Questions on the TLM?

I recently purchase a book entitled “Celebration of the Mass” by O’Connell, and this book is frequently given to priests who wish to learn the TLM by the FSSP. I highly recommend it!

If you have any questions/concerns relating to the celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass, please do not hestiate to email me. I do not presume to be an expert, but if I am not able to find the answer, I will definitely try to find someone who does. Above all, I wish to continue helping to promote more Tridentine Masses.

I also have a book called “The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described” by Fortescue and O’Connel." This book describes the Traditional Roman Rite completely.

I also have been public relations director, altar server coordinator and trainer at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ in the past so any questions that may come my way I would be glad to answer as well.


Why was the canon prayed silently (or at least not out loud)? Does this have a certain symbolism or set meaning? I ask because Ken mentioned on another thread that having it prayed out loud is a “complaint” that some people have with mass these days.

I hope it is okay to ask on this thread. It seems like a question answering thread.

Excellent buy! :thumbsup:

The silence of the Canon was done to add to the solemnity of the occassion - the priest’s oneness with God, who hears his prayers regardless of their volume.

From “The Celebration of Mass” by Rev. O’Connell:

"Much of hte Mass, especially in its more solemn parts, is said in a voice which the rubrics describe as “secret” (RM 512), i.e, the priest so pronoucnes the words that he can, apart from extrinsic impediments (e.g., noise made by the server or the congregation, music, the ringing of a church bell), “hear himself, but not be heard by others near by.” This means that, though praying silently, he must actually pronounce the words with his lips and tongue, and not merely read them with his eyes or say them mentally. This he should do in a natural way, without exaggerated articulation or contortions of the lips or tongue.

Page: 178-179

“…Thus bowed he begins the Canon, Te igitur, which is recited throughout in the secret voice, except for the words Nobis quoque peccatoribus and the conclusion Per omnia, etc., which are said aloud.”

Page: 257

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Thanks for the answer!

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