Archbishop Sample's Homily at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, 28 April 2018

We discussed the Pontifical Solemn High Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on 28 April 2018 here and here. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has provided a detailed report (with pictures and an embedded video) here; the Mass was in the presence of 4000 faithful, and 100 clergy, religious and altar servers.

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The theme of the Archbishop’s homily was Pope Benedict XIV’s Apostolic Letter SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM on the 10th anniversary of its promulgation. Snippets of the homily, the full text of which is at The Wanderer:

“… As we gather here today in this magnificent basilica, one cannot help but notice the very large presence of young people who have come to participate in this Mass. I have met a good number of you personally. You are a great sign of encouragement and hope for the Church, tossed about these days on the troubled waters of secularism and relativism.

As they say, “You get it.” You understand your place in the world and in the Church to help rebuild a culture of life in society and a renewal of Catholic culture within the Church herself…

Now I do not want to be misunderstood. I am not at all calling into question the liturgical reform that was actually called for by the Second Vatican Council. Nor am I calling into question the validity, legitimacy, or even goodness of the Missal promulgated by Blessed Paul VI.

But perhaps in the actual implementation of the council’s directives, not everything that occurred has borne good fruit. And certainly through liturgical abuses, other aberrations, or simply a poor ars celebrandi, the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite has too often been disfigured and has been experienced as a rupture with the past. (my emphasis)

So young people have discovered this form of the sacred liturgy as part of their own Catholic heritage…

As he says, there cannot and should not be a rupture between the two forms. One must be able to recognize the older Roman Rite in the newer…

I often get the impression that many people in the Church live their lives of faith as if the Church sort of hit a “reset button” at Vatican II, and that the past no longer has relevance, especially regarding the sacred liturgy.

There must be further liturgical growth and development along the lines of a hermeneutic of continuity with the past, and any experience of rupture must come to an end. May it be so…”

Go to The Wanderer link to read the full text. The video is here.


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