I think we have to pretty much give up on correct terminology now. It seems that the bifurcation is nearly complete. Latin has been isolated from the Novus Ordo, partly because those on the traditional side of thing perpetually called the Extraordinary Form, or whatever we are calling it, “the Latin Mass”, thus creating a conceptual ghetto.
I saw this at Fox News, though it seems to be from Laura Ingraham’s site, A lot of the piece is a review of the situation as it stands now, which could be helpful for people who are not as familiar with the state of affairs as regular readers of this blog probably are by now. But… do have a look…
Celebrating the Latin Mass
Veiled women, incense, Gregorian chants, kneeling, standing, kneeling again, long periods of silence — think all of this is a scene from a Catholic Mass in 1950?
It was then, to be sure — but it is now also happening every Sunday, and in some places every day, in churches all over the United States. The Latin Mass of years gone by is becoming more popular again.
[…]Alfonso DiGirolamo, a lifelong Catholic, started a website, GetTLM.org, to help parishioners bring the Traditional Latin Mass to their own parish. The website includes videos that explain what to expect when attending the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and it shares resources to help formally introduce parishes to the TLM.
DiGirolamo has been attending the TLM in Philadelphia for more than four years. He learned how to serve as a master of ceremonies for it, which means he’s the adult male altar server who responds in Latin on behalf of the congregation during the Mass and helps direct the altar boys. He explained, “Between the reverence, the prayers, and the adoring respect for the Holy Eucharist, it has become an essential part of my and our prayer life, which is just not available, even in the most reverent, in the Ordinary Form.”
His wife, Brenda, also a lifelong practicing Catholic, started attending the TLM with her husband just two years ago. “To be honest, I wasn’t a fan at first, but now I love it,” she told LifeZette. “There is a reverence shown toward the Mass, but most especially toward the Holy Eucharist. Also, it helps me to remain focused and pay attention to the prayers so I don’t get lost.”
A dear friend of mine, Catherine Adair, and her family attend Mass at St. Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts. “The first time we attended the Tridentine Liturgy [the TLM], we felt like we were as close to heaven as we could get on Earth,” she shared. “We felt, as a family, so connected to our faith and to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that we just felt this is where God truly wanted us to be.”
Read the rest there, and check out the comments. Some of them reveal some serious spiritual voids, as is usual in the interwebs. But people are talking.
Finally, again, I contend that no initiative of renewal in the Church will succeed unless there is first and foremost, an ongoing revitalization of our sacred liturgical worship of God. That is why Summorum Pontificum was such a great gift. The impact is going to grown.