December 19-23, 2004
vol 15, no. 196

The Altered Altar

The Holy Sacrifice has been sacrificed by the compromising synthetic Novus Ordo rite in such subtle ways that few may not recognize the subterfuge for, in content, it resembles more a Protestant rite than totally Catholic in intent, thus slowly destroying Tradition rather than preserving it.

      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 briefly compares the Fourth Sunday of Advent Propers in showing vividly how the whole concept of sacrifice for sin has been obliterated in the New Order.

Editor's Note: For the full Proper of the Traditional SUNDAY MASS with the Latin included, see "Rorate Coeli"

    Traditional Proper compared to
    the Novus Ordo

    As we approach closer and closer to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, this column draws shorter and shorter. Different aspects are covered from different angles, but there are still some differences the Christian needs to be aware of when comparing the two Rites of Mass. As I said before, whether one agrees with the circumstances or not, there is a choice for Catholics today. In order to make that choice, one must be educated. When one studies the Propers, one sees just how much the Novus Ordo comes up wanting, to where that choice I submit is far easier to make.

    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. Since the Introits basically convey the same theme, that all pray that the earth will bud forth the Savior, I will move onto the respective Collects of each liturgy with the Traditional Mass Proper always listed first.

    Arise, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy strength, and come in might to our aid; that by the work of Thy grace that good to which our sins are a sore hindrance, may, in the fullness of Thy forgiveness, speedily be vouchsafed to us. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. (TM, Collect)

    Lord, fill our hearts with your love, and as you revealed to us by an angel the coming of your Son as man, so lead us through his suffering and death to the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (NOM, Opening Prayer)

    As was typical during the Lenten season, the Novus Ordo treats the work of redemption as a done deal. This is a half truth. While the sacrifice of Calvary is indeed once for all, it is worked out in our daily lives, and made present to us and our sins at the Mass. Notice the emphasis on the Traditional Rite. The Traditional Rite asks that we be cleansed of sin. Why do we need to be cleansed of sin? Because sin hinders righteousness. How is that cleansed? The sin is cleansed by the grace of God. Again, very logical, straightforward, what the faithful need.

    What is really the intent of the Novus Ordo? How are we led through the suffering of Christ? Do we partake in that suffering? What is the point of that suffering and death? How does it affect the Christian? Nothing is answered here, and this prayer really doesn't ask much. It just asks that we get through Christ's death and come to the Resurrection. What happens as we go through it and reach the Resurrection is never stated. It just seems like one big chore. For while the Mass is not a Catechism class, there is to be some instruction to the faithful. Indeed, this was one of the many myths by which the Novus Ordo was rammed down the faithfuls' throats. That somehow they weren't learning the Mass, they weren't learning what it meant, so a brand new Rite had to be fabricated, as Cardinal Ratzinger tells us. Yet how does this prayer really teach anything better? Of course it doesn't. We shall pass over the Epistle and Gospel for each since there is no stark difference. But, as before, I'd like to focus on the Secret and the watered down Prayer over the gifts.

    Mercifully look down; we beseech Thee, O Lord, on the Sacrifice laid upon Thine altar: and grant that in virtue thereof, our devotion may increase and our salvation be assured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (TM, Secret)

    Lord, may the power of the Spirit, which sanctified Mary the mother of your Son, make holy the gifts we place upon this altar. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (NOM, Prayer over the Gifts)

    One even wonders what the purpose of the Sacrifice is in the Novus Ordo. We know it's a sacrifice, for the gifts are indeed laid upon the altar. That it is still called an altar by some in the Novus Ordo we can be thankful since it no longer resembles a sacrifice. Gifts place upon a holy altar are indeed to be made holy. But, in the Novus Ordo how are they to be made Holy? Who knows? A Protestant can very easily ask that gifts he offers to God in adoration be made Holy and acceptable to Him. Nowhere is the idea that the following is a sacrifice for sin.

    Meanwhile the Traditional rite has clarity as always. We first know that God needs to look at this sacrifice with mercy. There is a certain tone of humility in the beginning of this prayer that is absolutely foreign to the Novus Ordo. Furthermore, there is a purpose towards the sacrifice, securing our salvation and increasing our devotion. God is asked to make the Sacrifice's merits do this. Unlike the Novus Ordo, the offering to God is explicitly stated, the purpose and intention are as well explicitly stated. As before, this simply is not so for the Novus Ordo.

    There is admittedly not that much more to say about this week's prayers. Even when the Novus Ordo comes closer, or improves upon the Rite of Tradition in some areas, the reform still causes much trouble in some of the prayers. As we see, far from giving a richer explanation of the Catholic Faith, no explanation is given at all. How is this building upon the glorious Tradition of the Roman Rite? The answer is that it is not building upon the tradition of the Ancient Rite, but is the introduction of a new synthetic Rite that can hardly be called an authentic reform; no matter how many times people wish to state so.

Kevin Tierney

    December 19-23, 2004
    vol 15, no. 196
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi