Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ann Barnhardt Nails It: What They've Stolen

Ann BarnhardtI’m stealing this post from AnnBarnhardt. I hope she doesn't mind. I think she wants the world to know this stuff as much as I do. You can find the original if you go here and then scroll down to July 29, 2012. 

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This is what they have stolen from you.

Posted by Ann Barnhardt - July 29, AD 2012 6:10 PM MST

I can tell from my email box that the vast, vast, vast majority of people out there have absolutely no fathom what the Mass looked like before 1968. Most Catholics think that the Mass was pretty much like it is today, except in Latin.

Um, that would be very, very, very wrong. The Mass today, the Novus Ordo Mass, has been so radically altered, you can only tell that it is even related to the Tridentine Mass by a few phrases here and there, namely the Gloria, Creed, Orate Fratres (Pray, my brothers and sisters), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

As I explained it to one person, the Novus Ordo Mass is FAR closer to Superfun Rockband church than it is to the Tridentine Mass. His reply? "I was afraid you were going to say that."


I stumbled across a set of videos made by EWTN, the Catholic cable channel out of Alabama. The videos demonstrate the Low Tridentine Mass (not sung, and with only one server). What is so cool about these videos is the camera work. It is wonderful being able to see the priest's hands and everything that is going on upon the altar.

In these videos the server is an adult. Please understand that in most Masses in Latin Mass parishes today, the servers are young boys - altar boys. I would guesstimate that the youngest boy I have seen serve a Low Mass alone was probably eight or nine years old, and I have seen boys who were probably seven years old serve a Low Mass with another older boy as a team. That includes every movement and every response you see in these videos, memorized in Latin, performed not just by boys, but by sometimes quite young boys.

The sight of boys and teenaged young men not just doing something, but doing something fairly complicated, and doing it with stone-cold excellence is so rare today that it is shocking and beautiful when you see it. Boys have been run out of almost every activity except sports by girls, and they are now even trying to make sports "co-ed". Additionally, boys are hated by the Marxist-lesbian education mafia and are submitted to psychological castration from the time they enter pre-school. One of the big reasons the Marxist-homosexualists hate the Tridentine Mass so much is because it fosters and develops boys into masculine achievers and allows them to attain disciplined excellence.

Now watch this and see, perhaps for the first time in your entire life, what the Mass was for 1900 years, and what the Marxist-homosexualists have stolen from you, and are desperately trying to keep hidden from you. Look at the reverence, the solemnity, the MASCULINITY, the profound humility, the dignity, and the loving care and intricacy. Watch these videos and then contemplate what goes on at your Novus Ordo Mass.  

Contemplate how your priest probably stands outside the sanctuary in the narthex, fully vested immediately before AND immediately after Mass, and gladhands and socializes with people as they walk in and out - again, desacralizing the Mass AND drawing attention to himself as the "STAR of the SHOW". Because you clearly go to Mass to see Father Liza-Judy, right? I mean seriously, WHO ELSE could you POSSIBLY be there to see if not Father Liza-Judy? Hmmmm?

Contemplate the priest ad-libbing during the Mass, chatting, delivering multiple "homilies" before the readings and after Holy Communion. Compare how the priest carries himself in the Tridentine Mass to the casual and effete comportment of almost all Novus Ordo priests.

Finally, compare the orientation of the Tridentine Mass and priest 100% toward Our Lord in the Tabernacle, or upon the altar, to the self-referential and performance-driven orientation of the priest in the Novus Ordo, who is always facing the people as if on a stage, and thus has his BACK to Our Lord in the Tabernacle for the entire Mass.

The homosexualist priests will never, ever relinquish their ability to "perform" and be "on stage" as the "star of the show" - and the same goes for the lesbian nuns, who rage at the fact that they are denied full "performance" rights. They WILL schism the Church, and it will be over the Mass itself. Homosexual "marriage" and "gay rights" are merely wedge issues designed to get the ball rolling. The final schism will be over the rubrics of the Mass because it HAS to be all about THEM. It HAS to be the "Father Liza-Judy Show", and the Marxists, who recruited the homosexualists, gleefully approve because the Marxist objective is to destroy the Mass and the Church from within by desacralizing the Mass, and eliminating the priesthood. (Remember, no priest, no Mass. No Mass, no Eucharist.) They do this by denying the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist by making the whole Mass so casual, sloppy, sacrilegious and self-centered that the people who WERE taught the faith lose it by the very example of the clergy.

Finally, after four decades, the objective has been achieved - there is absolutely no denying that. The laity has NO IDEA that the Mass is Calvary made present, and are clueless that Jesus Christ is actually, physically present in the Tabernacle, upon the altar after the consecration, and in the Eucharist which they casually receive thinking It (He) is a mere "symbolic community meal".

When you watch these videos, you should feel awe at the beauty - even though this is a mere instructional set, and you should also feel burning ire at what has been stolen from you, and what is being actively hidden and suppressed by the majority of bishops yet today. THIS is how Mass was said in EVERY CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE PLANET UNTIL 1968 - exactly, precisely like this. A person could walk into any Catholic Church anywhere on the planet and be 100% oriented and comfortable, because every priest said the Mass exactly like this every day - from the tiny little town in Kansas to the largest cathedral in Europe to the remotest chapel in South America or Asia. Every word, every gesture, every prayer - completely consistent and unified, JUST. LIKE. THIS: [She embedded several videos here.]

These videos just cover the actual rubrics. They do not cover the MASSIVE meaning and referential symbolism contained in literally every word and gesture. If you want to learn about that symbolism, St. Thomas Aquinas covers it all in the Summa Theologica.

If you want more info, a great resource is, and I also recommend everyone buying a 1962 Hand Missal, which contains EVERYTHING, including every Mass for the entire year with English translations. Baronius Press is the main publisher these days, and 1962 Missals can be purchased easily through Amazon and most online booksellers.

But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.
John 21:25

Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 

Entire post by Ann Barnhardt


  1. Yes, it is truly a great post and thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    Now I'm going to steal it via a link to you Jay.

  2. LOL, Richard! I emailed her and told her if she objects to my posting it, I'll remove it. Hoping she doesn't mind!

  3. I'm sure she won't mind.

    The only thing she got wrong was calling it the Mass of the past 1900 years which is not so (about 400 years is closer to the truth.)

    Every other thing she says is dead on. I remember my first NO Mass after returning to the Church. It actually made me nauseous. We do have an elderly priest in Rathdrum, ID who manages to do a reverent NO Mass on Sat. evening and made even better by the absence of "music." Other than that, if I can't go to Mass at our FSSP chapel, I don't go.

    1. Adrienne, when you say that you don't go to Mass if you're unable to go to your FSSP chapel, I hope you're merely referring to daily Mass. For Sundays and holy days of obligation, that would not be a valid reason for missing Mass.

    2. Hey Adrienne!

      I'm sorry but 400 years isn't correct. If you're talking about the Council of Trent that was Pope Pius V, and basically what he did was he removed all the young variations of the Mass that were 200 years old or LESS and made the current Latin Mass we have now and all the other variations older than 200 years permanent.

  4. She is dead on. And, the part about the communists intentionally infiltrating the Church with homosexual clergy is very accurate. Long ago the communists realized that if they were to take over the USA, which is their goal, they would need to do two things. One would be to negate their most formidable potential opponent the Roman Catholic Church. And how better to do that than to subvert it from within which is very consistent with the homosexual agenda. And, to re-focus the Church on 'social justice" programs rather than the salvation of souls so as to align the Church politically and economically with the party of socialism. The second was to put, through fraudulent means, a socialist in the office of president---no doubt Obama is that guy.

    Right now it is communists 2, Roman Catholic Church and USA 0. As laity/ voters we had better turn that around within the Church by demanding an end to abuses and politically in November by voting out the number one enemy of the USA the Marxist Obama and his fellow travelers in the Democrat Party.

    Jerry Boyd

  5. Thanks for that post, Jay. I wanted to make an observation on her comment that everyone should get themselves a 1962 Missal. Indeed they should. A lifelong companion, a favorite hand Missal will become.

    I know this is not all that important in the big scheme of things but I disagree with her plug of Baronius Press being
    "the main publisher these days" of daily Missals. I suppose everyone has their favorites and maybe she knows something that I don't about the "popularity" of Baronius Press missals, but I am fairly certain that Baronius Press isn't the "main publisher" these days. There are at least several "main" publishers of 1962 Daily Missals and for my money, you can't beat the one published by Angelus Press. I have several and this is my absolute favorite. Personal preference, I suppose. I just felt the urge to clarify that Baronius Press is NOT the main publisher of missals for any of your readers that might be looking into purchasing their first daily Missal.

  6. I like the Angelus Press one, too: the print is a little larger!

  7. I purchased The New (1958) Marian Missal for only $25 at Our Lady of the Rosary Library. You can't beat the price for a brand new missal. The print is a good size too.

    When the movement to change the Liturgy began 40+ years ago, one of the first things they told everyone was to "leave your missals at home."

    There is nothing like having your own missal which includes all the prayers and devotions!

  8. I've got the 1962 Missal but couldn't tell you who published it. I've never even thought to look.

    On the subject of Baronius, though, they are having another publishing run later this year of the Roman Breviary. Needless to say, I'm down on the mailing list.

  9. I've not yet seen the Breviary to be published by Baronius so can't comment on it. However, I do have the Monastic Diurnal published by Saint Michael's Abbey Press and treasure it. It was recently re-published in 2011 but I hear the only change is slightly thicker paper. The Diurnal differs from the Breviary in that it doesn't contain Matins, only the Day Hours. If you don't plan on praying Matins in the middle of the night, this traditional breviary is ideal. It's a nice small size, very portable, Latin/English, clear type, good instructions for the laity, etc.

    I'm a tiny bit skeptical of Baronius Press, perhaps unfairly, but here's why. When their 1962 Missal was published, I immediately bought one. The Missal looked fine in general, but when I turned to pray the Rosary using the chapter on the Rosary in this Missal, I found the so-called Luminous Mysteries, the "new" mysteries. I'm one of those who feels rather strongly about the suggested changes to the Holy Rosary by JPII, blatant Modernism in my opinion, so that turned me off.

    Baronius Press probably felt that including the new and improved Holy Rosary would appeal to more people than just printing the traditional Missal with the traditional Rosary. But for me, I'll stick with a publisher who strives to filter out any taint of Modernism.

  10. Thanks for that, Elizabeth. My Missal is from Burns & Oates, 2008, and doesn't include the Luminous Mysteries.

    I have no interest in modernism in my Church, having converted 20-odd years ago into the NO, and then falling to the wayside for a few years.

    It's only in the last couple of years I've truly started to learn about the Catholic Faith, and the Latin has saved me, I reckon. I know the NO is considered valid, but it doesn't have the same focus on the Sacrifice and it doesn't feed my soul.

    I'll check out the Diurnal, thanks again. :)


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