Today, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, is the 6th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum going into effect.

You might say a prayer for Benedict XVI and also thank God for this important gift to the people of God.

As I have written before,

First, Summorum Pontificum is the law of the land. We can and should use its provisions.   Bishops can’t repress Summorum Pontificum.

As I have written before, we have the provisions, we have the vision. It is time to take the training wheels off and ride the damn bike!

Therefore, be prudent in the way you talk and act toward ecclesial authority when trying to obtain what you want. Be cordial, not aggressive, joyful rather than defensive. Don’t undermine yourselves.

If your local bishop is hostile or indifferent, or the chancery people are (which is the more likely scenario), then sneak around them. Get to know priests who want these good and holy things and give them private support. Get materials into the hands of priests. Pay for them to get training. Pony up so they can travel to a workshop for their “retreat” and “continuing education” and “vacation”. Organize ad hoc or even private Masses if need be.

Persevere and resist oppression. If you have to: Be the Maquis! 

You may have to be maquisards in your diocese for a while.

Also, everyone who is interested in the older, traditional forms, priests and laity alike, must get involved with corporal works of mercy. Be involved. If you are involved, be more involved.

Lastly, find some way to celebrate on this beautiful feast day and anniversary.  We have a lot to be thankful for, both in the way of the Holy Cross and in how we renew the Sacrifice of the Cross during celebrations of Mass with the traditional Roman Rite.

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19 Responses to SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM: 6th Anniversary!

  1. Gratias says:

    What a great law Pope Benedict XVI gave us six years ago! Progress for the TLM has been extensive but slow. So much depends of the bishop. The most important thing we can do is to attend the EF Mass whenever possible. If you do not have one the look one up in Wikkimissa when you travel anywhere else. I live in Los Angeles yet it is a one hour drive to get to the TLM, so things are the same as under Cardinal Mahony. One practical thing you can do is to donate money to your EF parish as well as to your local Una Voce chapter. As much as possible. Una Voce is a great grass roots organization.

    Father Z mentioned “Organize ad hoc or even private Masses if need be”. Many years ago our new NO pastor decided that in order to get to know his parishioners he would offer masses in people’s homes. It was great and we got to meet our fellow parishioners for the first time. So masses in people homes are are a great way forward if one can find the priest.

    Happy anniversary!

  2. Clinton R. says:

    Many thanks to Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum. So many good fruits have already sprung from this and I hope and pray the TLM will only grow in the years to come when liberal bishops who disdain the traditions of the Church will pass to their Eternal reward. Perhaps not even Benedict XVI could have imagined the positive impact SP has had and will continue to have on the Holy Church. Also I thank those bishops and priests who celebrate the Holy Mass in this most reverent and beautiful form. May God Bless and restore the TLM across His Holy Catholic Church. +JMJ+

  3. Clinton says:

    Many thanks indeed to our beloved Benedict XVI. As Dr. Maturin would say, “May God
    place a flower on his head”.

    Our blog host listed several things we could be doing to help realize the aims of Summorum
    . I’d add one more thing to that list, something within the means of anyone
    with access to a regular EF Mass: invite others to join you.

    We all have friends who haven’t yet experienced a Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Bring them
    in, make them welcome, answer their questions, introduce them around, and get out of the way
    and let the Mass do its work. Swell the ranks of the Maquis.

  4. NoraLee9 says:

    Hubby, who is a week-daily communicant in the city tells me that the 7:00 AM Mass is being said Ad Orientem. In the recent renovation, the Spellman Baldiccino was moved further back, and with it, the altar. This is the type of cross-pollination that Holy Father Benedict intended.

  5. Even more than work with pastors and chanceries, private support of faithful priests and seminarians is the indispensable key to promoting the traditional Mass. Pope Benedict XVI’s gift to these priests of the right to celebrate the TLM (privately if not publicly) makes the success of these efforts inevitable. With enough support, material as well as moral, it’s only a question of whether this success comes sooner, or later.

  6. Marlon says:

    Went to confession and Mass this morning in thanksgiving for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum. The big, pleasant surprise at Mass was the presence of what looked like every seminarian in our archdiocese, all in cassock and surplice. What an inspiring sight!

  7. HighMass says:

    In the Life of the Church…..comes to mind recent Happiest Days…..April 19, 2005, and Sept 14, 2007…what a wonderful gift OUR Dear Pope Benedict gave us….

    After all the years of trying to convince everyone the Mass of 1962 was so horrible…..for those who did say that I pity as it was soooooooooooooo untrue…..

    we are far from every having Mass once a week in the E.F. in fact as I complain in almost every blog….we haven’t had one in our area for 2 yrs…..che peccato

  8. netokor says:

    I thank God and pray for Benedict every day. Where would we be without him? God bless you always dear, dear, dear Papa Benedicto!

  9. Joseph-Mary says:

    At present we have a noon TLM every Sunday at a neighboring parish and the attendance is growing. Thanks be to God for this wonderful gift made possible by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

    Only the Franciscans of the Immaculate are prohibited from offering this form of the Holy Sacrifice at will.

  10. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    But Father, but Father! Would it not be seemlier if you said “the egregious bike’? (I am sure Margery Kempe would think so.)

    I have read that the relic of the True Cross recovered by Heraclius from the Persians, was later captured by Saladin – and its subsequent whereabouts are unknown. While an appreciable span of time passed between 630 and 1187, it struck me today that a sacred equivalent (if such there were) of the change from the penultimate to the last movement of Orff’s Carmina Burana would give a good impression of the sensation of this movement from it’s recovery to it’s loss.

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Clinton said, “invite others to join you.” I overheard some people speaking Polish amongst themselves at a supermarket earlier today and thought, “I wonder where they go (or even if)?” – but hesitated to pounce upon them with a question and a suggestion/invitation…

  12. asperges says:

    “I thank God and pray for Benedict every day. Where would we be without him?”

    Where indeed. What a privilege to have such a Pope in our lifetime.

  13. Shower of Roses says:

    Thank you for the reminder, Father! I just finished baking a cake to celebrate! :)

  14. incredulous says:

    It’s been said that of an imperfect church the most you can hope for is to have access to the sacraments. Anything more is icing on the cake.

    So, today, the icing was rich and sweet! The Mission of St. Francis and St. Clare in Miami celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in traditional sung Latin mass celebrated by Msgr. Castaneda. It was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful spiritual experience.

    In attendance were a dozen seminarians all in their nicest cassocks and surplices. Wow they are looking younger and younger everyday. It was very heartwarming to see so many potential Priests being exposed to a very beautiful Mass.

    Coincidentally, the 6th anniversary of SP.

  15. Speaking only for the liturgy of my own Order, it is remarkable what a couple of years time can bring. Just four years ago, the Dominican Rite was something that happened maybe every other year at St. Dominic’s Church in SF. Now things are different:

  16. Ryan says:

    Before I read this post I had considered a drive onto the mainland and into the city to attend mass in the EF. But after reading this I was steeled to action. My brand new Baronius 1962 Missal in hand I made the lengthy drive to Seattle and heard mass in the ancient Rite. The graces didn’t end there, however, for I made the acquaintance of the celebrant and after some conversation was invited to receive a special blessing and an ordination card. He had just been ordained in June. Thank you, Fr. Z for this post. And thanks be to God for Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum and all His holy priests.

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  17. Our 15 year old son recently wrote a simple, official Summorum Pontificum request, and gathered many signatures in support. He gave it to Father on the anniversary of the Apostolic Letter’s publication (7/7); yet as of today (9/15) has yet to receive a reply. A few attempts to donate funds toward the effort have been politely refunded. We pray that +God willing+ our home town parish will someday, somehow offer the Extraordinary Form Mass.

    In the meantime, we journey to the EF in Seattle frequently, and are truly blessed by the FSSP priests’ solid preaching and teaching, and by the extraordinarily reverent Masses and tremendously charitable community. Please join our prayers through the North American Martyrs that the Seattle EF parish will +God willing+ soon be blessed with a Church building to call home.

  18. BridgetTheresa says: …has yet to receive a reply… … have been politely refunded.


    First, the provisions of Summorum Pontificum are in effect. If they made a petition, they need a response.

    Send copies of the petition to the local bishop and the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”.

    Include copies of the “refusal” of the contributions.

    Keep pressing. This MUST embolden these young people.

    Tell them that Fr. Z says that this is guerrilla warfare now.


  19. j says:

    Sang the double “Oremus pro Pontifice”, though obviously followed by the singular “Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector” (since only one rules), for Exaltation, and the Sunday