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Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

November 12, 2013 44 Comments
Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

Perhaps as a concluding post on funeral masses, this is my third post on the subject this week (omni trinum perfectum – all things are perfect in three), I would like to re-post an article I wrote over a year ago. Many of the comments these past days mentioned the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, which […]

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Sing the Dies Irae at My Funeral – A Meditation on a Lost Treasure

November 3, 2011 30 Comments

Yesterday, for All Souls Day, I was given the grace to celebrate a Funeral (Walter Gallie, R.I.P.) in the Traditional Latin Form of the Mass. Referred to as a Requiem Mass, (Requiem means “rest” in Latin), it features black vestments and prayers steeped in consistent yet confident pleas for God’s mercy on the departed. Though […]

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Traditional Latin Mass in Dance Time? Sure!

July 18, 2011 23 Comments

Every now and then I hear the Old Latin Mass described as a somber affair. Many think only dirges are sung and that everything is quite subdued. Granted a low Mass can be rather quiet as the Priest whispers much of the Mass. But a sung Mass in the Old Latin Rite (Extraordinary Form) can […]

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To Re-Propose Rather than to Impose – A Reflection on The Latin Mass and Traditional Forms

February 9, 2011 39 Comments

I had the privilege of being on the Catholic Answers Live radio program on Monday. The topic was the Traditional Latin Mass. The Host, Patrick Coffin, presents an excellent show each night and is heard on most Catholic radio stations 6-8 pm Eastern Time. You can hear the whole, hour long interview here: Catholic Answers […]

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Liturgy at the End of an Era

July 12, 2010 10 Comments

Author’s note: I am away this week preaching a retreat for priests in Connecticut. I may post some new material this week but I also thought in my absence to re post some of my older articles that some newer readers may have missed. Here is one I posted back in Sept 2009: I received […]

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Is the Old Latin Mass Charismatic?

May 31, 2010 64 Comments

Some of you know that I am pastor in an African American Parish. Our liturgies are dynamic and very celebratory. We don’t rush the Holy Spirit and so the masses often go well beyond an hour and our principle liturgy is often two hours. People respond during the homily with “Amen” and “Yes Lord!” They […]

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Dance Time

July 6, 2009 6 Comments

Every now and then I hear the Old Latin Mass described as a somber affair. Many think only dirges are sung and that everything is quite subdued. Granted a low Mass can be rather quiet as the Priest whispers much of the Mass. But a sung Mass in the Old Rite (Extraordinary Form) can be […]

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Diversity on Display – Priests Learn to Sing the Latin Mass

May 6, 2009 0 Comments

The Traditional Latin Mass can seem challenging to many priests today for several reasons. First many have not studied or mastered the Latin Language. The Latin of the Mass and Breviary is not difficult Latin but it can take a few years for most to feel comfortable celebrating Mass in that language. Second, the ceremonies […]

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