Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Tridentine Mass in Every Parish?

The pendulum is swinging, my friends - God bless Pope Benedict!

Pope wants Tridentine Masses in every parish, says Vatican official

By Ed West
9 May 2008

The pope wants the Latin Mass to be available in parishes "even if it is not specifically asked for, or requested", according to a senior Vatican official.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, said priests should make the extraordinary form available so that "everyone may have access to this treasure of the ancient liturgy of the Church".

In the latest sign that Pope Benedict XVI wants to make the Mass more widely available, the Cardinal made the comments in a Latin Mass DVD put together by the traditionalist group the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in cooperation with Catholic television station EWTN.

The cardinal added that the Pope wants the old rite to become normal in parishes, so that "young communities can also become familiar with this rite". The Ecclesia Dei Commission is tasked with the implementation of Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum on the 1962 Latin Mass.

It has been claimed that priests may not celebrate a traditional Mass publicly in their parish unless they have first received a petition from a "stable group". Some bishops have tried to limit the public celebrations of the Tridentine Mass by imposing a minimum number of people in such a group.

But Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos's announcement suggests that priests should use the 1962 Missale Romanum in their parishes without such a request. Copies of the instructional video on the 1962 Latin Mass will be available for free to any priest or seminarian who orders it.

It includes over three hours of footage on two DVD discs, giving a step-by-step explanation and demonstration of the Mass in the extraordinary form.

The production includes multiple appendices with instructions on the general principles of gesture and movement, as well as commonly encountered variations in the elements of the Mass.

Also featured is a real-time demonstration of the Mass, which can be viewed from multiple angles on demand. A spiritual commentary is included, as well as an explanation from an FSSP priest on the liturgical_principles of the extraordinary form. The cardinal provides an introduction for the DVD in which he explains that Pope Benedict XVI hoped to foster a "spiritual and theological richness"


Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Deo Gratias

Cygnus said...

May it come to pass!

(Sorry, too frazzled to translate to Latin now)

Patrick said...

I hope this will be a reality. :)

As an aside, I've restarted my blog; please visit it.

Marilena said...

this is what i hope and pray for! a full return of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in every parish around the world.

Shirley said...

In true Albertan style, I can only say,Yahoo! About time!

Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...


Marie said...

I have never been to a Latin Mass, I hope oneday I will have the opportunity to do so :).

Peace to you:)


Anonymous said...

I'll never forget the announcement from the pulpit that we should discard our missals...a new one would be available next week. It never came. Such deception from the Church!
I have a Missal, and say the Mass to myself each Sunday.

paramedicgirl said...

Anon, if you are not a priest, saying Mass to yourself every Sunday from a missal means you are breaking the third commandment by skipping Mass. Perhaps you are a sedevacantist? Have you ever thpught about how silently Jesus suffers the indignitites that are heaped upon Him? You could help to make reparation for these sins by praying your way through every Mass, even though it is not the Mass of your choice. It is still a Mass, though, where Jesus is offered to His Father.

When you read the Missal, there is no sacrifice. There is no Mass.