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As the Irish used to put it, “it’s the Mass that matters.” The holy sacrifice of the Mass is the “source and summit of the Christian life” according to Vatican II. In the short years following the Council, the reformation of the Mass, replacing the pre-1962 Missal with the Mass of Paul VI (aka the Novus Ordo Missae), has unfortunately led to what amounts to a two-track Church.
The 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI lifted the need for episcopal permission to celebrate the Extraordinary Form (the Traditional Latin Mass) so any priest could celebrate it. This, in turn, led to a resurgent interest in the Mass that nurtured saints and sinners alike for over 500 years.
Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, OR, taught himself how to say the Latin Mass, and has nuggets of wisdom as to why the Church benefits from its celebration and the sense of balance needed to avoid extremist attitudes. He’s also an expert in sacred music, which is a much-overlooked element of the Divine Liturgy.
In this episode, you will learn
- The basic backdrop for the 1969 new Mass
- The reason why liturgical music must be sacred
- How to explode myths like “the priest turns his back to the people”
- Why families who attend the Extraordinary Form tend overwhelmingly to have large families and be actively involved in the pro-life cause Why ghettos of “pre” and “post” conciliar Catholics is damaging to Church unity
- Why the 1903 motu proprio Tra Le Sollecitudini by Pope St. Pius X needs to be the magna carta for modern Catholic liturgical music
- Tips on how to get the most out of participating in the Mass
- Reasons why you should try attending a Latin Mass at least once
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Sing to the Lord a New Song Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music by Archbishop Alexander Sample (January 25, 2019)
- Pray the Mass video featuring Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1940
- Tra Le Sollecitudini Instruction on Sacred Music motu proprio by St. Pope Pius X, November 23, 1903
- The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (2014 edition)