The photo above shows a woman, with a bowl of dirt and a some kind of rattle, at the pagan ceremony that took place in the Vatican gardens to open the Synod on the Amazon. That bowl, which now contains plants and flowers, eventually made its way onto the altar at St. Peter’s Basilica for the closing Mass.
According to Vatican News, the soil used in the opening ritual is “steeped in significance,” the things it served to call to mind (e.g., Amazonian culture, the climate crisis, the plight of migrants, etc.) being entirely man-centered.
Well, not entirely.
In a post earlier today, Ann Barnhardt confirmed what many suspected; planters of the sort on display at St. Peters are not uncommonly used by pagans in Pachamama (Mother Earth) worship. With this in mind, many are outraged that such a thing should have found its way onto the altar at Mass yesterday.
I get it, but I’m only partially one of them.
Is it an outrage that the Pachamama planter was given such pride of place at St. Peter’s?
As for its use in the Novus Ordo?
Well, that’s another story. I’ll explain…
The heresiarch Martin Luther called the Offertory prayer in the Traditional Roman Rite an “utter abomination.” So, guess which part of the Mass was duly repudiated after Vatican Council II, with the blessing of Pope Paul VI, in order to create a new rite that is clearly more pleasing to protestants?
You got it… the Offertory.
In its place in the Novus Ordo, after the laity carry up “the gifts,” the priest prays a Jewish “Barucha” (blessing) over the bread and the wine that begins:
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made…
Note well what is being offered: that which earth has given and human hands have made.
As those who are inclined to defend the Novus Ordo may point out, the missal elsewhere refers to “offerings … gathered from among your [God’s] gifts to us.” Besides, one might insist, by the time the “earth has given” prayer is recited at the altar, the Creed has already credited God the Father with being the “maker of heaven and earth.” Therefore, one could arguably connect the dots for themselves in order to pacify their Catholic sensibilities.
This just goes to show the diabolical ingenuity of the new Mass; its architects managed to construct a rite that could conceivably placate the false beliefs of just about everyone – heretics, humanists, and even those who are Hell bent on the personification of nature.
Consider how starkly the Novus Ordo prayer contrasts with the prayers of the Traditional Roman Rite:
Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, His resurrection from the dead, and His glorious Ascension into heaven, offer to Thy supreme Majesty from Thine own gifts bestowed upon us, a pure Victim, a holy Victim, an unblemished Victim, the holy Bread of life everlasting, and the Chalice of everlasting salvation. [Emphasis added]
In this, there is no need to connect any dots; rather, it is perfectly clear that in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we are offering to God what He Himself has bestowed upon us.
In viewing these two prayers side-by-side, one can see that Novus Ordo prayer at the altar not only personifies nature, it divinizes it – speaking as if Mother Earth is herself the ultimate cause and benevolent giver of good gifts, thus usurping the Lord’s unique role.
Could Annibale Bugnini and his merry band of liturgical destroyers have envisioned a day when pagan idols would adorn the churches of Rome, even to the point of seeing an offering to Pachamama on the altar at St. Peter’s at the direction of a supposed pope?
Probably not, but the fact remains that the earth worship that has been taking place in Rome over the last several weeks, as well as the abomination that took place in St. Peter’s yesterday, is not foreign to the Novus Ordo. On the contrary, it is present in nascent form in the very text of the bastard rite of Paul VI, a rite that contains, and is fertile ground for, all manner of evil.