This is the season of First Holy Masses. For example, on Saturday 30 June, I will be helping as Assistant Priest with the First Mass of a newly ordained priest to be celebrated in the presence of the bishop (coram episcopo), who will be present in cappa magna.
That’s the First Mass of a new priest.
Priest - Mass - Time
What about when an older priest celebrates a Traditional Latin Mass for the first time?
That’s a First Mass too, in many ways.
Minutes - Guy - Novus - Ordo - Vernacular
Think about it. It takes about 5 minutes for a guy to learn how to say the Novus Ordo. There’s just not much there to learn, especially in the vernacular. However, the TLM takes work to learn, even if you have seen and served it for a while. And it’s not in the vernacular.
Now think about the challenge for a man who is young and has been cheated out of formation in Latin, contrary to the Church’s explicit laws (cf. can. 249). That makes a hard Mass even harder. But, hey! The young learn quickly.
Guy - Years - Years - Latin - Violation
Now think about a guy who has been ordained, say, 30 years and is 60 years old; who was cheated out of his Latin in explicit violation of the Church’s clear laws. Is it going to be easy to learn the TLM, right? Not so much.
But wait! There’s more!
TLM - LOW - Mass - Configuration - Thing
Learning to say the TLM in its LOW Mass configuration is one thing, but learning also how the SING the Latin you were cheated out of as well as take care of all the gestures and movements… that’s not going to be so easy either.
Part of the problem is that for decades liturgical worship sung in Latin according to the proper tones and chants was effectively obliterated by the haters. We were all denied our patrimony. Men who would be priests were cheated...
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