QUEZON City, April 14, 2014—In a bid to give the Catholic faithful a more intimate experience of the Divine this Lent, a church group invites the public, especially those with a thing for tradition, to try the Latin Mass.
“For a while, parishioners and guests will travel back in time as they participate in a sacred ritual steeped in the Church’s two thousand-year history,” said Satcheil Macasias Amamangpang, a church chorister devoted to the Latin mass.
Beginning on April 13, Palm Sunday and in coordination with the Holy Family Parish in Quezon City where it is based, Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Joseph (SEDSI), will take part in the sacred liturgies of the Holy Week and Sacred Triduum in the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite” (Traditional Latin Mass and Liturgy) to be presided over by Fr. Michell Joe B. Zerrudo.
SEDSI “promotes and defends access to the older forms of the Roman Rite in the Philippines”, but always in keeping with the “canonical norms and lawful ecclesiastical authorities of the Roman Catholic Church”, Miguel Madarang, a SEDSI coordinator, said.
It was founded in December 18, 1987 as the Latin Mass Society of the Philippines, and became affiliated with Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce in 2010. SEDSI members assist in other TLMs within Metro Manila and elsewhere in the country, either in their official or personal capacities. They are also involved in other church activities such as the pro-life movement and the promotion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin and various saints.
The Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also called Tridentine Mass, is the form of the Roman Rite Mass in editions of the Roman Missal published from 1570 to 1962. Before the Pauline Mass was introduced in December 1969, TLM had been the most widely celebrated Mass liturgy in the world.
In most countries, this Mass was and is celebrated in Latin, the language of ancient Rome, which the Church embraced as its own and in which St. Jerome’s Vulgate and other official documents like the papal bulls, encyclicals, decrees, and Apostolic letters have been written.
Latin has played a crucial role in Western European civilization reaching its peak during the Renaissance. With Greek, it was for a time the international language of scholarship, producing an impressive body of works whose influence can still be felt today. But it lost its place to the vernaculars like French and English and the Church remains the only organization that has consistently promoted it.
In 2007, then Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio called Summorum Pontificum with a letter to the world’s bishops stating that the 1962 Roman Missal is to be considered an “extraordinary form” (forma extraordinaria) of the Roman Rite, while the Missal as revised by Pope Paul VI in 1970 is to be the ordinary, normal or standard form, it added.
“Mass according to the 1962 Missal is also said every Sundays and on most weekdays at the Holy Family Parish Church,” Amamangpang said.
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