Latin Mass

Latin Mass

John Gariano

Just recently I attended a Latin (Tridentine) Mass for the first time in over 30 years. It was a wonderful experience. As this form of the Mass becomes more widely available, the present vernacular version of the Novus Ordo Mass could find its drawing power under more pressure.

Meanwhile, as regards the Novus Ordo, I suggest that there be no comment by the priest outside the rubrics, no ad-libbing, no added exhortations, no reading of notices, no comments on the weather. And no lay commentaries on the readings either. Let the priest do all the readings.

Let's leave out the hymns. We are not a musical people, so why pretend? The Sign of Peace should go as well and Communion should be given out by the priest alone. And why not let the altar boy say the responses?

Nedlands, WA

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