On September 29, the consecration of the new cloister church of the Old Rite Dominican Society of Saint-Vincent Ferrier (FSVF) took place. The community also includes two German brothers.
(Paris) On September 29, the Archangel Michael's Solemnity, Archbishop Guido Pozzo consecrated the Monastery Church of the Dominican fraternité Saint-Vincent Ferrier (FSVF, Brotherhood of St. Vincent Ferrer). Subsequently, Holy Mass was first celebrated in the new church.
Blessing by Archbishop Guido PozzoBlessing by Archbishop Guido Pozzo
The Fraternitas Sancti Vincentii Ferrerii was founded in 1979 by Père Louis-Marie de Blignières and in 1988 recognized by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and canonically established papally under canon law. The Society cultivates the old Dominican Rite, as it prevailed before the liturgical reform.
The seat of the Society is the Saint-Thomas d'Aquin Monastery, which is rebuilt in Chémeré-le-Roi in Maine (Diocese of Laval) in the traditional style. In 2017, the shell of the monastery church of Our Lady of the Rosary was completed. Last Saturday, the blessing had taken place. It was undertaken by Curial Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which since 1988 has been responsible for the Old Rite communities in the Church.
Tradition: part of the new church and the new monastery
Following the consecration, the first Holy Mass was celebrated in the church. To this end, around 1,200 faithful had gathered. Prior Louis-Marie de Blignières spoke of the abbey church as "a gateway to heaven" that is "oriented to the east, to the place of the promise of our first home.”
In his homily, Msgr. Pozzo spoke about the angels, the messengers of God, and the position of the Archangel Michael in the Scriptures as defending the uniqueness of God against "the deceptions of the dragon, the ancient serpent":
"The serpent's attempt is to make people believe that God must disappear so that man can grow. God is resisting the freedom of man, and we have to get rid of God. Today, he indicates a form of even more subtle atheism, to make believe that we do not need God to be happy and to give meaning to life and the world. In reality, the dragon does not just accuse God. The apocalypse also calls him, the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night before God "(Rev 12:10).
Large windows to the east, the "place of promise", after their installation
Who let God disappear from the life of man does not let man grow thereby, but takes away his dignity. According to the scriptures, the other task of the Archangel Michael is to protect the people of God and to watch over him. It must be protected from seduction, it must be helped to find the joy of faith and to distinguish right from wrong, to accept the good and reject the evil.
"Our Church needs the guidance, support and protection of the Archangel Michael so that she will not be beaten by the winds and storms of spiritual error and confusion in teaching that are prevalent today, even in ecclesial communion."
At the same time, the Curial Archbishop called those present, to pray the prayer to the Archangel Michael
written in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII. and prayed until the liturgical reform at the end of Holy Mass. According to Monsignor Pozzo, Pope John Paul II, in 1994, called for this prayer every day as part of the International Year of the Family to defeat the forces of darkness and evil in the world.
Feast of St. Dominic in the Friary (2018)
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Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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