THE ORATORY OF SS GREGORY AND AUGUSTINE
was canonically established on the First Sunday of Advent, 2 December 2007, by His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, then Archbishop of St. Louis. It is a non-territorial parish of the Archdiocese of St. Louis that celebrates all the Church’s Sacraments in their extraordinary form for the pastoral good of the faithful according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Archbishop Burke entrusted the parish to the the pastoral care of the Benedictine Monks of St. Louis Abbey and Father Bede Price, OSB was appointed Rector of the Oratory. In establishing the Oratory, Archbishop Burke wished that Holy Mass would be celebrated with the greatest possible dignity and that at the same time the faithful would receive sound pastoral care. In giving this responsibility to the Benedictines, he wrote to Father Abbot: “Given the longstanding devotion of the Order of St. Benedict to the cultivation of the Sacred Liturgy, I see the offering of the regular celebration of the Rite of Mass found in the Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII to be a fitting work of your community”. Unlike many of the religious communities and orders associated with the extraordinary form, in its own conventual liturgies the monastic community at St. Louis Abbey celebrates Holy Mass according the the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, but has warmly welcomed the invitation to serve the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Traditional Latin Mass
“In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which developed in the Church’s faith and prayer and to give them their proper place.”
— His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in the letter accompanying his Apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum given motu proprio 7, July 2007.