Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Looking Back: The Tridentine Mass

At the heart of Catholic faith is its highest form of worship which is the Holy Eucharist commonly known as the Mass.

Some Catholics may not be aware that the mass we have now, the so-called ordinary form, came about after the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. 

But on July 7, 2007, the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI issued the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum which allows and instructs the priests on the celebration of the mass in its form promulgated in 1962. That kind of the mass is now known as the extraordinary form.

In one article by "The Economist", it was observed that this form of mass can attract many participants especially among the youths. 

In my personal experience, I got to appreciate this mass as I attend over time. It is indeed lovable in its solemn form and can lift your spirit high in holiness. I would say, the extraordinary form resonates my identity as a Catholic.

Some conservative Catholics would even profess that they like the extraordinary form because it is the kind of mass heard by the saints since time immemorial.

For me, I am privileged to have been drawn by Divine Guidance to this community celebrating the extraordinary form every Sunday, 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Victoria St., Singapore. 
The priest sprinkling the congregation with holy water at the start
of the mass while "Asperges Me" is being sung. 

Incensing of the altar

The priest praying over the bread and wine

A solemn communion
(Photos credits to Extraordinary Form Community Singapore)

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