A bottle of wine: “Novus Ordo”

From a reader:

When I was in Chicago, I picked up a bottle of wine called “Novus Ordo.”  When I brought it back home for a priest friend he insisted that we create an appropriate wine stopper capturing the “spirit” of Vatican II.

Of course we had to honor Bugnini and even Rembert Weakland who where responsible for creating such a magical liturgy.  And to mark their lasting success we crowned them with a rainbow and fluffy unicorn!

… All sitting on an orb of shinny glitter and rainbows.

We even made the bottle into a lava-lamp.

It wiggles and bubbles and gurgles–just like my stomach at the sight of some creative renditions of the Novus Ordo.  And with the little light bulb in the bottom, here in this place, “new light is streaming!” 


No… heyyyyyy… wait just a doggone minute here! Unicorns?  Stomach…. lava…?

Are they making fun of the Novus Ordo?

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  1. rappingdaddy says:

    Interesting way to capture the spirit of Vatican II!

    It’s refreshing to have a New Missal of the Novus Ordo, one that brings us closer to the original sacred liturgy and sacred Scripture.

  2. Legisperitus says:

    Perfect! Just the thing to gaze at while listening to that 15-CD set of original Star Trek music.

  3. Filumene says:

    Ok. Someone had to be tipping back a few during the construction of this inspired, insightful and expressive piece of wine art.

    Make more. They will sell. I kid you not. Just keep in mind( when pricing), many faithful Catholics are poor! :)

  4. Northern Ox says:

    If your reader ever decides to market them, I WANT ONE!!!

  5. trad catholic mom says:

    Laughing so hard reading that. Hilarious.

  6. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    Whether at the most reverent Tridentine liturgies or at the novissimi of Novus Ordo celebrations of the Mass, the angels, principalities, thrones, seraphim, and cherubim gather around the altar, where they draw their folded wings over their faces to shield their eyes from the splendor of His Divine Majesty in the Sacrament.

    When I have to (mentally) shield my eyes from the sight of some ridiculous or outlandish liturgical novelty during Mass, I ask the holy angels to help me to see them beholding and adoring Him.

  7. Oh…

    It would be so perfect if “Novus Ordo” was in fact one of those synthetic wines of which Father Z wrote a few weeks ago…

  8. Transportsjoie says:

    Marion Ancillae Mariae, thank you for the reminder that our Divine Saviour is present on the altar during the Novus Ordo as well as the TLM. Though I am keenly aware that the NO can be painful to experience at times, if Our Blessed Lord deigns to make Himself present to us in the Eucharist during Novus Ordo Masses, I think it is frankly shameful to make a mockery of it.

  9. Netmilsmom says:

    I love it! And no I don’t think this is a slight to Our Lord himself.

    Seriously, I find myself at some of the masses we’ve been too thinking, “Maybe they would pay attention to HIM if He came out riding a unicorn and handing out Skittles.”

    He is there, but I envision Him giving golf applause like a parent watching His kids perform a play in the living room that they wrote themselves. ‘A’ for effort but….
    I suspect He feels a bit like your old maid Aunt that everyone smiles at while she sits in the corner alone. We all love having her, but no one really wants to give her much thought while they are partying away.

  10. The Cobbler says:


    Wasn’t there something else in this side of the world that started with “Novus Ordo” and didn’t end with “Missae”?

  11. McCall1981 says:

    I bet the label on the bottle says: Novus Ordo wine is thin and watered down, yet with a surprisingly bold fruitiness, and subtle hints of Catholicism.

  12. OrthodoxChick says:



  13. LadyMarchmain says:

    OH McCall!! Can’t catch my breath!

    Put me down for three please!

  14. Fr_Sotelo says:

    And who said that traditional Catholic priests do not have a wicked sense of humor? That is quite clever.

  15. jflare says:

    OK, I’m going to have to simply dissent on this one.
    I don’t think this is very funny at all. Clever, maybe. Funny, not really. Good? Not hardly.

    If anything, this strikes me as something that’s prone to inspire a sort of tit for tat battle between “traditionalists” and “modernists”, each side coming with some way to mock the other.
    I’ll grant that I’m not in the best of moods right now; a snowstorm arriving around mid-day having caused me to spend most of the day at work, so it’s now 4:30 AM and I’m tired and a bit cranky.
    Even so, this does not strike me as being something that’ll aid the unity of the Church.
    It really strikes me as something I might do if I’m in a REALLY bad mood, but which I’ll regret two days later.

  16. JonPatrick says:

    I understand that the company that makes this wine decided that the way wines had been made over the last few thousand years were obsolete and not in keeping with the spirit of the 20th century, so they set up a committee to study how wine should be made, bringing in experts from other beverage makers such as beer and carbonated sodas, and came up with a brand new method of winemaking. So far sales have been disappointing as many consumers feel it takes just the same as beer or soda so why not just buy beer or soda. As a result they keep tinkering with the formula and hope to get it right. Some of the winemakers have proposed going back to the old tried and true methods but that has met with much opposition and cries of “we can’t turn the clock back”.

  17. robtbrown says:

    For Bugnini there needed to be certain symbols: The Masonic Square and Compass.

    Weakland: How about Liberace’s piano and candelabra?

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