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.