The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society invites you all to the Extraordinary Form Sung Mass of the 14th Sunday After Pentecost. The Holy Sacrifice will be offered at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Church (Capitol Parish) along N. Escario Street, Cebu City.
Fr. Kyle Tabotabo, a young diocesan priest assigned at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod, will sing the Mass and will be assisted by the Schola Gregoriana of Cebu. Father Kyle offered his first-ever Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form last Sunday and will offer it again for us this coming Sunday.
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass of the Roman Rite is the form of the Holy Mass that has been celebrated by the Church for centuries prior to the liturgical reforms that came after the Second Vatican Council.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI practically smashed all obstacles that blocked priests and bishops from celebrating this most precious and most ancient form of the Holy Sacrifice in the Roman Rite. He did this by issuing the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, in honor of which our Society is named.
In Article 1 of his Letter, Pope Benedict XVI gave the express permission to celebrate the Mass according to the missal promulgated by Pope Saint John XXIII in 1962 and explicitly affirmed that the said missal has never been abrogated (i.e., it has never been ever forbidden, repealed, replaced, or revoked).
Further, Summorum Pontificum decreed that any Catholic priest of the Latin Rite may offer Mass according to the 1962 missal (Article 2) and that members of the lay faithful who spontaneously request to attend such a Mass may do so (Article 4). The priest, provided he is qualified, does not even need to ask for permission from his Ordinary or from the Apostolic See. These parts of the Letter specifically addressed priest-initiated Extraordinary Form Masses.
But, the lay faithful themselves can also initiate the celebration of such a Mass. Article 5 of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter says that when a stable group of the faithful requests for such a Mass in their parishes, the parish priest should willingly accede to their requests while ensuring that the good of these members is “harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish.” In simple terms, Pope Benedict XVI grants all the lay faithful access to the Extraordinary Form and ensures that even parish priests themselves will not get in the way.
But, what if the parish priest refuses? Article 7 of Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter lays down the rule: inform the diocesan bishop, who is directed to “earnestly satisfy [the requesting lay faithful’s] desire,” and if the bishop refuses to yield to such request, the matter should be escalated to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
So, if you are a priest reading this, and you wish to worship the Divine Majesty in the Extraordinary Form, please do so without fear or hesitation. (If you wish to attend the Mass this Sunday, not only to worship in choro with us but also to observe how it is done, we’ll be very happy to have you around. Please wear your cassock and bring your surplice and biretta.)
If you are a lay member of the Church and wish to worship the Trinity in this Form, make your desire known to your parish priest and be confident that Summorum Pontificum wants your desire to be satisfied.
See you this Sunday, and remember to go to Confession so you can worthily receive our Lord in Holy Communion.