On September 24th, 2020, the Saint Pius X Seminary, founded in 1970, in Ecône by Archbishop Lefebvre, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
A Pontifical High Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Bishop Bernard Fellay, for this golden jubilee. The transept of the Seminary church was overflowing due to the large number of clergy present, despite the travel restrictions imposed by the epidemic. All the members from the Zaitzkofen Seminary travelled to Econe for the jubilee.
About nine hundred faithful from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and several other European countries assisted at the ceremonies, either from inside the church or in the car park, where a giant screen broadcast the ceremony.
After the Mass, the clergy went in procession to the Seminary’s cemetery vault where the founder of the Society of Saint Pius X had been laid to rest. From there, the coffin was solemnly transported to the crypt of the Seminary Church, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the crypt, a sarcophagus had been built, opposite the main altar. After the absolution, the coffin was placed in this new tomb.
After the luncheon, the day concluded with several testimonies from various priests present at the opening of the seminary and the projection of a film retracing the fifty years of “The Seminary of Hope”.
(Sources : MG - FSSPX.Actualités)
Photos : Jean Lorber
The following sermon for the Feast of Christ the King was delivered by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), on October 29, 1989 in Dublin, Ireland.
Today we must pray to Our Lord Jesus Christ, we must pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to remain true Catholics and to do everything possible to become saints. We must come to church frequently, pray in our church, receive the graces of the sacraments in order to become saints, to sanctify our souls and to go to heaven with all the members of our families and all those who kept the Catholic Faith here on earth and now enjoy the happiness of heaven.
Catholics today understand the Church’s observance of Lent and Holy Week has undergone significant changes over two millennia. But how, and when did the practice begin?Geography, divergent spiritual traditions, and even differences in calculating the date of Easter (Pascha) contributed to diverse liturgical practices across Christendom—practices which themselves have morphed within the local churches from which they originally arose.