Latin returns to the Masses

Holy Rosary will celebrate Mass in Latin at 7 p.m. tonight for the first time in nearly 40 years. This is in accordance with Pope Benedict XVI’s recent Motu-Proprio Summorum Pontificum, which brought back the Catholic church’s 2,000-year-old Latin Mass.

“What’s that saying? ‘Lost in translation?’” asked Father Uriel Ojeda of Holy Rosary. “Nowadays everything tries to be inclusive. At least having the Latin keeps us unified in a certain way in that if we can’t agree on the translation, we can agree of the source.”

Traditionally, Mass was celebrated in the church’s official language, Latin. In order to modernize things, the 2nd Vatican Council, who met in the 1960s, decided to suppress the long-established, Latin Mass in favor of the vernacular.

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when was latin abrogated? :wink:

Vatican ll was not meant to change anything. It was misinterpreted. What was meant was to bring the language up to date and add a few amendments. i.e. Priests could be ordained in their own countries in their native languages. Hence we have Priests today that do not know Latin. We have many Bishops who do not know Latin. So, we have Bishops and we have Latin Rites Bishops. Certain duties can only be performed by a Latin Rites Bishop. Personally, I miss the Latin Mass. I enjoyed going to Mass with my daily Missal. I do not enjoy the Mass today. I know it’s still the Mass, but I liked it better when you could go into any Catholic Church in the whole world and follow the Mass with the Missal having Latin on the left side and English on the right. The only thing one might not understand would be the homily and you could probably get the gist from the Gospel of the day. Now, there are too many variances. Latin isn’t even taught in the Catholic Schools anymore. which also contributes to the misuse of the English language.

Take care and God Bless.


<<In order to modernize things, the 2nd Vatican Council, who met in the 1960s, decided to suppress the long-established, Latin Mass in favor of the vernacular.>>

My spiritual father used to say that if there is ANY way the secular media can mess up things about ANYBODY’S church, they will find it.

He also used to say that if the religion editor does a faithful and flawless job for at least 5 years, he’s promoted to copy boy in Classifieds.

Latin never ceased to be the official language of the Latin church. V2 said in so many words that Latin was to be preserved. Even the typical edition of the Novus Ordo was promulgated in Latin.

Questions -

  1. Is this the Novus Ordo in Latin or the TLM?
  2. If it is the TLM has the Bishop approved it?

The reason for the second question is that the MP doesn’t take effect until Sept. 14th.


Father Jerome Lebel, FSSP, from St. Stephen, The First Martyr, Catholic Church in Sacramento, will give the Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on the corner of Walnut and Court Streets.

I go to this Parish (St. Stephen) and Father Lebel is a wonderful priest. This is my first time posting on the forums, and I was excited to see a priest from St. Stephen listed in the article. Sad thing is Father Lebel will be leaving us for a reassignment in France (which is his home country).

Oh, recently - in the diocese of Gaylord.:rolleyes:

  1. it is the TLM
  2. Very likely is Bishop approved. It would not surprise me if with the release of MP our Bishop asked our FSSP parish to send priests to do TLM at each parish to determine what the interest level for TLM at each parish is.

I was listening to Patrick Madrid the other day and someone brought up the topic of the MP and the TLM.

He brought up a very good point that in many parishes there are many multi-lingual parishioners, which necessitate having many separate masses in those languages.

The interesting thing he brought up was that this simple language barrier was segregating factions within the parish from one another. All of them never shared parish life together, because they never participated in mass together.

You’d think with so much focus on community nowadays that a common liturgical language would be beneficial (especially when stressing participation), especially when trying to accommodate several different vernaculars creates division. I think Sacramentum Caritatis touched on that.

Perhaps with the increased use of latin this benefit can be realized.

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