On November 5, 2017, the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost (in the Extraordinary Form Liturgical Calendar), the Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society will be offering a Missa cantata (sung Mass) according to the 1962 Missale Romanum (Roman Missal) promulgated by Pope Saint John XXIII.
The Holy Sacrifice will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) church along N. Escario Street, Cebu City.
Cebu archdiocesan media liaison Msgr. Joseph Tan will be singing the Mass, assisted by the Schola Gregoriana of Cebu.
Please come early and join the Society in praying in Latin the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3:15 p.m. After that, we shall be chanting-praying the Office of None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer) of the Liturgy of the Hours (a.k.a. the Divine Office) also in Latin. Also make sure that you are prepared to receive Holy Communion by going to confession beforehand.
The celebration of Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, more popularly known as the Traditional Latin Mass (or Tridentine Mass), has never been forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church, contrary to what many misinformed priests and laity claim.
In fact, Pope Benedict XVI practically gave it back to all priests and bishops by promulgating his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum. In that Letter, he confirmed that the Extraordinary Form Mass had never been abrogated, and, so, any priest or bishop of the Latin Rite can lawfully offer Mass in that manner without having to seek permission from the Bishop or the Holy See.
Pope Benedict XVI also desired that the lay faithful have greater access to the spiritual nourishment offered by the Extraordinary Form Mass. He clamped down any attempt to refuse the faithful’s earnest desire for such Masses by mandating 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” (Summorum Pontificum, 5).
Article 7 of his Letter also prescribes the grievance procedure for cases when such requests are not granted by priests or bishops: first, inform the Bishop, who is expected to grant or facilitate the request; if the Bishop will not or cannot grant the request for whatever reason, seek the intervention of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
In simple terms, Pope Benedict XVI grants all the lay faithful unrestricted access to the Extraordinary Form and ensures that even parish priests or bishops themselves will not get in the way.
Pope Benedict XVI has paved an open road for all of us to the Extraordinary Form Mass. We invite you to walk that road without fear and with eagerness to meet and commune with our Lord in the ancient manner in which the Church has been offering the Holy Sacrifice. Walk that road with us. Bring your friends and family. See you this Sunday.