August 29, 2004
vol 15, no. 164

The Fullness of the Heavenly Virtues are not Ordinary

      A Comparison of the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo

    by Kevin M. Tierney


      Editor's Note: This series on the Propers of the Mass features the apologetics of Kevin M. Tierney in this special feature simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi" which, of course, translated means roughly how one prays is how one believes. As you can see the differences between the two are as clear as black and white. One, the Latin Mass is full and reverent, the Novus Ordo sterile and bland. It needs innovation and novelty to spice things up. The Latin Mass merely depends on the Divine. This series compares the Propers of the synthetic Novus Ordo with the absolute Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass to show all that the NOM comes up far, far inferior, if not worse. Many might place the blame on the venom of the vernacular, but we all know what vipers injected this poison. It must be sucked out and spit out forever. Hopefully this series will give readers motivation to expedite that process in the counter-revolution dedicated to taking back the Mystical Body of Christ for Christ! Today Kevin, taking a cue from the Traditional Gospel "Arise, go thy way for thy Faith has made thee whole", illustrates which proper is in accord with the fullness of Faith and which one is more of a sieve which filters out truths and absolutes in order to be politically correct for modern time. He illustrates this in the comparisons of the Traditional Proper of the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost with the Novus Ordo 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Editor's Note: For the Traditional SUNDAY MASS with the Latin included, see "Réspice"

    Traditional Proper compared to
    the Novus Ordo

    Following the minimal differences for the Feast of the Assumption, readers will note there was no column for last week's Sunday Propers. Since both covered absolutely different angles, including the Traditional Mass honoring the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, one would not have been shocked at the profound differences. Therefore it was decided that a column would not be necessary. Returning to business as normal, let us compare the Propers for this week.

    As is the custom in this series, The Traditional Mass will be marked by TM and be in blue type , the Novus Ordo Missae by NOM and in maroon type, as in marooned by synthetic novelty. We shall begin with the respective Introits of each liturgy. The Collects (with the exception of the Traditional Mass, as always, going the extra step and including hope and charity alongside an increase of faith), are relatively similar, so I will note them for reference purposes, then go straight to the lectionary.

    Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end of the souls of Thy poor: arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek Thee. Ps. O God, why hast Thou cast us off unto the end: why is Thy wrath enkindled against the sheep of Thy Pasture? Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever shall be, world without end. Repeat Have regard...(TM, Introit, Psalm 63: 20, 19, 23)

    I call to you all day long, have mercy on me, O Lord. You are good and forgiving, full of love for all who call to you. (NOM, Introit, Psalm 86:3,5)

    The focus of each Introit is decidedly different. While both speak of God's mercy, the Novus Ordo, attempting to avoid any reference to negative theology, omits the idea that God judges His cause, and His wrath can be enkindled. To the Novus Ordo, God has no wrath. There are those who have claimed that in my writing, I make mountains out of molehills that the omissions are not as frequent as I would like the reader to believe. To that I only challenge the one who disagrees to read every column I have written so far, and you find the exact same change every time. Redundant as this may be, does it not suggest there was some agenda on the part of the Novus Ordo to not even talk about evil? As every week passes and the evidence mounts higher, those who continue to make this claim are going to have to try a lot harder.

    Almighty and everlasting God, grant unto us an increase of faith, hope and charity: and that we may obtain what Thou dost promise, make use love that which Thou dost command. Through Our Lord… (TM, Collect)

    Almighty God, every good thing comes from you. Fill our hearts with love for you, increase our faith, and by your constant care protect the good you have given us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (NOM, Collect)

    To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not, And to his seeds, as of many: but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Now this I say, that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years, doth not disannul, to make the promise of no effect For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise. Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come, to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one. Was the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe. (TM, Epistle, Galatians 3:16-22)

    My child, conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins. (NOM, First Reading, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29)

    The focus of both epistles is different. The Traditional Epistle deals with the truth of the Old Covenant being superseded by the New Covenant, and that the Church has always been the true inheritor of Abraham's blessing, not the Jews. For you see, when almost the entire Jewish Church was in apostasy during the time of Christ, God had selected a remnant, preserved by grace. That remnant was the inheritor of the promise given to Abraham. This promise came before the Institution of the law, further proving that God's covenant was not limited to the Jewish people. This speaks not only of the Old Covenant being superseded, but the truth that far from the Old Covenant still being salvific, the Old Covenant was never salvific. Salvation never came through the law. In today's world where the thought in the Novus Ordo Jews are our "older brethren in faith" who have a saving Covenant with God, such teaching cannot be spoken. This of course had to go in our "modern theology." What we find in place of the Traditional reading is a reading from Sirach, well sort of. We find only part of the reading. As is custom, let me bold what was left out of the reading.

    My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. For great is the power of God; by the humble he is glorified. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. What is committed to you, attend to; for what is hidden is not your concern. With what is too much for you meddle not, when shown things beyond human understanding. Their own opinion has misled many, and false reasoning unbalanced their judgment. Where the pupil of the eye is missing, there is no light, and where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom. A stubborn man will fare badly in the end, and he who loves danger will perish in it. A stubborn man will be burdened with sorrow; a sinner will heap sin upon sin. For the affliction of the proud man there is no cure; he is the offshoot of an evil plant. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the wise man's joy. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins.

    Some choice words for those in the Novus Ordo establishment. By the humble He is glorified. Yet the "liturgical reform" has taken out about every bit of humility there is in the Mass. Rarely does one genuflect anymore, since there is nothing to genuflect to. The humble position of receiving communion on the tongue is looked down upon, preferably one greets God standing thinking he is able to stand in the presence of royalty. We no longer "beseech God" in our prayers, nor do we join our voices with angels and saints with lowly praise. There is no humility, because modern man is so great. The reading tells us that there are some things beyond human understanding, that we simply are not to mettle in. There are things of this world, and then that which is supernatural. Yet to modern man, there are no real supernatural forces at work in today's world. One need only read the commentators of the New American Bible, who rationalize everything away when a clear supernatural occurrence happens in Scripture. It is a call to be content in that which God has given us. It gives a clear understanding of man's role in the economy of God's plan, something which the Novus Ordo unnecessarily exaggerates. This obviously had to be changed to reflect the theology of the modernists, many of them who were behind the drawing up of the New Liturgy. The abhorrence to the supernatural is continued in the "responsorial Psalm", Psalm 68, where they omit the earth quaking and the Heavens shaking before the very presence of God in delivering His people. This stuff could not have really happened; it's just one giant fairy tale. That is what these modernists want you to believe. And the Mass, rather than being a strong innoculation against these errors, allows them to take place, and implicitly promotes them. This abhorrence to the supernatural as well continues in the Gospels. Let us examine them.

    At that time, as Jesus was going to Jerusalem, He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered into a certain town, there met Him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: 'Jesus, master, have mercy on us.' Whom when he saw, he said: "Go, shew yourselves to the priests." And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God. And he fell on his face before His feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan.And Jesus answering, said, "Were not ten made clean? And where are the nine? There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger." And He said to him: "Arise; go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole." (TM, Gospel, Luke 17: 11-19)

    On a sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, 'Give your place to this man,' and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, 'My friend, move up to a higher position.' Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Then he said to the host who invited him, "When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." (NOM, Luke 14: 1, 7-14)

    I submit here that the omission the Novus Ordo chooses obliterates the relevance of this entire reading. To sum up, it is the instance where Christ heals a man who suffers from dropsy, then demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and scribes, who were furious with Christ healing on the Sabbath day. Yet Christ rightly pointed out if their animals were sick on the Sabbath, they would do what was in their power to heal them. This short argument by Christ left them silenced, showing them for the hypocrites they were, as Christ then demonstrated further hypocrisy based on outward appearances with his parable. Yet for the Novus Ordo to take this out, one doesn't see the hypocrisy of the Pharisee leaders, because after all, that could imply anti-Semitism so the Novus Ordo tells us, and being opposed to the Jewish religion is equal to Anti-Semitism, didn't you get that memo? Not only is it omitted for its "Anti-Semitic" tendencies, but this is also another clear instance of Christ working miracles, and this one can't be explained away by natural cause. It is one of those things beyond human comprehension. Yet nothing is beyond human comprehension. The Bible must've left some pertinent natural cause out for this healing, the modernist tells us. Either that or it was an entire fabrication. Either possibility is left open with the omission of these verses. People would never know Christ worked miracles if they rely on the Novus Ordo for their dose of Scripture.

    Look with favor, O Lord, upon Thy people; look with favor upon their offerings: and appeased by this oblation, mercifully forgive us our sins and grant what we ask. Through our Lord... (TM, Secret)

    Lord, may this holy offering bring us your blessing and accomplish within us its promise of salvation. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (NOM, Prayer Over the Gifts)

    I will not even go onto the Communion and Postcommunion for, as always, the Novus Ordo leaves quite a bit of questions unanswered. What is the offering? How does it accomplish within us eternal salvation? More open-ended questions. The Traditional Mass makes it quite clear the offering is "this oblation" which appeases God, again a reference to the Mass being a propitiatory work, appeasing the Father of His wrath. Yet since in the Novus Ordo God has no wrath, there really need be no sacrifice to appease it. What the Novus Ordo leaves for ambiguity the Traditional Mass answers with absolute clarity.

    While most parts of the Holy Mass we can understand, in the end there are also some things of it which are beyond human understanding. It is beyond understanding how God works the miracle of transubstantiation, yet He does so. Since as we know by their omission and the changes in the Canon and the altering of the sacred words of Consecration in the Novus Ordo, the Mystery of the Mass is demystified to make it humanistic in the sense that there is a human explanation for everything. Therefore there is no longer any sacredness to the Novus Ordo. And if there is any semblance of sacredness in the conservative parish, well, 50 years ago it would've been called irreverence. That is how we have progressed, just like the proud man in Sirach, the Novus Ordo has seen to it that the people deliberately not hear about negative theology or remember the why of miracles - the greatest being the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in which the priest as the alter Christus offers to the Father on our behalf Christ crucified in an unbloody manner as a propitiatory sacrifice for us. When do you hear of that in the Novus Ordo? You don't for it has lost all meaning in transforming the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven to a "Eucharistic Celebration" or a "Commemoration of the Last Supper." How Lutheran and Protestant of the modernists. Let us not only veer away from this Novus Ordo rite which leads away from Catholic truth and the Sacred Deposit of the Faith, but abandon the whole experiment of the New Order before more irreconcilable damage can be done. The fullness of the Heavenly Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity can only be found in the Traditional Mass. Of that fact there can be no argument!

Kevin Tierney

    August 29, 2004
    vol 15, no. 165
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi