Monday, August 21, 2006

Traditionalist Feast Day

Today is the memorial of Pope St. Pius X. This is a man who stood up to the modernists of his day. He died of heart attack, but liturgical dance would have killed him earlier if he'd lived to see it.

The Society of St. Pius the X has taken their namesake in his honor for these reasons. However, I wonder how he would have taken their disobedience of the last two pontiffs...

Anyway, this is a wonderful Saint. We'd do well to read his encyclicals and follow some of his advice.

His Collect for today:

Father, to defend the Catholic faith and to make all things new in Christ, you filled Saint Pius X with heavenly wisdom and apostolic courage. May his example and teaching lead us to the reward of eternal life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Read more about St. Pius X:
Wikipedia Article
St. Pius X Encyclicals


The Catholic Knight said...

Actually, his feast day is September 3, according to the 1962 Missal, which I imagine is the date more likely to be celebrated by Traditional Catholics. I could be wrong about that, but I would think that Traditional Catholics would be more likely to use the Traditional Roman calandar.

Matt said...

Thanks for the note. I don't yet have my 1962 missal (i have an older 1962 Sunday missal, but didn't bother to check that.)

I was following EWTN and other Catholic sites of course who had him listed by his "new" date. In fact, EWTN mass had an entire homily on him.

I found this on Wikipedia:

Pius X's feast day was changed from 3 September to 21 August on 14 February 1969 by Pope Paul VI (1963–78) as an obligatory memorial to the sanctity of Pius X in the universal calendar.

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