Thursday, July 8, 2010

3 years after Summorum Pontificum

Here is a beautiful post from the great Fr. John Zuhlsdorf aka Fr. Z of the equally great What Does the Prayer Really Say? blog about the 3rd anniversary of the issuance of Summorum Pontificum.


Three years ago, I started chilling the Veuve Clicquot. 

Fitting for the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

I got up at Oh-dark-hundred to post the text of Benedict XVI’s long-expected Motu Proprio (I had an advance copy under embargo until noon Rome time).  The click of the ENTER button was a blessed sound.  Then I stuck the Veuve into the fridge for later.

Summorum Pontificum will prove to one of the most important events of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. 

In this document he gave a great gift to the Church especially because it is such a great gift to priests.  Once priests learn the older form of Holy Mass – and this is especially true for younger priests – they never say any Mass in the same way again.  The older form teaches them something new about themselves as priests and about what and who they are at the altar.   In turn, this has a ripple effect on people around them. [AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!]

Summorum Pontificum is part of Pope Benedict’s "Marshall Plan" to revitalize our Catholic identity.

Let’s use this entry for your reflections on Summorum Pontificum three years later.  The document went into force on 14 September 2007, but it was released today: 07-07-07.

Post here your reflections and observations.  Let’s not use this thread for discussion.  Just post your own points without engaging others directly
.  And pray for Pope Benedict!

Thank the Lord for Pope Benedict XVI.

Continue praying for the Holy Father as we all know how the minions of hell are ganging up on him.

Oratio pro summo Pontifice
Prayer for the Pope

The following prayer is taken from the Roman Missal. A partial indulgence is attached to the versicle and response.

V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N. V. Let us pray for N, our Pope.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3] R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]
Pater Noster, Ave Maria. Our Father, Hail Mary.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen. O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant N, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. The only problem I have with the celebration of the EF in Quezon City that it often starts late.