by Fr. Peter Carota
I have said it many times, and I am going to say it over and over again: There are only two reason to be a traditional Catholic. To save our souls and as many others as possible and because it treats God as God. So when we are ostracized from our family, our parish and from our church, it is because, like Jesus, we are willing to suffer to save souls and bow down before the Our Loving God in adoration.
So when people ask me why I would offer the Latin Mass I patiently and lovingly I explain to them the great beauty of the Latin Mass.
I start by telling them that for 7 years I offered the English, Spanish and Latin Mass side by side. That is why I offer the Latin Mass. Here is a list of the reasons I offer the Latin Mass.
The rubrics demand that:
1) The priest genuflect every time he approaches the altar, removes the pall, replaces the pall, opens the tabernacle and opens the ciboria.
2) The priest faces God in prayer.
3) The holy Mass is begun by priest and people recognizing that we are sinners and asking for God’s mercy with the confiteor serious words and is said kneeling.
4) The priest says the canon of the Holy Mass in Vox Secreta (very low voice).
5) After the consecration of the Body of Christ, the priest genuflects, raises the Host and then places it on the altar and genuflects again. The same is done for the consecration of the Blood of Christ.
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Actually Fr. Carota has not given the reason for the use of Latin, rather he has inadvertently shown one valid method of appropiately realizing liturgical worship of God. God IS infinite (esse infinite) and all of creation, humans too, all things are detrminately finite. The disparity between divine infinity and human finitude is, well, actually and sublimely infinite. The goodness, wisdom, …More
Actually Fr. Carota has not given the reason for the use of Latin, rather he has inadvertently shown one valid method of appropiately realizing liturgical worship of God. God IS infinite (esse infinite) and all of creation, humans too, all things are detrminately finite. The disparity between divine infinity and human finitude is, well, actually and sublimely infinite. The goodness, wisdom, truth and VALUE of God transcends infinitely the goodness (leaving sin aside), truth and value of the finite, including human finitude. In its depths infinity is not comprehensible. Things (finite) point to it and its BEING, but it is not open to full rational penetration. God, through His will, has incarnated Himself in Jesus, Man/God, an act bring infinity into union with finitude This Divine Oneness implies the infnite value of Jesus, a value offered in sacrifice that atones for sins. What is the proper or appropiate attitude of the (finite) worhsiper of God, particularly with the Eucharist being present, in forming the liturgical attitude? Answer: humbleness, "non sum dignus", ontological inferiority, all this turns towards the sublime purity of the Divine present in the Mass. This God present presents Himself as a mysterium tremendum et fascinans (as the Lutheran pastor R. Otto wrote in his book The Holy). God is not an "amigo", a buddy, just one of the guys with whom one might whoop it up at a party. The Mass is not a celebration of a Party, nor should it include "party" elements, so to speak, rocking and rolling with the BiG Guy up there. No, it demans liturgical forms that enable worshiping humans to surrender love to acknowledge divine Sublimity. This attitude enables the worshiper to turn in a liturgically appropiate manner to the IS that is God. From this point of view, the 22 steps of worship listed by Fr. Carota are an aesthetically appropiate and efficaciously effective manner of worshiping God, incarnated in Jesus the Christ. The 22 steps mentions are appropiate ways for realizing the reason for worshiping Deus infinitus. There are other forms such as the liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church. Sometimes even Islam practices a worhsp of that which is beyond man. The Rio Mass of Pp Francis was a mixture of Pentecostal and barroom whooping it up (with here and there true liturgical form) I thank Fr. Carota for his discussion.