Sunday, January 04, 2009

Cardinal Archbishop of Paris celebrates again with the 1962 missal

André Cardinal Vingt-trois, Archbishop of Paris and President of the French Conference of Bishops celebrated using the 1962 missal for the third Sunday of Advent, three weeks ago.

Today he did celebrate again in Saint-Eugène in Paris.

By a decree from Cardinal Caprara, papal legate, dated 1802, the feast of Sainte Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, must be celebrated on the Sunday following the 3rd of January whenever it is possible.

Although all necessary ministers and material were available for a pontifical mass, the Cardinal insisted on having a sung mass.

Even if many are sorry that it bends the rules, and that such a ceremony is less solemn than what would have been done without the Cardinal (a solemn mass), it is interesting to notice that now the Cardinal has been celebrating two Sundays in a very short period.

We hope it will have a good influence on the clergy, priests and seminarians of the archdiocese.

It is good to mention also that the small altar, used for mass facing the people, has disappeared from Saint-Eugene one year ago, and the Cardinal celebrated a French NOM facing the liturgical east just before the TLM.

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