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.
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
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