Dear Br. RichSFO,rpp, and ChurchMilitant,
I basically agree with you. And to say AMEN!
I’m a very proud Catholic (Whoops, better not be too proud or I
might to go to confession, and confess the sin of pride). I’ve been
around enough to vaguely remember the Latin Mass. I recall the
beating of the breast during the Confiteor, the Communion rail w/
poor Father going back and forth like a pacing expectant Dad
giving Communion to the faithful, an altar server with the patent
under people’s chin to catch a fallen Host, bells being rung at
the elevation of the bread and wine, the altar against the wall, the
priest’s back to the congregation. But I was alittle too young to
fully understand what was going on.
So, basically I’m a child of the “New Mass” since
returning to the church to complete my sacramental initiation re:
Confirmation back in 1984. I’ve tried to learn more about my faith
and the bible. As I continue to gain knowledge I’ve come to
appreciate the rich tradition of the church. All 2000 years of it.
What I’ve come to realize today. (If you’ll excuse my two analogies
Its like classic coke or new coke. Or the Billy Joel song, “It’s
Still Rock And Roll To Me”. Our church didn’t stop at the Apostles
and restart at 1570. The church’s liturgy evolved. The parts of the
TLM and NO are still basically the same, just changed a little bit.
I prefer the “New Mass” myself. It goes back further
than the TLM does. So, when Vatican II restored the older rites
and rituals. It felt more traditional. But I didn’t fully understand
that either until I returned.
Recently at my parish, my Pastor wants to have our
church learn and say the Our Father in Latin. He also wants in due time for us to recite other Mass parts in Latin.I’m a little sur-
prised,since Father is in his tenth year of his twelve year pastor-
ate.The reasons he stated were:1.It’s the official language of the
church, 2.It’s more unifying (We have mostly Spanish speakers
than English lately), other reasons escape me. I’m not sure what
Father is “A Traditionalist” “Moderate”, “Conservative”,or"Liberal".
He’s very seroius about right moral choices, his priesthood to
encourage young men, his role as Pastor,making sure liturgy is
run to Vatican II. However he has allowed Life Teen program into
the parish (FYI: I’m a YM/Conf. Catechist),with it’s alledged illict
Mass practices(Although when LT had to stop some of them)
he basically also stopped doing them),he has continued previous
Pastors practices. (I think I’m starting to drift a little off-topic)
Anyway, the Parish Council, Youth Minister,some of
the LT/Confirmation teens and yes, even me think it would be okay. I believe we for the most part are NO supporters. But that
is part of our collective church history and tradition.
Now on a sad note: this will come too late for my Mom
to hear and enjoy. She liked the Mass in Latin. Sometimes she
and I would disagree on that subject. That may have been one of the reasons she didn’t go to Mass very much with me. In my
Archdiocese there are at least 5 places that have TLM. However,
for various reasons I denied her the opportunity to go. Such as
1.Me forgetting the place & time, 2. Too involved in LT activities,
3. Sometimes no car or a car with problems, 4. I didn’t like TLM
and others. So now I’m feeling very guilty,selfish, that I could’ve
provided a little more joy into her life. She passed away on
7 June 2007.
I’m sorry this ran for too long.
P.S. Please pray for the repose of her soul. My Mom’s first name