Posted below is a primer Team In Solutione drafted to help convince not only yourselves and your fellow parishioners but the Priest at your Church to begin saying an Extraordinary Form mass at your Parish. We recommend you cut and paste it into a word document in two columns on each page (print on front and back so it fits on one page) and pass it out to your friends at the Church. Once you have gathered a group together use the process found in Sommorum Pontificum to petition the Priest for a Traditional Latin Mass. If the Priest denies your efforts, then speak to the Bishop. If the Bishop thwarts you then take it all the way to Rome. Be civil but be persistent. Patience achieves all things. If this doesn’t work, then vote with your feet. You will not be sorry. The graces that flow from the Latin Mass will help fix this sick world.
Please Attend the Traditional Latin Mass…And Help Save the World
The Catholic Church is the only institution founded by God on this earth. The Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) is worthy of the Church’s divine beginnings, and we encourage more good people of (insert Church name here) to take advantage of this “treasure” of the Church. One of the best ways to fight back against the ever-increasing secular culture, which worked to protect Catholic families for centuries, is the TLM which is a bulwark and is the ultimate offensive and defensive spiritual weapon our families desperately need of which many Catholics are not taking advantage.
Why Does the Church Still Have the TLM?
Do find yourself wondering why the Church still performs the mass in Latin? Do you think attending the Latin Mass is going back in time needlessly? Or are you leery of the TLM because you don’t know Latin. Please don’t fear the TLM. The TLM is truly is a gift from God to the Church and to YOU! It is not an exaggeration that the TLM has been referred to as “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.” The Church still has mass in Latin for many reasons. Did you know that Latin is still the official Language of the Catholic Church . . . and has been for over 1400 years? Did you know that the Vatican II Council documents, in 1965, were actually written in Latin? Did you know that the Vatican II Council itself never abolished the traditional liturgy, and never called for the change of language into the vernacular nor the rite of the Holy Mass as a whole?
For nearly 1,400 years, the TLM was the Liturgy of the Catholic world. It was the Mass at which practically every Pope, and Saint and Christian of the West worshipped from 600 A.D. to 1970 A.D. It was the Mass that Catholic martyrs gave their blood to preserve during the Protestant Revolt (www.latinmassmagazine.com) The TLM that produced many of our Churches most revered saints, like Saint Francis and Padre Pio? In fact, when the Vatican II Council ended, Padre Pio, who performed miracles on a daily basis, and who was known for his steadfast obedience to his superiors, refused to perform the mass in the Vernacular, so he asked, and Pope Paul VI gave him permission, to continue to preside over the TLM. Shouldn’t this tell us how important the TLM is to the world? (Rev Father Jean, OFM., Cap.)
Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know Latin!
Is not knowing Latin keeping you away from the TLM…well you are in luck! Latin-English Missals are available at each mass and they contain easy-to-follow, step-by-step translations of all the prayers, hymns, and responsorials of the Mass. The Sermon will be in English, and the scriptural readings will be read in both English and Latin. Regarding the Latin Language, Pope Pius XII stated: “The day the Church abandons its universal tongue is the day before it returns to the Catacombs.” Further, the former Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, Father Gabriel Amorth, stated the devil cringes at Latin and Latin “is most effective in challenging the Devil.” In addition, Pope Paul VI called Latin, “The richest treasure of Piety.”
Because of the Church’s universality, the use of Latin is a means of maintaining unity in the Church, as well as uniformity in her services. Latin, as the language of the Church, unites all nations, making them members of God’s family, of Christ’s kingdom. Moreover, the use of Latin, the language of ancient Rome, is a constant reminder of our dependence on the Holy Roman Church; it recalls to our minds involuntarily the fact that thence, from the Mother Church, the first missionaries came who brought the faith to our shores. (www.sanctamissa.com)
The use of a dead language is a safeguard against many evils; it is not subject to change, but remains the same to all time. Languages in daily use undergo a continual process of change; words drop out, or their meaning is altered as years go on. If a living language were employed in divine worship heresies and errors would inevitably creep into the Church. (www.sanctamissa.com)
TLM v Novus Ordo
Another difference you might notice from the Novus Ordo mass is the priest, like the rest of the congregation, faces East (“ad orientem”). East is the direction of the rising Sun, which is symbolic of the Risen Christ. This means that for much of the Mass, the priest’s back is toward the congregation. This demonstrates the unity of the priest and the parishioners in worshipping God together. After all, Mass is not about the priest’s interaction with the congregation, but rather about interaction with God Himself. (www.latinmassmagazine.com) Further, at the TLM, Holy Communion is received by parishioners on the tongue, and kneeling. This traditional form of receiving the Eucharist stresses the awesome reality that Holy Communion is indeed the Body of Christ, and should be received with the utmost of reverence. (www.latinmassmagazine.com) Lastly, the music that one will hear at most TLM’s will include solemn Gregorian Chant – still the official music of the Church. Overall, most Catholics who attend the TLM characterize the differences noted above, along with some others, as creating a greater “sense of the sacred.” (www.latinmassmagazine.com)
The TLM Is More Important Than Ever
Living in a secularized world, the TLM helps us be rooted in the tradition and heritage of the Church. The TLM helps Catholics sanctify their lives in a desacralized age. The ancient form of the Roman Mass fosters a sense of respect for the Church’s sacred traditions. This vital link with the Sacrifice of the Mass is a secure anchor and guarantee that we do not drift away from that bedrock of the Catholic Faith. (www.sanctamissa.com) It was the TLM that united Christians across Continents and across centuries. With the crises in the world today, more and more people (especially young people) seek an alternative to the “modern world.” They are returning in droves to the wisdom of the ages, to things tested and timeless. For many young Catholics and converts to the Catholic Faith, this has included a return to the TLM. (www.sanctamissa.com)
The TLM is worthy of the Church’s divine mission as it causes its participants to ponder heaven because the TLM’s sole focus is on God. Catholic Priest, Fr. Faber, well described the origins of the TLM “It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with celestial charming, so that our very senses seem to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste and touch beyond what earth can give.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have this feeling on earth? Well come to the TLM and find out! We will plan a field trip to (insert name of Church that has the nearest TLM) for mass.
Let’s not forget the efforts by Blessed Pope John Paul II (JPII) and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (BXVI) to restore the TLM. In 1984 JPII issued an Indult for the TLM to be celebrated world-wide. In a motu proprio entitled Ecclesia Dei (1988) he mentioned its ‘lawfulness’ and manifested his will that permission for its celebration be granted on a ‘wide and generous’ basis. Then BXVI issued a motu proprio entitled Sommorum Pontificum that gave every Priest the right to perform a TLM without the permission of their Bishop in the spirit of further spreading this supreme gift from God. JPII said this about the TLM, “[it} is our heritage from great antiquity, a sublime gift of God and the fruit of centuries of inspired Catholic thinking. It goes back without significant change to the 6th century when Pope St. Gregory the Great left the old rite in all its essentials just as we have it today.”
So why do we not have a Latin Mass at our (insert name of your Church here)Church? Let’s pray hard together, let’s talk to Father (insert name of your priest) and change this reality so we can change our lives and the world!