(Lancaster Online) - Dominus vobiscum ... Et cum spiritu tuo ... Oremus ...THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is not a passing fad. It's the real deal, and it's here to stay. Why is that? Do you really want to know? The Catholic Knight knows the answer, and it may not be what you think.
It's been nearly 40 years since the words of the Latin Mass — The Lord be with you; And with thy spirit; Let us pray — echoed through the sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Rosie Gross found the Latin responses coming almost automatically.
"One man said it's like riding a bicycle," the Lancaster woman said.
Former Catholic Liz Lennon agreed.
"This took me back to my childhood," she said....
A congregation estimated at 300 — including many young families with children — filled St. Anthony on East Orange Street for the return of the Latin, or Tridentine, Mass on Saturday, the first of what will be weekly services...
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It's not the language. Though Latin does have a pretty ring to it, especially when chanted in Gregorian style, the language itself is not the real issue here. That's not why people come. It's not about old people rejecting the new way of doing things, because the Latin Mass is seeing its largest growth among young Catholics. It's not about fundamentalists who have rejected Vatican II, because if that were the case, these people would be attending SSPX parishes that have been well established in virtually every major city around the country. Furthermore, those who are attending these Latin masses are in full communion with Rome, and hold a wide variety of opinions about Vatican II. It's not about people who have simply rejected the new form of the mass either, because a large portion of people attending these Latin masses, also attend the new form English masses as well.
So what is it!?!
Here is the secret. I'll give it to you in one word. Are you ready? I hope you're sitting down. The word is....
That's right, it all has to do with a sense of the sacred. The old form of the mass just has that built right into it. The same kind of solemnity can be found in the new form of the mass too, when it's celebrated properly. But the success of the Latin Mass in recent days is not only a testimony of the beauty associated with the old form, but it is also an indictment of how poorly the new form is being celebrated in parishes all over the country.
It was reported about this time last year that Pope Benedict XVI compared the competition between the old and new form of the mass to a German thumb wrestling match. Many people were baffled by what the pontiff meant by this. Now it appears to be obvious. The people (young and old alike) crave a sense of the sacred. They crave solemnity. So right now, it looks like the old Latin form of the mass, has got the new English form pinned. Anybody care for a rematch?