Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tridentine Mass at St. Rita's

Last Saturday my parish celebrated Mass in the traditional rite. It was gorgeous. I was struck by two things. First, it was so quiet. Even the littlelest kids were quiet. Maybe they were entertained by angels. Everyone was paying attention to the action on the altar. Nobody was talking to either each other or on their cell phones. Second, every veil Halo Works makes was on display and most were worn by young women. Black and white were the majority veil colors. I had a red one made by a nice lady in Alabama.

A few days later my husband had a fascinating conversation with a 70 year old priest about the Traditional Mass. The priest, a dear man really, said he thought it would all come to nothing because people don't understand Latin. Oh Fr., I wanted to say, give us a chance. Younger Catholics aren't as dumb as you think. If you challenge us we will rise to the occasion. If you give us the same old crap we will fall away.

At any rate, the Mass was stunning. My eyes were filled with tears and all I can say is thanks, Holy Father.
Laity, if you really want to do some Catholic action don't just bitch and moan. This is our moment. Get dressed, heave yourself off the sofa and go to any Traditional Mass that is offered at least once a month. If we don't show up the bishops will drop it.


Bailey Walker said...

I was there as well. It was wonderful. I, too, was struck by the reverence of the congregation.... and so many young people and children.

It was the first Mass I've gone to in a long while that I didn't have to keep my eyes closed most of the time.

Oremus pro invicem!

Bailey Walker

Dymphna said...

Bailey, there will be another Traditional Mass on All Saints day, November 3rd. I hope you can make it.

Bailey Walker said...

Dymphna, I checked on the St. Rita's Web site and the only reference to a traditional Mass I could find was 7:30 PM on Friday, November 2nd for All Souls Day. Is that the one you meant? I hope to make it.

God bless you.

Dymphna said...

Yes. That's the one. I hope you can come.