Thursday, June 14, 2007

Old Latin Mass Makes a Comeback

I'm back from my trip now (see my personal blog for details) and ready to resume bloggage.

This forwarded from Frank:

Old Latin Mass Makes a Comeback
By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
06/14/2007

Melinda Scanga (left), of Jefferson County, prays during Latin mass at St. Francis De Sales Oratory. (Dawn Majors /P-D)The church's windows are broken, its beige bricks are sooty, its paint is chipped. The 300-foot steeple, a hallmark of the St. Louis skyline, is pulling away from its foundation. One day it could tumble into traffic on Gravois Avenue.St. Francis de Sales church, often called the Cathedral of South St. Louis, is an ideal home for a group of Roman Catholic priests devoted to restoration. But restoring this 19th-century neo-Gothic church to its former glory is only one reason St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke assigned the priests to oversee St. Francis de Sales.The real mission of the group, called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass. The 1,600-year-old Mass isn't used much today, but it's making a comeback.

2 Comments:

Anonymous vinnie the sQuid said...

vinnie the sQuid here: That article is pretty good. The author seems to be pretty familiar with catholicism and didn't focus on the typical sensationalistic and mildly brain dead tripe that usually gets rifled out when someone discusses the old liturgy and the newer liturgy. What would be nice is if the comparisons between the two used superb examples of each. It seems as though when the phrases "more reverent" or "more contemplative" are used, the comparison is being made between a poorly executed Novus Ordo and a well executed Tridentine. What seems to be lost is that poor execution is poor execution regardless of the form of the Eucharistic celebration. I may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but I am detecting comparisons which seem to cast a downward glance at the new liturgy. All in all a pretty good article. ---We catholics should make more use of latin in our lives, especially latin dancing.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

Good thoughts VS, I've visited *very* well executed Novus Ordo Masses that were as reverent and inspiring as any Mass I've been to. The bottom line is that Jesus is present in every valid consecration--even if not licit, much less even if not well-executed!

The Mass at Weston, MO is one of the great ones and in an amazing little chapel. You really need to visit there.

Thursday, July 05, 2007 10:53:00 AM  

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