Some of us who are actively involved in getting a Latin Mass in Nova Scotia are going to be having a meeting the afternoon of Dec. 2nd. Please pray for us, that the meeting goes well and that we make progress, and that God’s will be done.
Thank-you and don’t forget to email us if you’d like to be included in the list of people officially requesting the Latin Mass.
Many people can feel a bit confused when they first attend a Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It is different from the Ordinary Form and there are some additions (such as the sprinking rite, called the Asperges) and there are parts of the Mass that the priest says quietly. There are also moments during which the priest is praying while the choir is singing, and it can be hard to follow along.
Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. If you find yourself at a Latin Mass for the first time, just try to relax and enjoy the liturgy, the beauty, the reverence, and the quiet moments. Lift your heart up to the Lord and pray along with the Mass. Here are a few things I can recommend:
(and don’t forget, sometimes a simple Google search will help you find answers to your questions).
Know Your Mass
This little gem is a great book. It is meant for children, but it is quite heavy and involved. I would recommend it to adults, too. All the parts of the Mass are covered, including explanations about vestments and sacred vessels. It was originally published in 1954 and now is making quite the comeback.
It is available here and here, and also from the FSSP bookstore (for a little cheaper!) Alas, I could not find a Canadian supplier. But, if you got a group together who all wanted a copy, you could split the outrageous shipping costs.
Here is a peek at the inside:
Treasure and Tradition
I only just recently heard about this book and I really want a copy. It has rave reviews and looks excellent. It’s full title is Treasure and Tradition: the Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass.
Missals contain the translation of the Latin Mass with the Latin and English side-by-side. The Ordinary is the part of the Mass that (generally) doesn’t change from Mass to Mass, and the Propers are the parts that are different at every Mass, such as the readings from the Bible and some prayers and chants. The great thing about missals is that they usually contain the Propers. Many of them also contain extra devotional prayers and some instructions on the Mass. I find many of those old prayers found in missals to be profound and beautiful. You can find vintage ones online or in stores, and you can also buy one of the beautiful modern missals that are in print. Three popular ones are the St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal, The Roman Catholic Daily Missal, and The Baronius Press Missal. I couldn’t find an online Canadian supplier of these missals, but sometimes they are carried by Catholic book stores. You could check your local Catholic bookstore, and if they don’t have it they might be willing to order it in for you. The FSSP Bookstore also carries Missals, including the famous small “red missal”.
The St. Edmund Campion Missal is quite popular, and its the one my old parish in Edmonton decided to order for the parishioners. It is a bit bigger and heavier than other missals (it is hardcover), but it has absolutely beautiful illustrations inside.
I also have a petite missal booklet that contains the Ordinary in Latin and English and nothing else. It is published by Catholic Truth Society and it is simply called The Extraordinary From of the Mass. I picked mine up at a Catholic bookstore for only $4.25. (I actually have an extra copy if anyone is interested).
I’m no expert on Latin myself, but if you want to brush up, there are some books specifically about ecclesiastical Latin (which is slightly different from Classical Latin, mostly in the pronunciation), like this one:
We currently have 17 names on our list! I know that may not sound like much, but my contacts in Edmonton kept telling me that they started with just a dozen people initially. Additionally, there may be some very dedicated people from Halifax who would travel to Yarmouth if we got a stable Latin Mass (and if Halifax did not).
I am hoping to have a meeting with my Halifax (and possibly Moncton) contacts near the end of the month before going ahead with contacting the bishop and looking for a priest.
All of our pamphlets in St. Ambrose got snatched up so I printed 50 more and also put up a poster. This time I specified that we are not going to be changing the English Mass.
Please keep praying for us and spreading the word!
P.S: Apparently St. John had around 200 people for their first Latin Mass!