THE SAINT PHILOMENA MESSENGER
Dear Friends of Saint Philomena,
MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE IS REALLY NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL MASS IN LATIN AND THE MASS IN THE VERNACULAR THAT IS FOUND IN NEARLY EVERY CATHOLIC CHURCH TODAY.
THIS IS OFTEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE :
NEVER PARTICIPATED IN A LATIN MASS, OR
(OFTEN THEY MIGHT HAVE CERTAIN RESERVATIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY SEE AND HEAR DAILY AND ON SUNDAYS, BUT THEY ARE LOYAL CATHOLICS AND DO NOT WANT TO CAUSE TROUBLE.)
THIS LITTLE ARTICLE WILL EASILY PROVE THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE, IN FACT MANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE LATIN MASS AND THE VERNACULAR MASS AND THESE DIFFERENCES ARE VERY SIGNIFICANT!
1. THE ORIGIN OF THE RITE
The Latin Mass (From now on L.M.) has developed under the inspiration
of God over almost two thousand years since its origin at the Last Supper.
It has been virtually unchanged since the time of Pope St. Gregory the
Great, d. 604.
2. THE POSITION OF THE CELEBRANT
L.M: Between the people and the altar, leading them in prayer. If possible
the church is “oriented”, in other words the celebrant and
congregation face east, towards the beautiful rising sun, symbol for almost
two thousand years of Jesus rising from the dead and from which direction
early Christians believed He would come again.
3. THE ALTAR
L.M: Gloriously decorated, with wax candles, relics of the Saints, Crucifix,
L.M: In the centre of the High Altar, encouraging worship of the miraculous presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. (How many converts have been made to the Church – including myself – by sensing this Divine Presence that the poor Protestant churches DO NOT HAVE!)
V.M: Never on the main altar or table. Could be on a shelf behind, to one side of the sanctuary, on a side altar (if one still exists), in a special chapel or location somewhere else.
5. THE RITE OF MASS ITSELF
V.M: In basic structure the rite is similar to the L.M. However it is
CERTAINLY NOT THE SAME. Many prayers in the L.M. are cut out, especially
those with reference to the Mass as a sacrifice, as being particularly
offensive to Protestants.
As far as I know NO OTHER MAINLINE CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION has dared to change the words of God as recorded in Holy Scripture for their celebration of the Eucharist.
Our Lord’s Sacrifice on Calvary was sufficient for ALL, but was effective for MANY because NOT ALL are saved! Hell exists and it is occupied. The V.M. has at its heart the heresy of universal salvation (Everyone goes to Heaven).
6. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
L.M: At sung Masses the organ is employed. At very special celebrations
a classical orchestra may accompany the liturgy.
7. MASS SETTINGS AND SONGS
L.M: Gregorian Chant and the works of classical composers are used, as
are traditional and modern hymns, so long as the latter are truly Catholic.
8. BEHAVIOUR OF THE PEOPLE DURING MASS
L.M: Silent, except for emergencies. No moving about the church. People
encouraged to spend time in silent preparation before Mass and thanksgiving
afterwards. Often the Holy Rosary is prayed before Mass.
9. ATTITUDE OF THE CELEBRANT DURING MASS
L.M: Except maybe during the sermon there is no “eye-contact”
with the congregation. The priest concentrates on prayerfully offering
the most wonderful miracle of the Catholic Church.
10. THE VESSELS AT MASS
L.M: Vessels are of the finest. Gold or silver, or at least the interior
of the chalice is plated with gold.
11. THE THUMB AND INDEX FINGER OF THE CELEBRANT
L.M: These are joined from the consecration until after the Communion
vessels are cleared of the Blessed Sacrament, this is to ensure that no
particle of the Most Holy is lost.
L.M: Because the “acolyte” is one of the minor orders and
orders are restricted to men, when no ordained acolyte is present boys
and men may serve the Mass.
13. RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
L.M: Holy Eucharist received on the tongue by communicant kneeling at
the altar rail. Only an anointed priest gives Communion. A Communion plate
is held under the chin of the communicant to catch any particles of the
Precious Body of Christ that might otherwise fall to the ground.
ONE COULD GO ON, BUT THESE ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE LATIN MASS AND THE VERNACULAR SERVICE.
More than ten years ago the U.S. Catholic bishops lamented that at least 65% of the laity attending the vernacular Mass no longer believed that Jesus Christ was truly present in the Holy Eucharist.
There is NO QUESTION that 100% of the attendees at the Latin Mass DO
believe that the bread and wine become God.
I recommend all these excellent works by Michael Davies, obtainable from
the Angelus Press:
An excellent pamphlet "WHY THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS: WHY NOT THE NEW?" may be obtained from the Shrine for a donation of 25 cents and a stamped addressed envelope.
NEWS FROM MIAMI:
You will find the November Holy Souls' envelope included with this Newsletter.
Please fill in the names of departed loved ones and include a donation
if possible. A Novena of Holy Masses for the Dead will be offered from
November lu. through to the 9'h. for all those inscribed on the envelopes.
Envelopes will remain upon the high altar for the whole month of November,
month of the Holy Souls.
.Fr. Timothy A. Hopkins, Administrator.