BUDAPEST, Hungary (LifeSiteNews) – An awe-inspiring sight appeared in Hungary’s capital last Saturday.
More than 200,000 people joined a Eucharistic Procession into the heart of Budapest during the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. The Congress took place in Hungary from September 5 to September12.
“I was deeply touched and deeply taken by what happened on Saturday evening,” stated Eduard Habsburg, Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See, in an audio commentary he provided to author Dr. Taylor Marshall.
“That evening hundreds of thousands of Hungarians and guests from all over the world descended into the streets of Budapest and walked in silence and in prayer, in singing, with candles, following the Blessed Sacrament through the center of Budapest as it was done for centuries all over the world, but as … has become very rare nowadays.”
The ambassador explained that as the Holy Eucharist passed by, people would kneel down on the street in reverence. Many Hungarians posted pictures and made comments that displayed how touched they were. One Hungarian wrote, “If God is with us, who can be against us?”
“[Our] country … has just experienced a great, great moment,” Habsburg continued.
“Hungary is under the same threats as many [other] countries: from the threat of secularism, declining numbers of attendance at Church.”
The ambassador predicted that this procession would be the catalyst for the “rebirth of faith … a jumpstart from God” for the people of Hungary.
Although crediting Pope Francis for getting “the entire nation to their feet,” Habsburg explained that the jumper cables were “the power of the Holy Eucharist.
“A whole city has seen what it means to have the Blessed Sacrament on the roads,” he said.
Pope Francis, the first Pope to visit an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000, encouraged the participants in his closing homily on September 12 to continue to “make time for adoration.” At the same time, he seemed to criticise shows of piety and confidence in strength.
“Jesus asks us to purify our religiosity before His cross, before the Eucharist,” the pontiff stated.
“We do well to spend time in adoration before the Eucharist in order to contemplate God’s weakness.”
“Let us make time for adoration, a way of praying too frequently forgotten. Let us allow Jesus the Living Bread to heal us of our self-absorption, open our hearts to self-giving … and inspire us to follow Him wherever He would lead us.”
LifeSiteNews will hand-deliver this petition to the Holy See, recording the moment traditional Catholics from around the world stood up for the Traditional Latin Mass.
Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.
Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages.
As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard.
Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.
Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.
To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away.
Souls are now at stake with this Motu Proprio, as some will drift away from the Deposit of Faith in disillusionment, while others that are far from God will never be touched by the profound beauty and reverence found in the Traditional Latin Mass.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsider his decision, not least for the good of souls and the glory of God, and making sure as many cardinals support the TLM as possible.
Click "Show Petition Text" on the right to read the letter to Pope Francis.
Finally, please pray, fast and do penance for the salvation of souls, including that of our shepherds, during this turbulent time in Church history.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abrogates-pope-benedicts-universal-permission-for-old-mass
'ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/analysis-pope-restricts-divisive-traditional-latin-mass-says-52-yr-old-novus-ordo-is-unique-expression-of-churchs-liturgy
* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):
"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"
**Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Pope Francis, with whom he disagrees on the subject of mass migration of refugees into Europe, and asked him not “to allow Christian Hungary to perish.”
According to Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, “the government of Hungary has made a concerted effort to make the country a “Christian Nation” following “Biblical Principles.”
In a recent interview with CBN News, Azbej stated that the Hungarian government is “trying to implement the social teachings of the Christian faith and the Bible in [their] policies.”
“Part of that is the protection of human dignity, human freedom, but also part of that is the protection of the sanctity of family and of marriage,” he said.
In his June 19, 2021 speech marking 30 years of freedom in Hungary, Orbán recalled the historical moments in which Hungarians fought against communism. Addressing the nation, he said: “We are … Europe’s last surviving freedom fighters. Europe’s history did not simply change: we changed it. We know that now when the European Union is in trouble, it will not mend its ways, we must transform it, and we must lead it back to the right path – the path that was once successful.”
“I’m still trying to grasp what has happened that day in Budapest,” stated Ambassador Habsburg, reflecting on Saturday’s mass Eucharistic Procession.
“It was quite extraordinary, and it gave me lots of hope for the future of the Church.”