Another Path – Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Okla., celebrates a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington April 24. The Traditional Latin Mass is now available in four parishes of the Diocese of Trenton, and the faithful are being invited to take part. CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec
Traditional Latin Masses around the diocese
St. Anthony Parish
626 South Olden Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08629
NEW Beginning in Advent (Nov. 27) every Sunday, 12:15 p.m.
St. Catherine Laboure Parish
110 Bray Avenue, Middletown, NJ 07748
Sunday, 9 a.m., and Friday, noon
Holy Cross Parish
30 Ward Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760
Sunday, 7 p.m., and Wednesday, noon
St. Michael Parish
800 Ocean Avenue, West End, NJ 07740
732-222-8080, visit our website www.stmichaels-westend.com/
Father Brian Patrick Woodrow
Diocesan Liaison to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
I am excited to welcome you to participate in the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. This is the Mass that developed from antiquity and was standardized by the Council of Trent in 1570. From then on it remained virtually unchanged as the form of our liturgical life until 1969 when the liturgy we are familiar with, the “Novus Ordo,” or New Order, was introduced. Through this profound connection to our history the Traditional Latin Mass exemplifies the ritual tradition of Roman Catholicism, and was even called our “holiest and highest possession” by Cardinal Ratzinger seven years before he became Pope Benedict XVI (“Salt of the Earth”, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger).
Obviously, the Mass we are familiar with is in English and not Latin. But it is important to recognize that, to some extent, every Novus Ordo Mass, no matter what language it’s in, is a Latin Mass. This is because the Mass that we celebrate every day, in its official form, is in Latin and then translated into the language of the people to whom it is given.
Toward the end of this month our diocese, along with the rest of the English-speaking dioceses, will undergo some changes in the words we use to celebrate Mass. Our bishops have given us a revised missal that is intended to be a more accurate translation of the official Roman Missal. This will serve to enhance our worship by bringing us closer to the heart of our Church’s liturgy.
Celebrating the Traditional Mass is yet another step closer to the heart of the liturgy. The Mass is our opportunity to worship God, and the Traditional Mass brings us to a new height of worship through its rich symbols, finely detailed ritual, and sublime words. For now, the Traditional Mass may seem foreign to us, but as the language of our ordinary Mass changes, we will become better acquainted with the Latin roots of our liturgical life and better suited to participate in the “extraordinary form,” as our pope has dubbed the Traditional Mass.
I encourage you to come and experience it for yourself. No special education or knowledge of Latin is needed, just a willingness to give it a try and a desire to offer your devotion to God through the heavenly beauty of an ancient ritual.