Latin Mass

The hubby had been looking for churches that offer Latin mass for quite some time; St. Therese at Newport has one every Sunday at 9am, but it’s quite too early for us. As luck would have it, hubby serendipitously chanced on a blog post about a Latin mass in Taguig. 
The San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Chapel in Signal Village, Taguig, started offering the Old Mass (Traditional Latin Mass) last April 24 at 6:15 PM, and every last Sunday of the month at the same time.

The San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Chapel – it’s actually the old church building of the Sto. Nino de Taguig Parish but they have since moved to a bigger building and the old one was converted to a chapel
The Tridentine Mass, so-called because it was in response to the Council of Trent back in the 16th century, is almost always celebrated in Latin and was widely used until 1969. In late 1969, the Mass of Paul VI was released after the 2nd Vatican Council. 
Aside from the most obvious difference in language used (the Mass of Paul VI allows for the use of the vernacular to allow full participation of the people), other noteworthy is that the priest celebrates the mass with his back to the people – because the priest faces the east and in most church layouts (at least back in those times), this would mean that the priest faces away from the people. A trivia from the hubby: this practice has an origin in pagan beliefs where the sun was worshipped; as we all know, the sun rises in the east. Actually, the more I think of it, if you will study Christianity, almost all traditions have their roots in pagan beliefs. Not saying I’m a pagan, though. 😛

Ok, altar seems a bit weird

The vestments look really nice and grand but I can hardly imagine the heat the priest must have felt

Not just the priest, but look at the others! Layers after layers of lace and black cloth

I lost track which part this is – I couldn’t understand the mass.

Ok, hubby was insistent that veils and dresses are required – he made me wear a friggin black dress and a veil in the middle of summer!
Other notable differences – the readings are taken from the New Testament and the Gospels (whereas the 1st reading we have now is from the Old Testament), there is no responsorial psalm, the penitential rite is done by the priest, and there is no “peace be with you” portion.

While it was a nice experience, I can’t say I am looking forward to doing it again – for one, I couldn’t participate fully because half the time, I was busy tracking down which part of the mass we were in. A good thing we have a mass book with English and Latin translations – but sadly, we didn’t know what the readings were. Homily was delivered in Taglish so at least I was able to understand that part. It was kind of long though, at almost two hours so if you are planning to attend one, make sure you had lots of sleep as the Latin readings and Gregorian chants might just lull you to sleep. One thing that kept going on in my mind was, how did our ancestors get through this in their time? Oh well, maybe I am just not used to it and need practice. Who knows? 😛

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