Skip to comments.DVDs published to help the faithful learn the 1962 Latin Mass
Posted on 08/19/2009 10:09:54 AM PDT by NYer
.- The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was recently incorporated into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has announced the publication of two DVDs to help priests and the community celebrate Mass according to the extraordinary form of the Latin Rite.
The two DVDs include an entire Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyosuntil recently the president of the Commissionat the Basilica of St. Mary Major in 2003.
The discs also feature segments explaining in detail the gestures and rubrics, from the preparatio ad missam (preparation before Mass) to the act of thanksgiving in the sacristy.
The video is available in four languages (Italian, English, Spanish and French) and is intended to be the first concrete contribution of the Holy See for the implementation of the Popes wishes contained in Summorum Pontificum. The Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum, which was released in July of 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI, granted universal permission to the faithful to celebrate the Tridentine Mass adapted by Blessed John XXIII in 1962.
The Commission has not yet announced where or how the DVDs can be purchased.
These should definitely generate greater iterest in the TLM.
bookmark... not that you won’t ping it in a minute :-)
HA! You beat me by a minute. I was probably typing it.
The Latin mass could get be back in the church .. if I could find one that didn’t make me feel I was in a GYM.....
I remember an Impressionist who used to do John Wayne as the Priest doing the Latin Mass.
What’s the big deal about Latin? Peter spoke Aramaic, right?
Ahahahaha. Yes. Thank you for the grin. Needed to smile today. =)
It’s not about archaeology. It’s about timelessness and universality.
The church suffered at the hands of the liberals trying to make the it "more relevant" in much the same way American society suffered at the hands of theses same liberals trying to do the same thing there.
Just a couple of more examples that demonstrate how worthless liberalism truly is.
Aramaic (language of the Gospels) is still spoken in some areas.
Hebrew (language of the Old Testament) is still used by the Chosen People.
Greek (language of the Letters) is the epitome of timelessness and universality.
Latin is a dead language. Save for rituals and archeology, nobody uses it. Save for a very few then-contemporary references, it was not used for the Bible.
Insistence on using Latin for mass is a non-sequitur.
Pope John XXIII was a dogmatic, liberal leaning prelate who tried, and mostly succeeded, in turning the Roman Catholic Church into the Roman Protestant Church. Then he was followed by the weak-kneed ineffecient Paul VI. It has taken John Paul II and Benedict XVI all these years to right the ship.
That's what I'm familiar with and, as I read this article, that is what the author is talking about.
No idea where/when you enjoyed your Arabic adhan mass. It's not something I've experienced.
Which is why it's so well-suited for liturgy. The words don't change. Meanings don't change. Ministers won't muck it about.
The Church is our mother too, and Latin is her language.
In most cultures and at most times in history, the norm has been that people have had at least a nodding acquaintance with more than one language. Till quite recently, the English-speaking world has been a curious exception. Perhaps because of the enormous land mass of North America and the island nature of Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, we havent had the experience of regular dealings with other languages and dialects. Maybe this has made us a bit selfish and forgetful of whats normal to the rest of the world. Whatever the reason, much of the rest of the world has at least a basic competence in more than one language. Till forty or so years ago, so did American Catholics. No, we werent all classics scholars, but we could say our prayers. At Mass we could sing some hymns and give the responses assigned to us. What we once had can be recovered more quickly than most of us realize.
One concrete way we make our home in the midst of divine mystery is through the use of sacred language speech set aside for the worship of God. Liturgical language, chiefly Latin in the Catholic Church, is well-suited to sacred liturgy for a great many reasons:
Latin doesnt change. Unlike vernacular tongues, Latin doesnt evolve over time, so it imparts stability to liturgy that guarantees the durability and integrity of the Faith as its handed from one generation to the next.
Latin is traditional. In other words, Latins not just a comfortable habit Catholics are used to; its the tongue of our ecclesial heritage. Latin puts us in touch with the writing and worship of the Church from her earliest centuries; Latin allows us to enter the times and minds of our ecclesial ancestors and know them unfiltered and unmediated.
Latin is supra-national. It doesnt belong to any country or ethnic group; its something that is available to all without giving preference to any. Latin makes the stranger at home wherever he finds himself. Its a mark of catholicity, of universality, in the Church whose mission territory is the whole world.
Latin is a sign of communion. Latin is one more way for Catholics to live out their unity, not only across international boundaries, but across the centuries. The use of living prayers that were ancient in the mouths of saints a thousand years ago strengthens our bonds with them and strengthens our understanding of the timelessness of God. Its a witness to the world about the true meaning of the communion of saints.
Latin is holy. This isnt to say the language is sacred by its very nature, but its holy in the sense that it has no daily use except the worship of God. Its set aside for worship, honoring a human impulse that transcends time and cultures, that establishes numerous liturgical languages including Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Old Church Slavonic, and Sanskrit.
Latin ensures authenticity. Vernacular liturgies tempt some priests to experiment with novelties, to inject their own creativity and personality. Latin makes that all but impossible, ensuring that the people receive the authentic liturgy thats their right and protecting the priest from the temptation to grandstand.
Seen this way, the use of Latin in the Mass is about far more than just being old-fashioned or perversely obscure or exclusive and elitist. The Second Vatican Council ordered that "the use of Latin is to be preserved in the Latin rites" and that "steps are to be taken to ensure that the faithful are able to say and sing together, also in Latin, those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass that pertain to them". The Council ordered this not for shallow reasons of atmospherics or antiquarianism but because it understood that the universal Church needs a universal language. Most Catholics are still waiting for their schools, priests, and bishops to comply with this Council directive, a delay that has gravely disrupted their ability to live fully Catholic lives.
If Catholics had retained the regular use of the language the Council promised them, and if the two generations born since the Council had enjoyed the education and regular intended for them, Latin would not be seen today as something alien and exotic and slightly scary. The Holy Fathers motu proprio derestricting the older form of the Mass is not a nostalgic old mans dreamy bid to put the clock back to the good old days, its a program for renewal and the future. The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass.
Only about 70% of the English language has Latin root words. Pick up a law book or a book on biology.
Latin is also the direct ancestor of French, Italian, Spanish,and Portuguese as well as few other languages including Romanian.
Latin is relevant and for centuries was the dominant language of western civilization.
I think if it were reintroduced into our public schools we would see a dramatic improvement in the quality of education and increase in the intelligence of our youth.
I never did study Latin in school (it was not offered) but I took five years of a closely related langauge, Spanish.
I have heard tell that the Catholic seminaries in the U.S. which instruct the traditional Mass are overflowing with applicants and interest.
Hear! Hear! Well said.
i want this DVD... and we are Protestant! i just finished teaching our first Latin class of the academic year to our homeschool co-op... we love Latin... btw i was raised Catholic and do love the Catholic church... we attend mass on Good Friday, and i occasionally go to our local Catholic church in the morning to have a beautiful place to pray and contemplate...