Sunday, September 14, 2008

Anniversary of the Coming into Effect of Summorum Pontificum

If one looks back into the NLM archives for September 2007 one can see all of the activity on this day a year ago, from seminaries, to parish Masses and Pontifical Masses.

On this day EWTN televised its first Solemn Mass from their magnificent Shrine Church, something so novel then and so blessedly "routine" now.

On this day a year ago, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos celebrated Solemn Pontifical Mass in Loreto:

On this day a year ago, Bishop Finn of Kansas City celebrated a Pontifical Low Mass in a packed cathedral:

On this day a year ago, the London Oratory celebrated a Solemn Mass at their high altar in all their usual liturgical splendour we've become accustomed to as regards both forms of the Roman liturgy:

On this day a year ago, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis celebrated Solemn Mass at their seminary, the first of many since the motu proprio, and a thing unheard of at a diocesan seminary prior to the motu proprio:

These and many other things occurred throughout the world, and more importantly, beyond September 14th up to this anniversary date. Many priests and deacons continue to learn the usus antiquior, many seminarians continue to express interest in it, and slowly but surely, it takes it place in the central life of the Church once more.

There is much work yet to be done, and yet very much to be thankful for.

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