Hi Ann –
Thanks for all you do! I have been perplexed over what I might/should be doing at the Te Igitur during the Mass. Over the last few years, when that moment arrives during the Holy Mass, I just omit praying or even thinking of P.F., [the writer is here referring to Antipope Bergoglio] since I agree with you on his ‘lack of position’, shall we say.
So what should I pray for at that moment, if anything? I guess I never thought too hard about it, but it does seem to me now, as in times past, that perhaps there is a prayer that is appropriate in lieu of the name P.B.?
I just thought I would ask what your thoughts are about this, and what you or others do at the Te Igitur, given the seat is vacant.
Sincerely in Christ,
Quick review for those who aren’t Latin Mass-goers: All of the various fixed prayers of the Mass are referred to by the first two words of the prayer. So when we’re talking about “the Te Igitur”, we are talking about the first prayer of the Canon of the Mass, immediately after the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy…) within which the Pope and the local Bishop are prayed for by name. Here is the text in Latin and English.
Te ígitur, clementíssime Pater, per Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum, Dóminum nostrum, súpplices rogámus, ac pétimus, uti accépta hábeas et benedícas, hæc ✠ dona, hæc ✠ múnera, hæc ✠ sancta sacrifícia illibáta, in primis, quæ tibi offérimus pro Ecclésia tua sancta cathólica: quam pacificáre, custodíre, adunáre et régere dignéris toto orbe terrárum: una cum fámulo tuo Papa nostro N. et Antístite nostro N. et ómnibus orthodóxis, atque cathólicæ et apostólicæ fídei cultóribus.
We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless these ✠ gifts, these ✠presents, these ✠ holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant our Pope, and our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith.
Before Pope Benedict died these 132 days ago as of this writing, at the Te Igitur and any other mentions of the name of “The Pope”, such as if the “Pro Pontifice” propers were optionally added, or at the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday wherein the Pope is prayed for by name in the second of the nine prayers of the Great Intercessions…
V. Let us pray for our most holy Father Pope N., that our Lord and God, Who chose him to the order of the Episcopate, may keep him in health and safety for His holy Church to govern the holy people of God.
P. Let us pray.
D. Let us kneel.
V. Almighty and everlasting God, by Whose judgement all things are established, mercifully regard our prayers, and in Thy goodness preserve the Bishop chosen for us: that the Christian people who are ruled by Thine authority, may under so great a Pontiff, be increased in the merits of faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
…I would whisper very quietly at the utterance of ‘Francis’, “He’s not the Pope. Benedict is the Pope. Give it to me.”
Now since Pope Benedict died these 132 days ago, if I am hearing a Mass at which it is either known to me or very likely that ‘Francis’ is mistakenly commemorated, I whisper, “He’s not the Pope. Give it to me.” Because the Te Igitur is for the commemoration of the LIVING Vicar of Christ, and there is no living Pope right now, therefore that clause should be simply omitted, and only the local Bishop is named in the Te Igitur.
What do I mean by, “Give it to me”? I am asking Our Lord to give ME any temporal punishment (such as time in Purgatory) that might be due the priest for his mistaken commemoration of an Antipope. Why do I say “might be due”? Because only Christ can judge the hearts of men, and weigh each man’s conscience, knowledge of the situation, and most importantly it seems to me, the intense fear and coercion that priests are under with regards to the wretched apostate tyrant Bergoglio. Any priest who were to publicly announce that he was morally certain that Bergoglio is an Antipope would probably be the unjustly “canceled” and probably invalidly laicized. But he would be immediately functionally incapable of administering the Sacraments and living his priestly vocation, not to mention jobless, homeless, and stripped of his retirement benefits (we’ll leave the question of ANYONE under the age of 55 getting any retirement benefits for another conversation) and health insurance.
Should a priest be willing to suffer persecution? Of course. But at the same time, you’d have to be a sociopath utterly devoid of human empathy to not appreciate the pressure that priests are under. So if I can appreciate from the comfort of my armchair the pressure they are under, how much more does Our Lord? So, we pray for priests, and even ask to bear some of their burden if it will help. This has the effect of letting Our Lord know that we’re serious – really, really serious – about getting this Antipapacy mess resolved, AND it has the effect of INCREASING filial charity towards priests who are mistaken on the identity of the Vicar of Christ, instead of causing one to descend into resentment and even hatred of them.
Should they know by now, after ten years of near-daily proof that Bergoglio is a raging apostate at total war with Jesus Christ and His Holy Church, observably in violation of the infallibly defined dogma of Papal Infallibility, and thus pointing backwards to February of ARSH 2013 and Pope Benedict’s obviously invalid, substantially erroneous attempt to only partially resign and thus “fundamentally transform the Papacy into a collegial, synodal shared Office”?
Yes. Yes they should. They really, really should. But, how many of us have done things that we SHOULD have known (and deep down maybe DID know) were wrong, but we did them anyway? Probably the best example of this that has touched everyone reading this is entering into a bad marriage. It’s hard these days to not have civil divorce be within one degree of separation of oneself. Bad signs are almost always present before a trainwreck marriage is entered into, to the spouses themselves and outwardly to observers. But the human capacity for denial and self-delusion, especially in the attempt to avoid or delay suffering, or to maintain a false happiness, is gargantuan.
Having said that, let me remind the readership, both lay and clerical, that for a priest, bishop or cardinal to “get right” in terms of the Bergoglian Antipapacy would require about forty-five seconds in the confessional booth, whereas sacramental marriage is indissoluble.
“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been one week since my last confession. I am a priest. I have come to the realization with moral certainty that I have mistakenly commemorated an Antipope at the Te Igitur and in public speech for the past ten years and failed to commemorate the true Pope for the last decade of his papacy. I was deceived. It was an honest mistake, which I now clearly see and greatly regret. I meant no harm to Our Lord and His Holy Church to whom I am forever espoused and love with all my heart….”
“…Ego te absolvo….”
Done. Finished. Over.
But, I, Ann Barnhardt should have probably done more. I have done a lot, but I could have done, and could still be doing more. This isn’t over. Not by a long shot.
In direct answer to the original question, what to pray at the Te Igitur? In addition to praying for the local ordinary, I always pray the Matthew 17:20 Intention:
That Bergoglio be publicly recognized and removed as Antipope and the whole thing be nullified, that Pope Benedict be publicly recognized as having been the one and only living Pope from April ARSH 2005 until his death and for the Petrine See in se, that Bergoglio repent, revert to Catholicism, die in the state of grace in the fullness of time and someday achieve the Beatific Vision, and for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict Ratzinger.
Let me leave you with an absolutely outstanding essay that Supernerd sent to me a few months ago. It was written by an SSPXer who has been browbeaten for years from his 1958 Sedevacantist friends for attending Mass in which “Francis” is erroneously commemorated. The 1958 Sedevacantists argue that to even attend such a Mass is to proclaim oneself in union with Bergoglio and his heresies. (As if Our Lord doesn’t know and understand your mind and is confused by your presence at Mass. Facepalm.) But what I’m about to block quote below is a simply masterful logical explanation of the dynamics of the Te Igitur as a whole and how it logically relates to the “una cum”. It is exactly this kind of irrefutable logical COMMON SENSE that makes the world go ’round. THIS thoroughly irrefutable consilience is why “unlettered laynothings” can go toe-to-toe with Ph.Ds, canon lawyers and Cardinal Princes of the Church. If what any such people are saying is internally contradictory, irrational, illogical or simply not observable reality, then they are wrong – period. And not only CAN they be refuted, they MUST be refuted, with credentialism being nothing more than a laughable distraction to be dismissed with a chuckle.
1. Ordinary-Meaning Canon: Words are to be understood in their ordinary, everyday meanings—unless the context indicates otherwise.
Ordinarily, a pope is Catholic. A non Catholic pope is impossible. Consequently, that phrase applies to “all orthodox believers who profess the Catholic and Apostolic faith,” including the [Catholic] pope. Nothing in the ordinary meaning implies that it unites one with an anticatholic, apostate, who happens to be an idolatrous antipope.
2. Fixed-Meaning Canon: Words must be given the meaning they had when the text was adopted.
At the time the text was adopted, everybody knew that one must be Catholic to be pope. Furthermore, the authors of the text intended it to apply only to ALL ORTHODOX BELIEVERS AND ALL WHO PROFESS THE CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC FAITH,” which necessarily excludes heretics.
5. Unintelligibility Canon: An unintelligible text is inoperative.
11. Irreconcilability Canon: If a text contains truly irreconcilable provisions at the same level of generality, and they have been simultaneously adopted, neither provision should be given effect.
I would add in conclusion that an otherwise solid and orthodox priest erroneously uttering the name “Francis” at the Te Igitur is a clear sign that said priest wishes to be in union with the Petrine See, even though he is mistaken in identifying Antipope Bergoglio as the Pope, just as St. Vincent Ferrer’s mistaken utterance of the name of an Antipope for a time was manifestation of his total unity with Rome. Now, if I can understand this precision with regards to the many priests I know and have heard Mass celebrated by, and even call friends, in which I know for a fact that “Francis” is commemorated, and I have zero doubt as to their desire for and unity with Holy Mother Church, how much more can Our Lord comprehend it – He who knows their hearts and minds better than they themselves do?
And so I return to the question of whether I have and will do everything I can to help resolve this horrific situation. Believe me when I say…
I HOPE THIS HELPS.
St. Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. Peter, pray for us.
Our Lady of Copacabana, pray for us.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and on your Holy Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation.