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My Experience With Ten Years Of Traditional Latin Masses

'What I like most about the Traditional Mass and what I miss least about the New Mass'

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My Experience With Ten Years Of Traditional Latin Masses

'What I like most about the Traditional Mass and what I miss least about the New Mass'

By Ed A.

Summary: Ten years after my switch from the Novus Ordo Mass to the Traditional Latin Mass, here is what I like most about the Traditional Mass and what I miss least about the New Mass

Keywords: Latin Mass, 'Tridentine' Mass, Traditional Latin Mass, 'Extraordinary Form', Novus Ordo, 'New Mass', 'Ordinary Form'

As it has now passed the 10 year anniversary of my switch from the Novus Ordo Mass to the Traditional Latin Mass (also known as the "Tridentine Mass"), I thought it a pertinent time to share some thoughts on what I like most about the Traditional Mass and what I miss least about the New Mass. Honestly, the list was hard to narrow down. There are almost limitless differences between the two Masses. Nevertheless, here is my attempt to bring together some of the most important points, as I see them. May this list prove beneficial to others.

For starters, here is what I like most about the "Tridentine Mass"...

* The reverence shown towards the Holy Eucharist

* The vertical focus of the Mass ("it's all about God")

* The consecration itself (its reverence, the bells, the clear & central focus of the Mass)

* The periods of silent prayer which enable meditation and foster deep internal participation

* The fact that the "Tridentine Mass" is manifestly a propitiatory sacrifice which atones for sins

* The profundity of prayers & the rite itself

* The frequent kneeling for our Lord

* The use of the majestic Latin language

* The visible externals (sacred vessels, vestments, altar cloths, candles, incense, tabernacle on the altar, etc.)

* The priest acting as a true priest

* The continuity with history

* The heavenly focus

* The reverence, sacredness and holiness of it all

* The 'caliber' of attendees ("Tridentine Mass" attendees can seem so much more reverent, knowledgeable & Catholic than the general Catholic population!)

* The appropriateness of all things accompanied by a welcome absence of all "destructive elements" from the Novus Ordo (As Cardinal Ottaviani and Cardinal Bacci stated in the "Ottaviani Intervention" concerning the Novus Ordo Mass, "To prepare a complete study of all the pitfalls, dangers and psychologically and spiritually destructive elements the new rite contains, whether in texts, rubrics or instructions, would be a vast undertaking.")

In summary, the "Tridentine Mass" is timeless, awesome, holy, reverent, majestic, and "Oh so Catholic!"

On the other hand, the Novus Ordo Mass typically seems banal and Protestantized. Here is what I miss least about the New Mass (which dates back to the 1960's)...

* The frequent disrespect shown towards the Holy Eucharist (including the fast distribution of the Host with a few English words, the scandalous distribution of the Host by lay persons (click here), standing for Holy Communion, Communion irreverently placed in the hands of the laity (click here), no paten may be used in the distribution of Holy Communion, the priest may turn his back on the Holy Eucharist during the sign of peace, etc.)

* The improper horizontal focus or emphasis ("it's mostly about us")

* The hurried and questionable consecrations (including those completed in mid-air in 'record time' by a distracted-looking priest)

* The constant noise and busyness (including the cheesy Novus Ordo music and instruments such as guitars, the frequent singing of repugnant songs lead by lay persons in the sanctuary, the absurd attempts at 'audience participation', etc.)

* The inability to pray privately before, during, or after Mass

* The lack of references to sin, hell, judgment, and similar topics in the readings, prayers, and homilies

* The forced, shallow external 'participation' sought after by the 'presider' or by the laity who have invaded the sanctuary

* The demoted priest acting as a mere 'presider' who faces the 'audience' during the 'celebration'

* The lay readers (who are manifestly unnecessary, who may or may not read clearly, and who may or may not dress appropriately)

* 'The procession of gifts' (even by public sinners and by people who are improperly dressed)

* The meaningless and sometimes frenzied 'sign of peace' (frequently accompanied by those darn 'pew hoppers') that distracts people from what should be the central focus of the Mass (the Holy Eucharist)

* The attempts by strangers to engage in hand-holding with you or with your children

* The lack of holiness and reverence (sometimes even clapping and laughing are encouraged during Mass)

* The shallow, earthly focus

* The 'naked' Novus Ordo table

* Doctrinally questionable text in prayers and elsewhere

* The banal & aesthetically displeasing at best, offensive at worst Novus Ordo furnishings

* The overall 'festiveness' and 'religious party' atmosphere during Mass (if I didn't know better, I'd think the rite was purposely designed to do away with fear of the Lord!)

* The many novelties (with the Novus Ordo, it is 'novelty after novelty after novelty') and the utter break with tradition

* The many Protestantized aspects & errors (As Cardinal Ottaviani and Cardinal Bacci stated in the "Ottaviani Intervention", the Novus Ordo Mass is "a liturgy which teems with insinuations or manifest errors against the integrity of the Catholic Faith" and which "has much to gladden the heart of even the most modernist Protestant.")

* The many "destructive elements" (As Cardinal Ottaviani and Cardinal Bacci stated in the "Ottaviani Intervention" concerning the Novus Ordo Mass, "To prepare a complete study of all the pitfalls, dangers and psychologically and spiritually destructive elements the new rite contains, whether in texts, rubrics or instructions, would be a vast undertaking.")

Of course, I also greatly appreciate that for 10+ years now I leave Mass enriched rather than disturbed over novelties & abuses. When I used to attend the Novus Ordo Mass, I would never look forward to Mass. I only went out of duty. When I attended the Novus Ordo Mass, I was often bored (that's on a good day) or offended (this was a typical day - for example, due to a 'social-justice' homily, liberal or feminist prayer intentions, liturgical abuses, desecration of the Holy Eucharist, etc.). With the "Tridentine Mass", I have NEVER been bored. I genuinely like and desire to attend the Traditional Latin Mass. At the "Tridentine Mass", the only thing I typically find offensive is my own imperfections. I wish that I would have discovered the Traditional Latin Mass many years ago. It is now my wish that all other Catholics would likewise discover the "Tridentine Mass". This Mass will greatly bless your life.

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