November 7-8, 2004
vol 15, no. 182

The Great Compromise

The Novus Ordo has sold out in putting a modern spin on Christ in order to placate man, not God. We know what Scripture says about this in Galatians 1: 8-11

      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 "Many are called, but few are chosen," Kevin shows that when push comes to shove, the Novus Ordo is afraid to submit body and soul in humility, thinking its congregants can suffice on feelings alone. When the going gets tough, the sun is not shining, or any other obstacle comes along, those following the Novus Ordo will not have the stamina to sustain their Faith. Whereas, those clinging to the Rite of the Traditional Latin Mass, are strengthened through grace and determination, realizing it is not feelings that make the faith, but faith - a trusting faith that is totally dependent upon our Creator. That is the attitude, if followed religiously, that will assure being chosen when our time on earth is complete. After all, that is the first requirement of the Faith, salvation of our souls. Not our bodies, but our souls! Too much has been compromised so as not to offend, whether in political correct-speak or in the modern liturgy. Enough is enough. Kevin shows how the Novus Ordo has compromised too much where almost everything has eroded away. This is obvious in the comparisons of the Traditional Proper of the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost with the Novus Ordo 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

    Traditional Proper compared to
    the Novus Ordo

    In the opening prayer of the Novus Ordo, the prayer asks that we protected from all harm and freedom in spirit to serve God rightly. Primary in this fortress of protection for the Christian is the Mass. Focusing on the prayers prepare one's intellect for the harm of this world by the Evil one, and the grace in the Blessed Sacrament fortifies our souls. The Christian soul should look for all the protection he can get from the Holy liturgy. With that in mind, we shall see what offers the best protection.

    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 Collects of each liturgy.

    Absolve, we beseech Thee O Lord, the sins of thy people; that we may be delivered by Thy goodness, from the bonds of sin which by our frailty we have committed. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost,one God, forever and ever. Amen. (TM, Collect)

    God of power and mercy, protect us from all harm. Give us freedom of spirit and health in mind and body to do your work on earth. 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, Opening Prayer)

    Continuing our exercise in the painfully redundant, we notice that gone is the idea of sin from the Novus Ordo. As always, negative theology is present within the Traditional Mass, reminding us of our sins, and our need to be delivered from them. Furthermore, it states this is from the grace of God. In order to truly understand salvation, we need to first understand what we are being saved from. Last night, while thinking about this column, I had a talk with an Evangelical whom I have been in debate with the past 4 years. He was asking me on how I give the Gospel when I do so. He raised a fictional story about a man coming up to you, and giving you a cure for Parkinson's disease, saying it's free, and then leaving. Yet to the person receiving that gift, while he is grateful, he might be a little confused. He never knew he had Parkinsons disease, nor does he know if he has it now. Now say one came up, and demonstrated to him that the disease was controlling and ruining his life, and then offered that free cure. Would not the person more greatly understand the gift he has been given, and the fruits of that gift?

    Likewise, in order for us to better understand the mystery of salvation, we need to understand why we need salvation. We need salvation because as the Traditional Collect tells us, we are frail, and due to that frailty we commit many grevious sins, which greatly offend our Lord. In our sickness, God cures that sickness. Nothing we could ever do could cure ourselves. That is why it is by grace. The Traditional Prayer has the entire purpose and fruit of the mystery of salvation, contained in those short words. Small enough a kid can understand it, complex enough I was just able to write 2 paragraphs on it, and could have writtem more. That's the beauty of the Catholic faith, a beauty that is obscured in the name of "liturgical reform." Ah, what a tangled web the New Order weaves. Now on to the Epistles.

    Be ye followers of me, brethren, and observe them who walk so as you have our model. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; Whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself. Therefore, my dearly beloved brethren, and most desired, my joy and my crown; so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beg of Evodia, and I beseech Syntyche, to be of one mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women who have laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement and the rest of my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life. (TM, Epistle: Philippians 3: 17-21, 4:1-3)

    It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law. One of the brothers, speaking for the others, said: "What do you expect to achieve by questioning us? We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors." At the point of death he said: "You accursed fiend, you are depriving us of this present life, but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever. It is for his laws that we are dying." After him the third suffered their cruel sport. He put out his tongue at once when told to do so, and bravely held out his hands, as he spoke these noble words: "It was from Heaven that I received these; for the sake of his laws I disdain them; from him I hope to receive them again." Even the king and his attendants marveled at the young man's courage, because he regarded his sufferings as nothing. After he had died, they tortured and maltreated the fourth brother in the same way. When he was near death, he said, "It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him; but for you, there will be no resurrection to life." (NOM, First Reading, 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14)

    While the Novus Ordo does include the issue of martyrdom in the text, the verse it omits leave out the courageous acts and the courage of the Mother who stood by watching her sons die. One could say this points to the Blessed Virgin, and her sorrows, watching her only Son die right in front of her. Again, it is not false what is proclaimed in the Novus Ordo reading, but the absolute richness of the passage is obscured. Rather the Traditional Epistle leaves nothing omitted, and the full richness of the passage shines. It contrasts the proud of this world, and how we are not of them. While we were born into this world, by baptism, we are Christ's. We live by a different standard. Our rewards give true happiness. To receive this rewards, we must stand fast. The Traditional Mass leaves nothing to chance. The Gospel only enhances this below.

    And He was speaking these things unto them, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored Him, saying: Lord, my daughter is even now dead; but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus rising up followed him, with His disciples. And behold a woman who was troubled with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself: If I shall touch only his garment, I shall be healed. But Jesus turning and seeing her, said: Be of good heart, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a rout, He said: Give place, for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand. And the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that country. (TM, GOSPEL - Matthew 9:18-26)

    Brothers and sisters: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word. Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you are doing and will continue to do. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ. (NOM, Second Reading, 2 Thess 2:16-3:5) Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out 'Lord,' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive." (NOM, Gospel - Luke 20:27-38, bold part optional.)

    First, one wonders, other than a random selection of Scripture, what these verses have to do with one another. The Traditional Rite shows this clarity par excellence. The collect expresses the need for salvation (also including the why part) The Epistle stresses the nature in which we are saved from this world, and the results of such, and the Gospel stresses the miraculous nature of salvation in itself through faith, by displaying the miracle of Christ not only curing the sick woman, but raising someone from the dead. We, before we come to God, are for all intents and purposes spiritually dead. Yet it is Christ Who raises our nature, restores it to what once was, as He is the Second Adam. For as St. Paul tells us "For in Adam all will die, but in Christ all shall live." As we have seen such a correlation from previous columns, the Novus Ordo omits any reference to the act of miracles, instead replacing it with something else.

    Optional in the Novus Ordo is the trick question the Sadducees tried to pose to Christ. Since they denied the Resurrection, they attempted to trap our Lord with what seemed like a very clever question. Indeed, there are those who attend the Novus Ordo who have had 7 remarriages who might ask themselves the same question! The entire significance of this passage loses it's meaning if one chooses the "optional" reading. And now for the Offertory Prayers.

    We offer to Thee, O Lord, this sacrifice of praise as an additional act of homage : that what Thou hast granted to us Thine unworthy servants, Thou wouldst mercifully accomplish. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost,one God, forever and ever. Amen. (TM, Secret)

    God of mercy, in this eucharist we proclaim the death of the Lord. Accept the gifts we present and help us follow him with love, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen. (NOM, Prayer Over the Gifts)

    While we do proclaim the death of the Lord at the Mass, we do more than just that. As the traditional Mass tells us, we offer a sacrifice. One of praise, and of homage, that appeases the Father. The fruits of that sacrifice help those unworthy servants (us) do the things God has set out before us. For those saddled with the Novus Ordo, have you become so lax in your faith to where just not teaching error is what you really want? What about the full Gospel, without compromise? Sadly, in today's world, which placates those who are opposed to us (as a protestant would have no difficulty agreeing with this prayer), we are unable to even offer that full Gospel, lest someone be offended. Oh, foolish compromise, you have given up too much. Your lamp grows dim, very dim and will soon be dark. Return to the fullness and brightness of Tradition.

Kevin Tierney

    November 7-8, 2004
    vol 15, no. 182
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi