The Paulus Institute - for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy

Details of the Mass Honoring Pope Benedict XVI on the
5th Anniversary of his Inauguration


The Paulus Institute invites you to participate in an historic liturgical event in honor of Pope Benedict XVI, under the theme of “The Spirit of the Liturgy.”

We have arranged to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s inauguration with a Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington DC, April 24, 2010, at 1 pm. The Mass will be celebrated by a prince of the Church, the Vatican prelate Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos. His Eminence is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and served under both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

The Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Firm (Traditional Latin Mass), as encouraged by Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict. It will be the first such Mass said at the High Altar of the Shrine in nearly half a century. The priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will assist at the Mass.

The National Shrine is the largest Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere and among the ten largest in the world. The Shrine seats 3,500, with a total capacity of 6,500. We will be announcing the Mass to Catholics not only regionally, but throughout the Eastern U.S. and beyond. To honor His Holiness Pope Benedict on this special day, we are especially encouraging those Catholics to come who may not already know this Mass. In particular, we are inviting young adults and university students, whom Pope Benedict has recognized are attracted to the Mass in the Extraordinary form.

Consistent with the mission of The Paulus Institute, this Mass is an activity undertaken with our signature objective: to have broad impact in the Catholic Church, as our patron St. Paul inspires. The Mass is presented for all the Catholic Faithful. We strive to enhance the appreciation of the Mass as Holy Sacrifice, to build respect for the Holy Eucharist, and to solidify belief in the Real Presence. As Pope Benedict has written—

“The Church stands and falls with the Liturgy. When the adoration of the divine Trinity declines, when the faith no longer appears in its fullness on the Liturgy of the Church, when man’s words, his thoughts, his intentions are suffocating him, then faith will have lost the place where it is expressed and where it dwells. For that reason, the true celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is the centre of any renewal of the Church whatever.”

About The Paulus Institute
The Paulus Institute was founded to assist in answering the need for sacred worship. We are an association of the Catholic Faithful, both laity and clergy, founded in August 2007 in accordance with the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici. We support Pope Benedict XVI in his encouragement of the Traditional Mass (Extraordinary Form) as announced July 7, 2007, in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum.

Our Inspiration and Objective
The Paulus Institute is named after the Apostle St. Paul in recognition of his passion and perseverance in “spreading of the good news to all peoples [and who] spent himself for the unity and harmony of all Christians.”1

Our motto is taken from St. Paul, Ecce nunc tempus acceptabile (now is the acceptable time)—that is, now in these times of crisis in the Church in which we are called to defend and advance the Church and the timeless traditional liturgy.

As Pope Benedict encouraged in his papal address we attended on Feb. 4, 2009, we take the example of St. Paul as “an incentive, if not a guarantee, for the reinforcement of the Christian identity of each one of us and for the rejuvenation of the entire Church.”

An Opportunity to Participate

“Now is the acceptable time” to become a part of this momentous, once-in-a-lifetime Mass for Good Pope Benedict. To help us arrange these worthy events and further enhance the appreciation of the mysteries of Holy Mass, we ask that you join us in this historic occasion with a donation of personal significance to you. Donations can be made payable to The Paulus Institute and mailed to The Paulus Institute, P.O. Box 30172, Bethesda, MD 20824, or made online at our website:

Donations are deductible. The Paulus Institute is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We were recently approved by the Archdiocese of Washington for inclusion in the Official Catholic Directory, known as the “Kenedy directory.”

1 Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI, 28 June 2007, Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls.