Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Tridentine Mass Explained

For a greater appreciation of the details of the Extraordinary Rite. (It may not be strictly accurate to describe this as the Extraordinary Rite, since it predates the 1962 Missal; but my guess is, it's close enough.)

The Eternal Gift: Solemn High Mass in the traditional Roman Rite, filmed at Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, Easter Sunday, 1941, and narrated by the Rt. Rev. Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen. I believe this is the very place shown in this video.

This Mass appears to make a lot of physical demands on the celebrant -- certainly compared to the present Ordinary Rite. But is it possible that it only seems so now because we've become soft?

It is a long-established principle of the Catholic Church never to completely drop from her public worship any ceremony, object or prayer which once occupied a place in that worship.

Fulton J. Sheen

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