Report on the decline of the New Mass in Latin in the U.S.
(07-20-2010, 03:24 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Why have a Latin NO that appears identical to the TLM? Why not just offer the TLM?

While the Mass may seem identical to the person in the pew, from the priest's, deacon's and subdeacon's perspectives there is a lot more to learn and perform. For example, in the Tridentine Mass when you incense the altar, there's a somewhat lengthy prayer that you must have completely memorised. Particular places you need to stand. And so on, and so forth. The Tridentine Mass also uses a different calendar and lectionary system, which requires having to write a different sermon or sometimes even a different feast day than the main Masses at the church.

There is also perhaps a belief that the reformed structure of the new Mass is preferable to the old structure. Little things like how the Ite, missa est in the new Mass is really at the end, after the blessing. Or the existence of an Old Testament reading, or bidding prayers between the Credo and Offertorium.

I'm now at a point where I think the Tridentine Mass is still preferable, but the reasons above put some of the issues of form in context. It's really not just about Latin.

Quote:Is it a rule that chant is only allowed once in a while at a TLM? Or is that just in your diocese?

Ideally, every Tridentine Mass has chant. In my diocesan Trid Mass, they alternate between low Mass and sung Mass depending on the Sunday, and the schola is not well-liked by certain influential people in that parish. Crazy old women, you know. So even most sung Masses feature only those howling harpies to sing, not a chant schola.

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Re: Report on the decline of the New Mass in Latin in the U.S. - by The_Harlequin_King - 07-20-2010, 03:38 PM

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