Sunday, June 17, 2007

Two New Priests
For the Latin Mass

Hat Tip to Prevat2

The link to Kansas City Catholic describes a beautiful ordination two days ago for new priests belonging to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP). This order of priests, much like their brothers in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), has been around for less then twenty years, but have a greater number of young men seeking admittance to their seminaries then most American Novus Ordo seminaries combined! (As a side note, these are the first ICKSP ordinations in the U.S. Most are held in their main seminary, located in Italy.)

Both Archbishop Raymond Burke (St. Louis, MO) and Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City, MO) celebrated this Pontifical High Mass. These two great American bishops (along with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, NE), are staunch supporters of tradition, and these traditional orders of priests. Too bad the rest of our bishops are not of like mind.

Open the link and spend some time looking at the incredible photos of what, for most Roman Catholics, is only a distant memory of what we once were.


Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Now THAT my fellow cave people, is Orthodoxy!

10:34 AM  
Blogger StarbucksMom said...

What a blessing!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

This happened two weeks ago in Manhattan. What do you think?

Walking on the Upper East Side towards Central Park , a friend and I came upon a strange looking automobile. He asked, "You know what that is? It's a Novus Ordo car." I concurred. Then, we wondered, "What would a Traditional Missal car look like."
Well, as we pondered, we crossed the street. At the corner, we passed a public phone and I noticed an advertisement featuring a horse. "A horse!" I said.
It all came to me at once. I explained, "A horse is a living thing. The car is often seemingly lifeless. The horse grows organically. The car is manufactured, mechanistically fabricated, and frankensteinish. Of course,the car is modelled on the horse to some degree, hence it is said to have "horsepower." But, the car is designed for quickness and easy to use. The horse takes time and alot of work."
My friend then astutely added, "The car seats everyone comfortably. There's room for everyone. And You can play
whatever kind of music you like."
"Exactly," I thought, "If you want music while on the horse, you need to use your God-given living voice for song."
I then proposed, "The horse can actually make people feel uncomfotable at times. The car intentionally seeks to avoid that. The car also comes in many styles to suit one's tastes."
We agreed that the comparison is fruit for meditation. I came away
thinking, "The man-made car focuses upon the people within it and makes you
want to stay on the journey. The horse, given by God, is a beautiful
creature. But, even though we appreciate it, as we ride the horse, we are contantly focusing upon getting to our home destination. The journey remains a means to the end.
In worldly affairs cars are a great advance. But, we should never treat spiritual things as we do wordly things. The spiritual horse of the Pre-Pauline Traditional Mass is what has been passed on during the centuries unto us today. We must love and treat this living organic thing with respect, for it is given by God to carry us to paradise. While the spiritual car of the
Novus Ordo may fulfill the purpose, it may cause us to focus too much upon human achievement and the mere journey."
Let us hope that the Holy Father gives us the Motu Proprio soon.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Just some notes:
First: even though an ordination in the classical Roman Rite is a concelebration of sorts, the newly ordained pray along with the ordaining prelate. Bishop Finn assisted at the Mass from choir, he did not celebrate. Also an axillary from Chicago also assisted in choir.

Second: One notable feature among the ICKSP is that they are very good members of the Catholic Church now. At least in St. Louis they participate and even concelbrate at many solemn Novus Ordo Mass at the Cathedral, notably the Chrism Mass. Also their priests know the documents of the Second Vatican Council well.

Third: It is also good to note that this is the first Pontifical High Mass in a US Cathedral in 40 years, and it took place in the same city as the first Mass in English ever celebrated licitly.

9:17 PM  

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