asks for a special novena regarding the current moment, in a "Letter to friends and benefactors" that has just been released:

May 2012

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

A lot of rumors are being spread regarding the relations between the Roman authorities and the Society of St. Pius X. On this regard, I wish to simply remind the communiqué from the General House of the Society of April 18, 2012:

In a letter dated April 17, 2012, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X responded to the request for clarification that had been made to him on March 16 by Cardinal William Levada concerning the Doctrinal Preamble delivered on September 14, 2011. As the press release dated today from the Ecclesia Dei Commission indicates, the text of this response “will be examined by the dicastery (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) then submitted to the Holy Father for his judgment".

The matter is in the hands of the Holy Father and we are waiting for His decision.

Let us remember that it is to our Superior General, and only to him, that has been entrusted by the law of the Church and the will of Archbishop Lefebvre the delicate task of our relations with Rome. As such, he is the only competent authority to take prudent decisions for our Society. Because of his function and his 18 years of leadership in keeping the Faith and seeking the common good of the Church, we renew to him all our confidence, trust and respectful obedience in this difficult time. Our filial piety to him, as to the Sovereign Pontiff, pushes us to do more than usual in these unusual circumstances: we desire to bring to them the support of all your prayers.

To pray is indeed the most important, and as a matter of fact, the only thing we can do now. I would like to ask you to double your efforts in the Rosary Crusade, which will end on Pentecost Sunday (May 27, 2012), keeping in mind the striking results of the previous ones. I wish also to solicit your generosity in offering a novena to the Holy Ghost.

The intention of this novena will be that the Holy Ghost may give the graces of light and strength to the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, and to the Superior General  of the Society, Bishop Fellay.

The novena consists of praying the Veni Creator Spiritus and adding the Memorare (Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary) starting on May 8 and ending on May 16, the vigil of the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord.

I authorize the priests to add these prayers just before or after their daily Mass.

Let us pray that the Good Lord may keep us all united in the Faith and in a corps spirit around our Superior, working for the Restoration of all things in Christ as ever.

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Arnaud Rostand

VENI, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur:
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus: Deus qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen.

MEMORARE, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum.
Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto.
Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.
COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts overflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray: O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost: grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help and sought Thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to Thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


  1. Grateful for all your very informative and helpful postings. Will remember you all at Mass today.

    One little suggestion: the versicle and response after the "Veni, Creator" should each have "alleluia" added at the end, inasmuch as it is still Paschaltide.
    --Fr. Capreolus

  2. The District Superiors are slowly but surely lining up behind Bishop Fellay. It will be interesting to see how many others do the same over the next several days.

    As Fr. Rostand mentions, this is the time for earnest prayer. Especially, I would add, for Bishop Williamson and his supporters. Based on his most recent "Eleison" comments, he seems to be preparing to head out on his own. But Grace can prevail, and our prayers can help bring that about.

    This agreement is the last thing The Enemy wants to see, and he will be working feverishly on all fronts to prevent and undermine it. Again, we must pray fervently that his designs fail.

    St Michael, defend us in battle!

  3. SHE’s…

    Gone the freeze
    Waft spring breeze
    Through white trees
    Come thou bees.

    She’ll appease
    All your pleas
    On your knees-
    Star of Seas.

    Sweetness seize
    Nectar these
    Workers’ fees…
    Queen Bee, she’s.

  4. Francis3:33 PM

    "The matter is in the hands of the Holy Father and we are waiting for His decision".

    As it should be as the Vicar of Christ on earth and as the Successor of St. Peter. Not in the hands of modernist underlings at the CDF or elsewhere. Yes, the Holy Father is a modernist himself, yet as the letter states all we can do now is pray.

  5. Our Lady of Good Counsel's little child4:13 PM

    "Veni Sancte Spiritus". . .Eternal Wisdom is guiding His children.

    "He will guide the mild in judgmen:He will teach the meek His ways."(Tuesday's Prime, Psalms 24:9)

    We will pray with the Apostles and Angels imploring in union with the intercession of the Immaculate Heart and St. Joseph, "Mirror of Patience" that the Will of the Holy Trinity be accomplished in the souls of the Vicar of Christ and H.E. Bishop Felllay - A.M.D.G.

  6. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Does SSPX accept the 1983 Code of Cannon Law? I'm just curious how that will work if they do not.



  7. Elizabeth6:15 PM


  8. Maybe it is just me ... but it seems that the Anti-Catholic liberal wing of the Catholic Church has been strangely silent about this potential regularization.

    Maybe the recent Vatican smack downs (American nuns, German "pro omnibus", Irish sex abuse, corrected translation, etc.), have gotten thier heads spinning too fast to mount an counter offensive.

    I hope this is the case and we are not in store for another 11th hour attack aimed at embarrassing the Holy Father.

    Saint Anthony, Hammer of the Heretics, ora pro nobis.

  9. Does SSPX accept the 1983 Code of Cannon Law?

    This article comes up in a Google search. I.e., sort of like the Council itself, it's mostly fine but with a few parts they dislike.

  10. Finding of the True Cross12:20 AM

    If you can, please don't forget to attend Mass tomorrow for First Friday and First Saturday! I always appreciate a reminder, since the days go by so quickly.

    We need to storm heaven.

    God Bless!

  11. @Francis, who stated: "Yes, the Holy Father is a modernist himself, yet as the letter states all we can do now is pray."

    Do be careful Francis in judging the Holy Father "a modernist".

    Better to say that he appears "modern-ISTIC" at times, which is quite different than presuming to condemn the Holy Father a heretic which is what one does when he calls the Holy Father a modernist.

    In fact, one would say that such a presupposition is itself heretical, since the Lord promised always to keep the Holy Father's Faith in tact.

    Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI, while he has certainly stated things that appear modernistic, has been very clearly Catholic in defending the continuity of Sacred Tradition and the deposit of Faith, so I would certainly argue against anyone declaring the Holy Father a material modernist.

    I think the SSPX father recently put it best. He has at times a strange theology. One can say that much. But there is no doubt that he is Catholic. So let's please be careful about throwing terms like "modernist" around when it comes to our Holy Father.


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