10th Anniversary of release of Summorum Pontificum! So…. TIE ONE ON!

I’m tying one on for the 10th anniversary of the release of the text of Summorum Pontificum (aka The Emancipation Proclamation).

Last week the Extraordinary Ordinary ordained three young men for the Holy Priesthood to serve in the Diocese of Madison.  The TMSM was happy to provide some of the vestments.

Of note were the use of Roman vestments and – in particular – maniples all around, by the ordaining bishop and by the newly ordained priests.


I post this as a special tribute to the desire of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, expressed in his game-changing Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum – that there should be a “mutual enrichment” of the two “forms” (let’s just call them “rites” and have done).

There is nothing wrong with the use of the maniple in the Novus Ordo.  If a set has the maniple, Fathers, put it on.  And say the proper prayer when putting it on:

Merear, Domine, portare manipulum fletus et doloris; ut cum exsultatione recipiam mercedem laboris.

May I be made meritorious, O Lord, to bear a maniple of weeping and sorrow, so that I might receive with exaltation labor’s reward.

MANIPLES, Gentlemen!

maniple tie one on


I received this note from a reader…

I will note that the CDW Compendium on the Eucharist includes the vesting prayer for the maniple (without any note such as “only used in the Extraordinary form”).

The English edition of this text, PUBLISHED BY THE USCCB, includes a translation of this prayer:  HERE

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  1. frjim4321 says:

    Actually the picture proves what I’ve been saying for ten years; which is that SP was a catastrophic blunder and would be a cause of great division in the Church.

    [ROFL! Happy Anniversary!]

  2. Hidden One says:

    Fr. Jim, I am interested in better understanding your perspective on this picture, as it is not my perspective.

    Fr. Z, I have often heard or seen it argued that one can wear a maniple in the Novus Ordo, and also that one cannot. Can you.point me toward any authoritative documents or compelling arguments in favour that I could present to someone else?

  3. RobS says:

    I would commend this piece, particularly the fourth paragraph, to those who share Fr. Jim’s concerns.


  4. mburn16 says:

    Meanwhile, if the Holy Father had simply had the strength and courage to put his foot down and declare an end to post-VII liturgical nonsense, he could have popogated a revised form of the EF to be used everywhere by all Priests for all masses. Instead he sought to take an incremental approach which has been stalled by his successor.

    Traditionalists and Conservatives are clearly their own worst enemies. They fail to employ the methods that would actually provide for their desired outcomes.

  5. Father G says:

    @ Hidden One,
    Here you go:
    “The maniple is an article of liturgical dress used in the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Holy Mass of the Roman Rite. It fell into disuse in the years of the post-conciliar reform, even though it was never abrogated. The maniple is similar to the stole but is not as long: It is fixed in the middle with a clasp or strings similar to those of the chasuble. During the celebration of the Holy Mass in the extraordinary form, the celebrant, the deacon and the subdeacon wear the maniple on their left forearm. This article of liturgical garb perhaps derives from a handkerchief, or mappula, that the Romans wore knotted on their left arm. As the mappula was used to wipe away tears or sweat, medieval ecclesiastical writers regarded the maniple as a symbol of the toils of the priesthood.”

  6. wolfeken says:

    I think what “Father Jim” meant to say was SC was a catastrophic blunder and would be a cause of great division in the Church. I agree, Father, that Sacrosanctum Concilium was a mistake and caused great division.

  7. Clinton R. says:

    frjim4321: “Actually the picture proves what I’ve been saying for ten years; which is that SP was a catastrophic blunder and would be a cause of great division in the Church.”

    Actually, the tremendous loss of faith and liturgical banality we have seen in the Church the last 50 plus years reveal Vatican II was a catastrophic blunder and has caused great division in the Church.

    Once, Catholics were unified in sound doctrine, teaching and especially in worship. The Mass was the same whether one was in Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, Paris or Rome. Now? The Novus Ordo Missae, as it is regularly celebrated, would be unrecognizable to the saints. Mass facing the people? No use of Latin? Laymen as lectors? Females serving at the altar? Clapping for human achievements? Does any of this remotely sound Catholic? Can we honestly say the Novus Ordo is the best we have to offer Our Lord? Does the NO reflect our Lord’s infinite Majesty?

    I give thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum, and to the priests who have and continue to celebrate the Mass of All Ages.

  8. PTK_70 says:

    It’s also the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s letter to bishops accompanying Summorum Pontificum. The entire letter is must-read material, but here’s the first section:

    My dear Brother Bishops,

    With great trust and hope, I am consigning to you as Pastors the text of a new Apostolic Letter “Motu Proprio data” on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970. The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer.

    News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no little confusion. There have been very divergent reactions ranging from joyful acceptance to harsh opposition, about a plan whose contents were in reality unknown.

    This document was most directly opposed on account of two fears, which I would like to address somewhat more closely in this letter.

    In the first place, there is the fear that the document detracts from the authority of the Second Vatican Council, one of whose essential decisions – the liturgical reform – is being called into question.

    This fear is unfounded. In this regard, it must first be said that the Missal published by Paul VI and then republished in two subsequent editions by John Paul II, obviously is and continues to be the normal Form – the Forma ordinary – of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The last version of the Missale Romanum prior to the Council, which was published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962 and used during the Council, will now be able to be used as a Forma extraordinary of the liturgical celebration. It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were “two Rites”. Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite.

    The rest is here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/letters/2007/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20070707_lettera-vescovi.html

  9. Animadversor says:

    I do not think that when frjim4321 says that the picture proves, “that SP was a catastrophic blunder and would be a cause of great division in the Church,” that he is so much talking about the use of maniples themselves as he is about a certain style of celebrating Mass using the Novus Ordo, of which style maniples may be said to be representative.
    As for the legality of using maniples, even if he were to be persuaded that the use of them has not been legally suppressed either explicitly or by necessary implication, the likelihood of which persuasion seems kind of iffy, very probably he would counsel against the use of them their legality notwithstanding and against the manner of celebrating Mass which they are taken to represent as being divisive.

  10. Y2Y says:

    “Father” Jim’s repeated commentary here proves what I have been saying for about 20 years now, that repeated exposure to the Novus Ordo damages the intellect beyond repair.

    [Now now… that’s not nice.]

  11. Toan says:

    frjim4321: I’m curious about your reasoning, but regardless…may a burning love for our Lord increase in you each day!

  12. jaykay says:

    S.P. was a cause of great division in the Church only for those who wanted it to be so, who were quite happy to cause (and had caused) their own great divisions for many years previously… and who stamped ruthlessly on those who protested.

    [Good point.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  13. Siculum says:

    Our priest mentioned this blog post today in his sermon and then proceeded to hold up his maniple, tied on.

    [My work here is done.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  14. chuckharold says:

    To what end, Father? It seems to me, from time to time, that we spend too much of our lives worried about the little things, like the use of a fancy handkerchief. Regardless of which rite we like or attend, the focus should be on what’s going on at the altar. A piece of cloth doesn’t change that. Being Catholic is so much more than fancy vestments.

    [A lot of us are able to pay attention to more than one thing at a time. Moreover, many of us are willing to speak with respect about certain aspects of our Faith and of worship. Also, the maniple can be used in both the Novus Ordo and the TLM. It is likely that you don’t know what the maniple symbolizes. When the priest vests for Mass, traditionally he says prayers for each vestment, which over centuries acquired symbolic meanings. When putting on the maniple, the priest would say, “May I be made meritorious, O Lord, to bear a maniple of weeping and sorrow, so that I might receive with exaltation labor’s reward.” The maniple symbolizes the sorrow that a priest experiences in his service of God’s people. For example, your comment contributed to my sorrow and made my efforts here a little harder today. Therefore, I will remember you the next time I put on the maniple and add a Memorare for you. The maniple reminds the priest of the weight of his service and that it is, in the final analysis, Christ who makes him able to bear it. The maniple can remind people in the pews to be grateful for their priests and to pray for them and encourage them.]

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