The 10 Reasons I Do NOT Attend the Novus Ordo Mass
Alexandra Clark | The Daily Knight
As the bishops around the world decide whether or not to help Pope Francis destroy the Mass of All Times, I thought it best to describe the top 10 reasons I do not attend the new order of the Mass, the Novus Ordo. Feel free to adopt, change and use them to send to your bishops as they form the inquisition in their diocese. I list those 10 reasons below and then go through each one briefly as possible, as each one can be a book in itself!
10 Reasons I do NOT attend the Novus Ordo:
1) The Novus Ordo is not a source of unity, but rather confusion.
2) The Novus Ordo is not the Sacred Mass of the Holy Saints & Martyrs.
3) The Novus Ordo is not Catholic, nor Apostolic, but is more Protestant.
4) Our Lady of Fatima warned us about the Novus Ordo Mass.
5) The Novus Ordo is not proper worship of God, but more Man-Centric.
6) The fruits of the Novus Ordo Mass are bad and Priesthood is disorientated from its goal.
7) The Novus Ordo is less Biblical & veers away from that which was handed down from the Apostles.
8) In the Novus Ordo, Supper (meal) and Self are emphasized, not Sacrifice and Sanctity
9) I do not want to “Incur the wrath of God” by attending the Novus Ordo.
10) The money collected from the faithful has been swindled by Gay Priests, Bad Bishops and even the Vatican for nefarious reasons.
1. The Novus Ordo is not a source of unity, but rather confusion.
One = unity. If there is one thing anyone can observe today is that there is absolutely no unity in the Novus Ordo masses since its promulgation in 1970. Everywhere you go they do something different and the oneness of the Faith is not clear. You may go to one Church and they say the Creed and to another and they don’t. One may have altar girls and another not. Another Novus Ordo Mass may have dancing (sometimes in skimpy clothes) and another with neon lights and guitars. Prayer, postures, people’s roles, and the priest are all different in all the Novus Ordo masses across the globe. The list is endless and the essence of being united in the same One Faith is very ambiguous and confuses the Catholic soul. The Novus Ordo does not keep to what St. Paul said:
“Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” And “That you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind laboring together for the faith of the gospel." [Ephesians 4:3-5 and Philippians 1:27].
After the Vatican II, all the sacraments were changed, that is to say ambiguity, (interpret it as you will) and there has never been unity in the Catholic Church as there was found before! Remember, one of the 4 marks of the Church, is ONE, and clearly the Novus Ordo is not ONE.
2. The Novus Ordo is not the Sacred Mass of the Holy Saints & Martyrs.
Again, we can know them by their fruits. Where as the Traditional Latin Mass of All Times produced millions of saints & martyrs, who lived the Faith and died for the Faith, the Novus Ordo has produced a massive exodus of souls and the loss of the Faith in souls, (barren) with the majority of them not believing one aspect of the Faith or another. Do you believe anyone today would “die” for the Novus Ordo mass today? And most of all, the argument that “I attend a REVERENT Novus Ordo mass,” proves that the majority of the masses are NOT reverent. Look no further than this great video put together of several examples of the great irreverence in the House of God and the desecrations that have gone on since the promulgation of the novus ordo and continuing till today: https://youtu.be/ue9VoAEQ9x8 . Altars and Communion rails where torn down as well as many ancient statues, tables where set up (meal), the priest was made to face man, not God (self, not worship due to God), Communion is given in the hand to lead the faithful to believe that what they behold is not sacred, this actually achieved their goal as now 70% of Catholics that attend the Novus Ordo no longer believe in the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lex Orandi Lex Credendi (how you pray shows what you believe).
3. The Novus Ordo is not Catholic, nor Apostolic, but is more protestant.
Catholic means universal. The Novus Ordo mass does not form you the same way that the Holy Mother Church did everywhere, and always throughout the centuries. The Traditional Latin Mass of All Times alone provides a visible and unbroken link from the present day to the time of Christ and His Apostles. By the Sacred language of Latin, it also kept an inspiring bond of unity across the globe. In traveling the globe, Catholics could attend Holy Mass in foreign languages and cultures did not have an effect on the True Worship of God, for “the Mass was the same” wherever they went. The experience was, for them, a confirmation of the Catholicity of their Catholicism.
By contrast, the Novus Ordo mass is in most cases hard pressed to find “the same Mass” worshiping God in with the same due reverence in the same Sacred Language, with the same focus, with the same prayers, etc. There is no doubt of the universality found in the Traditional Latin Mass, with the unifying sacred language of Latin and its insistence that the priest put aside his own idiosyncratic and cultural preferences and put on the person of Christ. Truly every aspect of the Traditional Latin Mass can be seen as a true Pentecost in which many tongues and tribes come together as one in the Spirit—rather than a new Babel that privileges various identities such as ethnicity, race or age group.
Secondly, remember the Holy Mass began with Christ, was passed on to the His Apostles and continued through the centuries as the only acceptable form of Worship and Sacrifice to the Father. In the very beginning, God spoke His plan for mankind’s salvation and sanctification. The Old Testament speaks of God’s direction to the Israelites in the proper worship due to Him. The Lord established His Ceremonial Law, specific rules and detailed ceremonies to be performed in the temple He designed, which the High Priest was to perform meticulously.
Hence, God Himself was the Architect of these Old Testament ceremonies. However, His plan was not completed in the Laws of the Israelites as recorded in the Old Testament, and those sacrifices offered were never perfect as they were to be completed and perfected only by Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
For Christ said: “Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Thus, God himself, ordained how we are to worship Him, and then taught to the Apostles. The Apostolic Traditions we see even today in the various rites within the Holy Mother Church and the earliest record we find of the Traditional Latin Roman Rite is in 380 A.D.
Note that some Catholics make the mistake of thinking that the Latin Mass only started at the Council of Trent, rather Pope St. Pius V only codified it (think of its kind of like proclaiming it as dogma, it was always done and always believed, but never codified). Thus, the TLM which is sometimes called the Tridentine Mass, Mass of All Times, the Usus Antiquior (Latin for the ancient usage), the Extraordinary Form or just Latin Mass, is the Mass of Christ and His Apostles. Again, think of the Immaculate Conception, which was only declared a dogma in 1854, yet, it was always believed everywhere and by the whole Church from the earliest times, in the same way the Mass of All Times was just codified in 1570.
Lastly, the Novus Ordo rite is so similar with the Protestant liturgies in the 16th Century and their services today. In the words of Fr. Kramer on the Protestant construction of the Novus Ordo mass:
“The Novus Ordo does not instruct the faithful in the truths of the faith, because it was constructed in the same manner as the heretical services of the Reformers, who adapted “existing Catholic rites, but removed from them everything which was not compatible with the particular heresies they favored.”(61) The pattern of adaptation of the traditional rite in the making of the Novus Ordo has been shown to be substantially identical to that employed by Thomas Cranmer in the making of the Protestant Mass or Lord’s Supper of 1549.(62) Cranmer’s purpose for modifying the liturgy was doctrinal, as Belloc explains: ... to get rid of the Mass was the soul of the whole affair, because he hated it, especially ... its central doctrine ... the Real Presence of God upon the altar. ... But it would be impossible to effect so complete a revolution at one blow... it had to be done in two stages ...( Taken from page 44-45 The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy: https://fatima.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Suicide-of-Altering-the-Faith-in-the-Liturgy.pdf)
The Novus ordo is the invention of a liturgical commission, the Consilium whose guiding light was Fr. Annibale Bugnini and which also included six Protestant experts. Bugnini wrote his famous (used by most Novo ordos) Eucharistic Prayer II on a napkin while he was dining on a table of a trattoria in Trastevere. (A lot of thought went into that one)
4. Our Lady of Fatima warned us about the Novus Ordo Mass
The Third Secret was given by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 to Sr. Lucia. And was to be revealed at the request of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in 1960. Why was it never revealed? What happened in the 1960s that Our Lady was trying to warn us about? The Second Vatican Council and the new order of the Mass is what happened. If the Third Secret reveals that apostasy would “begin at the top” and would allow for a “bad council and a bad Mass,” then it explains that the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo is not pleasing to God, despite being told the opposite these last 50 years.
Watch more here on what Archbishop Viganò Says about how the Fatima Third Secret was never revealed and the Third Secret of Fatima is about moral and doctrinal corruption in the Church after the year 1960: https://youtu.be/MCMXZQDXfNk
Read more here about The Fatima Message and the Problem of False Obedience: https://fatima.org/news-views/the-fatima-message-and-the-problem-of-false-obedience/
5. The Novus Ordo is not proper worship of God, but more Man-Centric.
The novus ordo has become worldwide the church of “feeling” not of Faith. It is a diabolical disorientation of turning from God to man. As the Most Reverend Bishop Athanasius Schneider has recently said, it is an ‘Anthropocentric crisis’, which is most dangerous. This was, no less, the very first sin of man in the Garden – the sin of pride. The scar of this sin has stayed with him today, but it should not have been imposed onto the Church as it has. Indeed, we were warned that the enemy was within! Yet, this is what has exploded in the misinterpretation of Vatican II; what has come about from it is the actual exaltation of man, losing sight of the purpose and meaning of the Most Sacred and Holy Mass as Sacrifice. A prime example of this is how the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the novus ordo is directed to man, rather than to God. The priest faces the people and focuses on them, sometimes even placing himself on a throne in the center of the sanctuary, this makes it seem like a supper instead of a Sacrifice to God and the displacement of the Tabernacle off to the side or even to the back of the Church clearly show how the focus is not on God.
And why is it that the there is such hate towards the Mass of All Times? Professor Massimo Viglione has said it right to the point:
“At its root, that mad shooting is nothing other than a new murder of Abel by an envious Cain. And in fact, in the new Rite what is offered to God is “the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands (Cain), while in the Rite of all time what is offered is “hanc immaculatam Ostiam” (the firstborn Lamb of Abel: Gen 4:2-4).” ( Read his article here: https://www.knightsrepublic.com/single-post/archbishop-vigan%C3%B2-urges-souls-to-read-this-article-the-hermeneutic-of-cain-s-envy-against-abel )
6. The fruits of the Novus Ordo Mass are bad and Priesthood is disorientated from its goal
Did you ever ask yourself why you never hear of a Traditional priest wanting to learn the novus ordo Mass? Yet, we do see that there are many novus ordo priests wanting to learn the TLM. That is because the Mass of All Times draws and converts souls to God! Today we can see where the vocations are lacking and where they are growing.
The Fruits of Vatican II:
In 1965 a recorded 58,632 priests could be found in the United States, including both diocesan and religious priests. In 2013 they numbered only 39,600, a 32% less than before. Today, according to the numbers listed on the USCCB for 2018, there are only 37,302 diocesan and religious-order priests in the U.S. They also note that by 2019, half of all active priests will reach the minimum retirement age of 70.
Where 22,707 priests were ordained in 1965, in 2018 only a shocking mere 523 were ordained – representing a catastrophic decline. Religious brothers in 1965 stood strong at 12,271, but we now benefit from only 3,953 today. In 1965 the number of religious sisters in America flourished at 179,954, but now they are only 45,100. The USCCB also states “By 2025 it is estimated that religious sisters, brothers and religious order priests over 70 years of age will outnumber those under age 70 by nearly 4 to 1.”
Catholics are missing the core understanding of the Mass as Sacrifice which keeps aflame the Truth of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist. This means that the understanding of the miracle of the Eucharistic transubstantiation is near gone.
One survey show that 70-80% of Catholics do not believe in the True Presence. Read that here: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/05/transubstantiation-eucharist-u-s-catholics/
Regarding a 2018 survey on Latin Mass attendees (TLM) verses Novus ordo attendees (NOM) reveals shocking differences on beliefs:
2% of TLM-attending Catholics approved of contraception vs. 89% of NOM Catholics.
1% of TLM Catholics approved of abortion compared to 51% of NOM attendees.
99% of TLM Catholics said they attend Mass weekly vs. 22% of NOM.
2% of TLM goers approved of “gay marriage” as opposed to 67% of NOM.
According to a 2016 Pew Research Poll, about two-thirds of all U.S. Catholics, 64% say that homosexual behavior is either morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all, while 32 % say it’s morally wrong. A 2019 survey, claims 61% of Catholics said that they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry. Also in that same Pew Survey, only 8% of Catholic said contraception is morally wrong, with 89% saying it was either morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all.
Never before have Catholics found themselves in such an absurd state of ignorance and lack of faith until after the reforms of Vatican II.
This is a most profound and disheartening loss to the Church and its mission. These trends are catastrophic and unprecedented, representing a progressive and wild decline that threatens the mission of the Church in the 21st century. These rapid declining numbers are ample proof that Vatican II’s renewal and promotion of a new mass, the novus ordo, did not work.
As then Cardinal Ratzinger so rightfully observed, writing in the preface of the late Monsignor Klaus Gamber’s The Reform of the Liturgy:
“What happened after the Council was something else entirely: in the place of the liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries and replaced it, as in a manufacturing process, with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product.”
7. The Novus Ordo is less Biblical & veers away from that which was handed down from the Apostles.
The reading for the novus ordo Mass messed up all the liturgical calendar, and the readings got ambiguous with a direct intent to get rid of readings that mention Hell. Apologist Michael Davies stated how the new Lectionary shows a tendency to either exclude many stern biblical warnings of God’s wrath and judgments against the wicked and the terrible reality of Hell, or at least to relegate such severe readings from Sundays to weekdays, so that at least 90% of practicing Catholics – the once-a-week Mass attenders – will never get to hear them proclaimed in church anyway. For example, Matthew 18:1–10, which includes these haunting words—
Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
—is read at least twice each year in the Usus Antiquior, for the Dedication of St. Michael Archangel (September 29) and the Holy Guardian Angels (October 2). In the Novus Ordo, astonishingly, these verses are never read at all.
Another example is what the Apostle St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:27–29 says in regards to the Holy Eucharist:
Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink of the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eatheth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord.
These verses, too, have been entirely omitted from the Novus Ordo. One begins to detect a pattern in all of this. The frightening fact, ladies and gentlemen, is that the Novus Ordo systematically downplays the reality of hell.
Read more examples here of verses removed or changed: https://onepeterfive.com/reality-hell-fear-god-banished-church-near/
Dr. Peter Kwasniewski in discussing some benefits of the Usus Antiquior. makes the following excellent points:
“Many think that the Novus Ordo has a natural advantage over the Traditional Mass because it has a three-year cycle of Sunday readings and a two-year cycle of weekday readings, and longer and more numerous readings at Mass, instead of the ancient one-year cycle, usually consisting of two readings per Mass (Epistle and Gospel). What they overlook is the fact that the architects of the Novus Ordo simultaneously took out most of the biblical allusions that formed the warp and woof of the Ordinary of the Mass, and then parachuted in a plethora of readings with little regard to their congruency with each other. When it comes to biblical readings, the old rite operates on two admirable principles: first, that passages are chosen not for their own sake (to “get through” as much of Scripture as possible) but to illuminate the meaning of the occasion of worship; second, that the emphasis is not on a mere increase of biblical literacy or didactic instruction but on “mystagogy.” In other words, the readings at Mass are not meant to be a glorified Sunday school but an ongoing initiation into the mysteries of the Faith. Their more limited number, brevity, liturgical suitability, and repetition over the course of every year makes them a powerful agent of spiritual formation and preparation for the Eucharistic sacrifice.”
8. In the Novus Ordo, Supper and Self are emphasized not Sacrifice and Sanctity
A must read for every Catholic is the “Brief Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae” (aka “The Ottaviani Intervention”), which Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci presented to Pope Paul VI in 1969, which shows the obscuring of the sacrificial nature of the Mass is at the root of the serious theological problems with the new rite concocted by Msgr. Annibale Bugnini.
Reverence for this most Sacred Sacrifice of the Mass has been dramatically deemphasized in post-Vatican II documents, such as Pope Paul VI’s 1963 Encyclical, Sacrosanctum Concilium, which refers to “Sacrifice” only a mere 9 times. By contrast, Pope Pius XII’s 1947 Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy, Mediator Dei, exclaimed the Sacrificial act at the Heart of the Holy Mass not less than 112 times!