Friday, June 22, 2007

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Ordinations

Recently Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis ordained two men from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to the Holy Priesthood according to the Tridentine Rite. I have never taken part in an ordination in that particular Rite, but after seen the pictures I wish I had been there. Here are a few of my favorites pictures from the event:

Now call me crazy, but these pictures show a beauty and grandeur that most (but not all) in our Church have never been able to experience. It seems to me that most, if not all of our fellow Catholics long for this sort of liturgy which will truly lift their hearts and minds toward heavenly things rather than earthly things.

Please, however, don't hear me saying that the only way to return that beauty and grandeur to our liturgies is to only use the Tridentine Rite or to only offer the Mass of Paul VI (the Mass most of us are used to) in Latin. What I am saying is that we should offer the Mass of Paul VI as the Church intended (not what some people THINK the Church intended). If we do that faithfully, the beauty and grandeur of the Mass will return and our hearts and minds will be lifted toward heavenly, rather than lowering them to the ordinary and mundane.