The words of Archbishop Lefebvre’s biographer, Bishop Tissier de Mallerias:
“I remember that on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent in 1969, two months after my entry into Archbishop Lefebvre’s seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, our founder called us together for a special spiritual conference, we his nine first seminarians, and told us gravely:
Tomorrow the Novus Ordo Missae becomes effective, the new mass instituted by Pope Paul VI, in all the parishes of Fribourg, Switzerland, France, and everywhere. What are we going to do?”
After a moment of silence, with his small, almost timid voice, he added:
We are going to keep the Old Mass, aren’t we?”
Those are the historic words with which Archbishop Lefebvre saved the Sacrifice of the Mass.
Of course, we were all of his opinion, and he did not need to ask us. We had all lived through the stages of the liturgical revolution since the year 1960: the altars turned around to say the Mass “facing the people”, the suppression of the psalm Judica me and the Last Gospel, parts of the Mass said out loud in the vernacular, the canon read out loud and in the vernacular, the words of the consecration changed, what was left to change?”