Christmas is one of the greatest feasts in the Roman Catholic Church, as it commemorates the Birth and First Coming of our Lord who became one like us in everything but sin. But, the truth is that it is not Christmas season yet. We can’t hurry Christmas. We shouldn’t hurry Christmas. We need to prepare for it.
Despite the early arrival of the so-called artificial and hollow “spirit of Christmas” advanced by secular and profit-oriented pop culture, the Church is still in that season of joyful waiting, of hopeful expectation, of preparation, known as the season of Advent.
Watch, pray, and wait with us — patiently and lovingly — for the coming of the Lord! Come to our Extraordinary Form (EF) Missa cantata (sung Mass) of the Second Sunday of Advent at 4 p.m. this Sunday, December 10, 2017, 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 offer and sing the Holy Sacrifice. The Schola Gregoriana of Cebu will assist him in music.
The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society, which organizes this Mass, will pray in Latin the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3:15 p.m. The Rosary is a devotional prayer most esteemed by the Church. Following the Rosary will be the chanting in Latin of the Office of None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer) in the Ordinary Form Divine Office (a.k.a. Liturgy of the Hours). The Divine Office is liturgical prayer and, therefore, surpasses any other devotion or private prayer in value, efficacy, and dignity.
Remember to go to Confession before Mass so that you may worthily receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in Holy Communion.
The EF Mass is also known as the Traditional Latin Mass (which some people also call the Tridentine Mass). Contrary to what many priests and influential lay leaders claim, it has never been abrogated (i.e., it has never been prohibited, banned, or discontinued) even after Paul VI promulgated the New Order of Mass (currently known as the Ordinary Form) (cf. Summorum Pontificum, 1).
In fact, in permitting wider access to and celebration of the Extraordinary Form Mass, Benedict XVI expressed his pastoral desire for three specific things:
“(a) offering to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered as a precious treasure to be preserved; (b) effectively guaranteeing and ensuring the use of the forma extraordinaria for all who ask for it, given that the use of the 1962 Roman Liturgy is a faculty generously granted for the good of the faithful and therefore is to be interpreted in a sense favourable to the faithful who are its principal addressees; (c) promoting reconciliation at the heart of the Church” (Universæ Ecclesiæ, 8) [Our emphasis — E.M.].
So, come, experience, and or (re)discover this precious treasure. For centuries, the Extraordinary Form Mass has nourished numerous saints. Do not let anyone tell you that it won’t make you holy anymore. It still will. The centuries of its unruptured and uninterrupted use are your practical guarantee that only good will come out of it for you, that you will reap nothing less than sanctifying benefits from it. In Benedict XVI’s own words,
“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful” (Letter to Bishops on the Publication of Summorum Pontificum).
See you on Sunday. Bring your friends and family. Spread the word.