The Preeminence of the Traditional Mass
While it stands to reason one would be foolish to choose a counterfeit painting over a masterpiece, it makes no sense that one would opt for a counterfeit, man-made synthetic, albeit gutted, useless and fruitless rite that gravely offends God to replace a divinely-ordained sublime Sacrifice that God Himself established as the only true worship acceptable in the New and Eternal Testament.
"In the Roman (Latin) Rite only the Traditional Latin Mass is worthy of such exalted mysteries. The Traditional Mass schools us in the obedience of Jesus Christ, trains us in humility and the spirit of sacrifice, and raises us up to the portals of Heaven. We are freed from the wanton spirit of the world and made ready for the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints. We are freed from the heavy shackles of our sins and are enabled to take flight spiritually."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he presents his last sermon that he will be sending for he is experiencing some health problems due to the stress that has taken its toll. It is part and parcel of these dire times because there are so few traditional, loyal priests such as Father Campbell left. Please keep him in your prayers for several of our traditional priests have died off over the last few years, and, though we have many young ones who are doing such an excellent job, there are so few in the vineyard to meet the needs of the growing numbers of Catholics returning to tradition. The reason is that more and more of the laity recognize the conciliar church is not Catholic, and therefore seek to return to their Catholic roots. Why is it so few Novus Ordo 'priests' and 'bishops' don't recognize this? That is the million dollar question. Father Campbell is the perfect example of one ordained in 1961 in the old true rite of Holy Orders, who realized he could not truly be "a priest forever according to the Order of Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy sacrifice, a spotless Victim" in the faux Novus Ordo religion of the conciliar church. He returned and so can many other priests, if they are only honest with themselves, and would return if they had the guts to face the truth. The truth is that most are so comfortable in their lukewarm zones that they do not have the fortitude to do what Father Campbell did. We pray that these men stuck in the Novus Ordo will break the shackles of blind obedience and gain the grace and resolve to leave the false conciliar church. They have every reason as Father points out in his sermon, citing the esteemed priest Reverend Doctor Nicholas Gihr from his masterpiece book The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass written in 1929. It should be a wake-up call to everyone wearing the roman collar of "The Preeminence of the Traditional Mass."
[bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
Father Louis J. Campbell
The Mass for the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost was at one time inserted in the Missal after Ember Saturday in September, one of the days upon which ordinations to the minor and major orders traditionally took place. The newly ordained priests usually celebrated their first Holy Mass on that Sunday.
Newly ordained priests in the Traditional Roman Rite were to take extreme care in the celebration of Holy Mass, particularly on the day when they were privileged to offer it for the first time. With trembling hands they picked up the bread and wine, which were to become the Body and Blood of the Lord. Carefully and distinctly they pronounced the words of consecration, fearing that some unfortunate mistake would affect the validity of the Mass. They were treading on Holy Ground.
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, quoting Pope St. Leo the Great, and writing before the heretical teachings that were introduced into the Church with Vatican II, such as the new doctrine of the Two Valid Covenants, explains the significance of the Sacrifice of the God-Man, Jesus Christ:
"The offering of the bloody Sacrifice of the Cross constitutes the conclusion and crowning of the earthly, as well as the foundation of the heavenly, activity and efficacy of Christ for the salvation of mankind. - In the Sacrifice of the Cross all sacrifices prior to the coming of Christ have their fulfillment and by means of it have attained their end (purpose).
"'On the Cross there was but one sacrifice (hostia singularis) offered to God for the redemption of the world, and the death of Christ, the true sacrificial Lamb, announced so many centuries in advance, placed the children of promise in the liberty of faith. Then also was the New Covenant sealed, and the heirs of the eternal kingdom were inscribed with the blood of Christ. Then was evidently effected the transition from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many legal sacrifices to the one Sacrifice (a multis sacrificiis ad unam hostiam), in such a manner that, when the Lord gave up His spirit, the mystical veil which concealed the innermost part of the Temple and its holy mystery from view, was suddenly and violently rent in twain from top to bottom. Then truth abolished the figures (figures veritas auferebat), and the prophecies became superfluous after their fulfillment.'
"The tearing asunder of the veil before the entrance to the Holy of Holies of the Old Dispensation was a sign that the Old Covenant ceased when the New and eternal Covenant of grace had been instituted in the blood of Christ. With the ending of the Old Covenant, the ancient sacrifices also ceased, because they had become useless" (The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, B. Herder Book Co., 1939, p. 79).
Father Gihr establishes the essential connection between the Blood of Christ, which He shed upon the Cross, and the Blood of the chalice which He offered at the Last Supper:
"Our Savior named His blood, contained and shed in the chalice, the blood of the New Testament (Matthew 26:28). The word testament has here a twofold meaning; namely, covenant and legacy. - Christ is the mediator of a better covenant, which is established on better promises (Hebrews 8:6), and that covenant is the new covenant of grace.
"This covenant was formed mainly at the Last Supper and at the same time sealed with Christ's Eucharistic Blood in the chalice; it then obtained by the shedding of the Blood of Christ its valid and complete confirmation. Thus Christ's Blood was equally as well in the chalice as on the Cross the Blood of the Covenant, that is, the Blood in which the new Covenant of Grace was established. Therefore, the Blood of Christ must not only not have first been sacrificed on the Cross, but previously offered in the chalice as sacrificial blood. This is required by the contrast here evidently made between the establishment of the old and the new covenants; for the words of our Savior: 'This is My Blood, the blood of the new covenant,' contain a distinct allusion to the words: 'This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord hath made with you' (Exodus 24:8), the words spoken by Moses after the establishment of the covenant of the Old Law, when he sprinkled the people with blood" (p. 96).
In the Roman (Latin) Rite only the Traditional Latin Mass is worthy of such exalted mysteries. The Traditional Mass schools us in the obedience of Jesus Christ, trains us in humility and the spirit of sacrifice, and raises us up to the portals of Heaven. We are freed from the wanton spirit of the world and made ready for the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints. We are freed from the heavy shackles of our sins and are enabled to take flight spiritually.
Father Gihr speaks of the heavenly banquet of the Eucharist in which we share:
"In connection with this Sacrifice there is spread a banquet - the Communion of the admirable Body and Blood of Christ. To partake of this food of God, to sit at this banquet of love, all indeed are invited; but among the attending guests, the honored and preferred are the 'poor' in spirit, the humble and the lowly, - in short, all that have emptied their hearts and divested them of the love of the goods of this earth, and who, therefore, hunger and thirst after the imperishable food of Heaven. These 'poor in spirit will eat' at the table of the Lord and be 'filled,' that is, they will be strengthened and consoled, be replenished with joy and be loaded with graces; refreshed and regaled with heavenly nourishment, 'they will sing praise to the Lord whom they sought,' and of whose unspeakable sweetness they have tasted. Therefore, their hearts will live eternally; for whosoever eats of the living and life-giving bread of the Eucharist 'will not die forever' (John 6)" (p. 90-91).
Father Gihr finishes his monumental work on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with these words from the Apocalypse:
"To the Divine Lamb, Who was sacrificed for us and Who, with His Blood, hath purchased us from all tribes and languages and peoples and nations, be praise and honor and benediction and thanksgiving and power and glory for all eternity, Amen! Alleluia!" (Apocalypse 5:6,9;19,14).
Editor's Note: With sadness, as we mentioned above, this will be Father's last original sermon. He has sent over 200 and we will continue to bring them to you for each Sunday from his best ones for that particular Sunday. He writes, "With this sermon I must reluctantly call an end to sending my sermons. My health is suffering and I am under a doctor’s care and undergoing a series of tests at the present time. Stress is a factor here, as I am under more stress than I am able to manage successfully. I think the prudent thing to do is to cut back on some of my commitments and 'rest from my labors' for a while." We thank him for his many years of dedication and most succinct, inspiring sermons that have strengthened the faith of readers. If only the true Church had more men of Father Campbell's caliber and commitment to Christ, the Novus Ordo would soon fade into oblivion. To Father for his contributions over the years, we thank him profusely and are indebted to him for not only being able to bring these excellent sermons to you but for strengthening our own faith. You are always, always in our daily prayers, dear Father, and thank you, good and faithful servant, for your fiat to our Lord and our Lady o'er these many years.
For the Proper for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost with a commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom, see Da pacem