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Why are we even discussing going back to the old Latin Mass?
First, look at this video presentation by Michael Voris:
Then, refresh your ancient Catholic Liturgy memory at this link:
Then, look at how we almost lost it, at this link:
For delving deeper into, first, heterodox (untraditional, incorect) Catholic teaching, followed by orthodox (traditional, correct) Catholic teaching, visit this link:
The return of the old Latin Mass is the return to beauty and majesty involving the senses of sight, sound, scent, taste and feel, and that inner spiritual sense of pure glory to God; the sense that this is how God should be treated. If the Mass is indeed our deepest prayer, then the Mass is the most important time to turn our faces back toward Him, and away from the world, away from each other, and away from ourselves. The Mass is, primarily, God's prayer; not ours. The primary focus is on glory and praise to our Lord. Remembrance. Atonement. Focusing on His actual Presence, and coming worthily but humbly to the Table for the Bread of Life. Then, we are that much better prepared to "Go, the Mass is ended" and be a leaven in society.
Below is a list of links to Catholic Churches that offer the Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal.
If your Church offers this ancient Latin Mass, please use the comment form below to send me a link to your Church's website to be included among the links below.
We are praying for a strong return to the Latin Mass, and that it might one day be a commonplace thing, not something you have to search for, or travel a long way just to pray the Mass on a regular basis.
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Date: Tue Mar 05 20:50:04 2013
From: Robert and Bonnie Hoseth
Location: Belding, Michigan
We attend the Latin Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sundays at 12:30 P.M.
Date: Tue Mar 05 23:09:15 2013
From: Paul May
Location: Tucson / Arizona / United States
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest c0-located together with Holy Family Catholic Church, whereby the Canon of the oratory also serves as the rector of Holy Family Catholic Church, Diocese of Tucson
Date: Wed Mar 06 13:08:29 2013
Queen of Peace in Ocala, Florida has a Latin Mass each Sunday at 6:00 P.M.
The FSSP priests travel from Sarasota (4 hour round trip).
6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, FL 33476
Date: Wed Oct 23 21:42:09 2013
Could we make it a point to not call it the "Latin Mass" and instead call it the Tridentine Mass exclusively. Or perhaps "The Mass of All Time" if Tridentine is too hard to remember. There are so many truly ignorant "Catholics" who actually seriously believe that the "Latin Mass" is the same Mass being celebrated at just about every Catholic parish but with the one distinction being it uses Latin as the language. There are even some folks, and I think it is deliberate propaganda, who refer to the Tridentine Mass as the "Mass in Latin" which even furthers the incorrect assumption that there is one difference and ONE difference is that THE Mass is said in Latin rather than English. Then they use a big word like "vernacular" to sound all scholastic on the issue and an ignorant Catholic can be even more easily mislead. There are websites out there that if one does a search for "What Is The Latin Mass" that are listed among the first listed in popular search engines that define the "Latin Mass" as the Mass as it existed before Vatican 2 allowed the Mass to be said in the "vernacular" and then end the definition there as if to imply that is the one and only difference and other than that it can now be in the local language they are one and the same. This of course reduces anyone who speaks about the "Latin Mass" as a blithering fool who somehow thinks that the same Mass not being spoken in the somehow magical language of Latin is something to make a big stink about. Many have even stated they would accept in a heartbeat the Tridentine Mass in the local language over the new Mass - I know I would if those were the only choices. Stop letting them take one element of the Tridentine Mass and define it based on that alone.
Date: Wed Oct 30 05:41:15 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
The terms used today are used so broadly it is hard to know where to begin; it may be near impossible to use one term for each Mass that would be clearly understood by all.
The original Tridentine Mass was formalized and began after the Council of Trent, and existed unchanged from 1570 until 1962. It was said in Latin, and it is what was known as "the Mass of the ages." Anywhere you went on earth, that was the Mass that would be said, and any Catholic, from anywhere, would be familiar with it. That lesson was drilled into Marcie's head in Catholic school, and into my head in Saturday Catechism classes (I went to public school.) Everybody knew that the Mass was the same everywhere in the world.
It is important to note that use of local vernacular languages in the Mass was authorized before and after Trent. Although other languages were rarely or not commonly used, they were used, under rules of strict adherence to exact translation.
The 1962 Mass and Missal had some changes; for instance, the reading of The Final Gospel (John 1) was added at the end of Mass. So the 1962 Mass could not correctly be called the Tridentine Mass, although it was still offered and prayed exclusively in Latin.
In 1964, emanating from the Second Vatican Council, the instruction in the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy stated that "normally the Epistle and the Gospel from the Mass of the day shall be read in the vernacular." This, some say, was the beginning of the opening of the floodgates. In normal practice, weekday or low Mass had the priest read or sing the readings at the Altar in Latin, and Sunday - Holy Day high Mass had the priest come to the Ambo and read or sing the readings in the local vernacular language.
Of course, the Novus Ordo, or New Order Mass began in 1969, three years after the close of Vatican II. Most of the changes were innocent enough, but some of them were radical interpretations rather than strict translations of the Latin into the vernacular. For instance, the "We believe" rather than the "I believe" in the Credo (Creed.) You can read what I've said about it in the Broken Liturgy page.
However, most people may not be aware of the fact that the Novus Ordo can be and has been said entirely in Latin, except for the readings; that the "gift of peace" party-time is optional and can be eliminated; that Communion can be received on the tongue at the Communion Rail; that lay distributors are also optional; that Latin hymns and chant may be retained; etc., etc., etc. In other words, the New Mass can be almost indistinguishable from the older Masses.
Of course, the opposite is true, too. Obviously, the Bishops are not doing their jobs properly.
I don't know what to call these Masses, SMB, because there may be as many kinds of them as there are Bishops, and in some Liberal dioceses, there may be as many kinds as there are local Pastors. Perhaps we could differentiate between the old and the new by calling them the 1962 Mass and the New Mass.
I believe (and I pray) that the 1962 Mass is the most consistent Mass everywhere.
Date: Tue Apr 08 16:11:28 2014
Location: Overland Park, KS
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is offered by Fathers John Fongemie and Justin Nolan of the Priestly Society of St. Peter, under the authority of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church, 5035 Rainbow Blvd., in Westwood, KS.
Date: Fri Jun 27 17:02:49 2014
Location: Seattle, Washington
Parish of the North American Martyrs
Sunday Masses: 8am Holyrood Cemetery
11:45am @ St Alphonsus
Catholic Church in
Weekday Masses: 12:10pm Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
7:30pm Mon and Wed
Date: Wed Nov 12 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Changes pursuant to changing the website URL
and name from
Thinking Catholic Strategic Center to
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Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages. .
Date: Mon Jun 15 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Included link to Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter website for links to all FSSP Latin Mass Churches in North America.
Date: Tue Nov 10 07:49:53 2015
In St Elizabeth Ann Catholic church Houston Texas close to Hwy 6 and 529 there are Latin masses from Monday through Saturday and on Sundays in the FLC.
Date: Sat Dec 24 10:08:45 2016
From: Gregory Fall
Location: Milton, MA, USA
The Latin "Extraordinary" Mass is offered in the lower church Sundays at 10:00 AM.
Date: Tue Jun 20 14:15:26 2017
From: Joe Morgan
Location: Chesapeake, Va
St Benedict's Parish - Home of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin) Mass in Hampton Roads. Offering Daily Confession, Daily Mass and Sacraments according to the Liturgical Books of 1962.
Confessions: 30 min prior to each Mass; and Wednesdays 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30AM (Low Mass), 10AM (Sung Mass), NOON (Low Mass)
Monday: 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass)
Tuesday:6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass)
Wednesday:6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass) Followed by all day Adoration with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. followed by Benediction
Thursday: 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Low Mass)
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. (Low Mass)
Holy Days: 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass) and 7:00 p.m. (High Mass)
Date: Sat Jun 15 11:28:31 2019
From: Greg English
Location: Sweetwater, TN, USA
Fr. Dr. John A Orr offers a Low Mass Sundays 8AM At St. Mary's Catholic Church in Athens, TN
Date: Sat Jul 20 20:05:18 2019
St. Anthony in Temperance, MI, has the following Latin Masses:
Thursday: 7 pm Low Mass
Sunday: 12 pm High Mass
First Friday: 7 pm Low Mass with music
First Saturday: 9 am High Mass
Date: Fri Oct 18 15:25:11 2019
Location: Lapeer, MI
Comment:: Monday-Thursday: 8:45 am
(Tuesday & Thursday are a Traditional Latin Mass)
1st Friday & 1st Saturday: 8:45 am
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm
Sunday Masses: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, & 12:00 pm
(Sunday 12:00 pm Mass is a Traditional Latin Mass)
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