Pope Benedict’s vision, his "Marshall Plan", will not be implemented in a day or a year or even a few years.
But it is happening.
This "Marshall Plan" revolves around a revitalization of Holy Church’s worship.
To this end, Pope Benedict gave us Summorum Pontificum and other tools and gifts, such as his own example.
I am pleased that more and more people have the opportunity to participate at Masses celebrated with the older, traditional Missale Romanum. These experiences will help also to correct the way the newer form of Mass is celebrated.
There are some institutes and fraternities of priests dedicated to this cause.
But what I think is really needed in dioceses, first and foremost, is not so much some specialized group to come in and do what other can’t do. What is truly necessary is that diocesan priests and seminarians take charge of this vision. Diocesan priests and seminarians, ideally with the full support of the local bishop, must make this project their own. All these other groups play their good and necessary role, but when the diocesan clergy take up this challenge – and it will happen, folks – this "Marshall Plan" will really pick up speed.
With that preamble, I share this from a reader in St. Louis:
As someone who enjoys your blog very much, I wanted to share with you some pictures of a Solemn Pontifical High Mass that took place in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 19. It was celebrated by Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus.
What I think was most remarkable about this seven-month project was that it was completely organized and executed from scratch by diocesan priests and seminarians, in an oratory that was not designed for this sort of big liturgy. It was a wonderful experience to see how beautiful and prayerful a Liturgy a relatively small group enthusiastic and dedicated diocesan men can organize.
I think all of us that took part in the Mass were left with great hope for the future. I hope that, at the least, this Mass can serve to inspire others to save the liturgy. The resources are out there, it just takes zeal and love of the Church.
A couple photos: