SERVING AT MASS:

(According to St Leonard writer of MASS HIDDEN TREASURES, brought to you by City of God Blog in June)

SERVING AT MASS

In our days this office has devolved on mere boys or pious youths, though the greatest monarchs of the world are not worthy of such an honor. St. Bonaventure tells us that this is the office of angels, because during the Divine Mysteries many angels are serving God in this sacred function. This is confirmed by St. Nilus, who saw hosts of angels assisting the ministers when St. John Chrysostom celebrated. The glorious St. Matilda saw the soul of a lay brother after his death, crowned with ineffable glory, because he had always evinced extraordinary diligence and devotion whilst serving at Mass. St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angel of the Schools, justly appreciating the hidden treasure contained in this office, would not be content, if after offering the Sacred Mysteries he was not allowed to serve another Mass. Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, took the greatest delight in this holy work, so much so, that on one occasion, when taunted by a minister of state, who said that the king would be offended, if he learned that the Chancellor had so humbled his dignity, he replied: ” My lord, the king cannot be offended with me for the service I render to his Lord, nay, to the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” Some persons belonging to religious communities are often reluctant to perform this holy office : so much so, that they must be almost compelled to serve Mass. This is a great folly; for instead of being forced to serve at the altar, they ought rather ardently to desire the honor of performing a service so holy, that the angels themselves, and the Blessed in heaven, could envy them. Great vigilance, however, should be employed in instructing those who are permitted to serve at Mass. They must be taught to keep their eyes modestly cast down, and to observe that strict decorum, so necessary, in the presence of the awful majesty of God, Who is on the altar during the Adorable Sacrifice. Hence their whole exterior ought to exhibit the greatest reverence and humility.

Divine Mystigogy Liturgy – Icon Angels Serve

They must, moreover, be taught to pronounce the words distinctly, slowly, and in a tone not too low to be heard by the priest, nor so high, or loud, as to distract those who are celebrating at other altars. Special care should be taken to exclude boys who cannot understand the dread function they are performing, and who may be a subject of annoyance and distraction to the celebrant and people. My earnest prayer to God is that he will inspire men of good will to give edification to the people, by performing an office so praiseworthy and so holy; and that, like St. Wenceslaus, King of Bohemia, they will not only attend several Masses every day, but also serve the priest, as he did, with the modesty and humility of an angel.

Altar Servers, Crisis since Vatican II:

{City attempts to delete editorial from this article, that is Not it’s Own! taken in whole or in part from (: https://traditionalaltarboy.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/the-crises-after-vatican-ii-altar-girls-2/) dated Aug 27, 2015. }

City: “As an Altar server for 8 +years,

I am NOT opposed to this allowance for female altar servers. Even during my Latin Mass days the desire for young girls to be servers was distinct. Yet, since I served from 2nd grade into eleventh grade serving daily mass three of four weeks in a month, I can unequivocally state, that had girls been allowed to serve pre-Vatican II, I would NEVER have been an Altar Server (boy). I was never interested in doing what girls were doing in this or other activities, especially sports, or scouts, at that age. I doubt that things have changed much since then. My son had similar attitude, especially since he had two older sisters.

The City, finds this article, making VALID POINTS FAR BEYOND, female altar servers, thus city includes for your consideration: [“These changes are what is referred to as PRAXIS, the Modernist unable to change Dogma, so they attacked how we practice the faith., at every chance it cans, hoping to destroy the Church.”]

Crisis Article:

It was in the late 1960’s – early 1970’s that the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ began to spread like wildfire; both among the laity and even the clergy. The ‘Spirit of Vatican II” is the very notion that the Catholic Church and the ideas of the world can co-exist in the light of the Second Vatican Council, thus the heresy of modernism that His Holiness Pope Pius X has condemned because of the very fact that modernism involves questioning revealed truths that Catholics are bound to accept, such as the miracles in the bible, dogma, the existence of God, etc. henceforth Pope Pius X’s statement that “The evolution of dogmas is only the corruption of dogmas” since this is exactly what the modernists push for; the change in church teaching. Not only has the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ been praised by the modernist clergy – in which has later corrupted the faith among many Catholics including seminarians -; it has also corrupted the liturgy which aims us towards the very center of our faith, the worship of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI stated in 1977 the following:
“I am convinced that the crises in the Church we are experiencing today is, to a large extent, due to the disintegration of the liturgy”.

POPE EMIRATES Benedict XVI speaks on LITURGY in Apr 10, 2019, admits PRAXIS errors & Relegati0n of Divine Natural ORDER Law to back seat, a mistake!

Since the corruption of the liturgy was coming from the modernist hierarchy in order to ‘please’ those who belong to false religions as a result of false ecumenism so they would ‘convert’ to Catholicism (watering down truth in order to convert heretics and those outside the church is the Heresy of Americanism that Pope Leo XIII condemned), many abuses were later initiated into the liturgy and heresy began to be taught from the pulpits. This explains why in the year of 1965 Germany began to allow females to serve at the altar in order to have ‘equality’ among both genders and so that nobody would feel ‘excluded’ which only resulted in scandal, thus the collapse in priestly vocations. The practice of allowing females to serve at the altar was condemned by Rome several times including the year of 1970 in the document titled “Litugicae Instaurationes”.

Because many began to ignore the instructions of Rome;

the practice of altar girls began to spread as one of the many liturgical abuses, which later lead more innovation to creep within the Church after the release of Pope John Paul II’s 1983 Code of Canon law. Since the new code of canon law in Canon 230 #2 stated that “Lay persons can fulfill the function of lector in liturgical actions by temporary designation. All lay persons can also perform the functions of commentator or cantor, or other functions, according to the norm of law.”; it later led those who support liturgical feminism to interpret it in such a fashion that it validates their abuse since this canon does not specifically address that males are to be the only ones that play this role in the liturgy.

Since there were many interpretations upon this very canon, the Pontifical council on June 30th, 1992 had to investigate upon this matter. The conclusion was that this canon allows females to serve at the altar, which was later given perfect approval as a correct interpretation by Pope John Paul II a month later on July 11th.


In 1994 a document from the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts gave some room for the novel practice of “female altar servers” under political pressure from the U.S., but nevertheless insisted that “the obligation to support groups of altar boys will always remain…”

Since we are not bound to accept His Holiness Pope John Paul II’s decision, and because it contradicts Catholicity in itself, we are obliged to critique innovation, even when it comes from the Pope himself since he is not infallible in his actions that contradict the true faith. The practice of allowing young boys to serve at the altar is to help them discern their vocation to the priesthood since they are witnessing and even assisting the priest at the altar. To allow females to serve at the altar is to say that females can also become priests, which even Pope John Paul II infallibly prohibited in his Apostolic letter ‘Ordinatio Sacerdotalis’.

Let us not also forget His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV’s statement in his encyclical Allatae Sunt of 26 July 1755 which states the following:

“Pope Gelasius in his ninth letter (chap. 26) to the bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the bishop of Tusculum: “Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.” We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution Etsi Pastoralis, sect. 6, no. 21.” (The role of allowing lay males to serve was approved in the 10th century to substitute for Acolytes – a minor order before becoming a priest.)

His Eminence Cardinal Burke: {currently one of two remaining Dubia Brothers}
“If we are not training young men as altar boys, giving them an experience of serving God in the liturgy, we should not be surprised that vocations have fallen dramatically”

1970 Pope Paul VI said in Liturgicae Instaurationes, “In conformity with norms traditional in the Church, women (single, married, religious), whether in churches, homes, convents, schools, or institutions for women, are barred from serving the priest at the altar.”

And in 1980 Pope John Paul II stated in Inaestimabile Donum, “There are, of course, various roles that women can perform in the liturgical assembly: these include reading of the Word of God and proclaiming the intentions of the Prayer of the Faithful. Women are not, however, permitted to act as altar servers.”

“They knew only too well the intimate bond which unites faith with worship, ‘the law of belief with the law of prayer,’ and so, under the pretext of restoring it to its primitive form, they corrupted the order of the liturgy in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators.” – Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, September 13, 1896

Pope Saint Pius X
But for Catholics nothing will remove the authority of the second Council of Nicea, where it condemns those ‘who dare, after the impious fashion of heretics, to deride the ecclesiastical traditions, to invent novelties of some kind . . . or endeavor by malice or craft to overthrow any one of the legitimate traditions of the Catholic Church’. . . . Wherefore the Roman Pontiffs, Pius IV and Pius IX, ordered the insertion in the profession of faith of the following declaration: ‘I most firmly admit and embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and other observances and constitutions of the Church’.” – Pope St Pius X, Encyclical Against Modernism (Pascendi)

“The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries nor innovators, but men of tradition.” – Pope St. Pius X

Second Council of Nicea

  • If anyone rejects any written or unwritten tradition of the Church, let him be anathema.”
  • “Let everything that conflicts with ecclesiastical tradition and teaching, and that has been innovated and done contrary to the examples outlined by the saints and hereafter at any time be done in such a fashion, be anathema.” [end of Crisis Since Vatican II] , Article

FOR Catholic readers in the City of God.Blog

In conclusion, this “Crisis”article DOES NOT encompass valid arguments against female ALTAR SERVERS, for pre-pubecent girls, serving at the altar. (Lev15:19-24). Most of the arguments against, speak to adult women in the priesthood. Therefore are NOT valid arguments in City’s opinion regarding altar servers.

This argument the City has heard (“relating woman priest as an equivalence to female altar servers), but City considers those INVALID. Also the woman in the priesthood controversy was written previously in a City posting, dating back to St John Chrysostom 400AD [See Mar 30,2019, Woman’s Authority in the Church, by St. & Doctor John Chrysostom, found under “authority, Obedience, or ‘Outside the Walls,’], so these women “feminist” never stop, trying to nullify God’s Word and Divine Natural Order:

CHRIST “the WORD” Icon

The Word:

(Eph 5:22-3) Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the savior of his body. Gen (3:16) To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over thee. “Obey them that rule over you, and submit yourselves. (Heb. 13:17)

Cardinal Burke Celebrating Mass At Notre Dame de Fatima

However, Cardinal Burke’s comment is completely in line with City’s experience. Permitting girls to serve meant young boys like me, would no longer be interested, serving the altar. Yes, altar serving does in fact spawn a desire to follow through, develop a calling and become a Priest. And in a previous, CityofGod.Blog post, woman wanting to be priests is 1600 years old controversy already. These heretics do NOT understand or believe the priesthood and his “ standing in persona role” these men perform for the faithful. A female can never represent Christ, in the Holy Trinity, their hands that took the unlawful fruit are forbidden to consecrate the Christ’s, “Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity”. Such an unholy event not only undermines the priesthood and the divine nature of the Church, but opposes the “Divine Natural Order & Law,” that God created in the universe, “observable” for all humans to see. And to quote the Holy Office regarding this DIVINE NATURAL LAW, “we find we have no authority to “ loosen or bind” granted to the Church, in an article City posted concerning “false Worship – Ecumenism”.

My advice, if you cannot accept the Divine Natural Order as created, or the Church’s settled rulings over the centuries…. go start your own new religion and be apostates as well as Heretics, and become one of Martin Luther’s heroes. Just remember – CCC#846.”Outside the church is No salvation.”

INDULGENCED OFFERING OF MASS ACCORDING TO THE METHOD OF ST. LEONARD.* “New Franciscan Manual,” p. 86

Eternal Father, I offer to Thee the Sacrifice which Thy beloved Son Jesus made of Himself upon the Cross, and which He now renews upon this altar ; I offer it to Thee in the name of all creatures, together with the Masses which have been celebrated in the whole world, in order to adore Thee, and to give Thee the honor which Thou dost deserve ; to render to Thee due thanks for Thy innumerable benefits, to appease Thy anger for our sins, and to give Thee due satisfaction for them ; to entreat Thee also for myself, for the Church, for the whole world, and for the blessed souls in purgatory. Amen.

Indulgence of three years, once a day, if said at Mass.

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