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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Rediscover the Beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass!

Did you know that you, as a Catholic in good standing, may still be able to attend the Catholic Mass the way your parents and grandparents (and maybe even you as a child) remember it??

The Traditional Latin Mass is still a valid Mass, Vatican II did not change that fact--and so long as the Traditional Mass is celebrated with the proper approval by the diocesean bishop, all Catholics are still welcome to attend these Masses. (Please note, however, that the Traditional Mass I am referring to is not to be confused with the post-Vatican II Mass celebrated in the Latin language. This is done at a few parishes and while beautiful as well, is NOT the same as the Traditional rite Mass that uses the 1962 Missal)

However, care must be taken to assure that the Masses are in fact celebrated with the proper permissions--there are various so-called "traditional Catholic" groups that are in fact schismatic (do not recognize the authority of Rome or the Pope). To attend any of these, non-approved, Masses is forbidden. So check before you go!

What will you see when you go to an approved Traditional-rite parish? All the 'smells and bells' that you might still mentally associate with Catholicism, from the incense to the splendid colors to the tolling of the main church bells at the moment of Consecration! Generally speaking, and counter to the typical suburban Catholic parish liturigies, the Traditional Mass attracts a more reverent and quiet congregation; and a more prayerful atmosphere that is condusive to lifting up your hearts to the Lord--and of course, and best of all, Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in the Most Holy Eucharist!

The Institue of Christ the King is an approved Traditional Mass priestly order, as well as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Many dioceses also offer at least one "indult" (approved) Traditional Latin Mass in a regular parish on a weekly or monthly basis--contact your diocesean office for more information.

For more information on the approved usage of the Traditional Latin Mass, please see either:

Institute of Christ the King (you can also order a video here that shows a beautiful example of the Traditional Latin Pontifical High Mass!)

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (North America)


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