No! In fact, we must
be on special guard in our age against the movement of those who propagate
Protestant errors – those who want to turn the Sacrifice of the Mass into a mere
meal, where Communion is the culmination, rather than the consecration. These
errors amount to heresy and have been condemned by the Church. Also, we must be
on guard against the common error today that considers Mass not as a Sacrifice,
but as a socializing occasion or a stage show. We must keep in mind that we
gather as a community not to socialize with each other or to be entertained, but
to propitiate God, whom we have offended, and worship Him in the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass. The proper time to socialize with our neighbor and to enjoy
entertainment is outside of Mass. When we are in church, we are in the Lord's
house ["a house of prayer" (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 21:13)]. The Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass – the true re-presentation of Calvary – is a solemn, holy
occasion and it is a prefigurement of heavenly worship of God. If you read in
Revelation how those in heaven worship God, you will see that they are not
directing their attention towards each other, engaging in private conversation,
adopting irreverent postures, enjoying 'modern music', seeking entertainment,
etc. Rather, they seem to follow admonitions such as...
"Serve the LORD
with fear; with trembling bow down in homage" (Ps. 2:11)
"This is the one
whom I approve: the lowly and afflicted man who trembles at my word." (Isa.
recognize and appreciate that Mass is the re-presentation of Calvary. Mass is
not a party. Socializing should be conducted outside the church building (e.g.
in the hall).
As St. John Vianney
"When you hear
Mass, do you come in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin at Calvary?
Because it is the same God, and the same Sacrifice." (St. John Vianney)
Novus Ordo Mass of the 1960's may make it
quite difficult for Catholics to avoid certain errors such as those above.
Traditional Latin Mass is still lawfully
said throughout the world. This ancient & incomparable, highly reverent Mass
contains numerous & significant
differences from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass (try
here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area,
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