Holy Week Destroyed: Tuesday

[Once the recording for Tuesday in Holy Week is uploaded onto YouTube, it will be placed here with full attribution.  As with Palm Sunday, this may take a day or two.]


Always, the reformers’ revisions, excisions, and additions under Pius XII sought to make the Catholic Mass more amenable to Protestantism:

Where the 1956 Novus Ordo of Palm Sunday interspersed the new rite with the versus populum posture of the priest (at the blessing of palms, and after the procession, alongside many other disturbing innovations), and Holy Monday eliminated prayers referencing the Pope and the persecution of the Church by Her enemies, Holy Wednesday continues the trend by cleaving the Passion account of St. Mark in today’s gospel, eliminating dozens of verses regarding the institution of the Holy Eucharist.



[From the exceptional study of Fr. Stefano Carusi:]




We now arrive at a detailed analysis which will cast in relief some of the more obvious changes brought about by the “Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Instauratus” [“The Restored Order of Holy Week”] of 1955-1956 and which will explain why this reform became the “head of the battering-ram” in the heart of the Roman liturgy and “the most important act since St. Pius V until now.”

For each of the innovations cited there is given as well a commentary which relies as much as possible on […] what the actual authors of the texts later stated; then there is also a brief sketch of the traditional practice.


(OHS 1956): Suppression of Mark 14: 1-31, thus shortening the Passion according to St. Mark. (53)

Commentary: Here is the second, disturbing elimination of the Gospel passage on the institution of the Holy Eucharist as placed in relation to the sacrifice of the Passion. The suppression of approximately thirty verses does not seem to have been solely for reasons of time, considering, once again, the importance of these verses.

(MR 1952): Mark 14: 1-31, the Last Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist, begins the reading of the Passion. (54)


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