Latin Mass Ordinary Form

Novus Ordo (New Mass) in Latin 

Latin Mass in the Ordinary Form is celebrated at 7:30am on one Sunday in most months. Please check the bulletin or calendar for the dates.

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, that was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963 stated that the language of the people may be permitted in a limited use, such as in the proclamation of the readings and some of the prayers.  However, “use of the Latin Language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” (36)  It also states that “steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” (54)

In recent years, both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have asked for a wider use of Latin in Sacred Music and the education of the faithful in Latin Mass chants.

Finally, on July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, allowing for a greater use of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass).  In this document, the Holy Father permits all priests in good standing permission to celebrate Mass according to the Extraordinary Form without permission, and that the faithful have a right to have this Liturgy celebrated in their parishes.

To see the literal translation of the Latin for some of the prayers during Mass, visit the Latin Mass Parts page.

Some resources:
Adoremus - Society For Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
Sacrosanctum Concilium
Bishop Burbidge's Letter Regarding Implementation of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI

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