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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #25

“For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.”  – Ps. 51:3 After finishing the memento for the dead, the priest  starts the “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” – “to us also, thy sinful servants.”  He does so in … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #24

Jesus offers the chalice of His suffering in propitiation for the sins of the world. It is particularly through his anguish of desolation and privation – of feeling forsaken even by His Father – that He merited for souls the … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #23

The main purpose of the elevation is so that the faithful may in faith humbly adore our Lord, for what is hidden to the senses, we perceive only by the light of faith.  The phrase “mystery of faith” is not … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #22

At the moment when the Host is raised, the altar boy rings the bells.  This reminds us of that moment when the horn was sounded in the Temple to signal the start of the slaying of the Paschal lambs.  On … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #21

“…we implore  of God, that the elements laying on the altar and dedicated to Him, may be raised to the highest degree of consummation, that is, be changed into heavenly sacrificial gifts. “Precisely at the moment in which the altar, by … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #20

Instead of including the usual accompanying prayer to the graphic, I thought it apropos to instead quote Fr. N. Gihr in his teaching on the Hanc ígitur.   Aside from helping us to better understand this part of the TLM, the … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #19

“I saw angels come to His assistance, otherwise He would have been unable even to raise it from the ground.”  –  Bl. Anne C. Emmerich Our Lord asks us to pick up our cross and follow Him. We need not … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #18

The accomplishment of the sacrifice – THE mystery of Faith – is about to begin, so the priest asks the faithful to lift up their hearts. We should all be keenly aware that the assistance of grace is necessary to … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #17

“Orate Fraters”, is the first of the seven “words” which the priest will speak clearly and audibly between now and his Communion. This corresponds to the Seven Last Words spoken by our Lord from the cross, as it is primarily during … Continue reading

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THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS # 16

The washing of the hands is primarily a symbol of the interior purification necessary before offering the sacrifice of the Spotless Lamb. A good and humble priest, conscious of his unworthiness, must feel at this point a certain trepidation, for … Continue reading

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