The Extraordinary Latin Mass—Archbishop Alexander Sample

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The Mass

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
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9 thoughts on “The Extraordinary Latin Mass—Archbishop Alexander Sample”

  1. I’m really surprised to see only negative comments so far here. Are people trying to be intellectually honest, or just choosing based on convenience? I consider myself (and my family) privileged to have the TLM offered in Sacramento. We drive 45 miles every week for Mass, and many people drive much more. I know that both forms are valid (IF done well), but when I see that most arguments for the NO form are about accessibility, simplicity, participation, etc, while most arguments for the TLM are about reverence, proper orientation of our focus toward God and the fruits we can see in people attending it, it is hard not to think one (guess which? :)) is a better form. Not all valid answers are necessary equal.
    Patrick, keep the good work and God bless you!

    1. Hey Ben:

      There’s no way these ideologues listened to the interview. Agendas are allergic to facts. The Novus Ordo experiment has shown its real-world results 50 years later and they are catastrophic: with dissent, church closings, lack of belief in the Real Presence, low vocations, etc etc. Now multiplied under Pope Francis. It’s not debatable. Even when you recommend that Catholics check out the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass one time (!) you get “insulted” people taking umbrage. It doesn’t compute. PS, Communion on the tongue is the best way to avoid getting sick. Priests did so during the Plague epidemic to great success.

  2. The Latin Mass does not belong to only the so-called Traditionalist, but to all the Catholic Church. Whether Tridentine or Novus Ordo, at Mass we offer up and partake in the Body and Blood of Christ. Both forms are a prayer that needs to be prayed daily, reverently, expectantly. Both are beautiful, for in them Christ is Present!

  3. The Church has always had different forms for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. These were not and are not devisive. With the NO and the TLM it is the people who choose to be devisive. I’m sick of hearing one is better than the other, they both are ways to do what the Lord commanded, “Do this in memory of me. “

  4. The ‘Latin Mass’ is a sad experience. People think it is our roots but other forms of the Mass are in the peoples language i.e. Ukranian, Greek etc. We don’t need the hocus pocus Latin but rather a lived participation in an English setting.

    1. No, reading that comment is a sad experience. “Hocus pocus Latin.” Wow, and people think bigots are only at The New York Times and CNN. What disturbing venom against the Extraordinary Form of the holy Mass that nurtured saints from St. Ignatius, St. Louis De Montfort, St. Therese of Lisieux, to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, to St. John Paul II.

    2. When Christ instituted the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, did he send Martha to prepare the upper room? Did he hand the Eucharist to anybody else to distribute?

      The arrogance of lived participation and Mass being about us is pathetic. We have had “lived participation” for fifty years….and the only timing he living under age 50 darken the doorsteps is for funerals.

      Lived participation killed the faith for most. And why not? When a 60 year-old woman wearing Teva sandals, shorts which expose her veiny white legs and a t-shirt that reads “Real Catholics Vote Democrat” is handing out the wafers, young people think it’s all a joke, the somewhat catechized start to doubt the truth about the Real Presence (see Pew polling) and the faithful are infuriated. It is all so banal and stupid that it is clearly demonic.

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