Objectives of the Society
✤ Educating Catholics about the Traditional Latin Mass.
✤ Creating name recognition in the Catholic community.
✤ Demonstrating our commitment to being a larger part of the Catholic community.
✤ To work within the Church for an organic restoration of the liturgy in conformity with its nature and with the Latin tradition.
What is the Latin Mass?
✤ The Latin Mass is the Mass of the Catholic Church as codified by Pope St. Pius V shortly after the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and is often called the Tridentine Mass in reference to that council. Pope St. Pius V did not issue a new Mass but simply unified the already existing liturgy.
Why is having a Mass in Latin important?
✤ By preserving the Traditional Latin Mass we are preserving one of the Catholic Church’s most beautiful rites.
✤ “[I]n faithful obedience to tradition, the sacred Council declares that holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way.”
(Sacrosanctum Concilium 4)
✤ “The use of the Latin language,… is a manifest and beautiful sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption of doctrinal truth.”
(Mediator Dei 60)
✤ “Latin,…elicit[s] a profound sense of the Eucharistic Mystery.”
(Dominicae Cenae 10)
✤ The sacral nature of Latin adds the important element of solemnity to the worship.
✤ “Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples… It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all.”
✤ “[T]he use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.”
(Sancrosanctum Concilium 36.1)
✤ “Canon 249 The program of priestly formation is to provide that students not only are carefully taught their native language but also understand Latin well…”
(Title III., Sacred Ministers or Clerics, Chapt. 1)
✤ “[T]he Church’s language must be not only universal but also immutable…[Latin] is set and unchanging,…”
✤ “The focus on the mass is on Christ on the altar
The surroundings are such to promote reverence, prayer and help to stay focused
The symbols keep drawing us back to the sacrifice
The saints are invoked and intercede for us each day
The feast days are in their proper place in the church calendar.”
✤ “The reverence shown by the actions of the priest particularly attracts me to the Latin mass. It is this consistent reverence that most profoundly expresses the reality of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.”
✤ “The knowledge and understanding that the Mass is the sacrifice in which the entire Church, in union with her Divine Head, offers herself to the Father, in its silent prayer. There is the sacramental distinction between the priest and the laity; the priest is an Alter Christus and from his consecrated hands alone we receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Host. The Latin Mass is majestic in its all-reverent approach to facing east towards God, from where He will come again; in its Gregorian chant of the elements of the Mass; its prayerful hymns, and its many gestures of reverence and obeisance such as bowing, making the Sign of the Cross, kneeling, genuflecting.”
✤ Imagine attending a Catholic Mass where all of your senses are touched. The moment you enter the church the smell of the incense helps you remember the sacredness of the place and that you are about to assist at mass, one of the most important actions you will ever undertake. Music, the ancient sound of Gregorian chant and even the silence that follows helps to alert you to the solemnity of the occasion, as does the poetic and now mysterious Latin language.
1. Latin binds current-day Catholics to the saints, popes and other Church faithful of the past.
2. Latin adds a poetic touch to the most beautiful expression of God’s wonderful gift given to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Like most people who choose a mass they like, I like the atmosphere at the Latin Mass: it has the sense of the ancient and mystery. The smell of incense at High Mass makes me more aware of what is about to happen. The light beams through the stained glass windows, filters through the smoke of the incense and covers everyone in the church in a cloud of prayer. The Gregorian Chant sets a solemn tone that calms and elevates the soul. The silence inspires me to deeper prayer, and I feel linked to those words and actions used by the old saints in all the great cathedrals of the ancient Catholic world.
✤ The Latin Mass is the Mass of all time and all places. Whether celebrated in the magnificent St. Peter’s in Rome or secretly in a Communist prison cell, in a city parish church, in a remote monastery, or at a Mass Rock as in Penal times in Ireland, the Latin Mass invokes the same feeling of reverence and joy in the hearts of those present as they join with the celebrating priest in honouring Our Lord God Almighty. The wonder of the miracle of Christ giving Himself on the altar is never far from one’s mind while the prayers and psalms and scripture continue to communicate Christ to us and us to Him. The unequalled gift of receiving Christ in the Holy Eucharist is somehow easier to appreciate at the Latin Mass as one kneels to receive Him on our tongue at the altar rail. The sense of peace rests more easily in one’s heart. Having grown up with the Latin Mass as the norm – and having had it taken away for some years – it has been a great blessing for now over ten years to have had it returned here to the city of Calgary. Many people wish for such a privilege in their parishes and diocese throughout the world and we pray that they will soon have such a gift. The most amazing thing to see today where the Latin Mass has been reinstated, is the numbers of young people who have found it. They searched for such peace and unity and meaning and somehow found their answer in the celebration of the ancient but ever new Latin Mass.
Treasa van Ommen Kloeke
✤ The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and most perfect form of prayer because it is Jesus Christ, God Himself. It follows that it should be the most solemn and reverent of all Catholic practices. The Latin Mass is rich in symbolism and the vestments, clothing, gestures, posture and language reflect the inner disposition of the heart, which should be one of deep prayer, adoration, humility and reparation. The Latin language lends to the sacredness of prayer and communing with God. It rolls of the tongue gracefully because it is the language of the Church, the true language of Love, the language of God, because God is Love, constant, universal and unchanging. The Latin Mass with its sacred practices, traditions and rubrics is by far the most reverent Mass there is giving all honor and glory that is rightly due to the Thrice-Holy God. Most magnificent is when you receive Our Lord kneeling and on the tongue. Those who know who they are and know a little about who God is desire greatly to receive Him in this way. Since discovering this Mass I have been blessed to serve at the altar. I am 23 years old. Young people also deeply appreciate the beauty of the Latin Mass.