Why the Traditional Latin Mass?

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke explains the beauty of the Extraordinary Form.


Una Voce Minnesota, Stella Maris Chapter, is a Traditional Mass association of lay
faithful dedicated to supporting Traditional priests and persuading lay people to
take an interest in the Traditional Mass.

When we refer to the Traditional Latin Mass, we are referring to the Mass as
it was celebrated prior to 1969 and extending back to St Gregory the great in the seventh century. Indeed, many of the elements of the Traditional rite extend back to the time of the Apostles. The traditional rite was famously described by Fr. Frederick Faber as “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.” Cardinal Burke in the video above describes the beauty of the old Mass and expresses why so many
people are drawn to this Mass today.

The great majority of people who attend the Traditional Mass do not go out
of feelings of nostalgia, they go because they are seeking that sense of
the sacred, looking for that which transcends these mortal coils, and is absent in their common liturgical experience. They go to this Mass to adore the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith, which is typically treated with cruel
irreverence and indifference in ordinary form parishes. In the words of the late
Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand they desire “to meet Christ by soaring up to Him, not by dragging Him down to our everyday world.” There is a mystical
spirituality present in the old rite of Mass that inspires an attitude of
reverence for God in those who worship in this form. At the Traditional Mass, there is a clear expression of Catholic belief, the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, the Mass as the sacrifice, as an un-bloody re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. It is not just the Latin language but the actual texts of the Mass, the actions of the priest, the music which is sung -all of this-
coming together harmoniously with “una voce” in a beautiful expression
of the truths of our Catholic Faith.

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