Dying on the day
when all begin
Twenty years ago, on Monday of Holy Week, March 25,
1991, the Feast of the Annunciation, the founder of
the Society of St. Pius X was recalled to God. On
Thursday, March 28, 1991, the Gazette of
Martigny (Switzerland) published this article,
authored by Mr. Rene Berthod, now a father of a
priest of the Society, in tribute to Archbishop
There are 365 days to die. None, however, is similar
to the other and for the Christian, every day is a
particular feast day: it is celebrated for an event
in the life of the Church or for one of her children
sanctified here below by grace.
Even if nothing is left to chance, nevertheless, we
need coincidences to be obvious for us to see them.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Priestly
Society of St. Pius X, died on the morning of March
25. This year’s first day of Holy Week is also one
of the great feasts of the liturgical year, the
Annunciation, the day when, by the fiat of
Mary the Incarnation comes about. On this very day,
the divine work of the redemption begins on earth.
It pleases me to know that the Archbishop at Econe,
a sign of contradiction if ever there was in the
Church of this time—attacked, rejected, condemned
and excommunicated—who by the strength of his
rhetoric and the rigor of his conduct rendered these
attacks as vain—as ridiculous the condemnations—has
met his judge on March 25. [...]
Historically, it will be necessary one day to
explain how it was possible for the noblest, the
bravest, the most faithful, the most Catholic of the
prelates of the Latin Church to die under
But one day we will also explain that Archbishop
Lefebvre was excommunicated from a Church of Assisi
which was no longer the immaculate Bride of the
An editorial of Fr. Benoit de Jorna, then District
Superior of France, published in Fideliter
(September-October 1995) on the occasion of 25th
anniversary of the Society of St. Pius X.
In these days when we celebrate the twenty-five
years of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, my
thought turns to the great figure of Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre. These twenty-five years of life,
after God, are certainly owned to him. On your
behalf, I would like to express our gratitude.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having been the core
of resistance to the destructive innovations during
the Second Vatican Council.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having early
supported by your authority Catholics who fought
against progressivism, especially those of the
a breeding ground for the future traditional
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for resigning your
office as Superior General of the Holy Ghost Father,
so as not to condone in front of the Church the
abandoning of the essence of religious life.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having, during the
crisis of vocations, welcomed young people willing
to give themselves to God, and putting aside your
tranquil respite to guide and support them.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having, in 1969,
left your peaceful retirement and founded age 65, a
priestly society in the midst of the doctrinal,
moral and liturgical debacle.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having clearly seen,
at the publication of the New Mass, the
immense devastation that
this Mass would cause and having refused to condone
it in any way.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having founded Econe,
the seminary of the traditional priesthood, of the
traditional Mass, of the traditional doctrine, the
seminary of the hope for a renewal of the Church.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having traveled the
world for years, preaching, giving confirmation,
opening seminaries, priories and schools and
supporting the priestly, religious and Christian
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for your statement of
November 21, 1974, which will remain a monument in
the Church history.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having borne, for
the Reign of Jesus, to be contradicted, defamed,
attacked, betrayed, and finally condemned during the
years 1974, 1975 and 1976.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for attempting
everything possible to bring Conciliar Rome to the
Catholic Truth, and further thanks to you for your
clear-sightedness that has rescued us from its
clutches before it was too late.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for having not wanted,
at the end of your journey, to leave as orphans the
priests and faithful and for having the courage to
give us Catholic Bishops, despite the dangers.
THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY, for these twenty-five
years and thank you for the years to come, which
will exist because of your vision, of your courage
and especially of your immense love of Jesus Christ.
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