Removing the pall from over the chalice may seem to be an insignificant, matter-of-fact occurrence; but if we delve deeper into what the pall is, we can better understand and appreciate the mystery of the Mass as it unfolds before our very eyes.

The pall has to be of white linen, this to remind us of the sudarium, the white, linen napkin which was used to wrap the blood-stained Head of our Lord at His burial.  When the corporal and the pall are blessed, the accompanying prayer asks that they “may be made, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, a “novum sudarium” for the Body and Blood of our Redeemer”. [1]  The pall, then, is a new sudarium.

At this point in the Mass, it is most opportune to call to mind why the sudarium was blood-stained.  We recall that painful moment when Christ’s sacred Head was sadistically pierced with a crown of thorns, and pray thus:  “Lord Jesus Christ, who for my sake wouldst be so cruelly crowned with thorns, pierce me so thoroughly with the thorns of penance that I may have a right to be crowned by Thee in heaven.  Amen.”

You will understand if I stop making comparisons to the N.O.  I am actually getting tired of it.  By now, anyone should be able to realize how impoverished is that cut-copy-and-paste, fabricated liturgy which for so many Catholics only signifies a meal and fellowship, and has  thus resulted in a total, or near total loss of the dogma of the Faith. I am reminded of a lay “Eucharistic minister”, [edited to make a correction] who when  shown a holy card of our Lord, scourged and crowned, recoiled in horror and exclaimed, “Get that away from me!”

In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger: “The liturgical reform, in its concrete realization, has distanced itself even more from its origin. The result has not been a reanimation, but devastation. In place of the liturgy, fruit of a continual development, they have placed a fabricated liturgy.”


[1] The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: dogmatically, liturgically, ascetically, by Fr. Nicholas Gihr

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lifelong Catholic; homeschooled our children; have been regularly attending the Tridentine Mass for at least the past 17 years.
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