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Why The Latin Mass?

Latin Mass/Trad. | Novus Ordo Mass vs. Latin 'Tridentine' Mass 

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Why The Latin Mass? 

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Although some may not be aware, Roman Catholics can still attend a traditional 'Tridentine' Latin Mass, even in the 21st century. The Novus Ordo Missae ("New Order Mass"), promulgated in the 1960's and undergoing frequent "updating", is much more common today, but the traditional Latin Mass, "the Mass of all ages" is making a great comeback among Catholics of all ages. 

Some might be wondering why anyone would still want to attend an "old Latin Mass" - we are in the 21st century. The majority of people probably don't know a thing about Latin and, to top it off, traditional Latin Masses can be pretty hard to come by, involve much silence, and require a lot of kneeling (for those physically able). So why bother attending one?

That's a great question that many Catholics are asking themselves. Nowadays, many younger people who were never exposed to the traditional Latin Mass are flocking to it with great joy. They are in love with the traditional Mass and are willing to undergo long drives to attend licit Latin Masses, and may even be willing to uproot their entire family and move to be near them. Those blessed enough to remember attending the traditional Mass before the 1960's changes may also go through great pains to attend this incomparable Mass.

So what is the attraction of this ancient Mass? The reasons for such devotion are many, and may include:

* The great reverence of the Mass

* The great respect shown the Holy Eucharist

* The unquestionable Catholicity and orthodoxy of the Mass

* The lack of liturgical abuse, distraction, sacrilege, and profanation (which, unfortunately, are so common to Novus Ordo Masses)

* The prayerful atmosphere of the Mass

* The beauty and majesty of the Mass

* The fuller calendar

* The clear sense of the Mass as a sacrifice

* The clarity of the doctrine of the Real Presence

* The emphasis on our sinfulness and dependence on God 

* The safeguards inherent in the Mass

* The clear vertical focus of the Mass

* And many other reasons... 

Devotees may also point to the Mass' long history, its outstanding fruits, its ability to keep persons safe from modernism ("the synthesis of all heresies"), and the ability of the Mass to foster one's faith. It also preserves a link to our Catholic ancestors.

Furthermore, attendance at 'Tridentine' Masses enables one to avoid the concerns so often associated with the Novus Ordo Mass. For example:

* Concern regarding the assistance of Protestant 'advisors' in the fabrication of the Novus Ordo Mass

* Concern regarding the parallels between the Novus Ordo Mass and Protestant 'worship services'

* Concern that the changes made to the Mass parallel the changes made by the 16th century Protestant 'Reformers' who purposely introduced those changes to destroy the faith of Catholics 

* Concern regarding the near elimination of all negative topics in the readings and prayers of the Novus Ordo Mass (e.g. references to sin, judgment, hell, purgatory, etc.)

* Concern that the Novus Ordo Mass fails to produce a sacred atmosphere conducive to prayer 

* Concern that the Novus Ordo Mass has a more horizontal focus

* Concern regarding the blurring of the distinction between the laity and the priest in the Novus Ordo Mass

* Concern over rampant liturgical abuse and novelties in the Novus Ordo Mass (e.g. altar girls, Communion in the hand, lay 'ministers', etc.)

* Concern over the bad fruits associated with the Novus Ordo Rite of Mass (e.g. reduced Mass attendance, loss of belief in the Real Presence, etc.)

* Concern that at the Novus Ordo Mass, one is often unable to kneel, pray, etc. 

* Concern that it is often difficult to follow biblical precepts regarding worship in a Novus Ordo Mass [e.g. women's head coverings (1 Cor. 11:4-10), silence of women in church (1 Cor. 14:33-35), worship in reverence and awe (Heb. 12:28), etc.]

* Concern regarding the unprecedented fabrication and imposition of a new Mass on the faithful

* Etc. 

Some are also troubled by the fact that the Novus Ordo Mass may vary so widely among parishes as to be almost unrecognizable - unlike the 'Tridentine' Mass which remains fixed, with only slight variations (e.g. High Mass vs. Low Mass). Ultimately, many Catholics have come to believe that the Traditional Latin Mass must be more pleasing to God and that it is best suited to our primary duty in life [that is, "to know, love, and serve God" (Baltimore Catechism)].

Catholics who have never experienced a 'Tridentine' Latin Mass may consider the time spent at Mass as a time for "religious entertainment" or socializing. In fact, some even think the "sign of peace" is the focal point of Mass! The cure for such mistaken beliefs surely is knowledge of and attendance at traditional Latin 'Tridentine' Masses, which makes the purpose of the Mass eminently clear. Although such Catholics may initially be perplexed about the silence and majesty of the traditional Latin Mass and might not immediately "get it", a little perseverance and some additional knowledge, prayer, and reflection, may cause them to also flock to the Mass of their grandfathers, regardless of what obstacles may be placed in the way. They may soon find themselves so in love with this Mass - the "Mass of the saints" and "the most beautiful thing this side of heaven" - that they would do just about anything they could to attend it.

We warmly invite you to attend this incomparable Mass and see for yourself what has captured the hearts of so many other good and faithful Catholics over the centuries. 

Also See...

Latin Mass Facts

Traditional Latin Mass (Topic Page)

Novus Ordo Mass (Topic Page)

Latin Mass & Catholic Tradition: Q & A

The Traditional Latin Mass vs. the Novus Ordo (New) Mass

'Tridentine' Vs. Novus Ordo: Some Pictorial Comparisons

Status of the Latin 'Tridentine' Mass

How to Find a Latin 'Tridentine' Mass

Attending the Latin 'Tridentine' Mass for the First Time

'Traditionalist Testimonies'

How to Learn More About the Latin 'Tridentine' Mass

Summary of Changes Since Vatican II: A Revolution in the Church?

Vatican II and its Fruits

Benefits of the Latin Language

The Holy Eucharist / Mass (Sacraments Section)


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