THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS IN A NUTSHELL


Appreciating the Traditional Latin Mass

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.” Pope Benedict XVI’s Moto Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, 2007.
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is our opportunity to stand on Calvary with our Lady, St. John and the holy women and offer ourselves to Jesus just as He offers Himself for us on the cross.  Think for a moment about how awesome that is!

  • At Mass we unite ourselves with Christ, Who offers us with Himself to God the Father. That is why we call it the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  This is how we render perfect adoration unto the Father. And we do this as a community, not simply as individuals gathered together. In this process the priest represents all of us and presents all of us to God.

  • Because he is offering the Sacrifice to God on our behalf, the priest says this form of the Mass facing the same direction as the people.  He is not excluding the people, but rather he is leading the faithful in offering worship and sacrifice.

  • This is referred to as “ad orientem” or facing East.  In the old days, churches were built with the altar facing East because according to St. Augustine, East is where Heaven begins (symbolized by the rising sun), and it is from the East that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. Therefore, we face the East in joyful anticipation of our salvation.  Today, the term simply refers to the priest facing the altar (with us) since most churches are no longer built with the altar facing East.

  • The Traditional Latin Mass is divided into two main parts: The Mass of the Catechumens (the purpose of which is to offer prayer and to receive instruction) and The Mass of the Faithful (by which we re-offer the Sacrifice of Calvary and receive Holy Communion).

So there you have it. The Traditional Latin Mass in a nutshell. There is so much more to it than what can be described in a few short paragraphs.  But don’t be intimidated!  This is your Catholic heritage. This is the Mass that has inspired countless saints and evangelized every corner of the world.  It is literally the foundation of Western Civilization.  So come and join us to experience the beauty, the solemnity and the sacredness of the Traditional Latin Mass.


Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam!


>>> The Mass of Tradition is the Mass of All Times;
it’s the Mass of the Present and the Future! <<<

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Faithful to Catholic Tradition. Fiel a la Tradición católica. ENGLISH VERSION ----- Versión en español le sigue ----- Una Voce Miami is the Archdiocese of Miami chapter of the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), a lay Roman Catholic organization, recognized by the Holy See. With Pope Benedict XVI's widely-acclaimed motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" as the catalyst, Una Voce faithfully works for the universal celebration of the centuries-old Traditional Latin Mass or Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The Holy Father believes Una Voce provides a "valuable service" to the Church. We undertake this service of love with the utmost respect, charity, and goodwill deserved by our Archbishop, Mons. Thomas G. Wenski, and all the dedicated clergy under whose spiritual direction we so happily serve. Una Voce Miami asks your prayers, your support, and your enthusiasm! Will you join us in this joyful and fruitful endeavor? You are cordially invited to work with us! Please contact us at unavocemiami@aol.com VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL Una Voce Miami es el capítulo de la Arquidiocesis de Miami de la Federación Internacional Una Voce (FIUV), una organización de laicos católicos reconocida por la Santa Sede. Una Voce trabaja fielmente por la celebración universal de la bi-milenaria Misa Tradicional en Latín o Rito Extraordinario de la Misa. El mundialmente aclamado Motu Proprio del Papa Benedicto XVI, "Summorum Pontificum", es el catalizador de este importante esfuerzo. El Santo Padre cree que Una Voce rinde un "servicio valioso" a la Iglesia. Nosotros desarrollamos este servicio de amor con el mayor respeto, caridad y buena voluntad merecidos por nuestro arzobispo Tomas G. Wenski y todo el clero dedicado bajo cuya dirección espiritual felizmente servimos. ¡A Una Voce Miami le faltan tus oraciones, tu apoyo y tu entusiasmo! ¿Te unirás a nosotros en este empeño jubiloso y fructífero? ¡Estas cordialmente invitado a trabajar junto a nosotros! Por favor contáctenos en unavocemiami@aol.com
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