Sunday, December 4, 2011

More from St. Felix

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued a document called Summorum Pontificum (Supreme      
Pontiffs), which generously gives all priests permission to celebrate Mass (either publicly or privately) according to the rubrics of the 1962 Missal without special permission from the Bishop or the Holy See. This Mass, promulgated by Pope Saint Pius V in 1570 and later reissued by Pope Blessed John XXIII in 1962, is sometimes referred to as theTridentine Mass or the Traditional Latin Mass. This Traditional Latin Mass is in contrast with the New Latin Mass (Novus Ordo), which was introduced as a part of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI.  Pope Benedict is calling the Novus Ordo the 
“ordinary expression” of the Liturgy in the Latin Rite, and the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal) the “extraordinary expression” of the Liturgy in the Latin Rite.  Both Masses are forms of the one Roman Rite. The pastor can offer one Mass on Sunday using the “extraordinary form” and even offer 
Masses in the “extraordinary form” during the week. The Faithful can request to have a  Funeral Mass said using the  "extraordinary form” (i.e., a Traditional “Requiem Mass”). In  addition, the Faithful can request that their pastor perform the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Holy Matrimony, and 
Anointing of the Sick using the earlier ritual. I am explaining this document, Summorum Pontificum, as background to the following:

Every Saturday morning I will offer a Low Mass (no music; no sermon) at 8:00 a.m. in St. Felix Church according to the rubrics of the 1962 Missal. Everyone is invited to attend these Latin Masses on Saturday morning – in the extraordinary form.” There will be booklets provided containing the Ordinary (unchanging) parts of the traditional Mass; bringing an old traditional Latin Mass  missal is  suggested.  I will hear confessions after Mass on Saturday mornings beginning at 9:00 a.m. until all confessions are heard - Fr. Cook

Can I just say I am glad to be living in the Diocese of Winona now.

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