Rorate Caeli

Diocesan Bishop grants use of church for funeral rites of deceased SSPX priest

The Bishop of Gap and Embrun (Hautes-Alpes, France), Bp. Jean-Michel di Falco Léandri, kindly granted use of the church of Saint-André-des-Cordeliers, in Gap, for the funeral rites of Fr. Dominique Lagneau, FSSPX, a much loved and cherished priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), director of the house of priestly retreats of that society in Montgardin, near Gap.

The ceremony was led by the SSPX Superior-General, Bp. Bernard Fellay, and took place on May 18, 2013.


Renel B. Peña said...

A Prayer for a Deceased Priest
O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Fr. Dominique Lagneau, FSSPX, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Dan Hunter said...

May He Rest in Peace sweet Lord.

Dan Hunter said...

May we assume this was a licit Requiem Mass?

Please God, let us see more of this!

Dan Hunter said...

Absolutely beautiful Mass!

I admit to only assisting at two Requiem Mass, and have never seen that amazing rite where the whole congregation, in turn, sprinkles holy water on the coffin.


JabbaPapa said...

Perhaps I'm a little too interested in this sort of detail analytic, but -- the fact that this Mass was explicitly authorised by the Diocesan Ordinary means that all of those who celebrated, assisted, and attended in the Congregation at that particular Mass did so in Full Communion with the rest of the Church.

This is surely a marvellous Grace that has been given for this Funeral Mass, and those SSPX clergy and sympathisers present there, and it is the most hopeful Sign for the future that I've seen since last year.

And it's a wonderful rendition of the Mass.

jasoncpetty said...

Whole congregation singing Introit? Yes, please.

Anonymous said...

We posted this because it indeed is wonderful. But readers should know there are good bishops who have done similar things before.

I personally know an FSSP priest, who used to be an SSPX priest who, while with the Society, had the permission of the local bishop to hear confessions and marry couples. In fact, when he asked for permission, the bishop gave it but basically said he really didn't need to ask.

More of this collaboration would be wonderful. Sometimes you just need to ask ,,,

Clayton Orr said...

A very kind act by a very kind Bishop. However, it does not really say anything about the liceity of Masses, Confessions, or whatnot by the SSPX in general (whatever might be one's position on the matter). Church law permits the Ordinary to extend the use of a church, church resources, and even sacred vessels to a group of people who need them, even if that group is outside of the Church. So, for example, if the local Anglican church burns down, the Bishop can permit them to use the local Catholic Church to hold services. Just pointing this out....I am NOT trying to start an argument about the Society, particularly on a post about such a poignant act of Christian mercy and the death of a Society priest. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

poeta said...

I'm not that well-versed in the canon law of the SSPX situation, but would it be accurate to say that any local bishop today could choose to establish the Society in his diocese as a pious union, as was formerly the case in Fribourg, and thereby give them the same legal status they had before 1975? And, if so, how would that affect their apostolate in the rest of the world?

Long-Skirts said...

"Bp. Jean-Michel di Falco Léandri, kindly granted use of the church of Saint-André-des-Cordeliers, in Gap, for the funeral rites of Fr. Dominique Lagneau, FSSPX"

May God bless his Excellency abundantly!!

"Take away the supernatural, and what remains is the unnatural." (Chesterton)


Send me not roses
Carafes of wine
Send me your words
Of love divine.

Send me not jewels
Encased in gold
Send me your words
My heart will hold.

Send me not silver
In purple so plush
Send me your words
Oh, make my face flush.

Send me not silks
Of shimmering dyes
Send me your words
Bring tears to my eyes.

Send me not song
I sleep close to death
But send me your words
For my very last breath.

Calvin said...

No need to discuss about whether the requiem is licit or not.
Simple Christian Charity.
When someone passes away, esp. a priest who devoted his whole life for the good of the Church, do whatever you can to help with the funeral.

Niby filozof said...

Is the arrangement with the organs in front of the altar common in the world? I've never seen such an arrangement in Poland.

Mary Jane said...

Requiescat in pace...

Chris Whittle said...

The Bishop did not say the Mass pontifically, although he was assisted by a deacon and subdeacon, and without mitre and crozier. Also the whole congregation using the apspeger sprinkle the casket: should only a priest do that?

To answer the question above about the diocesan establishment of a religious order: Yes, the ordinary can establish a religious in his diocese, as with the SSPX in 1970 in Fribourg. Once established, it technically operate globally, although not regularized by Rome.

A prime example of this is Fr. Feeney's Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (MICM) in Still River, Massachusetts. They were canonically established by John Cardinal Wright, the first Bishop of Worcester who later became the head of the CDF, who in turn approved the SSPX. The MICM has one of the longest continuous running TLMs in the United States.

Common Sense said...

May his soul and the souls of all the faiful departed rest in peace, amen!

Anonymous said...

I recall hearing that Diocesan Bishops have even asked SSPX priests to give retreats to their Diocesan Priests on occasion.

I pray for the soul of this priest. Thank you Renel for the beautiful prayer. May God grant him eternal rest.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

Dan Hunter and Jabbapap : Good Gracious, of course the Mass was licit, regardless of what a certain other blogger priest may say.

Dan Hunter and Chris Whittler : I doubt it’s a rite, perhaps a custom rather. I observed it after a recent Requiem Mass for a priest who had for many years collaborated with the FSSPX. It may well be an established French tradition.

It reminded me much of the gesture of casting a handful of earth onto the lowered coffin in a grave, always immensely moving.

Abelard said...

To "Niby filozof":

Having the organ in the front of the church is quite common in North America's Protestant churches; much less so, though not unknown, with Catholic churches. However, such an arrangement is quite unusual in Europe, as far as I know.

Presumably this arrangement is post-Vatican II (perhaps when the organ was built or rebuilt). If somebody else knows more, I'd welcome hearing more about it.