Pope Benedict On The Divine Byzantine And Roman Liturgy And The New Mass

Traditional Catholics experience exclusion, belittlement, condemnation, and verbal abuse everyday, just because they question Pope Paul VI and Bugnini’s production of the Novus Ordo Mass, (The truth of the matter is in the exact translation: New Mass).

1391581_249805458508508_314505848_nTherefore to deflect some of the names we are called, the treatment we receive and condemnation, it is very wise to use the Church’s documents, popes encyclicals, saint’s own words.  For this reason I want to spend a few days on Pope Benedict’s actual words about liturgy.

In his book, “The Spirit of The Liturgy”, (Part Four, Liturgical Form), Pope Benedict defines “Rite” or “Ritus” by using the pagan definition of the second century.  The Roman jurist, Pomponius Festus defines it as an “approved practice in the administration of sacrifice“.  Pagans and Christians alike seek the right way to  adore God, (gods), please God, (gods) and honor God, (gods).

He goes on to explain that for christians, the word “Orthodoxy” really means “true splendor“, or the right way to glorify and adore God.  And in this right way, one can encounter God.  And this “rite” way begins with the incarnation, (God takes on human nature in Mary’s womb), then through the sacrifice on the cross, to the resurrection.   This is liturgy.

Byzantine Catholic ChurchHe then touches on the many different Catholic rites that are all greatly valued by the Church:

1) Syro-Malakar rite that came out of Syria and is still practiced in parts of India, (From the Apostle James missionary work).

2) The Maronite rite, the Chaldean rites, (which is practiced in Iraq and other parts of the Mid East).

3) The Syro-Malabar rite brought India by Apostle Thomas).

4) The Coptic and Ethiopian rites, Armenian rite, (from the Apostle Bartholomew and Thaddeus)

5) The rite of St. Mark developed in Alexandria.

6) The Byzantine rite of St. John Chrysostom in Asia Minor, Jerusalem, Slavic, Greek and Russian area of the world.

7) The Roman rites of Rome; African, Gallican (France), Celtic, (Ireland and Scotland) and Mozarabican, (Spain).

All these rites came from Christ, through the Apostles’ missionary work, to the various parts of the world.  “They are forms of the apostolic Tradition and of its unfolding in the great places of Tradition.”

Here are some very important texts in his book, (pages 165-66), which all of us traditional Catholics need to get out to the whole Catholic world.

“They, (the rites) elude control by any individual, local community, or regional Church.  Un-spontaneity is of their essence.  In these rites I discover that something is approaching me here that I did not produce myself, that I am entering into something greater than myself, which ultimately derives from divine revelation.  That is why the Christian East calls the liturgy the “Divine Liturgy”, expressing thereby the liturgy’s independence from human control.”

969410_251769464978774_2054355770_nLiturgy is “as an organic growth, not as a specially contrived production.   … not a piece of technical equipment, something manufactured, but to a plant, something organic that grows and whose laws of growth determine the possibilities of further development.”

“With the Petrine authority, the pope more and more clearly took over responsibility for liturgical legislation, thus providing a juridical authority for the continuing formation of liturgy.”

563709_249629065192814_2114727913_nAfter the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council.  Eventually, the ideal of the giveness of the liturgy, the fact the one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the west.  In fact the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch.  On the contrary, it represented him as the guarantor of obedience to the reveal Word.  The Pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith, and that also applies to the Liturgy.  Even the pope can only be a humble servant of its (Liturgy), lawful development and abiding integrity and identity.

Pope Benedict is talking about the wrongful way that the Novus Ordo Mass was created.  My there be holy, honest and healthy discussion of his comments in the Church today.  Let us pray and work for this.  I will continue on his book later.

Traditional Latin MassWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have respect for what God left us, the Sacrifice of the Holy Latin Mass and other ancient rites that have there roots from Jesus and the Holy Apostles.