29 September 2013


Solemn High Mass at the Oratory, with benediction and reception for Canon Wiener to follow.

O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.


schmenz said...

I have always been curious as to why, at least here in Milwaukee, the priests of the ICKSP refuse to say the Leonine prayers after their Low Masses, preferring instead a rather banal organ solo or some pretty doubtful caterwauling by the congregation.

I only bring this up because yesterday, being Michaelmas, we all assumed that for once we would be able to have the prayers after Low Mass ordered by Pope Leo XIII. Not so.

I find the Institute's attidtude toward this rather odd.

thetimman said...

The Leonine prayers are said after every low Mass at the Oratory, unless there is a procession afterwards. This is customary. And I believe it adheres in the other Institute apostolates.

I think your charge is not well-grounded; but if you notice it at your apostolate, you may wish to ask your priest and he will likely have a good explanation.

schmenz said...


I appreciate your response.

However, I have stated the facts accurately. I have indeed asked our priest why and, alas, he has never bothered to answer. I can only assume in the absence of an answer from him that he (and his predecessor, Father Meney, who originally suppressed the prayers after Low Mass) prefer congregational singing to the Leonine prayers.

Marc said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but we don't do the Leonine prayers when we have a Low Mass with Organ (i.e. Tuesday evenings most of the time).

Schmenz, that is where the apparent inconsistency is? Does the Mass have organ played elsewhere?


thetimman said...

Schmenz and Marc,

Marc is right, but I didn't mention it because I wanted to address the larger point of them "usually" being said.

Historically, the Leonine prayers could be, and often were, omitted when:

Procession follows Mass

Mass is accompanied by Organ, thus making it somewhat more "solemn" than usual Low. (as an aside, there are often four candles lit, instead of two)

There is a sermon

any other religious blessing or ceremony occurs afterward. For instance, the blessing with the True Cross we have at the Oratory after Low Masses from May 3 to Sept 14.

There may be others, but these I know of. Again, I think your Canon could easily explain his thinking.

God bless.

schmenz said...

Tinman and Marc:

Thanks for the input.

The Mass I was referring to in my original comment was the Sunday Low Mass which, until the ICKSP was placed in charge of the Church, was always silent.

I'm hardly a Canonist or a liturgical expert but the so-called French "organ Mass" is something Rome only tolerated but never officially approved. At a Low Mass silence is the norm, certainly the expected norm, and has been that way for centuries. Belloc famously said (only half in jest) that the only thing more beautiful than a sung High Mass was a silent Low Mass. Of course he was referring to the contemplative aspect which is greatly facilitated by the profound silence of this liturgy. Rome also tolerated what some have termed a "sandwich" Mass where an organ can be played for a brief processional, then complete silence until the Offertory, where a short offertory piece could be allowed, up until the Canon, at which point there is to be no music whatsoever in a Low Mass. A brief Communion piece was allowed, then silence again until the closing of Mass when a short recessional could be played. But bear in mind this was not encouraged, only tolerated, and in no way was meant to suppress the Leonine prayers (the recessional had to wait until that was done). Leo XIII's dictum was quite clear and precise about this.

What the Institute's priests here in Milwaukee are doing on Sundays is to present a French organ Mass in which the organ plays virtually non-stop throughout the entire Mass, the only break being during the Consecration and the sermon. This goes way beyond what Rome only tolerated and is not conducive to contemplative prayer. Unfortunately I cannot give you their reasons for doing this because all respectful inquiries n that point have been met with silence.

Do not think that I am in any way ungrateful to this wonderful Order of priests for the work the are doing. I only point this out as an oddity which doesn't seem to fit with their charism of restorationism in the liturgy...at least how it is done in Milwaukee. Obviously I cannot speak for other areas which are served by them.