October 15-21, 2001
volume 12, no. 152

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar

Part Thirteen: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: The Entrance

part one The Beginning of Mass: Introibo through the Indulgentiam

    The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Roman Rite since the earliest centuries has always been divided into two major sections, the Mass of the Catechumens and the Mass of the Faithful. In the New Order of the Mass, it is now called the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The difference here is that this terminology gives equal status to the readings as equal to the Transubstantiation of Jesus Christ, present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Mystery of Faith - Mysterium Fidei which is incorporated into the vital words of Consecration and necessary for the confection of the wine into Christ's Sacred Blood. This is a serious misrepresentation of the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Mass for All Ages, the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.

    Because the source we are using is from My Catholic Faith and was written by the orthodox Bishop Louis Laravoire Morrow first in 1949 well before the Novus Ordo was ever a gleam in Archbishop Annibale Bugnini's imagination, we have the Roman Rite Mass when it was untainted. However today so much has been altered and moved or omitted that one may not be able to decipher the vast differences unless the Traditional Roman Catholic Mass - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as practiced for over 1400 years in the Latin rite is shown alongside the new version of the Mass as concocted by two modernist Catholic clerics and six Protestant theologians at Pope Paul VI's behest.

    Therefore we will endeavor to show the differences by going through the Plan of the Mass and compare so the reader can realize the fullness of the Mystery of Faith in the Holy Sacrifice of the Roman Rite.

    In this installment we will cover the Entrance, Confiteor and Kyrie. The Prayers at the foot of the Altar and Confiteor and subsequent Miseratur and Indulgentiam represent contrition. The Kyrie is a cry for mercy to God.

    As the priest enters the sanctuary, the people should always stand, out of respect for the representative of Christ. They then should kneel for the beginning of Mass. In the Traditional Catholic Mass - the Roman rite celebrated for over 1400 years - the priest places the covered chalice on the center of the altar, having first spread the corporal. He opens the Missal. He then goes to the foot of the altar, and begins Mass by making the sign of the cross. In the Novus Ordo Rite respect is no longer paid by making this humble act at the foot of the altar. Today the presider ascends his throne immediately, taking his place front and center in front of the sedelia or celebrant's chair in the very same location where the Tabernacle of the Holiest of Holies used to be. Thus, where God once was in the Traditional Catholic Mass, man has now usurped it in the New Order Mass.

    The people should make the sign of the cross with the priest. They should direct their intention for offering Mass. Those who come after this point are late for Mass. That is an interesting point for many are under the false belief that if they make it in time for the Gospel they're not late. Some even believe if they make it by the Offertory, thus missing the sermon, they've fulfilled their obligation for Mass. What so many fail to realize is "intent" - the intent of the heart of the person attending Holy Mass. If they truly believe Christ Jesus is present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist, if they truly believe He is the King of Kings, if they truly believe that the Holy Mass is the 'Living Bread of Life,' why would they not make a special effort to be on time? Why would they not make a special effort to be early so as to properly prepare. We daresay were they going to meet anyone of royalty, they would arrive early enough and they would dress respectfully. Why then do so many fail to show the proper respect for Christ the King? That is beyond any comprehension.

    The priest says an introductory Psalm, to express his trust in God, and his awareness of his own unworthiness. The prayers said at the foot of the altar symbolize the thousands of years during which man was far from God, and longing for the Redeemer. Why, you might ask, have the architects of the Novus Ordo eliminated these important prayers? Some might say for expedience. Others, more honest, would say so there's more time to sing the opening song and more verses. In truth, defenders of the New Mass can provide no logical explanation or reason for the sacking of the Introibo and the Psalm Judica me, which is a the first prayer of contrition.

    Only in the Masses for the dead, and from Passion Sunday to Easter Sunday, exclusively, was this psalm 42 ever omitted. In the Novus Ordo it is omitted altogether as is the Confiteor in the true sense. In the true Roman Rite Mass after the Judica me, the priest bows and says the Confiteor, a confession of his sin, as a preparation, an expression of humility before God. The Confiteor , first introduced by Pope Saint Pontian in the third century, is repeated by the altar server on behalf of the people. In the Novus Ordo the Confiteor is often omitted altogether even though it is called the "Penitential Rite" and when it is said, it leaves out Saint Michael, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, including them as "all the angels and saints." Also left out is "my most grievous fault" - mea maxima culpa. In the new rite only one 'mea culpa' is included. Also, the Confiteor is said only once by all (when said) whereas in the True Mass it is said twice, first by the priest, then by the altar servers on behalf of all the people and again just before receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. You'll also note that those who remember will strike their breast three times at the mea culpa even though it is only said once in the Novus Ordo. Now you know why.

    The Confiteor is grounded on the Judaic custom of confessing before sacrificing and dates back to the earliest of Jewish rites. When you understand this and the purpose of the Confiteor you'll see how the sacrifical aspect in the Novus Ordo has been diluted. Immediately after the second Confiteor there is also a major difference between the true Roman rite and the New rite. In the former, the priest turns and says the Miseratur translated "May Almighty God be merciful unto you, and forgiving you your sins, bring you to everlasting life. Amen." Then he signs himself with the sign of the cross, blessing all at the same time and invoking God to pardon all - himself and the faithful in attendance. All this well before the Kyrie Elieson. In the New Order, the celebrant omits the Miseratur and goes right to the ablution after the Kyrie.

    There is a difference here as well. In the Roman Rite Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the priest, in the Indulgentiam says "May the Almighty and Merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins. Amen." In the New Order Mass, he says "May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen." You'll note the absolution part is left out and the intent is changed because in the Latin rite the priest first asks God to forgive the faithful before including himself in the Indulgentiam. In the New rite there is no difference between celebrant and those celebrating with him for community - brotherhood of man - is stressed over individual accountability.

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October 15-21, 2001
volume 12, no. 152
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