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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Traditional Latin Roman Catholic Mass

It's a lengthy video, but, as it is a Paschal Mass and narrated by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, it's well worth watching and, since it has Gregorian Chant, it's worth listening to, too.

With special thanks to Gillibrand at Catholic Church Conservation, who had posted it earlier. Thanks!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chanting is decent, but the precious movements of the clergy is a more than a bit fey. Thank Gof, the Eastern liturgies simply have no comparable ceremonial prissiness. I'm hardly surprised that men with certain orientations were attracted to all this.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Eric John said...

Well, if you look hard enough, you'll find that the Eastern Rites have rubrics as well and some priests actually follow them to the letter, many of these being completely heterosexual and psychologically untroubled. It's probably not as apparent due to the fact that usually an iconostasis would be obscuring the congregation's view of the clergy's actions.

A lot of the things a Western Rite priest does are done by Eastern Rite priests, verbatim. The whole moving together thing is a bit different from at least the Byzantine Rite, but that is most likely because the minor clergy do not assist the priest in the same way in Eastern Rites as in Western Rites.

As for the comment about men with certain orientations being attracted to all this, please keep in mind a few things: 1) Most men called to celibate clerical life are not homosexual. 2) Given the recent pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church, one should note that homosexuality and pedophilia are two separate conditions. 3) To say that more homosexual than heterosexual men would be attracted to such "ceremonial prissiness," is to make a gross generalization based on a stereotype of homosexuals. 4) Labeling such liturgical actions as "ceremonial prissiness" pretty much outs you as a liturgical Philistine. 5) The Eastern Rites have their own comparable weird quirks and peculiarities, so you can't really argue for the superiority or the purity of one form over and against another.

It's also worth noting that what we watch in the film is from a bygone world. The whole context in which that particular mass took place is now lost forever.

2:07 AM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Thank you for posting this video and then defending the traditional Mass. Catholics need to return to this sort of reverent worship, as the Orthodox were able to retain all along.

10:52 PM  

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