The Old Rite Is “Breathtakingly Beautiful”

The Old Rite Is “Breathtakingly Beautiful” – 1/19/18

Father Cassian Folsom, the founder of the Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy, experienced the Old Latin Mass first in the 1990s while vising the monastery in Le Barroux, France.

Folsom told (January 18) what went through his mind in that moment, “This is what it’s supposed to be like!” And, “It just took my breath away, because of that beauty.”

Folsom explained that in the Old Latin Mass the personality of the priest does not matter. His role is objective and therefore disappears.

On the other hand, “in the Novus Ordo, because of the versus populum practice, and because of all the liturgical options the role of the priest becomes terribly subjective.” This caused an unfortunate clericalization of the New Mass, said Folsom.

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One comment on “The Old Rite Is “Breathtakingly Beautiful”

  1. Restoring the True Rite of the Latin Church will likely take a considerable amount of time.
    What virtually never gets even a mention is the organic nature of the Rite itself since the Apostolic era, ever under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. In its essence a supernatural gift, the Sacrifice IS so unutterably holy that until the Sixties Revolution only hidden churchmen of little good will and even less faith dared speak but among themselves about altering the Mass.
    Once these same churchmen seized power in 1962 and altered the Sacred Mysteries by 1969, finishing the dark agenda Bugnini laid out in the 1950s, the pretext of remaining underground disappeared and the whole world saw what these protestantized heretics intended since the early 20th Century: Ruination in the name of rebuilding a “church” according to their own dim lights.
    Even churchmen of sincere good will today need to retrace the history of the Mass and speak publicly of it. Most of these priests and prelates, too young or too poorly educated to know otherwise, labor under the understanding that the Sixties Revolution must be scrupulously acknowledged in all its pomps and works as a benchmark for restoration. It cannot but fail.
    Such an understanding is at the very least incomplete. It lacks the vigor and vitality of Tradition even while earnestly seeking to restore Tradition to its rightful prominence. Thus, matters do not proceed steadily nor with any palpable sense of a cohesive, organic and ultimately successful Restoration. And little else can be expected while Modernism continues to hold sway at the pinnacle of ecclesial power.
    What IS good is that there is any desire for universal Restoration at all. And it seems to appear in new locations with every passing year – another good, indeed. So, for that much we must be grateful. And keep making reparation. And keep praying.

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