Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The super quiet Mass

For as long as I can remember all the low Tridentine masses I've been to were dialogue. A few months ago a priest told us during his homily to tone it down because he'd had complaints from other parishioners that in general the congregation's Latin was so bad that  hearing it bellowed throughout the church is like nails on a chalkboard for them.

Oops! Oh my!

Judging by the body language in the pews this miffed a few folks who thought their Latin pronunciation was just ace. I decided to meditate on docility and hoped the priest wasn't talking about me.  So now when this particular good and really holy priest is offering the Mass I'm content to be silent except for the Domine non sun dingus and when he turns to us with a "Dominus vobiscum". Happily, I've come to love the silent low Mass just as much as the dialogue version. Both are  permitted by the Church. Fr. Peter Carota prefers the silent and explains why in this post. 


Joe Potillor said...

For me personally, I despise Low Mass, which may seem odd for someone as introverted and anti-people as I am, but really it's my perfectionist side that loves High Mass, and as a fan of the Liturgical movement, I think all Masses should be sung....

That said, never let the perfect be the enemy of the good, that is to say even though Latin pronunciation may not be perfect, teach them...I perfer the dialogue Mass as to the dead silent Mass...

but there's room for both :D

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Our world is so noisy, I have to say I love silence. I'm going on retreat in July with an FSSP retreat master and I look forward to the silence. It's an oasis in a mad, mad, mad, mad world!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Domine non sun dingus

Not ace.

Domine non sum dignus.

gn as in Agnes.