Thursday, August 6, 2015

St. Josemaria Escriva celebrated ONLY the Traditional Latin Mass

St. Josemaría was always first and foremost obedient, but he could not read the faded print in the new edition of the Roman Missal (see this photo). He had cataracts and found it difficult and painful to read the poor quality typeset. Also, the saint had experienced certain mystical moments associated with particular words, sentences, and structural parts of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Such moments had been a part of his spiritual life since boyhood and through his priesthood. In having to celebrate the Mass of Paul VI, the saint would have been cut off from this.

Finally, it was the saint’s secretary, Don Alvaro del Portillo, who at the behest of the saint telephoned Msgr. Annibale Bugnini to ask permission to continue celebrating the Classical Rite. Monsignor Bugnini was quick in his response: “You don’t need permission from me. Just continue to celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V.”

This was taken from the blog of Rome tour guide, Mr. Orbis himself, John Sonnen.

Another account says that the Saint simply didn't like the New Mass and applied for an indult to say privately until his death, the Mass of his ordination.

The saint himself is nurtured by the Mass of All Ages.

And this is also the same reason why Pope Benedict XVI liberalized the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass now officially known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Which made me remember something.

There was once a raging lunatic cleric who said that those who attend and celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite are "sedevacantists, attackers of Vatican II and haters of Pope Francis".

The photo above shows the Saint celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  Note the placement of the Missal is on the Gospel side (left side of the altar) and the Host is resting on the corporal. That is the reason why the corporal is called THE corporal.  The Body of Christ rests on it.

There are those who say that this is NOT a Traditional Latin Mass but a Novus Ordo Mass and they use this photo below as "proof".

They claim that this is a concelebrated Mass which only happens in the Traditional Latin Mass during an Ordination.

If you see priests now concelebrating with a stole over a surplice, that is a ONE IN A LIFETIME thing!  Bring out your phone cameras and click away!  Most Filipino priests especially in their private Masses would celebrate Mass, offer the Holy Sacrifice in their jammies like these!

So seeing them in their cassock, surplice and stole concelebrating and NOT in the proper vestments (alb, stole, cassock) is such a PRIVILEGE to behold! You won't expect these priest to dress up this way when they get invited to a party in a posh hotel or in a VIP gathering in Malacanang or the US Embassy. Noooooooo!  They dress properly for every event EXCEPT for Holy Mass.

Watch out!  I got a lot of photos of that CREATIVE Mass in San Agustin.

Stay tuned.

Going back...

The photo of St. Josemaria with the priests behind him is NOT a concelebrated Novus Ordo Mass.

Those priests are properly vested to assist in distributing Holy Communion. Why?  Even today, THAT is the proper vestment for a priest not concelebrating, not celebrating but distributing Holy Communion because a priest, bishop and deacon are the ORDINARY ministers of Holy Communion.  Lay people, including nuns, are EXTRAORDINARY Ministers of Holy Communion.

That was a lot for a post.


Time to go rest for the moment.


  1. It is equally sad to know that only a few priests in the work are interested in learning to celebrate the Extraordinary Form, BTW,one of the Priest-Sons of St. Josémaría asked him whether he should throw out the Altar Missals according to the old rite from the Mother Church of St. Apollonius. The Saint just said to keep it because it will come back someday.

  2. I have attended Masses offered by priests of the Work, all novus ordo but one was done ad orientem. That's when it dawned on me that it was logical to face God when addressing Him. It's very interesting that Archbishop Bugnini himself would state that no permission was needed to continue saying the Mass of St. Pius V. Thats not how he and his minions made it out to be to the Church at large. It was as if the Mass they contrived was a banner for loyalty to the Church.