UPDATE 28 Jan 2008 – 20:55 GMT:
Be sure to read this disclaimer I received from the business manager at the FSSP seminary where they are offering to train priests in how to say the TLM. It is interesting.
I got this note from someone at Franciscan University at Steubenville. It is from the school newspaper.
My emphases and comments.
Students turn out for local Latin Mass
by Kristi Moore, Assistant Editor
Although many consider it ancient and out-dated, an unanticipated [Not unexpected by those who know better…] young, enthusiastic crowd is filling the pews of Catholic churches for the traditional Latin Mass.
The trend has proven both national and local, as an estimated 250 Franciscan University students showed up to celebrate [participate at] the traditional Latin, or Tridentine, Mass at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Steubenville on Sunday.
"I think it’s because there is a hunger for, first of all, greater reverence at Mass," said Mark Spencer, the president of the Dom Gueranger Society on campus. "There’s an excitement about all things Catholic and a desire to enter into a sacred tradition." [Remember that Pope Benedict is working to reinvigorate our Catholic identity.]
The Latin Mass [Oppps…. bad terminology here, but let’s go on.] was put on tight restrictions a few years after the Second Vatican Council introduced the "Novus Ordo," or the new order Mass, which is said in the vernacular. [You see why I insist that saying "the Latin Mass" is to strumble into error? The Novus Ordo is, can be, should be, in the Latin language. Latin is the language of our Rite.]
But last summer [last autumn… the document was released in July but it went into effect in September.], Pope Benedict XVI eased the 40-year-old restrictions on the Tridentine Mass, which was codified at the Council of Trent in 1570, after which it is named.
In the Latin Mass, the priest faces east, the traditional direction of prayer, towards the tabernacle. [Okay… not bad, provided there is a tabernacle. It would have been better to emphasize the Crucifix, rather than the tabernacle.] He prays in Latin, much of it in a whisper, while readings from Scripture and the homily are in the vernacular. A missal in Latin and English allows parishioners to follow along.
All of these elements create a solemn atmosphere that is "conducive to properly worshipping [sic] God," said Fr. Paul Scalia, 37, the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia celebrates the Tridentine Mass at St. Rita Church in Alexandria, Va.
Despite the noticeable differences, Monsignor George Yontz asked all in attendance at St. Peter’s to avoid treating the rite as a "museum piece." Instead, he said, the Mass –no matter what form– is sacred and a reminder of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. [Noooo…. it IS Jesus Sacrifice on the Cross, sacramentally renewed and made present again.] Nevertheless, some believe that the Latin Mass in particular, "helps younger people in their 20s and 30s who have grown up in a culture that lacks stability and orthodoxy see something larger then themselves: the glory of God," said Geoffrey Coleman of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Our Lady of Guadalupe seminary in, Neb.,[sic] which is responsible for thousands [Really? Thousands?] of Latin Mass training sessions across the country [sic].
Spencer hopes that the two forms of the Mass can "influence each other so that sometime down the line we can have on unified liturgy."
Despite the significant turnout by Franciscan students at the Tridentine Mass on Sunday, the University has yet to come to a conclusion about having the Mass on campus. [Hmmm… I was under the impression that the University had in fact decided this. They decided against celebrations for the students making their legitimate requests. Instead they decided that the students would have to go to St. Peter’s Church, the regional parish. Am I missing something? Did the administration actually leave this matter open?] The Dom Gueranger Society has been working towards the celebration of the Latin Mass on campus and has said that there is decent support for the Mass among the administration and the student body.
"It’s likely to happen, just maybe not this semester," said Spencer.
All in all a positive article, though there are some points the writer must get clear for future reports.