Saturday, March 1, 2014

Educational Videos Explaining the Traditional Latin Mass (a.k.a., the "Extraordinary Form" of the Roman Rite)

Latin Mass Study - Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP

Other Videos Explaining the TLM

Fr. James Fryar, FSSP answers questions about the TLM

TLM explained by Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP

Spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass

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Sing Psalms: Catholic Sacred Music Tradition Fr. Kevin Vogel

Presentation given to a bible study group studying the psalms. The first part discusses the origin and development of Judeo-Christian music, focusing specifically on the important role of the chanted psalms. The second half looks at the use of the psalms in the liturgy today, specifically recitative psalmody in the Divine Office and melodic psalmody in the Proper of the Mass. -Fr. Kevin Vogel

"Sing Psalms; Catholic Music Tradition" is an excellent power-point presentation by Fr. Kevin Vogel. He discusses how our sacred music as Catholics is traced back to the Old Testament. He goes into detail about what type of liturgical music since the Second Vatican Council ought to have "pride of place" in the Mass. The only "weak" part of his presentation is when he answers a question about the use of the piano as a supposedly liturgical instrument. He should have cited Pope Saint Pius X's position in his instruction on sacred music, Tra le Sollecitudini: Other than that, the presentation is great overall and well-worth your time. -TLM blog

In 1974, Pope Paul VI published a small, but significant document called Jubilate Deo. It was sent to Latin Rite bishops for them to implement both Latin and Gregorian Chant within the revised Liturgy. This document is fully in accord with the liturgical constitution of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium. The implementation of this document throughout the Latin Rite was never accomplished except in few places despite the fact that the inside cover of an original copy of Jubilate Deo that I have in my library contains the following description: "Easy Latin Gregorian Chants For The Faithful According To The Intent Of The Constitution On The Sacred Liturgy Second Vatican Council".

It is odd how critics of Latin and Chant will often say their version of the Mass with guitars and secularized, pop syle singing or folkish singing with occasional applause by the laity as if they are attending a concert at Rockefeller Center is in the "spirit of Vatican II" in spite of the fact that an honest reading of the council itself along with some of the Church's official documents including Pope Paul VI's Jubilate Deo each speak of Latin and Chant as being proper and suitable to the Sacred Liturgy and in faithful union with the aforementioned liturgical document of the Second Vatican Council. -TLM blog

Related Quotes:
"And even if you do not understand the meaning of the words, for the time being teach your mouth to say them, for the tongue is sanctified by the words alone whenever it says them with good will." ~Saint John Chrysostom, On Psalm 41:2, (PG 55:158)

"I remember Dr. Berry always quoting St Hugh of Cluny especially in regards the singing of the Chant as a path to holiness." ~Jeffrey Morse

Friday, February 28, 2014

Why The Latin Mass - Father Gommar A. De Pauw

Father De Pauw briefly explains why he insisted on the TLM in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.

Pope John Paul II in an address to the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered September 21, 2001, and published in L'Osservatore Romano

"The People of God need to see priests and deacons behave in a way that is full of reverence and dignity, in order to help them to penetrate invisible things without unnecessary words or explanations. In the Roman Missal of Saint Pius V, as in several Eastern liturgies, there are very beautiful prayers through which the priest expresses the most profound sense of humility and reverence before the Sacred Mysteries: they reveal the very substance of the Liturgy." [emphasis added]

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Impressive Growth Of The Traditional Latin Mass

Updated on March 1, 2014.


Why the Growth of the Traditional Latin Mass? This growth may be best explained by way of two excerpts from speeches and writings by Pope Benedict XVI when he served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under his then name Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, while Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, consistently showed his support for those Catholics who wish to worship in the old form of the Mass of the Roman Rite.
In his 1997 book, Salt of the Earth, the then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote:

"I am of the opinion that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It's impossible to grasp what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community that suddenly declares that what, until now, was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden makes the longing for it seem downright indecent, calls its very self into question.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, to the Bishops of Chile, given 13 July, 1988, in Santiago, Chile:

"...we ought to get back to the dimension of the sacred in the liturgy. The liturgy is not a festivity; it is not a meeting for the purpose of having a good time. It is of no importance that the parish priest has cudgeled his brains to come up with suggestive ideas or imaginative novelties. The liturgy is what make the Thrice-Holy God present amongst us; it is the burning bush; it is the Alliance of God with man in Jesus Christ, Who has died and risen again. The grandeur of the liturgy does not rest upon the fact that it offers an interesting entertainment, but in rendering tangible the Totally Other, Whom we are not capable of summoning. He comes because He wills. In other words, the essential in the liturgy is the mystery, which is realized in the common ritual of the Church; all the rest diminishes it. Men experiment with it in lively fashion, and find themselves deceived, when the mystery is transformed into distraction, when the chief actor in the liturgy is not the Living God but the priest or the liturgical director."

These aforementioned excerpts accurately reflect the thinking of devout Catholics who favor the return and current growth of the Traditional Latin Mass wherein entertainment, ongoing experimentation and innovation, distraction and so forth are disallowed because [thanks to its sacred prayers and rubrics] full attention of the priest and laity is primarily focused on God and God alone. It is theocentric and it lacks elements that would make a worshiper or a stranger believe that it is anthropocentric. Deo gratias!

Reform of the reform: Italian Religious Journalist Andrea Tornielli reaffirms his report

Hat tip to the Rorate Caeli blog.Click Here for story.


All of this is to tell you not to believe those who today write that nothing is happening, that the Pope and the Congregation for Worship are not thinking of anything, that the “reform of the reform” and its recovery of a greater sacrality of the liturgy is a piece of news falsely published by the undersigned.

Since I have been a vaticanista, I have committed many errors – and I will commit many in the future: but the article in question, believe me, is not among these.

A bombshell of an interview. Mons. Domenico Bartolucci on the liturgical reforms and the reform of the reform

An interview with Mons. Domenico Bartolucci, Maestro Perpetuo of the Sistine Chapel. Click Here

Vatican Publishes DVD To Help Faithful with 1962 Latin Mass

(Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2009 CNA)- The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was recently incorporated into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has announced the publication of two DVDs to help “priests and the community” celebrate Mass according to the extraordinary form of the Latin Rite.

The two DVDs include an entire Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos—until recently the president of the Commission—at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in 2003.

The discs also feature segments explaining in detail the “gestures and rubrics, from the preparatio ad missam (preparation before Mass) to the act of thanksgiving in the sacristy.”

The video is available in four languages (Italian, English, Spanish and French) and is intended to be the “first concrete contribution of the Holy See for the implementation of the Pope’s wishes contained in Summorum Pontificum.” The Motu Propio “Summorum Pontificum,” which was released in July of 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI, granted universal permission to the faithful to celebrate the Tridentine Mass adapted by Blessed John XXIII in 1962.

The Commission has not yet announced where or how the DVDs can be purchased.

Bishop of Tulsa Abandons “Mass Facing the People”: Bishop Slattery on Mass Ad Orientem

CLICK HERE (see pages 2-3)

“From ancient times, the position of the priest and the people reflected this understanding of the Mass,” writes Bishop Slattery, “since the people prayed, standing or kneeling, in the place that visibly corresponded to Our Lord’s Body, while the priest at the altar stood at the head as the Head, We formed the whole Christ – Head and members – both sacramentally by Baptism and visibly by our position and posture. Just as importantly, everyone – celebrant and congregation – faced the same direction, since they were united with Christ in offering to the Father Christ’s unique, unrepeatable and acceptable sacrifice.”

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mass Of The Ages In The Ancient Mountains Of West Virginia

A Missa Cantata, Extraordinary Form, will be offered by Fr. Timothy Grassi at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 17, in Thomas, WV (Tucker County), at the small but warm and beautiful St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr.Grassi offers the traditional Latin Mass every weekday morning at St. Thomas, and every other Sunday in nearby Parsons, WV at Our Lady of Mercy Mission.

According to Gratton Gannon, chairman of the Una Voce chapter in West Virginia, musicians from St Anthony’s of Follansbee, WV with their organist Robert Fulda will travel to Thomas to assist local parishioners. Thomas is a tiny remote mountain town with few accommodations, but nearby are Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls, both with good accommodations and gorgeous natural settings.

“The last two stirringly sung High Masses at St Patrick in Weston and St. Francis Xavier in Parkersburg were overwhelmingly attended with over 400 people and standing room only each time,” Gannon said.

“People came to these two wonderfully- preserved churches from all over West Virginia and Ohio. There seems to be a genuine thirst for the Latin Mass in this area. Currently in the diocese, the Extraordinary Form is offered monthly by Fr. Kevin Quirk at the Cathedral of St Joseph in Wheeling in response to local requests. We are grateful for these grace-filled opportunities to assist at the ancient rite, and we pray for more,” Gannon added.

For further information, contact: Fr. Timothy Grassi,, (304-463-4488); Grattan Gannon,, (304-522-2014); John Roush,; or Mike & Mary Tillman,

Link to original

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Summorum Pontificum in the Parish by Father Tim Finigan

Father Tim Finigan, well-known for his blogsite, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, presented a ‘nuts and bolts’ lecture at the Latin Mass Society's Merton College training conference for priests. Any priest wishing to introduce the Traditional Mass into his parish will benefit from Fr Tim’s wise words.

Click here to read article.


"{...} the celebration of the Mass in the older form is a tremendous relief for the priest. No longer the entertainer, the leader of a ‘school assembly’ style of worship, he can pray the Mass with and for his people. The same could be said about the other sacraments. Since Summorum Pontificum, I have routinely baptised children using the old Roman Ritual. Nobody has as yet complained and I still have the customary compliments (“Lovely service, Father”). Pastorally, it is so much more effective. People have a visceral sense that their baby needs to be protected from evil and they are reassured by the prayers beginning, “Exorcizo te...” They are happy that the priest carries out a rite that is unambiguously sacral and do not naturally ask for any didactic element apart from the sacred character of the rite itself."

Recent news concerning Fr. Finigan...

Click here to read article.


"Fr Tim Finigan, author of the Hermeneutic of Continuity blog, is one of the finest parish priests in the country: a scholar, evangelist and pastor who is as happy spreading the Gospel over a pint in the pub as he is from the pulpit. But now there are rumours that the Tablet is planning a hatchet job on him, for the grave crime of... saying the [Traditional] Latin Mass....they want to deprive other parishioners of the rights granted to them by Summorum Pontificum. "

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Liturgical shakeup: Pope Benedict XVI replaces all members of Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff

Vatican City (CNA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has made a low profile but significant move in the direction of liturgical reform by completely changing his liturgical consultants.

A hardly noticed brief note from the Vatican Press Office on Sept. 24 announced the appointment of new consultants for the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. It did not mention, however, the importance of the new appointees.

The new consultants include Monsignor Nicola Bux, professor at the Theological Faculty of Puglia (Southern Italy), and author of several books on liturgy, especially on the Eucharist. Bux recently finish a new book, Pope Benedict’s Reform, printed by the Italian publishing house Piemme, scheduled to hit the shelves in December.

The list of new consultants also includes Fr. Mauro Gagliardi, an expert in dogmatic theology and professor at the Legionaries of Christ's Pontifical Athenaeum “Regina Apostolorum;” Opus Dei Spanish priest Juan José Silvestre Valor, professor at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome; Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., an official of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and author of the book Turning Towards the Lord -- about the importance of facing ad orientem during Mass; and Fr. Paul C.F. Gunter, a Benedictine professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant Anselmo in Rome and member of the editorial board of the forthcoming Usus Antiquior, a quarterly journal dedicated to the liturgy under the auspices of the Society of St. Catherine of Siena. The Society, which has an association with the English Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), promotes the intellectual and liturgical renewal of the Church.

Also relevant to the appointments is the fact that all former consultants, appointed when Archbishop Piero Marini led the office of Liturgical Celebrations, have been dismissed since their appointments were not renewed.

Link to Original

Vatican Information Service:

Official Press Release

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius: Priest and Seminarian Training Workshop on the Traditional Mass a Huge Success!


"The entire success of this workshop was entrusted to Our Blessed Mother, and each day the priests and seminarians begged her intercession as they continued to study the celebration of the Extraordinary Form, so that they might return to their parishes and serve the faithful attracted to the Sacred Liturgy celebrated according to the venerable traditions of our fathers."

Click HERE to read the entire news article.

Monday, May 19, 2008

New CD Audio Tutorial in Gregorian Chant and Liturgical Prayer for the Traditional Latin Mass ["Extraordinary Form"]

The Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius have released a new CD Audio Tutorial in Gregorian Chant and Liturgical Prayer for the Traditional Latin Mass. This may be of interest to all Catholics throughout the Latin Rite, especially priests and seminarians.

From the webite:

Missa in Cantu & Missa Lecta Audio CD’s and Workbook provides you with the most complete way of studying the Latin prayers and chants of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (1962 Missale Romanum).


*Latin prayers of the Ordo Missae of the Roman Missal
*High-quality digital audio of the sung parts of the Mass as sung by priests, deacons, and subdeacons
*Audio of altar server responses and dialogue
*Accompanying handbook with latin texts and over 60 pages of musical notation
*Gregorian Chant Mass VIII - Missa de Angelis
*Almost 200 audio tracks in a two CD set
*And more...

For more information, including ordering information, please CLICK HERE.