I grew up in the post-Vatican-II world.
I’ve always celebrated the Mass in English.
The priest has always faced the congregation.
And I’ve received communion in the hand for many years now.
I always had an awareness that “in the old days” the Mass was in Latin and you couldn’t see what the priest was doing.
So what’s all this I’m hearing lately about people attending a Traditional Latin Mass (or Extraordinary Form as it’s also called)?
When my parish started celebrating the Extraordinary Form every once in a while, I decided I needed to give it a try. I liked the idea of celebrating the Mass in the same manner as so many of the Saints and other Catholics over the previous 1500 years!
I knew very little about what to expect and though there were several handouts in English and Latin, I admit I was pretty lost most of the time … okay all the time.
The best part was when I realized I was going to receive communion kneeling at the same altar rail where I received my first communion in the second grade!
I’ve read numerous articles with people saying how beautiful the Traditional Latin Mass is … some of them are included below.
I definitely need to go several more times now that I know more about what to expect and what is going on.
If you’ve never been to a Traditional Latin Mass and are curious about it, this issue of Genuflect is for you. We cover the origins of the Extraordinary Form, how it differs from the Ordinary Form we celebrate today, what you need to know before going, what to expect, and how to find a Traditional Latin Mass near you.
Ite in pace (go in peace).
Founding Editor, Genuflect
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The Origins of The Traditional Latin Mass
The Traditional Latin Mass has enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years as many Catholics are curious to experience the Mass as it was celebrated as far back as the fourth century. Here’s a great overview of the origins of the Extraordinary Form Mass, how it differs from our current Novus Ordo Mass, and some of the great symbolism in the Traditional Latin Mass that you might otherwise miss.
The ‘Latin Mass’ is Still Relevant | Denver Catholic
How the Traditional Latin Mass is Different
Though interest in attending a Traditional Latin Mass has grown since Pope Benedict XVI restored it in 2007, and more and more parishes are celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass, many Catholics are hesitant to attend due to fear of the unknown. Here are ten ways the Traditional Latin Mass is different from the Mass you are used to. So you’ll feel more comfortable giving the Extraordinary Form Mass a try.
10 Things to Know Before Attending a Traditional Latin Mass | Learn Religions
How to Prepare For Your First Traditional Latin Mass
The Traditional Latin Mass is very different and can be a little intimidating … and mysterious. It helps to know what to expect before you go, tools available to help you prepare, and most importantly, the right frame of mind.
Lift up Your Hearts: 10 Tips For Newcomers to The Latin Mass | The Catholic Gentleman
Why Attend The Traditional Latin Mass?
It may not be as convenient to attend a Traditional Latin Mass, but with the spread of its popularity and the number of parishes offering the Extraordinary Form, it’s becoming a little easier. Here are ten reasons why you should give it a try, especially if you’ve never been to a Traditional Latin Mass.
Ten Reasons to Attend The Traditional Latin Mass | One Peter Five
Why Does The Priest Turn His Back to us?
One of the most noticeable differences between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo celebrated today, is the priest has his back to the congregation. As with all aspects of the Extraordinary Form, there is great symbolism behind the priest’s position. And once you understand why, you may wonder why they ever changed it.
Why is The Priest Celebrating With His Back to us? | The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Types of Traditional Latin Masses
There are two types of Traditional Latin Masses: Low Mass and Sung Mass. You’ll want to understand the difference between the two. And it’s probably a good idea to start with a Low Mass.
The Differences Between Low Masses And Sung Masses | Mater Dei Catholic Parish
What You Need to Know About Receiving Communion
In the Traditional Latin Mass, there is one way to receive communion and it’s while kneeling at a communion rail and on the tongue. Before you attend a Traditional Latin Mass, here are 5 tips you need to know for the proper way to receive communion.
Receiving Communion on The Tongue at The Altar Rail | Mater Dei Catholic Parish
Why The Traditional Latin Mass is Gaining Popularity
Catholics raised on the Traditional Latin Mass can’t understand why those raised with the Novus Ordo Mass are attracted to the Extraordinary Form, and even beginning to prefer it. Jeff Dahlberg explains four reasons based on his personal experiences … and they have everything to do with God rather than himself.
Find a Latin Mass Near You
If you’d like to attend a Traditional Latin Mass, but don’t know where to find one, check out this online directory. All Masses are celebrated according to the Missale Romanum 1962 (or earlier) with the approval of the Holy See. Search by Country and State for Daily, Sunday, or Holy Days of Obligation Masses.
Find Traditional Latin Masses Around The World | Latin Mass Directory
Pontifical Solemn High Mass is Coming to America
This November 16, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C, the first-ever celebration of the “Mass of the Americas” in Latin will be held honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. The special Solemn High Pontifical Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN and then will embark on an unprecedented Marian church tour, including San Francisco, Tijuana, Houston (November 24), Dallas (2020), and Mexico City (TBA).
A Rare Liturgical Event is About to Take Place in Washington | Catholic Herald
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