New to Latin Mass?

Altar BoysMany who have never attended the Roman Catholic Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) have concerns about what to expect from the experience. However, the purpose of the Ordinary Form (“Novus Ordo”) and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite are the same – to give glory to God through adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication as expressed through the liturgical prayers and actions of the priests during the Mass.

The terms Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Latin usus antiquior and the Tridentine Mass are all terms used to describe Masses celebrated in the Roman Rite in accordance with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII published in 1962, as expressed in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.

The parishioners and priests at Mater Dei are friendly and welcoming, so feel free to ask questions about the Catholic faith as well as elements of the Latin Mass that may be confusing or different from your regular Mass experience.

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