Ad orientem… in Korea

Here is a real brick by brick story from to warm the heart all the way from Korea.

This comes by by of the Totus Tuus blog with a biretta tip to The Western Confucian.

Note the date.


The First Latin Novus Ordo Mass with ad Orientem in Korea

December, 2008

October, 2008

October, 2008 (Images from Dong-Won Kim’s blog: here)

On April 14, 2008, Fr. Thomas Aquinas Woong-Yeol Kim offered a Latin Novus Ordo Mass with ad Orientim following the example of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This was the first ad Orientem Mass in a parish setting in Korea after the reform of liturgy. Since then, Fr. Kim has occasionally celebrated the Latin Novus Ordo Mass at the Catholic Church of Gam-Gok in Cheong-Ju diocese, Korea.

The clip here shows the Mass offered on June 16, 2008. It may take time for buffering in the areas outside of Korea.

The congregation seems to follow the Latin responses quite well. It is said that the handout for Korean pronunciation of Latin was provided at the Mass. It is a huge progress for the Church in Korea, considering Mass in Latin language got so rare, to say nothing of ad orientem.

The Catholic Church of Gam-Gok in Cheong-Ju diocese, Korea. It was built in 1896 by Camilo Im, a French priest of Missions étrangères de Paris (Paris Foreign Missions Society). "Im" is one of the Korean last names. I could not find his French last name and I used his Korean last name. Foreign missionaries in Korea usually adopted Korean name to be easily pronounced by Koreans. For example, bishop Gustave-Charles-Marie Mutel (1854~1933) had a Korean name, ??? (???).

Fr. Im came to Korea right after his priestly ordination in 1893. He prayed for the special intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary to build the Church. And he dedicated the Church to the Our Lady of Rosary on October 7, 1896.

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2 Responses to Ad orientem… in Korea

  1. Brick by brick.

    In most cases, it seems like those are somewhat young bricks.

  2. JARay says:

    At my parish, here in Western Australia, we had a Korean deacon who then was ordained for the Archdiocese of Perth. On the first Saturday of the month, after the 8-30 am Mass we follow this with Benediction. Fr Benedict (yes, that’s his name) always took this particular Mass and we always have the traditional hymns in Latin. He was quite familiar with the Latin and had no problem with it. He has now moved on to another parish. The point of my post here is that this Korean priest had no difficulty with the Latin at all whereas, our Parish Priest who is Vietnamese always fights shy of saying this Mass. When Fr. Benedict moved on we got an Indian ( I do mean an Indian from India)and he carried on with no difficulty. He has since returned to India and another Indian priest has taken his place. He too has no difficulty with the Latin.
    JARay