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.

Whether we call it the Traditional Latin Mass, the TLM, the
Extraordinary Rite, the Mass of St. Pius V, the Gregorian Mass, the Usus
Antiquior, the Old Mass, the Mass of Pope John XXIII, the Mass of the
1962 missal or any other name, we are referring to that rite of Mass
that was 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 TLM do not go out of
feelings of nostalgia, they go because they are seeking that sense of
the sacred which 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 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 in those who
worship in this form. At the Traditional Mass there is a clear expression of
Catholic belief, the Real Presence, and the Mass as the sacrifice of Calvary.
It is not just the Latin language but the actual texts of the Mass and
how they express our Catholic Faith which distinguishes the traditional rite .

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