I am a Christian layman who loves the faith. In today's times, where organized religion is seen as unpopular or evil, where the majority of people who claim faith know nothing of it or keep it hidden in fear of offending someone, I proudly stand with Christ and His Church, and see no need to hide the faith in my private life. And so I keep this blog to post media that demonstrates what the Christian faith really looks like, especially a side that not everybody knows or remembers.
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Disclaimer: I am not a priest or a sister or a nun, just a lay person who likes going to this Mass type.
I am sure others will add to this but this is a good start.
*Come dressed modestly. In my opinion and what I have seen, women should wear a modest dress or skirt that goes below the knees,…
BRING YOUR OWN COVER IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE, LADIES.
I went to a TLM in July and I was the only girl without her head covered.
*If you are going for the first time, and/or are otherwise unsure about what to do, don’t worry about trying to catch every detail on what happens in the sanctuary. Translations/rubrics will be provided for you in a nice little red booklet. Remember, active participation in the Mass is first and foremost interior prayer. You don’t need to say anything out loud to participate in the Mass, even in an ordinary Mass.
*For that matter, I should probably warn you that there are no microphones at this Mass. Christians worshiped for thousands of years with out them, and it’s not the end of the world to not hear everything the ministers say at all times.
*The “opening rites” begin at the foot of the Altar. Since the priest is facing the altar, you might not be able to hear him. I find the best way to follow along is to watch the gestures the priest and the servers make. And there are a lot of them.
*At High Mass, where there are three main ministers, (the priest, the deacon, and the subdeacon) Sung Mass parts, and pretty much all the smells and bells, the choir and the ministers’ parts will be separated. So don’t be confused if the choir seems to be randomly singing while the ministers are doing something different. Just follow the priest and servers, just like at Low Mass.
*The practice of women wearing chapel veils is venerable, and encouraged in both forms of the Mass. However, it is not required. Though some chapels provide veils, nobody will judge you for not wearing them. So ladies, you have the option either way.
*Feel free to bring your noisy young children with you. Young families are a common sight at these Masses.
*Remember, the two forms of the Mass aren’t so different as they look. Many of the practices used in the Traditional Mass can and should be also practiced in the ordinary form. This includes modesty issues, gestures, e.t.c.
*Despite what caricatures people on the internet/ other news media draw, we aren’t actually angry backward judgmental people who want nothing to do with Vatican II. If you feel embarrassed or that people are watching because you are new, don’t be! Most of us were in the exact same position at one point, and we’re glad you can join us. Many people who attend this Mass feel the actions and words unequivocally convey Christ as the center and primary actor of our worship and our very lives, something that is easily covered up in the Ordinary Form. So we look not at each other, but towards Christ together.
Those are the ones at the top of my head.
For those of you who still have questions, concerns and whatnot, please feel free to ask me. If you know people who aren’t following me who are looking for answers and stuff, foward their questions to me.
Segments from a Missa Cantata, or Sung Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This is the Mass that was celebrated in every Roman Catholic Church around the world until 1970, and thanks to Blessed John Paul II’s 1989 Motu Proprio “Ecclesia Dei” and Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum” and accompanying instruction “Universae Ecclesiae”, can still be validly and licitly celebrated today by all Roman Catholic priests in good standing, without prior approval from the local ordinary.
This video shows Mass from the Solemnity of the Assumption, celebrated by one Fr. Alberto Secci, an Italian diocesan priest who has chosen to exclusively use this form of the liturgy. While at first at odds with his bishop, eventually he was given an assignment suited to his ars celebrandi.
Ember days are three days of four different weeks in each season of the year, dedicated to fasting and prayer. They are held on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of these weeks. The weeks are the ones which contain Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, the Triumph of the Cross, and St. Lucy.
I bring it up again because next Wednesday, September 14th, is the feast of the triumph of the cross, making the week after the feast an ember week. That week’s Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are fasting days.
Keep in mind that these days are no longer observed in the modern Roman calendar, though as they are still in the traditional roman calendar, these days may still be optionally observed among regular Catholics, though required for those who follow the traditional calendar. I wholly recommend them as fasting, along with prayer and alms-giving, are sure ways in growing in holiness.