Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

Traditional Catholic Web Site on the Roman Liturgy

"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24)

Let the love of Christ light up your path to eternal life!

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This site is dedicated to the Catholic belief of lex orandi, lex credendi, translated into English as "the rule of prayer dictates the rule of belief". In other words, the way you pray shows what you believe; what you exhibit externally reflects what you believe internally. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, "If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave."

The Catholic Church, as the true Church of Christ, has always prayed in a way that reflects what She believed - up until now. In the Latin rite, certain liberal and modernist influences have affected the way people pray. Priests turn towards the people, thus confusing the notion of the Sacrifice of the Mass. People handle the Blessed Sacrament, thus inevitably lessening belief in transubstantiation. The liturgy has been destroyed (according to one progressive liturgist), emptying our churches of a sense of the sacred and the people as well.

On this site, I aim to counter some of these problems and to reaffirm this age-old Catholic axiom: How we pray should reflect what we believe!

If you are concerned if I regard myself as a "traditionally minded Catholic" or even a "traditionalist", then please read my Statement Towards the Current Crisis in the Church, so that no misinterpretations may arise.

Crisis? What Crisis? An Illustration of the Statistics charting the decline of the Church since the Second Vatican Council.

Changes since the Second Vatican Council

Many of the changes since Second Vatican Council (1962-65) that are immediately apparent to the laity were never mentioned in the documents of the Council, let alone mandated by them.

Changes that have altered the way we pray and threaten what we believe:

The Sacred Liturgy of the Latin Rite

"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Sacred Liturgy in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church has been radically changed. It is not just the orientation of the priest and the introduction of the vernacular: the entire liturgy was completely re-written, simplified and even "Protestantised" in the opinion of many (see below). This is often in stark contradiction to the documents of Vatican II, especially the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which states that Latin is to be preserved, Gregorian chant be given pride of place and that all rites should be fostered in every way.

The New Order of Mass: Confusing the law of faith through liturgical change?

"An enemy has done this" (Matthew 13:28)

The Traditional Latin Mass: Where the law of prayer = law of belief...

"Thus says the LORD: 'Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is;
and walk in it, and find rest for your souls' " (Jeremiah 6:16)

Official Vatican documents on celebrating the traditional liturgy:

And an unofficial Vatican document:

Writings of author Michael Davies

Michael Davies - the foremost author in English on the changes in the Catholic liturgy - has made the following essays and booklet excerpts available to internet readers. The last three items are taken from his latest booklets - full versions are available from the publishers indicated (cheaper too - TAN offers the booklets from as little as $0.35 each!)

Writings of Leo Darroch

Author, poet, defender of the traditional liturgy and the right of Catholic children to be taught the precious Catholic faith. I feel privileged to present some of Mr. Darroch's essays on these critical topics.

Personal ramblings


Recommended Links...

St. Philomena, pray for us!

"O God Our Father, Your faithful servant Pope Pius the Fifth helped to build-up your Kingdom through the good-ordering of Catholic worship; grant we beg you, through his intercession, that the traditional Latin Mass may be made freely available throughout the Church Christ founded, for our good and His greater glory, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen"

1997 - 1999 David Joyce.

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Please note: This page is in a constant state of true organic development
It never changes; instead it grows, matures and aims for heavenly perfection
Just like the traditional faith and the Latin Mass it represents

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Last modified 18th March 2000, by David Joyce.