“An extraordinary form of the Roman Rite” is a phrase used in Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum to describe the liturgy of the 1962 Roman Missal, widely referred to as the Tridentine Mass. The phrase distinguishes the liturgy of the Missal issued by Pope John XXIII in 1962 from that of the Missal revised by Pope Paul VI in 1969, which “obviously is and continues to be the normal Form – the Forma ordinaria – of the Eucharistic Liturgy”.
…[O]nly with the help of God, only with the Spirit of God, is it possible that the life of self-giving love, that life of sacrificial offering – which is lived in imitation of Him Who came that we might have life … is possible because of this gift [of the Holy Spirit].
St. Paul says … that it was rather that [Jesus] emptied Himself and was humbled to accept even death, death on the cross – and because of this He is highly exalted in God, and given a name above every other name.
In our meditation upon the cross of Christ that begins this week, that brings us to His triumphal entry in Jerusalem, to the exaltation of the crowds, and to the sorrow and tragedy of His passion, that brings us to the feet of the cross, and in that surrender of His very life – the victory over sin and death. We rejoice that it is the very offering of God that is made on our behalf to the infinite God…
We tend to think of the life of grace like that at times. To suppose ‘well there are the rules, and if you don’t play by the rules you shouldn’t get the reward.’ In a sense because – I think we look at it as though: “if I obey the law of God, I have surrendered something that probably would have made me happy and I would have enjoyed doing. We have to give up all the fun stuff to be good and be holy. And so those people who didn’t give up the fun stuff and got away with something shouldn’t get the reward. While the rest of us have suffered and shouldn’t the world all know about it.”