Showing posts with label Immemorial Mass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Immemorial Mass. Show all posts

Monday, February 14, 2011

WANTED! Bishop of Fulda Seeks Priests for 'Old Mass'

Heinz Josef Algermissen to priests:  "I would be grateful, if one or more of you could learn this Mass, in order that the faithful who wish it can enjoy the celebration of the Eucharist in the extraordinary form."

Fulda ( Heinz Josef Algermissen, the Bishop of Fulda, has encouraged the learning of the extraordinary form of the Mass through a current letter to the priests of his Diocese.  "In order to meet the desire of the faithful  with the celebration of the Holy Mass in the extraordinary form, I wish to request something of you:  I would be thankful, if one or more of you could learn this mass in order that the faithful who wish it, to hear the Mass in the extraordinary form," wrote the Bishop in a recent correspodence to

Algermissen recalled the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of 7. July 2007, with which Pope Benedict XVI had freed up the celebration of the "Old Mass" and also, that the Holy Father who was concerned for the unity of the Church, who also lifted the excommunications which were incurred when Society of St. Pius X Archbishop Lefebvre engaged in forbidden consecrations in1989.

Algermissen wrote then, that there has been an "Old Mass" Indult allowed in his Diocese since 2003 and that presently it is being celebrated in the Diocese of Fulda and in Kassel as well.  For that reason six priests are needed some of whom will serve as replacements for various reasons  (Age, health) for those priests who can no longer say the Mass.  "Please understand this proposal as an opportunity to help fulfill the desires of the Holy Father", wrote Algermissen at the end to his priests.

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FSSP Mass on EWTN.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cardinal Brandmüller Celebrates Pontifical High Mass

EditorYou'll remember the Cardinal for his apt criticism of German politicians who thought they could weigh in on the Catholic doctrine of celibacy and how he was in turn unjustly criticized by Cardinal Lehman.

Walter Cardinal Brandmülle celebrated a pontifical high Mass in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages, in the sanctuary of the Dolors of the Virgin in Camovacallo di Osimo [Marken].

Campocavallo di Osimo ( After the solemn procession in the sanctuary at 15:00 the Cardinal led prayers before the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, according to the prayers of the "Hora tertia Pontificalis" and vesting for the celebration of Holy Mass at 15:45.

Musically the liturgy was sung by the Schola Cantorum "Sancta Cecilia" from Corridonia under the direction of Alessandro Pucci with the "Missa secunda Pontificalis" by Lorenzo Perosi.

Since 1893 the sanctuary of Campocavallo village honors the Dolors [sorrows] of the Mother of God.  Campocavallo is located in the vicinity of the great Marian sanctuary 'Casa Santa" [Holy House] of Loretto.  Every Sunday and on feast days a Mass in the Immemorial Rite is celebrated  at 16:45, and on workdays at 7:00.

Every day  at 18:30 after Holy Mass the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the rosary is prayed with a concluding Eucharistic blessing.  Every Saturday from 21:30 till 5:30 the next morning, there is a Eucharistic vigil.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tudo Bem? The Immemorial Mass in Rio

Father Érico Rodrigues de Mello Falcão, the Paroquial Vicar of the Cathedral of Maceio, says the Immemorial Mass of All Ages every Sunday, here for more photos.  It's fairly significant that a man who's on the Diocesan staff like this is willing to say the Mass of All Ages.  It speaks well of his Bishop

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Brussels Archbishop Celebrates the First Gregorian Mass in Forty Years

The Previous Episcopal Conference speaker says this is a 'false signal'

Brussels ( The Brussels Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard just celebrated a Mass in the Traditional Rite.  The celebration took place in Brussels with about 500 faithful on Sunday for the occasion of the arrival of the "traditionalist" Society of St. Peter in Benelux-Staaten, as reported by the newspaper "De Standaard".

The Society of St. Peter is recognized by Rome.  Their foundation was an offer to those who were then members of the Society of St. Pius X in opposition to the Second Vatican Council.

The "Standard" reported that it is the first time in four decades that a Belgian Archbishop has celebrated the Old Mass.  The Church Historian and earlier Episcopal Conference Speaker Jürgen Mettepenningen, said that the Liturgy in the Old Rite is a "false signal".  It is a sign for a Church that had been understood as a matter between priest and God.

Link to original, 

Related story: at Agneskerk Amsterdam, from Rorate, another Pontifical  Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Coppenhagen and Cardinal Burke in nearby liberal Holland.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Justice for Abbot Joachim Angerer

Its true, he was an Old Liberal.  But that is only one side of the coin.  German translation of Jurg-Werner Oberlasser.

( The site '' reported something hard last November about the Old Lineral Abbot Joachim Angerer (76).

The Prelate was from   1986 till his defacto ouster the leader of the Premonstratensian Cloister Geras.

The Stift is located in the Diocese of St. Polten.

I know from my own experience that Abbot Angerer isn't only just Old Liberal.  He was also Liberal.

So he allowed without any ifs and buts the Latin Mass, Latin prayers and many ancient usages which the young men then wanted.

I am very convinced and can recall a corresponding discussion with him that he allowed the old Mass in his Cloister and in the incorporated parishes by implication. 

Yes, he is Old Liberal, sometimes in a strange manner.  But he is also a good man, who imposed no limitations against his conservative fellow brothers and perhaps also from conviction.

Those who supported him, either left following his resignation -- and that -- or wanted themselves to be abbot.

In order to support the abbot, they used the lever of money.

The odd acolyte service of those priests now condemned for abuse had often criticized Abbot Angerer.

But he remained powerless against his fellow brothers.

One had to hold these dubious priests in the Priory of Fritzlar closed in the meantime.  For in the priory -- why indeed? -- that too many had gone.

About the former Bishop Krenn of St. Polten, who attempted, to outwit him, one can only shake one's head in the face of such hindsight.

The idea that Msgr Krenn had been really conservative, no one could seriously maintain.

Friday, January 21, 2011

First Pontifical High Mass by Primate of Brussels in Forty Years: Rorate

A reader sent Rorate the following significant announcement:
A Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard, Primate of Belgium.
The Mass will take place on the 30th of January at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Minimes (Minimenstraat 62, 1000 Brussels). In November, he erected in this church a new FSSP mission in Brussels. This will be a unique occasion in Belgium as it will be the first Tridentine Mass celebrated by a Primate of Belgium over 40 years.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Latin Masses Approved by the Archdiocese of St. Paul


“What earlier generations held as
sacred, remains sacred and great
for us too, and it cannot be all of a
sudden entirely forbidden or even
considered harmful.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI

Traditional Latin Mass in Metro Area

Here is where you can assist at the Ancient Use of the
Mass (1962 Missal) within the Archdiocese of St. Paul
& Minneapolis at local Catholic Parishes in Communion
with Archbishop John C. Niensted; Pope Benedict XVI:

Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale
Sunday 11:30 AM—Low Mass, Occasional High Mass
4087 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Saint Joseph in Miesville
Sunday 8:00 AM—Low Mass
23955 Nicolai Ave., Hastings, MN 55033

Saint Augustine in South Saint Paul
Sunday 11:30 AM—Low Mass, Occasional High Mass
Tuesday & Thursday - 5:15 PM—Low Mass
1st Friday 7:30 PM—High Mass
408 Third Ave. N., South Saint Paul, MN 55075

Saint Agnes in Saint Paul
1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday 10:00 AM—High Mass
548 Lafond Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55103

Holy Trinity in South Saint Paul
Monday & Wednesday 5:15 PM—Low Mass
749 Sixth Avenue S., South Saint Paul, MN 55075

Immaculate Heart of Mary South St. Paul 
Masses Sunday 730am, 10am; Saturday 8am;
Monday at IHM School and sometimes
during the week.
875 Manomin Ave 
Saint Paul , MN 55107 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Magic Circle Bishop Burns of Swansea Attacks Immemorial Mass of All Ages

...That clericalism risks raising its head today among those who again are looking for identity in status, not service. They want to be treated differently. There are those who set high standards of morality for lay people, while they blatantly violate those same standards themselves. There are those who go to extremes to express the Mass in a particular way, whether it is in the Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form, in a so-called VAT II rite or Tridentine Rile, through the "People's Mass" or the . "Priest's Mass". Some want to put the priest on a pedestal, whilst the people are consigned to be privileged spectators outside the rails. Flamboyant modes of liturgical vestments and rubrical gestures abound. Women are denied all ministries at Mass: doing the Readings, the serving, the Bidding Prayers, and taking Communion to the Sick. To many in our Church and beyond, this comes across as triumphalism and male domination.

Link to Ignis Ardens site, here.

Entire Address available at Catholic Church Conservation, here.

Image stolen from BBC, here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Africans Want The Gregorian -- Not The Forced Hulahula

In the Old Mass one doesn't have to work at getting the faithful to be meditative.  That comes from himself -- the Bishop explained.

Bishop N’Koué celebrtes the Old Mass in St. Peter's

(, Benin)  Bishop Pascal N’Koué (51) of Natitingou in Benin has led his old Mass already since October 2003 in his Diocese.

That can be read in his report on the third anniversary of the historical Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.

Msgr N'’Koué studied at the Vatican Diplomatic Academy in Rome in the early nineties.  Finally, he was active till his appointment as Diocesean Bishop, as the Secretary of the Nuntiatur of Panama.

The 76.000 population city Natitingou is located in northwestern Beenin -- not far from the boarder of Togo.

The Pope has asked all of the Bishops of the World for a report about the Old Liturgy in all of the Diocese.

The author of the report for the Dicoee Natitingou who hales from France is Fr. Denis Le Pivain.

He belongs to the Bi-Ritual Priestly Society 'Totus Tuus'.

The report was published in the weekly of the Diocese of Natitingou.

Enemies of the Old Mass have Poisonous Hearts

The report explains that the Old rite and the New Mass can peacefully exist together and
supposedly enrich one another.

Conflicts occurred from sick and poisonous hearts" and from narrow-minded ideologies.

In the wake of the Motu Proprio there was no turbulence in the Dicoese of Natitingou.

The Old Rite Moves the Faithful by Itself

The report explained that the Old Mass is an opportunity, especially for the young clerics of the Diocese.

The traditional Rite allows the priest, the altar, the holy silence, the mystery, the various making of the sign of the cross and kneelings to be held with greater worth.

Also the priest would better understand the celebration to God that the celebrant and the faithhful will face together to the cross.

The Old Mass enables also a better understanding of the New Eucharist.

Without every pressure of the Bishops many priests came themselves to learn the Old Mass.

Where the rubrics of the Mass are internalized, the Liturgy itself touches the faithful with its beauty and depth.

Then one doesn't have to fight any more for the Mystery, the Holy, the Piety, the Majesty of God and the active participation in the Liturgy.

The Old Rite Corresponds to the African Mentality

The Roman Canon and the liturgical gestures in the Old Rite stand closer to African religiosity and African feeling -- and here is what the report said, further;

"It is my wish that one day every priest will be able to celebrate both forms" -- explained the Bishop within.

He named further examples for the enrichment of a New Mass.

Immediately in Advent and in the time of Fast the priest could celebrate everything for the Lord.

That draws the attention on the Mystery of the Cross. The celebrant and the choir should disappear before God.

Msg N'Koué explains that the Offertory Rite is not in the rubrics of the New Rite and not celebrated in the face of the faithful.

He wishes also more latin in the Mass and would like to avoid profane instruments and music.

In their place Gregorian Choirs should be singing.

The bishop has asked the priests to say the Roman Canon on Sundays and Feast days. It will facilitate inculcation more easily.

Before giving Communion the Celebrant must make the sign of the cross with the Host.

Read original at auf Deutsch.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"May Be That Some Think I'm Crazy"

The Mass of All Ages
"People from my community, who are not liturgically educated and therefore don't know that the pre-Conciliar Rite is supposed to be 'evil', speak of the old Mass in the meantime with complete naivete as the 'proper Mass.'"

( "surely there are not a few German chief shepherds, who are concerned about the unique path of Germany."

There you can read "much that is crying out from between the lines".

Fr. Hendrick Jolie (46) explained this in his most recent interview with the monthly magazine 'Kirchliche Umschau".

Fr. Jolie is the member of a team of speakers of the German 'Priest Network'.

Dissenters will be hard to unpack

"Our shepherds should know that they are not standing alone, if they decide to stand on the side of the Pope." -- he said.

Because: "There are countless priests and believers out there, who are waiting for a sign of solidarity from the Holy Father -- a sign that are not exhausted in words, rather something that can be read in concrete acts."

A bishop will find it much easider to distribute a Roman Instruction to his Diocese if he knows which priests and believers he can leave to its implementation.

Fr. Jolie himself believes the Pontificate of a German Pope is a "moment of grace for the Church".

This must not elapse.

Why since the death of the Fulda Bishop Johannes Dyba (+2000)  is that the Senior Sheperhds don't dance out of line, he finds it hard to explain:

"The case of +Mixa has shown then that the episcopal conduct of "dissidence" can be compared to everything else but brotherly."

"May be that fear rules here" -  concluded Fr. Jolie.

The Old Mass is the Mass of tomorrow

Fr. Jolie was asked how he priestly soul can be relighted.

His answer: "Priesthood and the offering of Sacrifice go together."

The obedience of the priest is shown above all in the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass:

"How will they show the obedience of Christ in the ritual, if they are at the same time narcissitically attempting ever newer gimmicks?"

For him the Old Rite is an outstanding school of obedience: "The priest opens himself in the requirements of this Rite to be stamped in a certain way, which is completely alien in the new Rite."

Fr. Jolie did not experience the Old Rite in his childhood for long.

Because: "after I had learned this Rite and celebrated my "First Mass" in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, a feeling gripped me of homecoming."

Fr. Jolie also explained the reactions of his Parish:

Afterward: "People from my community, who are not liturgically educated and therefore don't know that the pre-Conciliar Rite is supposed to be 'evil', speak of the old Mass in the meantime with complete naivete as the 'proper Mass.'"

The Clergyman isn't too concerned about his repution:

"May be, some think of me as crazy, but according to my clear understanding the Old Mass is necessary for the healing of the Church."

Then he cited the Priest Rodhaudt from Aachen: "The old Mass is the Mass of tomorrow, because without it there won't be another morning."

© Bild: Christopher.M., Flickr, CC

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Old Mass Only Behind Closed Doors: Milan

Italy [] Recently Father Jean-Pierre Herman - the Secretary of Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Brussels -- wanted to celebrate the Immemorial Mass in Milan's Cathedral.  This is according to the website 'BLOG'.  Father Herman was there for a meeting about Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman and the Liturgy in Milan.  For starters he was forbidden to celebrate the Old Mass in the Cathedral.  Then he contacted the Papal Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'.  They intervened and concluded that the priest could celebrate the Mass behind closed doors within Cathedral with only one altar boy.

Editor: This is +Tettamanzi's watch.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Serving Prelate from Philippines Dies

Philippines, on 18. Oktober, the rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Prelate Melencio De Vera, at 86 passed away. This is according to the lay movement, "Una Voce Philippines". The Prelate is numbered among the few priests, who never once stopped celebrated the Immemorial Rite of the Mass.

Original, from

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tremendous Growth of the Fraternity of St. Peter

They Grow and they Grow and they Grow

New statistical revelations, those which show the progressive development of the Priestly Society of St. Peter.

by Armin Schwibach

Rome ( The Priestly Society of St. Peter (FSSP) belongs to ecclesiastical realities, which is demonstrating tremendous growth. This was the finding of a statistical poll published on the 1st of October. The Society at this moment has 376 members (Priests: 223; Deacons: 8; Seminarians and Postulants in the first year: 145). The average age from the 34 nations shows an aggregate of 36.

The FSSP is in four continents, 16 Countries and 113 Diocese. They possess 48 canonically erected houses, 16 personal parishes and 197 Mass locations. They've shown to have ordained an average of 12 Priests per year.

The Priestly Society of St. Peter was founded on 18 July 1988 as a clerical society of Apostolic Life. This means it operates as a society of Catholics Priests without vows, which operates on a Mission in the world. The Mission is twofold according to the Society: first the education and consecration of Priests in the use of the traditional liturgy according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite; second is for these priests to take up pastoral efforts in their area, in the service of the Church.

In the year 2008 Pope Benedict XVI. erected a personal parish for the faithful, who are attached to the Old Mass. The Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter in Rome was at that moment settled in the small church of St. Gregory dei Moratori in the immediate vicinity of the mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis on the Tiber. The church was built in the first years of the 16th Century and is dedicated to St Gregory the Great -- Patron of Masons. It was built by the Brotherhood of Masons, to which belonged also the stucco workers, sculptors and relief painters, near the (destroyed during the renovation of the city) Tiber harbour "della Ripetta", where the manual laborers lived and worked in times past.

Already in the last years the Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter has experienced tremendous growth. the small church shows itself as more than unusual, especially as it is the faithful, predominantly of young people but also a growing number of baby buggies to make allowance for.

In the founding document of the Roman Personal Parish (dated from the Feast of Easter 2008) in accordance with Art. 10 of the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum" the corresponding reads: "According to the request of the Cardinal Vicar, by order of the Holy Father, that in the central sector of Rome, in the 1st District, in a suitable church, namely in the church of SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini [...] should a personal parish be established to provide for the pastoral care of all traditional believers, who belong to the Diocese."

From the many Diocese in which the Society is active, the Roman Apostolate is the sixteenth worldwide and the first in Europe, which was established as a Personal parish. The parish churches of Ponte Sisto, of the Campo de' Fiori and Via dei Giubbonari (Piazza Trinità dei Pellegrini, 1; Pfarrei: Via dei Pettinari 36/A, I-00186 Rom; Tel: +39-0668300486; Email: were not only obliged to serve as a home for communities offering the Old Rite, rather they also have the task of providing a point of contact where pilgrims and students can learn and be immersed in the beauty and depth of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Link to

Link to FSSP Video, here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Msgr. Rifan Celebrates the Immemorial Mass of All Ages

Editor: He's celebrating the Immemorial at the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro where there is a permanent Immemorial said. He was also received recently for his Ad Limina.

Check out the photos on New Liturgical Movement:

Msgr. Rifan

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Opus Dei Bishop Celebrates the Immemorial Mass of Ages

Chile [] Bishop Juan Ignacio González (54) of San Bernardo in Chile has celebrated of late the Mass in the Old Rite. This was according to ''. The reason for the Mass was the three year Jubilee of the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.

Click here for photos of the beautiful Mass.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

When One Sees How the Holy Father Celebrates Mass Today, One can Barely Notice Any Difference Between That and His Ordination Mass

The Meal Table Is Frequently Little More than a Night Table in Front of a Magnificent Altar

A German Bishop has sharply criticized the post-conciliar liturgical reform. One wanted to tear out the altar --- and horribly degraded it.

[] The Liturgy must be recovered as the "holy life's blood" of the Church.

Bishop Emeritus Klaus Dick (82) of Cologne explained most recently in a lecture in Cologne. On Friday the Cologne 'Domradio' (Cathedral Radio) recording of the presentation. It consists most substantially from citations -- predominantly from Pope Benedict XVI.

A Break with Tradition

The effect of the post-conciliar Liturgical reform called for-- said Msgr Dick -- "the virtual self-destruction of the Liturgy".

More precisely he criticized so-called "creativity" in the Ligurgy.

He warned about that attitude, "that even the new form of the Liturgy is an obligation".

In the post-conciliar period Msgr Dick perceived with a citation from Cardinal Joseph Höffner (+1987) of Cologne that there was a cataclysmic "break with Tradition".

Porous Texts with an arbitrary Interpretation

In his lecture Msgr Dick criticized the Mass in the vernacular as well as the Eucharistic Celebration on the "Supper Table"

After the pastoral council it was known, that the Latin was suppressed (disestablished). The prelate corrected this, "The opposite is the case."

More accurately the Council deleted the value of the altar.

Indeed after that the Altar "had been so horribly degraded as never before."

In many churches there is placed before a high altar a "post-conciliar thing" -- lamented the Auxiliary Bishop the Furniture Industry.

In the concept "People's Altar" the Auxiliary Bishop said, that every altar must serve as a celebration with the people.

Even the term "celebrations-altar" Msgr Dick indicated was false: "Are there any altars where we don't celebrate?"

Already in these examples Msgr Dick sees, that the Liturgical Reform "is crooked".

Considerable Shortcomings only in the New Mass

In his lecture the Auxiliary Bishop tore the cheap polemics against the Mass of All Ages to pieces: "The Old Liturgy had considerable shortcomings."

He could not find any evidence of these.

In the entire lecture he mentioned only -- at another point --. that in the Old Mass on Sunday that [only] the preface of the Trinity was used.

Against that he found the New Missal used numerous prefaces for Sunday.

The Auxiliary Bishop found these to be "a great honor" for the Old Mass.

He desires practical changes in the Old Mass. So that the Rite would be, which is directed by Peter, supposedly "improved".

For that, he argued for the Pope's wish, that both Masses should enrich one another side by side.

Eucharistic Celebration Without Holiness

Bishop Dick submits, that in the New Eucharistic Celebration it loses sacrality.

Indeed this is a natural part of that Liturgy.

One gets the false intonation of the character of a meal applied to the liturgy: "It must be a successful meal."

Finally, Msgr Dick indirectly points out, that he doesn't understand the difference between the Old and the New Mass:

"When one sees how the Holy Father celebrates, one can barely notice any difference between that and his ordination Mass."

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cardinal Burke Says No To Eucharistic Monsters and Serviettes

The soon-to-be Cardinal has taken the occasion of the Pope's apparent blessing of Altar Girls, and L'Osservatore Romano's to make it known that none of this non-sense will be tolerated at the TLM. One wonders whether there will be women readers, however?

Just remember that today's disobedience and abuse become tomorrow's concessions as was the case with everything from the altar nave, Mass said versus populum, insistence upon the vernacular, Communion in the hand, altar girls and women readers.

Link to Hermeneutic of Continuity, here.

To Raffaele, here

And Rorate Caeli, here.

One wonders, however, shall we dance?

Liturgical "Dancers" courtesy this blog, here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Old Mass -- And Many Chicaneries: SSPX Numbers in Germany

Three years after 'Summuorum Pontificum' the German traditionalists are still outdistanced by the Society of Saint Pius X which is by far the best.

[] In Germany there are 133 locations, at which the Old Mass is celebrated. The website '' reported on the numbers, which have been published by the organization 'Pro Missa Tridentina'.

58 locations are only celebrated during the week -- without Sundays. That is 43 percent of all the official listed possibilities for participating in the Old Liturgy.

On a further 26 locations celebrate -- therefore 19.5 Percent - have the Old Mass from time to time on one Sunday or not regularly on every Sunday.

A further 19 Mass locations -- 14 Percent -- have merely a Sunday Mas sin the Old Rite. These will be celebrated on times that are not appropriate for families.

Such times are after 9 O'Clock in the mornings or in the afternoons.

The number of the locations, where the Mass is celebrated every Sunday, weekly and on family-friendly times are limited to thirty of the total 133 Mass locations. That is around 22.5%.

The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X has fifty Mass locations.

On 43 Mass locations, there are regular Sunday and workday Masses.

In the past the German Bishops were happy with the expectant excitement of the believers are expected, in order to impede permission to the Old Mass.

Actually, the experience after 'Summorum Pontificum' has shown that this has been a bogeyman.

For this reason '' has tried to encourage Senior Bishops, to finally implement 'Summorum Pontificum'.

The Organization recalled a survey of the Institute 'Harris Interactive' from February 2010, whereupon it indicated a great potential for the Faithful, who are interested in the Old Liturgy:

"44 Percent of regular church-goers of the Ordinary Form were in fact willing to visit the traditional Mass at least once in the Month."

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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Balance After Three Years of Motu Proprio: Mass Locations Grow by 480%

More than twenty groups in Germany have requested an old Mass and receive from their old liberal Bishops not even one word. Actually, the Motu Proprio paves the way.

[]The locations, where the old rite is usually celebrated, have increased 480 % since the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'. This is according to the director of the German Lay Society 'Pro Missa Tridentina', Monika Rheinschmitt.

In June 2007 there were in total 35 locations, where the Old Mass was regularly said in the German speaking areas.

Three years after, on the beginning of July 2010, there were 203 Mass locations.

Mass Locations Divided by Country

In Germany there are 138 Mass locations where the Old Rite is regularly heard.

Only in 49 locations is there a regular Sunday Mass. In 24 of them the feast days are also served.

In 26 locations there are one to three Sunday Masses per month.

In 63 locations the priest only celebrates the old Mass on workdays.

In Austria there are only 28 Mass locations.

11 old Masses are regularly celebrated on Sunday, and seven also on feast days.

Of four Mass locations there are one to two Sunday Masses per month, in thirteen are only workday Masses.

In the confessional areas in the much smaller Switzerland there are 39 Mass locations.

In 21 Mass locations the priest celebrates the Mass every Sunday and 13 also feast days.

In four Mass locations there are one to two Sunday Masses per month.

In fourteen Mass locations the priest celebrates the Mass only on work days in the Old Rite.

As Usual: Bishops against the Old Mass

On a number of Mass locations the Old Rite must be reestablished again. For example is the town of Altötting where the celebrant has died.

In the last year some have dwindled and new Mass locations have quickly balanced the scales.

Anyway, Frau Rheinschmitt has in no way spoken of a "overabundance of demand".

Because: "There are more than 20 groups of traditional faithful known to us, who are desirous for a regular celebration of the Sacraments according to the 1962 Missal and have made requests of their pastors and respective Bishops -- but till now have either received no answer or a refusal."

The old Mass has a value in itself -- Frau Rheinschmitt stresses: "It will be especially poignant how thoroughly great, beautiful, sublime and sometimes even strange is the majesty of God."

The Church has developed and protected liturgical forms over the centuries, to help the believer to honor the triune God.

Frau Rheinschmitt also has made a graphic, which shows, how the old Masses are distributed throughout the German Diocese.

Little Understanding, Much Hate

Frau Rheinschmitt is certain that the anxiety toward the Traditionalists in some parishes is fading.

They enjoy the rich treasure of their own Church tradition.

In other locations the Traditionalists were always still, "thwarted, ignored, their proposals fought or answered in an unfriendly way."

Frau Rheinschmitt named examples:

The Traditionalists in Freiburg wanted every Sunday to have an Old Mass. Actually, they only may have Mass bi-weekly.

On short notice Prelate Alwin Renker declared -- the rector of the Church, where the old Mass in Freiburg will be celebrated -- on the 4th of July, that he, his housekeeper and sacristan will be on vacation traveling and therefore won't be able to say the old Mass on July 18th.

Actually, Prelate Renker isn't even the celebrant of the old Mass.

The coming date for the old Mass in Freiburg is still not known.

As a second example, Frau Rheinschmitt cited the example of the scandal in Weiden in the diocese of Regensburg.

There the Traditionalists, despite affirmation from Rome and a promise from Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg, who have waited for over a year to have the approval for a second Sunday Mass in the Month.

Many Larger Cities Still Without Old Mass

Frau Rheinschmitt observes finally, that in the German speaking areas there are still Churches which lack a regular Sunday Mass in the old Rite.

As an example Frau Rheinschmitt cited the city of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Konstanz, Ulm, Tübingen [No big surprise here], Reutlingen, Würzburg, Freising, Passau, Limburg, Speyer, Essen, Dortmund, Kassel, Hildescheim, Leipzig and Dresden.

One problem is that in the Chancery, "it is not well-received, when younger priests show interest in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite or even celebrate it."

Conclusion: "There still remains a lot to do for next year."

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