Meaning, of course, what were the changes in the liturgy.
What did they take away from us in the name of progress, liberalism and the modern age?
What did they steal away from our most sacred heritage, our birthright given to us by the Holy Spirit?
Well, here is a preliminary list, for starters, some of which are such ancient ceremonies that none but a serial vandal would dream of trashing them.
Rogation Days and the Litanies
The feasts of:
- The Finding of the True Cross
- St Peter in Chains
- St John before the Latin Gate
- The Apparition of St Michael the Archangel at Monte Gargano
- St Christopher
- St Philomena
- The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto
- The Most Precious Blood
- The Solemnity of St Joseph
- The removal of the ancient Feast of St Philip and St James on 1 May to make way for the entirely novel Feast of St Joseph the Workman which was introduced as a sop to the Leftist Trade Unionists
- The removal of the Imperial prayers for the Holy Roman Emperor on Good Friday and at the Easter Saturday Vigil (later replaced by prayers for the "moderators of republics" to reflect Bugnini's anti-monarchial political views)
But above all...
...the most ancient services in all Christendom were savagely slashed, namely, the ceremonies of the Sacred Triduum.
That was a most disgraceful act of cultural and religious barbarity.
Yet that is what the infamous Archbishop Annibale Bugnini did in 1955 behind the back of Pope Pius XII.
a feast commemorating the miraculous preservation of St John from harm when he was ordered to be boiled in oil outside the city gate
Finally, in the "reforms" after the Second Vatican Council, Bugnini effectively abolished the normative form of the liturgy, the High Mass.
There are simply no rubrics in the Novus Ordo Missae for the High Mass.
With a wave of his palsied hand the frightful Bugnini simply did away with the form of the Mass that had been the norm for 2,000 years.
was always the normative form for all masses whether in a Parish Church or a Cathedral, NOT Low Mass.
Attempts are made to retain some form of the High Mass but the fact remains that there are no official rubrics for it.
All rites but the Roman rite retain the High Mass now, especially in the East where the Low Mass is simply unknown.
And they in the East look at us in the Roman rite and wonder in amazement at our naked, brazen impiety in daring to smash up the most ancient rites and services known to the Christian Church.
And yet still there are people who ask "what changes?".
Yes, they ask that, poor chumps, in their woefully deep ignorance of their own traditions of prayer in their own Church.
To such a low pass have we come.
God have mercy on us for our careless impiety.
But it is not entirely new...
In the 16th century the impious and murderous heretic, Thomas Cranmer, ordered that the same process of spiritual destruction be carried out on the Sarum rite leading to the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549 which was put down by mercenaries and savage reprisals.
The Men of Devon, Cornwall and Wales came out to defend the ancient rites of the Catholic Church and this was their Manifesto:
We will have the Sacrament hung over the high altar,
and there to be worshipped as it was wont to be...
We will have palms and ashes at the times accustomed,
images to be set up again in every church.
We will not receive the new service
because it is like a Christmas game,
but we will have our old service of Matins, Mass,
Evensong, and procession in Latin, as it was before, and not in English.
O Holy Martyrs for the Roman rite, pray for us!