Introibo ad altare Dei
Those who refuse the Traditional Latin Mass refuse the True Faith!
"Our task, then, is one of remembrance: "Do this in remembrance of Me." By being faithful to the ancient ritual of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which has been jealously guarded for almost two millennia by the Church until the radical changes following Vatican II, we preserve and transmit a culture, a civilization that is from God, and of God, according to the principle, "Lex orandi, lex credendi,"-"The law of prayer is the law of belief." We believe as we pray. The Holy Mass is a font of theology; it incorporates and hands on the Catholic faith. Those who lose the Traditional Mass lose the Catholic faith."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Maundy Thursday, he reflects on the essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the irony of those, especially in the Vatican, who are decrying the destruction of a temporal civilization while closing a blind eye to the destruction they have enabled of a spiritual civilization over the past 40 years through the devastation of the terrorism of Vatican II. On this night when the Passion truly begins, we must cling to Our Lord's words and promise and continue to pray as we believe, knowing that only in the True Roman Catholic Church - though it may only be a remnant Church today - remain the three Sacred Mysteries instituted by the Son of God on Holy Thursday which we believe by Mysterium fidei as Father Louis points out.
Father Louis J. Campbell
On Holy Thursday we celebrate what has been handed down to us from the Apostles, "that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks broke, and said, 'This is My body which shall be given up for you; do this in remembrance of Me'" (1Cor.11:23,24). Contained therein are three sacred mysteries - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and the Holy Priesthood, all of which Jesus Christ instituted at that Last Supper. This is our precious heritage, which defines us and makes us His true children. This is what we celebrate on Holy Thursday.
Our joy in celebrating these mysteries is tinged with bitterness at what has befallen the Church and human civilization itself in these troubled times. The Church always grieves at the loss of human life and the sufferings of injured combatants and innocent civilians when nations are at war. She is also saddened at the destruction of cities, homes and places of business, monuments, and religious and cultural institutions. The looting of the Historical Museum and the burning of the National Library and Archives in Baghdad was a human tragedy of colossal proportions, with the destruction or loss of priceless treasures from the dawn of civilization, and of precious books and historical records that can never be replaced. Iraq is losing its cultural identity. We understand now that the looting of the museum may have been the work of professionals. What a crime against the Iraqi people and humanity itself.
Civilizations can be destroyed by erasing the memory of the past, depriving the people of their heritage and their identity. We speak of more than Baghdad and Iraq. We are even now witnessing the fall of civilization as we know it in the West. Our people are being robbed of their very minds, and prepared through educational processes they do not understand to be easily manipulated pawns in a New World Order. Those who refuse to conform will be considered criminals.
Earthly tragedies of whatever kind cannot be compared, however, with the loss suffered by the Catholic Church since the so-called reforms of Vatican II. As one writer put it recently: "The supposed Great Renewal of the last half-century has, in reality, been the period of the swiftest collapse of Catholicism in history" (Dr. John D. Rao, The "War of Liberation": An Unmitigated Catholic Defeat, seattlecatholic.com, 9/04/03). Through an endless series of hacks and blows, the Holy Mass, the Sacraments, the theology, the devotions, the church buildings, sacred art and liturgical music, have been changed beyond recognition. And, we fear, the Sacred Presence itself has been lost because of the fatal defects of the Novus Ordo Mass. There are no words that can describe what we have lost. We can only weep, with Mary Magdalene, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him" (Jn.20:13).
We hear through L'Osservatore Romano, ZENIT and other modern Catholic organs the "tragedy of the destruction of civilization" that has occurred over the past week in Iraq, lamenting the loss of 'things' - albeit historical treasures - but nevertheless still just 'things' - without realizing that the premise they are going on in touting John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in Terris of "truth, justice, liberty and love" is built on the anti-Catholic agenda that enabled the French Revolution; so also the revolution of Vatican II which has attempted to totally ransack and destroy the spiritual treasures of the True Faith in the sacraments and rituals, not to mention the billions of souls lost through loss of the Faith. No matter how much rhetoric and attempts to justify their actions they might disburse, it is but a tin horn for God knows their hearts and motives.
Speaking through the disciple John in the book of the Apocalypse to the seven churches of Asia Minor, the Lord pronounced this judgment against the church of Sardis: "I know thy works; thou hast the name of being alive, and thou art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, but which were ready to die. For I do not find thy works complete before my God. Remember therefore what thou hast received and heard, and observe it and repent." (Apoc.3:2-3).
Our task, then, is one of remembrance: "Do this in remembrance of Me." By being faithful to the ancient ritual of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which has been jealously guarded for almost two millennia by the Church until the radical changes following Vatican II, we preserve and transmit a culture, a civilization that is from God, and of God, according to the principle, "Lex orandi, lex credendi,"-"The law of prayer is the law of belief." We believe as we pray. The Holy Mass is a font of theology; it incorporates and hands on the Catholic faith. Those who lose the Traditional Mass lose the Catholic faith.
And so, as we pray on approaching the altar: "Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam"- "I will go unto the altar of God, to God Who gives joy to my youth." We will remember what the Lord did at the Last Supper. We will continue to offer the Mass which was the life of the saints and for which the martyrs died. We will hold to the faith of our fathers.
"Behold," says Jesus, "I stand at the door and knock. If any man listens to My voice and opens the door to Me, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will permit him to sit with Me upon My throne; as I also have overcome and have sat with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Apoc.3:20-22).
vol 14, no. 20
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons