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2016 Priest engagements, SSPX

Annually on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, priests make their official engagements, becoming perpetual members of the Society of St. Pius X.

May God bless these men, eternal priests in the Holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Congratulations to our US District Priests, Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon, as well as to Fr. Therasian Xavier, District of Asia.

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The SSPX welcomed new additions to its priestly fraternity – Three as perpetual members and eight as new members.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is the day reserved for when the clerics of the Society of St. Pius X make their engagements to their religious family. This year was no exception, with 2 priests of the United States District making their perpetual engagements: Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon.

Additionally, one other priest, Fr. Therasian Xavier, from the District of Asia, was warmly welcomed to the seminary to make his engagement. Father was ordained in Winona in 2011.  His first assignment was Palayamkottai, India, and he has been there ever since.  He was made prior in 2015.

Finally, we received the joyful news that 8 seminarians made their first engagements this year: Maurizio Balestra, Phillip Delallo, Patrick Dvorak, James Hewko, Joseph Horak, Michael Marcopolus, Edward Simmerer, and Jonathan Steele.

Follow the Immaculate

In the sermon of the Mass, Reverend Father Yves le Roux explained how Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is the perfect model of generous submission to God.  It is not by chance that Archbishop Lefebvre chose this feast day for the ceremony of engagement.  As her children make for the first time or renew their complete oblation of self to God, they ask her to bring them into the same spirit which penetrated her whole life.

We congratulate the priests who made their perpetual engagement and ask the charity of your prayers for them as well as for the perseverance of those who have just officially become members of the Society of St. Pius X.

Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis!

~Damsel of the Faith

St. John Vianney on the Priesthood

Damsel of the Faith

On this, the Feast of St. John Vianney, I reproduce his Catechism on the Holy Priesthood.  May he intercede for the Priests of the Church, that they will convert back to and be faithful to the True Faith.

St. John Vianney on the Priesthood

“My children, we have come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and which yet relates to everyone. This Sacrament raises man up to God. What is a priest! A man who holds the place of God — a man who is invested with all the powers of God. “Go, ” said Our Lord to the priest; “as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. . . . He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises…

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2016 SSPX Ordinations at Econe

8 Priests and 12 Deacons were ordained for the SSPX in Econe, Switzerland on June 29, 2016.  I post some beautiful pictures from the occasion.  I think they are so beautiful they are of an angelic nature!  Once again, may God bless our Priests and keep them always faithful to the truth of tradition, under the leadership of their great Founder, who continues to guide them, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

The sermon for the Ordination can be found here.

~Damsel of the Faith

Bishop Bernard Fellay announces a new Rosary Crusade

At the SSPX Ordinations in Zaitzkofen, Germany, Bishop Fellay called for a new Rosary Crusade, in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Mother of God at Fatima, with the intentions of keeping the First Saturday devotion, in prayer to Our Lady that She will soon bring about the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Additionally, the Bishop wishes to ask the protection of Our Lady over the Society of St. Pius X and all of the members of the traditional communities.  The Crusade begins on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2016 and concludes August 22, 2017.  Please join the Bishop in this Crusade and offer up many Rosaries for our Church and world!

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Here are some beautiful pictures of the Ordinations in Zaitzkofen, Germany that happened on July 2, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Thanks be to God for 3 more priests, including 1 priest who was ordained in France by Bishop de Galaretta on July 2nd, bringing the total number of SSPX priests to 612.

Finally, I’d like to wish all of our American readers a very Happy 4th of July/Independence Day! May God bless and have mercy on America.

~Damsel of the Faith

Econe Ordination Sermon of Bishop Tissier de Mallerias, 2016

 

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An unofficial translation of the profound and powerful sermon on the nature of the priesthood given by His Lordship, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais at the ordinations at the Seminary of St. Pius X, Ecône, Switzerland, 29th June 2016.

Instaurare omnia in Christo

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Monseigneur the Superior General,
My Lord,
My dear brothers in the priesthood,
Dear ordinands,
Dear faithful,

It is with great joy that we are undertaking this ordination of the numerous ordinands [8 priests and 12 deacons]. We remember the beautiful words of St. Pius X “To restore all things in Christ” …especially by the Catholic priesthood.

The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, which we celebrate today, has this beautiful prayer that I invite you to ponder: “O God, Who made this day holy by the martyrdom of Thine Apostle Peter and Paul, grant Thy Church to follow in all things the teaching of those from whom she first received the faith.” To fully profess the teachings the Church received through the preaching of the Holy Apostles, the Catholic faith, is the purpose for which we will ordain these deacons and priests.

The priest, a real mediator between God and men

The priest, dear friends, is nothing other than the mediator between God and men, Mediator Dei et hominum.

Certainly our Lord Jesus Christ alone is mediator of redemption through the Cross, but the priesthood, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, is the instrument of Christ-the-Priest to implement the redemption of souls through the mouth, heart, hands of the priest – sending up the prayer of the Church to God. This prayer of praise, supplication of the faithful is sent up by the priest. The priest is an intercessory mediator.

And in return, the grace of God will descend upon the faithful through the heart, with the words, by the hands, by the gestures of the priest.

So the priest is really mediator between God and men, reconciling God with men – especially by the great prayer of atonement and supplication which is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – which in turn obtains the propitiation of God toward sinners.

Symbolised by the incensation of the offertory

This lifelong, dual role of ascending and descending mediation, dear ordinands, is expressed very well in the incensing of the offerings in the Offertory of the Mass. The priest will start by drawing three signs of the cross on the offerings (i.e. the chalice filled with wine and the paten on which the host). He draws three large signs of the cross with the censer “Incensum istud – ad te benedictum – ascendat ad te Domine“. He says these words: “May this incense – by Thee blessed –  ascend to Thee, Lord” to express prayer, the great prayer of our Lord on the Cross, the supplication of Our Lord on the Cross for sinners.

And then the censer will draw three concentric circles around the offerings “et descendat super nos misericordia tua” “and may Thy mercy descend upon us”: three encircling gestures as if God’s mercy was enveloping us all, entirely, to express, by the action of the priest, the grace, forgiveness, the mercy of God (true mercy) in response to the regret for sins and repentance of the sinner.

So it is in this spirit of Catholic priesthood as mediator between God and men I will order you, dear ordinands.

Loss of understanding of the Catholic Priesthood

Recently, oh it three years ago, a survey was made by the media in a European country deemed fervent in the Catholic faith. And it was a survey on the piety of the priest – to know what was the piety of the priest today.

The survey first touched upon the prayer life of the priest, because the priest is precisely the man of prayer and grace. And they were asked the question: “How long, how regularly do you pray, you Catholic priests of the Catholic Church?” And the result of the survey was that 42% of the priests of this “fervent” country did not even pray once a day, even less than that, and some did not pray at all. 42% of the priests of this country. This is the situation of the Church, the priesthood today.

The question was asked: “How regularly do you go to confession, you priests who also need to receive the sacrament of penance?” And the answer was that 54% go to confession once a year or less or less. That is to say, therefore, that the priest as the man of grace and mercy has disappeared from the face of the Church.

Mission of the Society of St. Pius X

Such is the current situation of the priesthood and therefore the urgency that the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, who received its inheritance of the Church from our venerated founder, communicates this ideal and even this reality of the Catholic priesthood – this mediator and sanctifying of souls, this reality of the priest as a man of prayer and of grace.

And the Society uses all appropriate means today, given the situation of the Church, to transmit to all the priests of the Church, the truth of the Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, this reality of Christ Priest and King, communicates it to the whole Church.

Priest as Mediator symbolised in the ordination ceremony

This nature of the priest as mediator seems to me very simply illustrated in the ordination ceremony:

  • by the anointing of the hands of the priest,
  • by the tradition of the chalice and paten,
  • and by the second imposition of hands accompanied by the power to absolve sins.

These three rites are performed after the actual ordination, when the ordinands are already priests by the silent imposition of hands by the Bishop and the consecration preface. They are already priests. Nevertheless the Church insists on these three secondary rites, to clarify what is the nature of the priest’s power.

1. Annointing of hands – to consecrate & bless

And first, the anointing of the hands, so beautiful, so rich in significance. The priest is not a man like the others, he is consecrated because of the anointing of his hands. When anointing the hands of the ordinand, the Bishop says these words: “Consecrate and sanctify, Lord, by this anointing and our blessing, these hands so that all they bless and consecrate may be consecrated and sanctified the name of the Lord.”

Now through your hands, dear candidates for the priesthood, you will accomplish wonders, you will consecrate and sanctify. Consecrate at the Mass, of course, holding the paten which will support our Lord Jesus Christ – His sacrificed Body, taking the chalice that will become the chalice of Precious Blood. So you will consecrate the Holy Eucharist – sacramentally renewing the Sacrifice of the Cross.

And you will sanctify souls by your hands, by all the blessings of the Church, by baptism, by the Holy Communions that you give.

Now, my dear faithful, this wonderful anointing the priest’s hands was sabotaged by the conciliar Church for the last 46 years. Paul VI instituted other words which do not speak of consecration or sanctification. That’s why we carefully keep this treasure of prayers of ordination.

2. Presentation of the chalice and paten – offer the Sacrifice

The second rite is the rite of presentation to the young priest’s chalice and paten, with very clear words: “Receive the power to offer the Sacrifice to God.” These words cannot be found in other part of the ordination. Nowhere. It is in this secondary rite you will find the ultimate precision of what the priesthood is that you will receive. Receive the power to offer the Sacrifice to God, and he continues, “and to celebrate the Mass both for the living and the dead in the name of the Lord.” To celebrate Mass, it is clear, both for the living and the dead.

Not just a sacrifice of praise for the living, but also the sacrifice of expiation and propitiation for the souls in purgatory about which we no longer talk in the Church today. Your priesthood is a priesthood that has effects in eternity, not only on earth but in heaven to bring souls to heaven and purgatory to rescue souls.

Archbishop Lefebvre told us: “The priest is a man of eternity, who does not live in time but whose priesthood has effects in eternity.”

Now this beautiful prayer was deliberately viciated, again, by the conciliar church, the new ordination rite where the Bishop presents the chalice and paten with the wine and host, and yes, simply saying: “Receive the gifts of the faithful to offer them to God.” So what is this? You receive the gifts of the faithful to offer to God? That’s all? We do not receive the gift of the faithful, we receive the gift of God which is our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed on the cross to offer again to God His Father. That’s the truth! We cannot, of course, accept this new sabotaged rite of ordination which poses doubts about the validity of many ordinations according to the new rite.

3. Unfolding the chasuble – forgive sins

And the third beautiful rite, secondary it is true and yet so important, symbolises the power to absolve sins. The priest says to the ordinand, deploying his chasuble to signify that now he will be able to exercise his priesthood and all his priestly duties, he says, “Receive the Holy Ghost. Those whose sins you forgive will be forgiven and those you retain shall be retained.” The beautiful words of our Lord to the apostles on Easter Day, Easter Sunday evening. What could be more beautiful? They express this power, that young priests have already received by the laying on of hands and the silent preface this is true, but express explicitly that the priest has the power to forgive sins. You tell me, but only God can forgive sins. Exactly the priest is the instrument of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, to forgive sins.

Now my dear faithful that prayer, this rite of transmitting the power to forgive sin, was simply deleted from the new rite of ordination. There is no trace of it. So this new rite of ordination is not Catholic. And so we will of course continue faithfully transmitting the real and valid priesthood – made valid by the traditional rite of ordination.

I conclude, dear faithful, inviting you to invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary, her Immaculate Heart, which can only have pity for the plight of the Church of Rome today, so that she helps us to transmit the torch: to clearly preach the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, true God, true King, true priest; this doctrine of the priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ in which our future priests will participate today by the grace of God, Amen.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen


 

~Damsel of the Faith

Photos of the Blessings of the newly ordained SSPX Priests

“The worthy priest is an angel of purity in mind and body, a cherub of light and knowledge, a seraph of love and Charity, an apostle of zeal in work and sanctity, a little god on earth in power and authority, in patience and benignity. He is the living image of Christ in this world, of Christ watching, praying, preaching, catechizing, working, weeping, going from town to town, from village to village, suffering, agonizing, sacrificing Himself and dying for the souls created to His image and likeness. . . He is the light of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He is the destroyer of error, schisms and heresies, the converter of sinners, the sanctifier of the just, the strength of the weak, the consolation of the afflicted, the treasure of the poor. He is the confusion of hell, the glory of heaven, the terror of demons, the joy of angels, the ruin of Satan’s kingdom, the establishment of Christ’s empire, the ornament of the Church…”  ~St. Jean Eudes

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What beautiful blessings for the Faithful and the parents of these young men! Happy day indeed both on Earth and in Heaven, most especially for the parents, seeing their sons configured to Christ the Great High Priest!  Beautiful photos of our new Priests!

God bless our Priests and forever give them a fruitful ministry in the Holy Catholic Church, for our salvation and sanctification! And keep them always holy, as a true “Alter Christus”.

~Damsel of the Faith

 

Priests likened unto God

The holiness of the people depends on the example of the priest. The education of the people in the Catholic Faith depends on the priest. If the priest has not faith, holiness and a strong desire to save souls by teaching them the truths of the Church for their salvation, then the people will be lost and led astray.  Such is our example today.  The clergy have failed in their most sacred duty.  We need a resurgence of faithful, Catholic priests to set the Church back on track.  We need the laity to call the bad priests out for the damage and harm they are doing to souls. Amen.

“A priest should have a loftiness of spirit, a purity of heart and a sanctity of life befitting the solemnity and holiness of the office he holds. For this, as We have said, makes the priest a mediator between God and man; a mediator in the place, and by the command of Him who is “the one mediator of God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” The priest must, therefore, approach as close as possible to the perfection of Him whose vicar he is, and render himself ever more and more pleasing to God, by the sanctity of his life and of his deeds; because more than the scent of incense, or the beauty of churches and altars, God loves and accepts holiness. “They who are the intermediaries between God and His people,” says St. Thomas, “must bear a good conscience before God, and a good name among men.” On the contrary, whosoever handles and administers holy things, while blameworthy in his life, profanes them and is guilty of sacrilege: “They who are not holy ought not to handle holy things.””   ~Pope Pius XI, Ad Catholici Sacerdoti