Saturday, January 03, 2009

Development of the Usus Antiquior in Poland

As mentioned before, there is a Polish site which has
taken the NLM somewhat as a model of their own Polish blog: Nowy Ruch Liturgiczny, which is Polish for New Liturgical Movement. For the New Year, they have posted a summary in English of the development of the usus antiquior in Poland over the last year. Some excerpts:

On the day of Summorum Pontificum proclamation, there were only 8 places in Poland (excluding FSSPX communities) where the Traditional faithful could hear Traditional Latin Mass. Since that time, there has been a slow but stable development visible. Nowadays, TLM can be found in 22 places. There are three venues, where Masses are said each day, seven churches where Mass is said at least weekly and twelve places with at least monthly celebrations.


First bishops attended Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and gave us their blessing. There were first Traditional Rite confirmations and the first Polish ordinary — bishop Wacław Depo (Zamość – Lubaczów Diocese) celebrated Mass according to 1962 Missal.


FSSP Superior General Fr. John Berg visited Poland in October. He met Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz to discuss official erection of FSSP house in Cracow.


Whilst Polish bishops do not particularly favour old Mass, there was no particular open hostility seen last year, either. Considering their conservatism in the doctrine, we do hope that the acceptance of the new liturgical movement will be spreading across Poland in 2009.

The picture accompanying this article shows Msgr. Wacław Depo, bishop of Zamość – Lubaczów, celebrating Pontifical Mass, as mentioned in the Nowy Ruch Liturgiczny summary.

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