What is a Luth Mass?


#1

A parish near me has, on its schedule of Mass times, a Luth Mass on Wednesday Mornings. So I’m wondering what a Luth Mass is. I was initially thinking it could be shorthand for a Lutheran Mass, but there are two Lutheran churches near by so a Lutheran group would have access to a church of their own denomination. Have any of you guys seen this on your parish schedules?


#2

Could it be a misprint?
Or maybe should it be “youth” Mass?

Have you asked someone at your parish?


#3

Maybe LUTH an acronym for “Liturgy Uf The Hours”?


#4

Maybe they celebrate Mass in Lithuanian and someone made a typo?


#5

Maybe the music is done on a French lute (which, in French, is luth)?


#6

I used to wonder what the OLPH Devotions were.

Turns out, being a Redemptorist Parish, they have regular devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It took me a bit to put 2 and 2 together on that one. :face_with_monocle:


#7

This is a reason we Catholics need to be careful with our “insider terms”.


#8

Might be…I have seen the Liturgy of the Hours (specifically Morning Prayer) incorporated into Mass at a seminary chapel before.


#9

LOTH with Mass would make sense. Maybe the U is a typo.


#10

It’s a special Mass for Lithuanian Undertakers, Truckers, and Housemakers, or LUTH. It’s an odd grouping to be sure, but a venerable tradition.

True story.


#11

It’s been in its current form for months and is on the schedule in perpetuity last I checked. Which I would think lessens it being a typo, no?

I haven’t. There are other Mass times at my home parish I prefer and the days I go to that parish don’t have the Luth Mass.

A nice idea. The only problem I see with that theory us that it’s listed as “Luth,” not “LUTH.”


#12

Not necessarily.
If it is something that just gets “cut & pasted” to a new bulletin or announcement sheet every week, someone might not have even noticed.

Best thing is to just call the office and ask.


#13

If you ever find out what it is, you have to let us know!


#14

I googled it and this returned:

http://www.stjamesah.org/event/luth-mass-fr-matt-116/

It is perplexing!


#15

I tried googling it. I highly doubt it is related to this:Luth


#16

Another thought.
Could it be a Mass that is held in a nursing type home or some other type of residential care facility?


#17

That is a good thought. We have one mass a week that’s held at the local migrant workers camp. I was confused by the bulletin for that till I heard Father explain.

It could be that the Luth Mass is being held somewhere else. Please call the church office for us and find out…we are all curious now. :grin:


#19

ANSWER: I called this parish in Arlington Heights, IL. “Luth” stands for Lutheran Home which is a retirement home nearby. The priests are sent over there for mass, so this Mass doesn’t take place on parish property.

“Luth Mass” is a Mass that takes place at Lutheran Home.


#20

The parish we used to visit in NC always announced the “Spanish Mass in Oriental” – Not completely PC, but always made me chuckle.

(Oriental is a nearby town in NC)


#22

That makes sense, you don’t have to be Lutheran to stay at the Lutheran Home.


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