The site of MyFox in St. Louis, MO has a story about the Extraordinary Form of Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum. Let’s have a glance with my emphases and comments. Look past the sloppy terminology "Latin Mass".
In Good Faith: Latin Mass
Last Edited: Monday, 05 Nov 2007, 5:38 PM CST
by Dan Gray
St. Louis, MO (KTVI – myFOXstl.com) —
More Catholics are worshiping at Latin masses in the St. Louis Archdiocese. St. Francis de Sales Church in South St. Louis has been offering the Latin mass for two years where nearly one-thousand people worship every Sunday. By the end of this year, three other parishes will be celebrating the old worship. In July, the pope relaxed restrictions on celebrating the Latin mass.
In Good Faith on Monday night, in a rare one on one interview St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke shares why he supports the Latin mass.
The Latin mass is a liturgy laden with mystery, beauty and formality. It is worship form centuries old making a comeback in 2007. "The worship of the church is organic, in other words its not possible for us to think that the mass that is celebrated today is ruptured from the mass in 1962 or in the 1800s, there is an organic development," Burke said. [He is perfectly in line with Joseph Ratzinger in this and how he expressed it.] The archbishop celebrates the Latin mass about a half dozen times a year. In June he ordained two men to the priesthood during a Latin mass. The extraordinary mass as it’s called by church officials doesn’t replace the new mass, but some Catholics have complained about abuses of the new mass.
"People have commented that in some places the sacred nature of the Holy Mass for instance was seriously lost. The perception of it…that it became informal, a lot of the introduction of the personality of the priest into the celebrations and so forth. [Again, this is in harmony with the Holy Father in Sacramentum caritatis.] So the Holy Father is hoping that by having the two forms of the celebration will enrich one another," the Archbishop said.
Gray: "Is the Latin mass a more reverent celebration?"
Burke: "Not necessarily, I think reverence that way the mass is celebrated by the priest and by the people who participate in the holy mass. it has a tendency to be reverent simply because it was very highly articulated and disciplined and no opportunity for innovation." [This is what I wrote yesterday here.]
Gray: "When I talked to some people who prefer worshipping at the Latin liturgy, they say they believe that’s where Heaven meets Earth?"
Burke: "There is a real sense of Heaven meeting Earth. Its very rich and there’s a lot of symbolism involved in it. I grew up in it myself until I was a junior in high school. I love the old form of the mass, but Heaven meets Earth also with the new order of the mass.
The Archbishop emphasized the heaven meets earth in the new mass as well. More than 30 priests in the Archdiocese have expressed interest in learning the Latin mass and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is offering courses to prepare seminarians to celebrate the old worship. [Behold, the good shepherd. Look what happens when the bishop doesn’t try to intimidate priests. Remember, Summorum Pontificum is also very much about priests, who they are in the Church.]
Tuesday (11/6/07) on Fox 2 News at 5, more of the one on one interview with Archbishop Burke. He will share his vision of the archdiocese and how he reacts to those he has alienated.
Click here to listen to samples of a Latin Mass.
It is so nice to be able to post positive stories.
I think the tide is turning.