Here are some pictures and videos below that a dear friend of mine shared with me since she attends this parish herself. Also, please keep her in your prayers, she’s discerning the religious life.
Category Archives: Traditional Latin Mass
We often hear from our beloved clerics that the statistics in Mass attendance are decreasing and the faith of many of those who identify as Catholic has been lost. How often do you see what I identify as “holiday catholics”; that being Catholics that only attend Mass on specific feast days and holidays out of routine but do not actually care about the faith nor think about it?
We often hear about this “new evangelization” from the hierarchy. The question is this; what progress have we made from this “new evangelization”? Sadly, many clerics would interpret a “new evangelization” as a way of converting those outside the church and even inside by using watered down theology and liturgy in order to be accepted and “pastoral”. What are the results of this?
The lukewarmness of the faith since our beloved prelates have been mislead with a plague from Satan that only deceives souls, something we need to take to prayer so our beloved clerics may notice their errors, strive for holiness, and conquor over Satan’s attacks and all of Hell itself.
What better prayer is there than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? What liturgies are better than those accepted by the Council of Trent for all time; that being the Latin Rites of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern rites, in which explicitly express Catholic orthodoxy? As the angelic doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas has repeated: “Lex Oriendi, Lex Credendi”. The way we pray is how we will believe; and boy wasn’t he right?
Let’s be honest here; when the ways of the world are initiated in the liturgy in order to “connect with the people” and to “get with the times” we only see the negative results that the hierarchy complains about. My only question is this; what did you expect? If we believe in the false doctrines of the world and teach it from the pulpits or dismiss them and justify them rather than teaching Catholic truth; the faithful will obviously accept the doctrines of the world as okay and even infallible in some cases. If we pray like the world by bringing in a folk band while Father Gregory dances infront of the Altar and Sister Nancy hands out communion with her fellow extraordinary ministers in jeans and t shirts; the whole essence of the Sacririce of Calvery will be lost and only decrease the faith of the flock since dogma is hardly practiced nor taught anymore.
Solution? Bring back the Latin Mass. Bring back Catholic orthodoxy and identity. Remove innovation.
Attention, there are several forms of The Traditional Latin Mass. You heard me right. There is one error that I found that many Catholics do not cover when it comes to the liturgy; that being proper terminology. When referring to what Pope Benedict XVI called the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite”: we commonly identify that as the “Traditional Latin Mass”.
In the Catholic Church we have what are called “Sui Juris Churches” meaning “Churches of their own law”. in which consist of 23 Churches with their own apostolic and ancient liturgy in communion with Rome.
The Church with the highest population is called the Roman Catholic Church, The Latin Church, The Western Rite, Latin Rite etc. while the remaining 22 Churches belong to what is called the “Eastern Rites”, such as the Maronites, Ukrainian Byzantine rite, Chaldean, Coptic, Syriac, Melkite Byzantine etc in which are all under their own patriarchs in communion with the Pope of Rome; therefore the term “Catholic” in which means “universal” since Holy Mother Church is so diverse.
Since today I will be covering the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, I will list the following rites in which the Roman Church still practices till this day. These rites list as the following:
1. The Roman Rite (Extraordinary Form being the proper form and the Sarum Rite (Anglican use from the 11th century)
Each and every single one of these rites are passed down from the apostles through the Early Church Fathers, therefore the council of trent’s codification for each of these rites that were to be accepted for all time since they were older than 200 years old. To the every day Catholic, each of these rites are absolutely foreign due to the fact that the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (The True Roman rite) has been lost and forgotten after Vatican II due to liturgical experimentation with a new liturgy – in which did nothing but harm the faith; not to mention break divine law of Pope Pius V – and because most of these liturgies are only celebrated in specific dioceses, for example: the Ambrosian Rite in Milan Italy.
Because of the fact that each of these liturgies are celebrated in Latin and are apostolic , ad Orientem, and ancient just like the Roman rite (Traditional Latin Mass); I would argue that these liturgies are also “Traditional Latin Masses”, however, different rites. So to put it simple, there is more than one form of what we know as the “Traditional Latin Mass”, however, we simply identify the “Latin Mass” as what we commonly know as the ancient Roman Rite. So for those of you who are new to Traditional Catholicism; do not be surprised when you see differences in the Ambrosian and the Mozarabic liturgy. What differences?
One good example would be that in the Ambrosian Rite, they incense the altar and the faithful ‘clock wise’ while we incense back and forth within the Roman Rite. Interesting huh? Also, while we solemnly sing Gregorian Chant, these other sacred Latin Rites have their own form of apostolic chant with their own names. You guessed it. Ambrosian and Mozarabic Chant. So I have some homework for you, learn your Latin Rite heritage and learn more about these rites that have been forgotten about. Tell Jimmy Papist that I sent you! Pax
This feast was instituted only in 1849, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the Sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. The special beauty of this feast is its centering of our attention directly on the Blood of Christ, a short cut to the heart of revelation. In these days we need to think of the Passion of Christ; we do not know how God is going to test us. Devotion to the Precious Blood is a fundamental, sane approach to God. It is hard and painful; it will help us to steel our own hearts against weakness.
INTROIT Apoc. 5:9-10You have redeemed us, O Lord, with Thy Blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us for our God a kingdom.
Ps. 88:2. The mercies of the Lord I will sing forever; my mouth shall proclaim Your truth through all generations.
V. Glory be . . .
O Almighty and Eternal God, You willed that the world should be redeemed and the sins of man atoned for by the shedding of the Blood of Your Only-Begotten Son. May we on this solemn feast pay fitting honor to the Precious Blood that was the price of our salvation; may that Blood defend us against the evils of our present life so that we may enjoy its everlasting fruit in heaven. Through our Lord . . .
EPISTLE Heb. 9:11-15
Brethren: But Christ, being come an high Priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GRADUAL I John 5:5, 7-8
This is He who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ: not in the water only, but in the water and in the blood.
V. There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these Three are One. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the Blood; and these three are one.
Alleluia, alleluia! V. John 5:9
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. Alleluia!
GOSPEL John 19:30-35
At that time, Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: “It is consummated.” And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that was a great sabbath day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken: and that they might be taken away. The soldiers therefore came: and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him.
But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side: and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony: and his testimony is true. And he knoweth that he saith true: that you also may believe.
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON I Cor. 10:16
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the sharing of the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not the partaking of the Body of the Lord?
May these divine mysteries draw us closer to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant. We renew upon Your altar, O Lord of Hosts, the sprinkling of the Blood of Christ which is far more efficacious than the sacrifice offered by Abel. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Heb. 9:28
Christ was offered once to take away the sins of many; the second time with no part in sinHe will appear unto the salvation of those who await Him.
We have been admitted to Your sacred banquet, O Lord, and have joyously refreshed ourselves with the waters from the fountain of our Saviour. May His Blood spring up within us as a saving water for eternal life; who lives and rules with You . . .
As faithful Catholics that are obedient to Tradition, how often do we hear from our Neo – Catholic friends that the liturgy must evolve and change in order to attract the youth and non Catholics? We are usually told that clapping, having contemporary music, and lay participation within the liturgy, such as lectoring, EMHC etc. are ways to get people to come to church so that they can feel welcome, which in reality is only a absurd strategy to entertain the faithful rather than to meditate upon the fact that we are present at Calvary.
Why is it that we faithful Traditional Catholics are against such a idea?
The Liturgy hands down the sacred Traditions that was always accepted and upheld by the church which identifies the dogmas of the faith, such as the real presence. For example, in the Canon of the Old Rite of the Roman Church the priest prays:
Latin:”Quam oblatiónem tu Deus, in ómnibus quæsumus, benedictam, adscriptam, ratam, rationábilem, acceptabilémque fácere dignéris: ut nobis Corpus, et Sanguis fiat dilectíssimi Filii Tui Dómini nostri Jesu Christi.”
English: “Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless, approve, ratify, make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body, and Blood of Thy Most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord” which is clearly defining the fact that we uphold a real sacrifice is to be made and that the substances of Bread and Wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
When the liturgy is watered down with secular ideas and practices, the faith is then removed and the emphasis on a re-presentation of the sacrifice of Calvary is lost which can possibly invalidate the Mass if the liturgy lacks four pillars: Matter, form, intention, and proper (a validly ordained priest).
When we look back into 16th century history, we see that the intention of changing the liturgy was the idea of Martin Luther in order to reject defined dogmas of the Church by replacing the liturgy with innovative practices to replace Apostolic Tradition, something that the Council of Trent infallibly declared anathema, thus Trent Session 7 Canon 16 and the moto propio of Pope Pius V.
The 1955 Marian Missal, in continuation with the Roman, Trent, and Baltimore catechism, it states the following:
“The Holy Mass is the unbloody Sacrifice of the New Law in which the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is offered to God under the species of bread and wine. The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass is the Sacrifice of the Cross, without blood shedding. On the stone of the altar and the wood of the Cross the same Priest, Jesus Christ, dedicates the same Sacrifice, His Holy Body and Blood. If this were always borne in mind, with what deep respect would Mass be attended”.
Since the liturgies of the Church passed down by the apostles before Vatican 2 hands down tradition and dogma of the church, such as the Roman Rite (Extraordinary Form), Ambrosian Rite, Byzantine Rite etc, that is to be held by all those who identify as Catholic, how could we say that the liturgy must evolve in order to please the people which is only false ecumenism since there is no intention to convert the sinner, heretic, schismatic, apostate, or infidel to the one true faith and educate them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whom is the way and the truth and the life?
For my fellow Altar Boy’s that want to learn how to serve the Traditional Mass, it is highly recommended that you begin with serving Low Mass because of its simplicity, however, it is not a requirement.
Video description: “How to Serve the Latin Mass” was filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the beautiful Holy Family Cathedral. The diocese of Tulsa has been honored for many years to have the Fraternity of St. Peter (http://www.fssp.com), a fraternity of priests instituted by Pope John Paul II, ordained to celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass. Part of the proceeds of this video will go to support the Parish of St. Peter, an apostolate of the Fraternity of St. Peter located in Tulsa”.
After the Second Vatican Council many have come to the conclusion that the Ancient Roman Rite was to be abolished. Since this was a huge misunderstanding; many Priests in the post-Concilliar church began to stop celebrating the Ancient Rite since this was done in the “spirit of Vatican II.”
Sadly; since the ancient liturgy was abandoned which was uncalled for, and not even requested by the faithful, many Catholics have apostatized from the faith due to the lack of catechesis and understanding of basic Catholic theology which was taught in the Traditional Mass; such as the emphasis on the Real presence, intercession of saints, prayers for the souls in purgatory, prayers for church unity and the conversion of heretics, schismatics, pagans, and the Jews etc.
Since by the Grace of God His Holiness Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI has reminded the faithful that the ancient Roman Rite was not abandoned; it gave us the blessing to help restore Traditional Catholicism since the liturgy presents the center of our faith; the Eucharist, which becomes present in the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass; the representation of Calvery.
Let us continue to pray for the restoration of the faith. As Father Malachi Martin stated in a 1997 phone interview when asked when he thinks traditional Catholicism will begin being restored in the Post Concilliar Church; his response was “in two decades.” In the year of 2014; we are seeing that many Catholics; while slow in the process, are realizing what they have lost; their heritage and faith of their ancestors.