I got this e-mail about the situation of the TLM in Steubenville.
I wanted to share some good news here in the diocese of Steubenville. Yesterday, St. Peter’s Church offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on its magnificent high altar for the first time in nearly 40 years. What a joy to receive Holy Communion at an altar rail that for over a decade simply gathered dust. The mass was celebrated with dignity and reverence, and the chants were executed beautifully. And best of all, the church was packed–standing room only (and most Franciscan students were still on Thanksgiving break).
One could tell that everyone was a bit rusty, both the celebrant (silent Gospel but audible Canon) and parishioners (a bit of confusion on when to stand or sit or kneel). However, I heard not a word of complaint. I saw some people in tears. One lady who had never read the prayers of the Traditional Latin Mass mentioned that she was awestruck by the beauty of the prayers. The good monsignor was lavished with praise after mass. Methinks that the parishioners will be requesting this a little more often that once a month.
In Corde Iesu,
I love success stories!