Monday, July 09, 2007

The Latin Mass

Here is a very brief news story on the "why" of the Latin Mass, which was made more accessible by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday in the motu proprio. As the priest being interviewed explains,
"...there’s something attractive about this ancient form of the liturgy -- its dignity, and its sort of very just lofty quality, especially in some of its forms. To be part of something ancient, that goes way, way back, into the ancient past, using an ancient language--this is the Mass that most of the saints knew."

Click on the arrow below to watch the interview.


diana said...

So what do you think: do you think the Latin Mass will "catch on" with many people requesting it? Or will it stay a small, practically hidden option?

4HisChurch said...

Good question. I think, in some areas, the Latin Mass might just take off, but in others, it won't. Having said that, though, as soon as we get some of these serious young men in and out of the seminaries, we might have more clerical interest, which might help too.

Cygnus said...

I visited a different parish yesterday, and the homilist seemed very blase on the idea of the TLM returning. To him, the pre-Vatican Mass was exclusionary for the laity. I asked him afterward whether it was a case of people not having been exposed to a TLM (I've never been to one). How can they know if they've never tried, seen, or experienced a TLM?

He did, however, agree with me that many of the VII reforms weren't implemented properly.

4HisChurch said...

Our priest didn't say anything about it. I wonder if anyone at The Mount will start doing it...

Anonymous said...

In St. Louis, the bishop already has his seminarians studying both the new and the Latin Mass.


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