Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tridentine Mass in Charlotte?

I've heard rumors that St. Ann's will start hosting a Tridentine Mass sometime in May. Could Charlotte be seeing an end to the liturgical dark age? If you want more info or to be e-mailed when mass dates are firmed up, send me an email (see my profile on the left).


andrew said...

I watched the slideshow of the Mass in Greensboro-'extraordinary.'
In the meantime, I am trying to give the Novus Ordo a chance (searching for something in the rite to admire). The Mass is the Mass, but I am just a man, and I have a hard time realizing what the Mass is in the context of the Novus Ordo.

Tim A. Troutman said...

Well, the mass has suffered some casualties in the past few decades. I think a properly celebrated Novus Ordo can be very reverent.

Have you been to St. Patrick's Cathedral yet? They have a pretty reverent Novus Ordo (at least for weekday masses).

My friend tells me about a great parish in Greenville, SC that has a high Novus Ordo every Sunday.

Also, St. Michael's in Gastonia celebrates the Novus Ordo in Latin (ad orientum I believe) on the first Saturday morning of each month. Unfortunately, it's at 8 AM so it's hard for me to get my family up at 5:30 on a Saturday to go there.

But you're right, the way the mass is celebrated in most parishes, its not made clear that the central focus of the mass is the non bloody (yet just as solemn) re-presentation of the Sacrifice of Christ.

There's a lot of work to be done. But Vatican initiatives like this are very encouraging.