October 10-30, 2004
Annual Fall Hiatus Issue
vol 15, no. 176

Faith will not fail, feelings will

The lasting qualities of conviction of faith vs. the fleeting feelings one experiences in their faith.

      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! Kevin touches on this in the comparisons of the Traditional Proper of the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost with the Novus Ordo 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Editor's Note: For the Traditional SUNDAY MASS with the Latin included, see "Salus pópuli Ego sum"

    Traditional Proper compared to
    the Novus Ordo

    The collect of the Traditional Rite asks us that we be ready in both soul and body to serve God, thanks to His grace. It's not about our feelings, our emotions, when we compare the two Rites of Mass. Many people will say "But I feel so good after leaving the Novus Ordo" and since it feels good, it must be best, right? Yet we Traditional Catholics hold to sound truth, not the winds of our emotions. Therefore, which liturgy gives us the full faith, week after week after week? That is the purpose of this column, and with that we will begin.

    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.

    O almighty and merciful God, in Thy goodness keep us; we beseech Thee, from all things hurtful; that we, being ready both in body and soul may accomplish those things which belong to Thy service. 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)

    Lord, our help and guide, make your love the foundation of our lives. May our love for you express itself in our eagerness to do good for others. Grant 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.

    As is rather custom, the focus is decidedly different for both liturgies. Apart from the usual beseeching that the Traditional Rite does, which the Novus Ordo no longer does (devoid of any humility), gone is the idea that God protects both our bodies and our souls explicitly. The idea of an active God protecting His people, His Church, is nowhere to be found in this text. It seems to also put a less emphasis on one's action. We maybe eager to do good for others, but do we? Is it just "the thought that counts?" St. James tells us that if we have good thought, but when that opportunity comes to act, and we fail to do so, we sin. It is a sin of omission. Even the Novus Ordo in its "penitential Rite" (assuming it's actually used, which becomes more and more rare nowadays!) reminds us of sin "in that we have done, and that we have failed to do." Certainly this kind of thinking cannot be reinforced, as that leads to more negative theology.

    And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore putting away lying, speak; ye the truth every man with his neighbor; for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffered need. (TM, Epistle: Ephesians 4:23-28)

    Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean of his leprosy. Naaman returned with his whole retinue to the man of God. On his arrival he stood before Elisha and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant." Elisha replied, "As the LORD lives whom I serve, I will not take it;" and despite Naaman's urging, he still refused. Naaman said: "If you will not accept, please let me, your servant, have two mule-loads of earth, for I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the LORD." (NOM, 1st Epistle 2 Kings 5:14-17)

    On an interesting sidenote, the Novus Ordo and its Lectionary actually had to change the words of the NAB for this reading, which reads "and he was cleansed" and leaves out the part "of his leprosy." When the words of the official Bible must be changed when reading it to the faithful every Sunday, this could cause alarm in and of itself! One wonders also just what this reading has to do with the opening collect. The coherence is obliterated.

    Not so in the Rite of Tradition. St. Paul tells us the things that we need to hear, now that we live our lives in Christ. He talks about how we are indeed a new creation, and how God has given that new creation the ability to be Holy. If we do the things St. Paul talks about, we shall be holy. This is how our body and soul is protected. We give service to God by forsaking the old way. Those who stole now labor for their work, better understanding what goes behind the effort they used to rob. It talks about a true conversion of heart necessary for the Christian. All too often we hear about how before Vatican II, there was no "call to Holiness" for the laity, that the Mass didn't encourage the faithful to be Holy. The Mass certainly did. Whether or not the faithful listened was another story, though I believe the complaints against pre-Vatican II practices are canards to justify the changes. All throughout this column I have documented like examples of calling all of Christ's faithful to be holy. The Novus Ordo tells us mainly to 'love one another' a certainly laudable act in itself, but simple love alone will not lead to holiness. How is that love manifested, what does that love entail, if you are thinking these things by reading the New Mass, so is everyone else. I will not focus too much on the Second Reading (2 Timothy 2:8-13) in the NOM or the Gospels for either the Rite of Tradition or the Novus Ordo (Matthew 22:1-14 and Luke 17:11-19, respectively) as there is not much to talk about as far as differences and similarities. Both Gospels speak of the coming of the New covenant, where the faithful from Judaism believe in Christ, hence the New Covenant is here. While this column is a bit shorter this week, I wish to next focus on the Post Communion.

    May the healing power of Thy grace, O Lord, mercifully rid us of all perverseness of heart, and make us ever cleave to Thy commandments. Through Our Lord. (TM, Postcommunion)

    Almighty Father, may the body and blood of your Son give us a share in his life, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen. (NOM, Postcommunion)

    As the opening prayer started with ambiguity, so the Novus Ordo proper ends with ambiguity. How does the body and blood of Christ give us a share in His life? The New Mass doesn't tell us. Yet the Rite of Tradition tells us it is because of His Grace. Through the Eucharist we are given grace. This stresses the sacramental aspect of the Eucharist. This is certainly implied in the statement in the Modern Rite, but as we well know, just because it is implied does not mean it will come out correctly. Because of the grace, we are rid of all perversenesses in us. To say that modern man has something perverse in him is "offensive to his sensibilities" hence we must excise it, since this New Missal speaks to modern man, we are told. If it offends him, then perhaps it is high time he needs to be offended! Christ was not worried about who He would offend when He spoke.

    Sometimes short term offense is what is necessary for long time conversion. Which one of us has not been furious at us because our parents one day punished us, and we severely disagreed with them, only later to realize that they did the right thing? Furthermore, why must we fail to mention these impurities, since they are now gone forever from us? Is this not a great cause of joy? These questions make perfect sense, but perfect sense that was not followed when we received rather than liturgical reform a "fabricated liturgy" as Cardinal Ratzinger, in one of his more lucid moments, admitted about the Novus Ordo. Let us pray this fabrication, like our perverseness, is one day forever cleansed.

Kevin Tierney

    October 10-30, 2004
    Annual Fall Hiatus Issue
    vol 15, no. 176
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi