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The Mass of the ages

January 22, 2021.

The Mass of the ages

It was in 1969, four years after the Second Vatican Council. The current Pope at the the time Pope Paul VI would introduce sweeping reforms, one of which was the "Mass of Paul VI", sometimes referred to as the Mass of Vatican II, New Mass or Novus Ordo in Latin. Replacing the older more traditional practices of the Tridentine Mass, this New Mass implemented drastic changes to the previous liturgy. The Tridentine Mass (Mass of the Council of Trent) was used from 1570 to 1962, which itself was based on various ancient rites in Rome dating back to 120 A.D. Saint Justin the Martyr referrers to the Eucharist and transubstantiation in his writings:

"For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Saviour was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus"

Since the Traditional Mass was never officially removed, only replaced, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic letter titled SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM in which he ensures the Tridentine Mass would continue indefinitely, and examines its importance and validity. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI declared that the Tridentine Mass will be referred to as "Extraordinary Form" and the Mass of Paul VI be called the "Ordinary Form".

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI also stated that "The parish priest, after careful consideration, can also grant permission to use the older ritual in the administration of the sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, Penance and Anointing of the Sick, if advantageous for the good of souls" (Summorum Pontificum Article 9). For the traditional Catholics out there, that means you can get married and baptize your children using the Traditional Mass. Tradition is not something to ever be abandoned, not for the sake of fashion not for convenience, it is to be guarded and cherished always.

His Holiness Pope Francis shared his wisdom in an interview recently, in which he stated "I received my First Communion in the Old Mass. As a boy I served Latin Mass in my parish, I knew the beauty of the Latin liturgy, its solemnity, the Gregorian chants, I do not reject all this" His Holiness then goes on to say "I am not afraid of the multiplicity of rites". Wise words from our Holy Father.

Our faith is tradition, and once it gives in to the spirit of the age it will be lost. Tears will be shed and not just amongst the faithful. Tradition has carried the Cross of the Catholic Church throughout its history, its beauty and mystery inspiring countless generations. The Mass of the ages is indeed a timeless sacrifice, and it will continue on until the end.

Kaye, J. (1912). The first apology of Justin Martyr, addressed to the emperor Antoninus Pius. Edinburgh: John Grant (Chapter 67, 69)

Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum on the "Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970" (July 7, 2007) | BENEDICT XVI. (2007). Vatican.

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