The next celebration of the Latin Mass in the Ordinary Form will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2009 – 12:00 Noon.
We will hold the Novus Ordo Latin Mass every 1st Sunday of the month at 12:00 Noon. Father Finelli will attend a class to learn the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass in May. Some time after Father takes the seminar, our monthly celebration will be the Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
You can download a pdf version of our Novus Ordo Guide for the Ordinary Form.
Don’t forget to check out the great article on our Latin Mass that was in the Sakonett Times.
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, that was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963 stated that the language of the people may be permitted in a limited use, such as in the proclamation of the readings and some of the prayers. However, “use of the Latin Language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” (36) It also states that “steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” (54)
As we have seen, some 45 years later, most parishes have no use of Latin whatever and many music directors, Liturgy committees and even priests have a repugnance to it, which has caused many of the laity to misunderstand the mind of the Church.
In recent years, both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have asked for a wider use of Latin in Sacred Music and the education of the faithful in Latin Mass chants.
Finally, on July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, allowing for a greater use of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass (Tridintine Mass). In this document, the Holy Father permits all priests in good standing permission to celebrate Mass according to the Extraordinary Form without permission, and that the faithful have a right to have this Liturgy celebrated in their parishes.