|Traditional Catholics Bring Tridentine Mass Back to Lutheran Norway|
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It isn't over yet!
(www.RemnantNewspaper.com) NORWAY: The association UNEC (Union of the Nations of European Christians) organized, from August 5th to 14th, 2006, a "Pilgrimage to Catholic Norway". It's true that in this large country - with only 4.4 million inhabitants - the number of Catholics is very small, since the whole country accepted Lutheranism in the beginning of the 16th century, after the exit of Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. What a calamity!
The intention of UNEC was, just as was the case with its pilgrimage to "Catholic Sweden" in September 2005, to make something like a come-back, at least for one day, of the holy Catholic Mass (in the old Latin rite codified by Saint Pius V) to the Lutheran churches constructed in ancient times by the Catholics.
The welcome by the Lutherans was cordial and generous, and Tridentine Masses were celebrated in the cathedral Nidaros of Trondheim in the north of the country, in the parochial church of Stranda at the west coast, in the church "in upright wood" of Roeldal near Oslo, and finally, during the return through Denmark, in the famous parochial church of Sulsted near Aalborg with its magnificent restored wall paintings.
It was as if the walls of those churches, after 5 centuries of sadness, trembled for joy while hearing again the Gregorian chant of the Catholic Mass. Many details of these churches, by the way, have been preserved through five centuries of error: the bench of communion, the preaching chair, statues of the saints, the small excavation in the wall for wine and water...
The Catholic ambiance in these churches is more intense than in many modernist churches called "Catholic" today. And it was not only the walls which trembled. It was indeed the Mass itself which turned out to be a providential missionary tool, a pressing invitation to the heretics to return to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Lutheran archpriest of the cathedral of Trondheim was absolutely desirous to assist discreetly at the Mass, and to receive - kneeling down on the communion bench - a simple blessing from the Catholic priest. He dismissed the 48 pilgrims of UNEC with these astonishing words, full of hope: "Thank you for your pilgrimage, thank you for having brought us Christ "! In Sweden, the Unec pilgrimage of 2005 had carried important fruits: two new seminarians, in the form of two Lutheran clerks who converted on July 30th, 2006, in Paris to the Catholic Church, while increasing the number of the Swedish seminarians (SSPX) to four. A big sign of hope!
May God also grant this same fruit to Norway, whose Lutheran church is collapsing under satanic assault—such as the ordination of "priestesses" (since 1961) and the nuptial blessing of homosexual couples (since 2004). We have great hope for Norway; let's pray and let's become missionaries for our dear Scandinavian brothers, for their return to eternal Salvation in the Catholic Church! UNEC will organize in 2007 a pilgrimage to eastern Turkey, and in 2008 to Ireland-Iceland. (ru; cf. IGFM Aug.8, Idea Aug. 12)