Sunday, June 18

Latin Mass

My Tour of Churches last Sunday let me to the Holy Trinity Church in the Oak Lawn neighborhood in Dallas. It was a wonderful choice for Holy Trinity Sunday.

This Sunday's church experience actually started on Saturday. I have been seriously considering going to a traditional Latin mass, or Tridentine Mass. I've been to Latin Mass on a Saturday before, but I haven't been to a Sunday mass. To make sure I wanted to do this, I first went to the Saturday mass at St. Thomas Aquinas. I got there early enough to be able to go to confession, and had a wonderful confession with the priest. It was very thoughtful and he helped me quite a bit with an issue I've been struggling with. I've been looking for a decent confessor, so I'm extremely happy that I found one.

The Saturday Latin low mass was beautiful, as the previous one was, so I decided I'd take the plunge and go to the High Mass on Sunday. I went to Sacred Heart, my favorite little Catholic bookstore, and got a veil and a little red Missalette. I studied it last night so I could at least get a general idea of what was going on during the Mass.

The Latin Mass for Dallas is held in a small chapel attached to a cloistered Carmelite nun community in Oak Cliff (for more information check out the Mater Dei Latin Mass community home page). I left my house at 8:48a this morning and parked at 9:05a, so I made really good time getting there. The chapel is BEAUTIFUL. It's super tiny, but the altar is super ornate with lots of statues and woodwork. It was interesting seeing all of the other women there, all veiled. My veil kept shifting and I was really self conscious that it was crooked the whole mass. I was amazed at how many children and young parents were there. There were eight (!) altar boys helping the priest and all were in the traditional black and white garb.

I got there right before the Rosary started, and the place was already almost full. By the time Mass started, the church was packed and there were people standing. The mass started, and then the music kicked in ... Latin! Yes! Beautiful chanting by the priest, the choir, and the schola.

There was a LOT of kneeling. I'm going to need to toughen up my knees something fierce if I plan on going to mass on a regular basis. There was also a lot of up and down, which I didn't mind.

After Mass, there was a benediction and a procession with the monstrance and the body of Christ. Oh my gosh, it was beautiful! We all followed the procession, and when it doubled back on itself to go back to the tabernacle, we all knelt on the asphalt in adoration. Other than slightly flashing the people behind me because my foot caught my skirt, I did ok getting up and down. The asphalt hurt

I want to go back again. Bad. I think I might just become a Latin Masser.

I'll need to get a missal, but it's a small price to pay to be able to participate in such a beautiful mass.

7 Comments:

At 10:36 PM, Blogger edtomjude said...

Dear Cynthia,

Congratulations, I remember my first high Mass in 1985. It was a real eye opener for me. If you buy a missal, you might want to consider getting a 1962 one, since the Indult of 1984 from Pope John Paul II mentions this last version of the Tridentine Missal of John XXIII. As far as I know, the Fraternity of St. Peter is in Dallas. You may want to look them up.

Good luck,

Ed Snyder

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Isabel said...

I can't find any information about that Holy Trinity Latin mass. According to their website, the all their masses are in English or Spanish, and the Dioces doesn't show it as a location for the Latin mass on their website either. Is it every Sunday at 9:30?

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be confusing. The Latin Mass is at a totally different chapel than Holy Trinity. Feel free to e-mail me if you'd like directions to the chapel where they hold Latin Mass on Sundays. It's about 15 minutes from Holy Trinity location, just off of Loop 12. My e-mail is cynthiab8s *AT* hotmail.com.

Monday through Saturday, they hold daily Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas (www.stthomasaquinas.org)

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger sixpackcatholic said...

That's great you were able to attend. I am not able to get to a Latin Mass on a weekly basis anymore (I used to be able to go to one every Sunday). I have found that when you miss it, you REALLY miss it!

Great blog.

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Moneybags said...

This is great news! I've never been to a Traditional Latin Mass because they are not near me, but I have watched some on tape before. They are beautiful!

Right now I am discerning whether to become a priest for my diocese or join the Institute of Christ the King. The Institute only says the Tridentine Mass, and I would get to live in Florence for 7 years!

 
At 8:25 AM, Anonymous celticcherokee said...

Dear Ed.
The Mass at the convent that Cynthia was writing about is with the Fraternity of St Peter.
We're considering moving to Dallas just because of them.

blessings
Linda

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous clearcreekfan said...

Cynthia -

Welcome to the Tridentine rite. I converted in 1996, but unwittingly entered the Church in the most liturgically avant-garde Catholic parish of my midwestern city. During the two to three years my family attended this parish, I was more and more confused by what we were observing. I just could not understand why all of the things which attracted me to Catholicism (the Magisterium, the unchanging doctrine and so forth) were so openly despised by so many of the people around us.

Fortunately, in 1998 an acquaintance invited me to attend a local Latin Mass (I wasn't even aware there was such a thing at the time.) I didn't understand a word of it, but nonetheless I knew this was what I had been looking for all along!

Deo gratias!

God bless you and yours....

 

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