Michael also provides a short “refresher course” on the Tridentine Mass itself – the Mass of history, important parts of which date back to when Jesus Christ and His Apostles walked the earth.
This Mass was celebrated on the tombs of the martyrs in the Roman catacombs. It is thus part of the liturgical patrimony and birthright – not just of traditionalists – but of every Christian in the world today.
At the very least, it should be regarded as an invaluable treasure of Christian antiquity. It has been called the “most beautiful thing this side of heaven”, and it is the Mass of every virgin, martyr, crusader, pope, and Christian man and woman in history (in the Latin Rite).
It is the Mass St. Maximillian Kolbe offered before being murdered by the Nazis. Father Walter Ciszek offered this Mass in his Soviet prison cell. Cardinal Mindszenty offered this Mass the morning he was arrested. It is Padre Pio’s Mass. The Mass of Don Bosco. The only Mass Joan of Arc ever knew. The Mass King Louis IX and King John III Sobieski heard just before going off on Crusade.
It is the Mass about which Pope Benedict XVI said: “What earlier generations held as sacred remains sacred and great for us too and cannot be forbidden or even considered harmful.”
So why, asks Michael, is Pope Francis trying to forbid it?
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