LATIN MASSES AT ST RAPHAEL'S
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Traditional Latin Mass
Latin Masses are beautiful and deeply spiritual ceremonies. The rite of Mass commonly known as the ‘Tridentine Rite’ was universally used in the West until the introduction of the ‘New Rite' or 'Novus Ordo’ in 1969. It is commonly called the Tridentine Rite because Pope St Pius V codified it at the Council of Trent in 1570. However, Pope St Pius did not compose a completely new rite but rather standardised the existing texts into one missal to be universally used in the western church. The Canon of the Mass dates back to the fifth or sixth century. Until Pope John XXIII added the name of St Joseph to the list of saints mentioned in it, this part of the Mass had remained unchanged since the time of Pope Gregory the Great.
Many people believe that the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s abolished the Tridentine Rite of Mass. This is not the case. The Council called for reform of the missal but also stated that the ‘Holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal authority and dignity; she wishes to preserve them in future and to foster them in every way’ (Sacred Constitution on the Liturgy)
Pope Paul VI in 1971 at the request of the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Heenan, made a special grant to the people of England & Wales allowing the celebration of the Tridentine Rite. In 1984 Pope John Paul II extended this to the whole church. In 1988 the pope issued a further document - ‘Ecclesia Dei’ - in which he asked the bishops of the world to be generous in allowing Tridentine Masses.
With the permission of the Archbishop of Southwark, we normally have six Masses a year here at St Raphael's. They are usually held at 7.30 pm on the vigils of Holy Days of Obligation.
For more information please contact Michael Pearce (tel. 01372 377169 or The Latin Mass Society tel. 0207 404 7284) or through the Parish Office:
Tel. 020 8 541 4999
LATIN MASS SOCIETY OF ENGLAND AND WALES