26 March 2010

In Case You Are Interested...

There is a site called the "Tridentine Latin Rite Missal Project" that has links to the Holy Week Liturgies in the Extraordinary Form as they are formulated pre-1955, and post-1955. Comparing the two is an enlightening experience, and shows that the liturgical destruction did not begin in 1965, and that the architect of liturgical destruction began the job much earlier.

Pre-1955 Palm Sunday
Post-1955 Palm Sunday

Pre-1955 Maundy Thursday
Post-1955 Maundy Thursday

Pre-1955 Good Friday
Post-1955 Good Friday

Pre-1955 Easter Vigil (incomplete at the site)
Post-1955 Easter Vigil

In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.




--Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to Bishops accompanying the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Of course you know that the picture you are using to illustrate this article, is actually from the Episcopal Church of St. Clement in Philidelphia? Sad to say it looks more Catholic than Catholic, but this of, course was a vernacular Eucharist!