SAINT CLOUD TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

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1. Why should I go out of my way to attend the Extraordinary Form of Mass?
The reasons are many; one to consider, in today’s world: This is the form of the Sacred Liturgy that has grown organically over many centuries. It has sustained countless passed generations of faithful Catholic Christians. Indeed, many have died for the Catholic Faith, fortified by the Mass and Sacraments in this anciently derived form. Therefore, we should examine and come to know and treasure the Extraordinary Form of Mass; that for which so many have died! Pope Benedict XVI did not make it available for the few. He intended it for all of the faithful of the Roman Rite.

2. It’s in Latin; how do I tell what’s going on?
Prayer books are provided in Latin accompanied with an English translation(Spanish is available upon request). These enable everyone the ability to follow and to prayerfully(i.e. actually) participate in the Mass.
The use of Latin as the language of the sacred liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church helps to convey an appropriate sense of the mystery that is the miraculous, re-presentation of the Sacrifice of Calvary. Latin is used as a sacral language; other religions have always acted similarly: e.g. the Jews use Hebrew.

“Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favour any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all, and is equally acceptable to all.” [Bl.Pope John XXIII/Veterum Sapientia Art.4].
“Furthermore, the Church’s language must be not only universal but also immutable. Modern languages are liable to change, and no single one of them is superior to the others in authority. Thus, if the truths of the Catholic Church were entrusted to an unspecified number of them, the meaning of these truths, varied as they are, would not be manifested to everyone with sufficient clarity and precision.” [V.S. Art. 8].

Additional Sacred Language commentary:
Understanding Latin in the Sacred Liturgy
Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce: Latin as a Liturgical Language

3. Why is the priest not facing the people.
The priest is acting as a leader, as Christ, in making a perfect sacrificial offering to the Eternal Father. With the people, he faces literally or figuratively eastward to the Lord. He is at the front of the people, leading them rather than facing them. A very good, and recommended address of this matter can be found in Reform of the Roman Liturgy, written by Msgr. Klaus Gamber and carrying the endorsement of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

4. Who celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass?
Many priests, bishops and Cardinals. . . Brandmüller, Rode, Canizares, de Hoyos, Pell, Burke, Ranjith, Zen.

5. I have attended an Extraordinary Form Mass. I was confused and didn’t understand what was going on.
There are numerous rites of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; all but the ‘Ordinary Form’ of the Roman Rite date from at least hundreds of years ago. Attending any of them once or twice is insufficient to expect familiarity. Perhaps after six to ten times one will begin to sense a confidence in knowing the outline of the Traditional Latin Mass and the prayers. Deepening spiritual knowledge of the prayers and from the prayers can only come with sincere, attentive praying of those prayers and meditation upon them combined with an overall sense of the impressive purpose of the Mass.