Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yes, Catholics celebrate "Passover!"

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It is not often comment on my commentators, but I am going to make an exception.

Yesterday, I wrote a short post that included the prayer from First Vespers of today, Sunday in Albis. It is also the same prayer from this morning Matins and Lauds.

Grant, we beseech, O Almighty God, that we for whom the Feast of the Passover hath now drawn to an end, may in our life and manner ever keep new the healthful influence of the same. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

A reader left the following absurd comment:

I didn't know you celebrated Passover. I celebrated Easter--the institution of the holy Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the passion, death & resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I will be celebrating for 40 days more culminating in the Ascension of Our Lord and Pentecost. Then Trinity Sunday.

In the Fourth Reading from this morning’s Matins, according to the Divino Affaltu of St. Pius X, which has existed from antiquity in the Divine Office. We read from the Fourth Reading from the Sermon of St. Augustine of Hippo:

1st Sermon for the Octave of the Passover, being the 157th for the Seasons.
The Feast of this day is the end of the Paschal solemnity, and therefore it is today that the Newly-Baptized put off their white garments : but, though they lay aside the outward mark of washing in their raiment, the mark of that washing in their souls remaineth to eternity. Now are the days of the Pass-over, that is, of God's Passing-over our iniquity by His pardon and remission; and therefore our first duty is so to sanctify the mirth of these holy days, that our bodily recreation may be taken without defilement to our spiritual cleanness. Let us strive that our relaxation may be sober and our freedom holy, holding ourselves carefully aloof from anything like excess, drunkenness or lechery. Let us try so to keep in our souls their Lenten cleansing, that if our Fasting hath left us aught yet unwon, we may still be able to seek it.

Moreover, for the Holy Mass for Sabbato in Albis or the “Sabbath” or Saturday Mass of preceding Domenica in Albis, according to the Roman Missal of 1570/1962, we read in the Collect:

Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who have kept worshipfully the Passover holidays, may at last worthily pass from keeping Feasts unto thee here to the everlasting jubilation hereafter. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

The Catholic Encyclopedia under the word, Paschal tell us:

That the Paschal Lamb prefigured symbolically Christ, "the Lamb of God", who redeemed the world by the shedding of His blood, and particularly the Eucharistic banquet, or new Passover, has always remained the constant belief of Christian tradition.

Further, St. Paul states in  1 Corinthians 5:7: "... For Christ our pasch is sacrificed."

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Pasch is a derivative of the Hebrew, Pesach which is translated in English as “Passover.”

Friend, the next time you wish to lambaste and deride me, at least get your facts right first.


Anonymous said...


If that reader had a problem with one little prayer, then he'd be in consternation over these sticheri (verses) from Resurrection Matins:

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered.

The holy Pasch has today appeared to us!
The new and sacred Pasch!
The mystic Pasch,
The all-venerable Pasch,
The Pasch which is Christ Redeemer!
The immaculate Pasch!
The great Pasch!
The Pasch of the faithful!
The Pasch that opens the gates of Paradise to us!
The Pasch that sanctifies all the faithful!

As smoke vanishes, let them vanish.

Come from that scene, O heralding women,
And say to Zion:
"Receive from us the glad tidings of joy
Of the Resurrection of Christ!"
Exalt, rejoice and be glad, O Jerusalem,
Seeing Christ the King as a bridegroom
Come forth from the grave!

So let sinners perish from the presence of God,
But let the righteous rejoice!

The myrrh-bearing women at early dawn
Came to the grave of the Life-giver.
They found an angel sitting on the stone,
And he spoke to them saying:
"Why seek the Living among the dead?
Why weep for the Incorruptible amid corruption?
Go, proclaim the news to His disciples!"

This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

The Pasch of delight, the Pasch of the Lord,
The all-venerable Pasch has dawned upon us!
The Pasch when with joy we embrace one another!
O Pasch, our deliverance from sorrow!
For today Christ shone forth from the grave as from a palace,
And filled the women with joy, saying:
"Proclaim the news to the apostles!"

+Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen.

O day of Resurrection!
Let us beam with celebration,
And embracing one another,
Let us say: "Brothers!"
And to those who hate us, let us forgive everything
Because of the Resurrection,
And then let us sing thus:

Christ is risen from the dead, conquering death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life.

Sorry for the long post, but those are all the Paschal sticheri.

Keep up the good fight!

In the Risen Christ,


Peter Lamb said...

Confusion among good Catholic laity is only to be expected under our current circumstances. I hope this short sermon of yesterday might help some. Father Arnold Trauner was an SSPX Priest for 25 years, before he became the Pastor of a tiny flock of faithful sedevacantist Catholics in a small village in Austria:

My dearly beloved in Our Lord,

The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ is the corner-stone of the Faith.
Christ had indeed predicted that he would die on the Cross – which he did. He had also foretold that he would rise again, and so he did, as the Gospel insists very much: The Angels add that Christ has risen as he had said.
Thus we want to use this occasion to briefly recall to our minds what Faith is. We want to do so in order to encourage each of you to make frequent acts of Faith. For it is not enough to profess the Faith, in principle, and to defend it from all corruption or detriment; one must also keep up and strengthen virtue, and first of all the virtue of Faith, by frequent virtuous acts.
A good act of Faith can be very succinct (short), as long as it contains all the essential elements. There are longer and more elaborate forms. Any of them is good, as long as it is used frequently.
A short act of Faith containing all the essentials, is the following:
“O God, I firmly believe all the truths which you have revealed and which you teach me through Holy Church, because you are the Truth, and because you can neither err nor induce us into error.”
- Faith must be firm, we must believe firmly the divinely revealed truth. Virtue by definition is something permanent and stable, it is the habit of doing something the right way. Its contrary is vice, which is a bad habit.
- This firmness comes from the divine authority which is the source of revelation. God is the Truth, purely and simply. It is His essence to be the Truth, just as He is the Light, or Charity, or the Life.
- God being the Truth implicates that He can never be wrong, or induce his creatures into error. For He is the infinitely perfect Being. So this excludes any kind of wrongness.
- Faith is comprehensive or universal, in the sense that it includes our adhesion to all revealed truths. The Truth is one and simple, in as far as it is in God. Being the un-created, simple Spirit, the Truth is undivided and simply in Him. But the created spirit – that of the Angels or of the human souls – is neither infinitely perfect nor infinitely simple. Therefore it cannot grasp the Truth “in one go”, but only as “bits and pieces”. Thus we speak of “the truths revealed by God”. This means: formally we accept the Truth by the act of Faith, God the source of the Truth; materially speaking we believe the revealed truths, all and each single one.
- The divine authority does not operate immediately or directly upon the human mind, but through the authority of Holy Church instituted by God through Jesus-Christ. Therefore the Catholic Faith is not a private affair in any way. All human souls are under the obligation to adhere to the revealed Truth; and this Truth is taught and guaranteed by the institution to which Christ has promised his assistance, right to the end of times.

Peter Lamb said...

Of course right now, the authoritative teaching faculty of Holy Church is not exercised in a live manner. Only a truly Catholic Pope and truly Catholic Bishops can teach with this authority which is called the Church’s magisterium, the teaching authority. The live or immediate rule of the Faith is absent. So the Catholics must fall back on the mediate or remote rule of the Faith, called the Apostolic Tradition or the deposit of the Faith.
Those who do not respect this distinction and its application, necessarily end up in the greatest confusion of mind. Many so-called traditionalists claim to adhere to the Apostolic Tradition all while recognizing as a truly Catholic (but weak, or erring, or wicked) Pope or Bishop those who only materially occupy those posts. Those occupants or impostors cannot claim to possess Christ’s authority, for their actions and words speak loudly against their claim to be Christ’s representatives. Recognizing them makes it impossible, in principle, for such traditionalists, to have the true Faith because practically, they claim that there is opposition between Christ as the head of the true Church guaranteeing the Truth, and Christ as God revealing the Truth. - It is not so difficult to understand, but maybe you need to ponder these things in your mind in order to truly grasp what they mean.
Other traditionalists go off-track by adhering to some pretended but false interpretation of Catholic dogma. In the absence of the daily magisterium of the Church teaching (Pope and residential Bishops or Ordinaries) it is virtually impossible to convince them that they are in error. Only Catholic common sense could help out – but it is scarce nowadays. Particularly those who hold on to an extravagant interpretation of the dogma “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus – No salvation outside the Church”, do not realize that in order to defend their position, they must make a very selective use of the Church Fathers, the Doctors of the Church and all other sources of Revelation. Nothing will do: They know better, and anyone not adhering to their doctrine (the justification of which is at least 30-50 pages long) is a “heretic” and must be avoided by all means.
Much of all this might be imputable to human pride, or to ignorance. But one must also admit that humanly speaking, some souls are just scared out of their wits once they discover that they cannot “rely on the pope or the bishop”. They can only put up with having been deceived so many times – and then it is once too often.
Christ clearly warned us against this extreme confusion that threatens to undermine the Faith: “For there shall be then great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be. And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say to you: Lo here is Christ, or there, do not believe him. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Behold I have told it to you, beforehand.” (Mt 24,21-25)
The Catholic Faith, i.e. the divinely revealed Truth, is simple by nature. This also means that it is coherent. The act of Faith is still, and always will be possible to “the poor in spirit” who “possess the kingdom of Heaven” (cf. Mt 5,3). For Faith truly is the beginning of the heavenly life: It makes our soul to grasp, firmly and with certitude, but “seen as through a glass in a dark manner”, that which in Heaven we shall see “face to face” (cf. 1Cor 13,12).

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

Anonymous said...

Yes - the Pasch is a party!!! That's over now so you can get back to your real life (party)--wringing your hands over the wicked! Like you can change anything by fretting. That's the biggest farce of VC2 that all you lay people have bought--your new job is to tell the clergy and hierarchy how they err and what to do--show where Jesus, St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John tell any lay people to do that. Believe me, Catholics celebrate Easter (whether you call it Pach or not); what you get for carrying YOUR cross (and that's not pointing out how your neighbor Joe Brown, or your boss Joe Smith is not carrying their cross) is the Resurrection. And it's not over. The Ascension. Pentecost -- these are the greatest holy days of the Church. Why don't you spend your time going to your local Jewish Synagogue and then post blogs about how they don't follow the rules of the Church (could also join the Anglicans, Evangelicals, Lutherans, etc. and do the same thing for all the good it will do you). Maybe you should read the Book of Acts (timely): if you seriously protested what was going on you would be kicked out of your VC2 church like the apostles who were kicked out of the synagogues--like the SSPX. Do either group advise their followers to keep going back to the Synagogue and pointing out to the local rabbi how wrong he was? No. They worshiped in their own communities. What does Jesus say? If your brother offends you -- go three times alone, w/a brother, w/the Church--then treat them like a publican. Why you persist in associating w/heretics and apostates (who are not listening to you) is something you should think about especially when you write a headline after the greatest holy day of the year: "The Party is Over" -- to me that's an offense to the Holy Trinity (same w/stating you celebrate Passover w/out mentioning Resurrection). If I were you I would think about what the NT and all popes and the Church said up to VC2 and see if what you're doing aligns w/that -- for the sake of your own soul.

Vox Cantoris said...

Gosh brother, or sister; you really have a problem. You've not read this blog much to know what I think of Vatican II or the Novus Ordo.

These quotes are traditional English translations from the TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS and the TRADITIONAL ROMAN BREVIARY?

So, if you have an argument, take it up with the PRE VATICAN II CHURCH!

Now, go away until after Pentecost, another Jewish festival which was fulfilled in the Holy Spirit and the WORD!

P.S. Did you know that Our Blessed Lord was born of a Jewess and that he honoured Passover until He, Himself became It?

Anonymous said...

I surely know that Jesus Christ was a Jew; but he was the Messiah (the Jews who deny that are still "celebrating the passover"). Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. That is what I celebrate along w/the Ascension and Pentecost. The party isn't over and will never be over. That's the point you're missing. You state you're being crucified by VC2 and that is your cross and my cross and that's what we have to get back to now that "the party's over." This apostasy has been going on since 1965. Amoris Laetitia could be seen coming down the pike (and many did see it) since at least 1980. You will survive it the same way you've done all these crises. More blogging, more conferences, more speeches, but no ACTS. Just onto the next 'crisis' (women deacons, married priests blah blah blah). Meanwhile you don't even have the joy of the Catholic Faith. How far you must be from Jesus Christ to write a post like you did. How involved in your own self and your blog posts that like John Vennari's blog will not survive you. And then where will you be?

Anonymous said...

Bravo, Vox!


Anonymous said...

John 11: [49] But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them: You know nothing. [50] Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

[51] And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation. [52] And not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the children of God, that were dispersed.

John 18: [14] Now Caiphas was he who had given the counsel to the Jews: That it was expedient that one man should die for the people. [15] And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. And that disciple was known to the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the court of the high priest.

Caiaphas was the high priest that year yet Our Lord - Who Is the eternal Son of God yet both Priest and Victim - was condemned by the high priest and the Sanhedrin. They received their authority from the One Whom they condemned! And He obeyed them by accepting the sentence of death which you and I - not He - deserved.

May the Lord look upon you as He looked upon your Apostolic namesake.

May He give us the grace to remain at the foot of the Cross with His Ever-Virgin Mother Mary.


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