The Catholic archdiocese of Detroit supports the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass because it offers spiritual and community-building benefits. As the same mass that numerous saints and martyrs enjoyed in the past, it can produce significant spiritual growth effects.
There are good reasons why attending a Latin Mass will benefit the Christian lives of Catholic faithful. But what is the Traditional Latin Mass?
The Traditional Latin Mass
Also called the Tridentine Mass or the Extraordinary Form of Mass, the Latin Mass has been the norm for centuries. The Traditional Latin Mass fulfills the duty to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. It is considered as an authentic or official Mass that highlights Christian heritage. The first part of the Latin Mass is made of the introductory service through chants, prayers and lessons.
In some days, the Gloria and the Nicene Creed are included. The structure of the mass is as follows: The preparation, composed of the prayers, the Introit, Kyrie and Gloria. The next parts are the Instruction, the Offertory, the Consecration, the Communion, and the Thanksgiving.
Three Reasons for Attending the Traditional Latin Mass
First, the Tridentine mass is believed to have an important formative effect on saints and martyrs, which you can experience yourself too. The Latin Mass has been the norm for nearly 1,400 years. It consisted of the prayers, readings, and chants that saints and martyrs heard and sang. In other words, attending the Latin mass means you are being spiritually nourished in the same way saints and martyrs were in the past.
Second, praying in Latin allows you to use the language of the early Catholic Church which reinforces the universality of Christianity. To pray and sing in Latin is like worshiping God in the original Church’s voice. The traditional Latin Mass also links the past to the present. It inspires unity across the globe through one language and fundamental rites.
Finally, the Latin mass helps you better understand the Bible. The mass follows two basic principles. Firstly, the passages are not selected for their sake, but to magnify the meaning of the worship. Secondly, the mass emphasizes mystagogy, or initiation into the Faith’s mysteries. The mass’s brevity and repetition over the year contribute to spiritual development that makes you more prepared to understand the Bible and apply its teachings.
Several churches celebrate the Latin mass in Detroit, such as St. Joseph Church and Old St. Mary’s Church. They offer the traditional Latin mass that can invigorate your spiritual life, unify followers, and enhance understanding of the Bible.
“History of the Archdiocese,” Archdiocese of Detroit
“Latin Mass,” Old St. Mary’s Church