Latin Mass

GUEST COLUMNIST | Sacred language can lift worshippers

Upon hearing about the Latin Mass, the first response often is a question: Isn't the use of Latin in Catholic worship outdated — something Vatican Council II wanted the modern Church to leave behind?

In fact, the Council's Constitution on the Liturgy decreed, "The use of the Latin language is to be preserved, ... but since the use of the vernacular ... may frequently be of great advantage to the people, a wider use may be made of it, especially in readings, directives, and in some prayers and chants" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36).

'Mysterium tremendum' | St. Barnabas begins offering the Traditional Latin Mass

Altar servers Thomas and Curtis Prize assisted Father Raymond Hager in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at St. Barnabas Parish in O’Fallon. Lisa Johnston |

With a single intoning of the bell, Mass had begun at St. Barnabas.

But this was no Ordinary Form of the Mass.

"In Nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ..."

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass -- better known as the Traditional or Tridentine Latin Mass -- is being celebrated at the northern O'Fallon parish. In January, Father Raymond Hager began offering the Mass at 10 a.m. on Sundays, after a group of parishioners wrote a letter last January requesting it.

Four ordained for Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

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The Mass of Ordination for four priests of The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.  The Sacrament of Holy Orders was conferred by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Louis during a solemn Pontifical Mass. The men laid prostrate on the altar floor as the Litany of Saints was prayed.

Amid the rituals of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite Mass, the actual ordination of four men into the priesthood Aug. 5 at St. Francis de Sales Oratory was much like any other Catholic ordination, with one important difference.

The language: Latin of the pre-Second Vatican Council Mass vs. mostly English (in St. Louis) post-Vatican II.

Guest Column | Celebrating the 'New Mass' -- in Latin

When Catholics hear about Masses celebrated in Latin, they usually assume this refers to what is now called the "extraordinary form" of the Roman rite: the ancient liturgy, completely in Latin, which was used with little variation for many centuries prior to the reforms of Vatican Council II.

SSPX head says members must preserve their identity, tradition

Laura Gambino smiled at her mother Kathleen Gambino before the start of a traditional Latin Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel in Farmingville, N.Y., June 17. The chapel is administered by the Society of St. Pius X.

VATICAN CITY -- The head of the Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society's official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the Church.

The response will insist that the society must preserve its identity, which is "the only efficacious means to help the Church restore Christendom," said Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society.

Joyfully serving the Lord at Mass

Four-year-old gave the cruets of wine and water to Father Brian Harrison, OS, in the sacristy after Mass June 22 at the historic church Downtown.
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