July 12, 2007
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
On July 7, 2007 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued a Motu Proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum (“The care of the Supreme Pontiffs for Divine Worship”). In the document he explains the two forms for celebrating the Holy Mass: the ordinary form of Mass, currently celebrated in our parishes according to the Roman Missal of Paul VI, and the extraordinary form which is the Mass celebrated according to the Roman Missal of 1962 promulgated by Blessed John XXIII, commonly known as the Tridentine Mass. Both are expressions of our one Roman Rite.
The Holy Father seeks to express the richness of the Church’s liturgical traditions and to care for the pastoral needs of those persons who are attached to the extraordinary form of the Mass. He also calls for a renewal in celebrating both forms with reverence and solemnity so that they may lead us to a deeper love of our Eucharistic Lord.
Here in the Archdiocese of Denver, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Latin Mass Community, served by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, has provided for many years a pastoral welcome to those who desired the Tridentine Mass. There daily Mass and Sunday Mass are celebrated according to the Missal of 1962 promulgated by Blessed John XXIII.
In the coming months I will be meeting with my Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, and Presbyterate to assess the needs of the parish communities and our priestly resources. I ask for your patience, charity and prayer as we work to establish an appropriate and practical response to the Holy Father’s wishes for the wider availability of the Missal of 1962.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
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