Monday, July 12, 2010

Latin Mass

We attended High Latin Mass Sunday—we are fortunate to have a local parish of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter authorized by the Church to conduct Mass in the traditional way—and it was a glorious experience.

While preferring the New Mass for daily use, the occasional attendance at the High Mass, with its chanting, solemnity, and ancient ritual is exhilarating and connects us to the eternal Church.

This morning I returned to my regular parish and heard the New Mass, delivered by a visiting priest in its correct form—without the personal variations too many older priests seem to feel are necessary (mentioned in yesterday's post) and a large part of the reason so many prefer the Latin Mass—and it too was magnificent.

We are blessed to have access to both and thank the Holy Father for ensuring that all of the faithful now have access to the traditional Latin Mass.