Saturday, September 22, 2007

About Our Mass...

As many of you are probably already aware, this past July His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio on the liturgy entitled Summorum Pontificum. In this document, the Pope has seen fit to establish a new set of norms regarding what has been called the "Traditional Latin Mass" or the Tridentine Mass, which had been the official liturgical expression of the Roman Church for over 1500 years until the reforms put into place under Pope Paul VI in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Far from "turning the clock back" as some news reports have claimed, the Holy Father has by this document both prudently and graciously chosen to reintegrate this most sacred and venerable liturgical form back into the normal life of the Church, recognizing that both laymen and clergy alike should have the right to partake in the sacraments according to the traditional usage if they so desire. As two of the many younger devotees of the traditional liturgy alluded to by the Holy Father in his introductory letter to the motu proprio, we are pleased to announce the we will be having our own nuptial mass said according to the norms of the older ritual, now to be called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form, mini-booklet missals will be available when you arrive at the church which will enable you to follow along with the sacred actions of the priest and the servers. Click here to see pictures of a recent (September 9th) mass sung in the Extraordinary Form at our church (h/t: The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny). Click here to see video of a mass in the Extraordinary Form recently broadcast on EWTN from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (in realvideo).

UPDATE: Click here to see some more pictures and also to hear some music from that recent EF mass sung at our church.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Mary Clare and Dan - you know I would show up on this part of the blog sooner than later! So glad you will avail yourselves of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, thanks to our beloved Pope.
Jube, Domine, benedicere. Oremus...
Stephen Pack