Canon of the Mass may refer to the central, fixed part of the
Traditional Latin Mass. It is considered the most solemn part of the Mass
and is said nearly entirely silently. Note that the core of the Canon of the
Traditional Mass has existed at least since the end of the fourth century (see
As the Council of
"Holy things must
be treated in a holy way and this sacrifice is the most holy of all things. And
so, that this sacrifice might be worthily and reverently offered and received,
the Catholic Church many centuries ago instituted the sacred Canon. It is free
from all error and contains nothing that does not savor strongly of holiness and
piety and nothing that does not raise to God the minds of those who offer the
Sacrifice. For it is made up from the words of our Lord, from apostolic
traditions, and from devout instructions of the holy pontiffs."
"If anyone says
that there are errors in the Canon of the [Tridentine] Mass and that it should
therefore be done away with; let him be anathema."
"If anyone says
that the rite of the Roman Church prescribing that a part of the Canon and the
words of consecration be recited in a low tone of voice, should be condemned; or
that Mass should be celebrated only in the vernacular; or that water should not
be mixed with wine offered in the chalice...let him be anathema."
Novus Ordo Mass of the 1960's imposed on the Church after the
Second Vatican Council contain the Roman Canon?
A modified version of
the Roman Canon was added back to the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass as an option,
but it is longer and therefore not often used. Further, parts of it are made
optional, and various parts have been mistranslated into vernacular languages.
Did you know?
It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional
Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's
Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area,
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