Tuesday, 5 January 2010

The Tradional Latin Mass Explained

This Thursday the Young Adult Group at the Birmingham Oratory meet for our monthly talk followed by questions and debate. Our topic on this coming occasion we be "Understanding the Old Rite"

The group consists of people from there early 20's to there late 30's both students and professional who frequently attend "Old Rite" and "New Rite" Masses so if anything this event promises to be both informative and interesting.

If anyone is interested in our future events we meet at the Oratory House 7.30pm on the first Thursday of every month.


Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Hi Catherine!

What's a Traditional Latin Mass?

I know of the Latin Mass..either 1962 rite or new..but aren't all Masses traditional in the sense that Catholicism is by nature traditional. I haven't heard of these traditional type Masses till recent years. It's a bit like when some describe themselves as traditional Catholics..a quite new phenomena since we have been catholics for centuries but Roman not traditional..just Catholic.

Catherine said...

Yes I can see where you are coming from Jackie. It is hard to use any terminology to describe the Old Rite and the New Rite of the Mass without causing controversy. Nonetheless the term 'Traditional Latin Mass' is commonly understood among many to refer to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Is it?

Seraphic said...

Yes. When people talk about the Traditional Latin Mass they are indeed talking about the Extraordinary Form. I think that's very well established now. There is only one Latin Rite, but there are two forms of that rite, the Ordinary and the Extraordinary.

Before the Holy Father gave permission for priests to say the Extraordinary Form without prior permission from their bishops, the TLM was called the TLM or sometimes "the Tridentine Rite." I remember it being called this as early as 1990, when I was 19.

It is, perhaps, more correct to call the TLM the "Extraordinary Form of the Mass." However, it takes a while for new phrases to become common coin.

Catherine said...

Thank you Seraphic