I received this from a reader:
First of all, thank you for your blog. It has been tremendously instructive and encouraging for myself and many of my friends.
I attended my first Traditional Latin Mass just over a year ago and it completely changed how I approach my faith. Since then I have tried to encourage my Catholic friends to attend as well, in the hopes that they experience the same “conversion,” if I may call it that.
This morning I brought a friend to the Sung Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan. I wasn’t sure how she would react – after all, you never know where someone is in their spiritual journey, and she had been apprehensive about being able to follow the Latin – and we were both silent for a time after leaving the church. Then, unprompted, she said, “I want to go here all the time. Kneeling for Communion, I got the sense that this is what it’s supposed to be like, this sense of awe. And the church is so beautiful! It really felt like Jesus was here with me and I could talk to Him.” She continued in this vein all the way back to campus (we’re both college students; it is my dream and prayer to one day have a TLM at our Newman Center). It was a powerful reminder to me of just how much the Mass offers us (TLM and Novus Ordo alike) and how blessed we are to have it.
Thanks again for all you do. You and your readers are in my prayers.
We need many and widespread celebrations of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Traditional Latin Mass will be a principle tool of revitalization of our sacred worship, without which there can be no meaningful revitalization of our Catholic identity or lasting New Evangelization.
Holy Innocents in Manhattan is a success story: it is reviving even through the area of Manhattan had a massive demographic shift and it is a spiritual oasis for many who commute to and through. Now that Fr. Rutler has the reins there, Holy Innocents could be poised for greater things.
See my most recent post about the church and one of my experiences there. HERE