Learning to serve the Traditional Latin Mass

Father Charez with the Altar Servers after the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Father Charez with the Altar Servers after the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Last Friday, I served my first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) for the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Maywood. It’s only the second time in close to 50 years that a Latin Mass has been celebrated there.

I’ve been attending the Traditional Latin Mass on and off for the last year. Attending the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form is truly ethereal and angelic. It’s an experience that I recommend every Catholic partake in. You will not be disappointed. The chanting and singing at the Mass also really has such an amazing effect on the soul.

The Altar for the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass)

The Altar for the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass)

Growing up, I served the “New” Novus Ordo Mass for about 7 years. I loved playing a role in the celebration of the Mass albeit a small one. It is something that I’ve missed for many years. I never thought I would have the opportunity to serve as an adult. But with God nothing is impossible.

The past few weekends leading up to the Mass, we practiced for hours to learn the intricacies of the Traditional Mass. The “Old” Mass is very much like the Mass of today, with the two biggest exceptions being the language is Latin and the priest celebrates “ad orientem”, which means he faces the same way as the congregation toward Calvary and the direction in which Christ will come again. I really feel and strong pull to continue growing in my Catholic faith.

The next Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 pm, which is the Feast of Saint Joseph.

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church 400 Maywood Avenue Maywood, New Jersey

Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church
400 Maywood Avenue
Maywood, New Jersey

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2 thoughts on “Learning to serve the Traditional Latin Mass

  1. lorithecook February 20, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

    This really touched my soul. I, too, am looking forward to learning more about our religious beginnings and faith.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anthony "Tony Mangia" Scillia February 20, 2015 at 11:24 pm Reply

      Thank you, Lori. Life is certainly a journey. You should never stop learning and sharing your knowledge with others.

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