More than half a decade after it was stopped, the Traditional Latin Mass is making a comeback this year at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (Capitol Parish, along N. Escario Street, Cebu City).
In celebration of the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form at 7:00 P.M. at the Capitol Parish church on October 22, 2016 (Saturday).
The Mass will be celebrated according to the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Saint John XXIII in 1962, in accordance with the prescriptions of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum.
The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society organized this liturgical celebration, with the generous assistance of Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo, who is also the moderator of the parish’s pastoral team. The Society’s musical arm, the Schola Gregoriana of Cebu, will be providing the music.
The Sung Ordinary of the Mass will be from Ordinarium XI (Kyriale XI, “Orbis factor”). For the Creed, Credo I will be used. Chants for the Sung Propers will be those of the Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost.
Praise and worship, the Roman Catholic way
Th Extraordinary Form Mass provides a prayerful experience that differs distinctively from the widely celebrated Ordinary Form Mass (Novus Ordo Mass) commonly experienced in almost all Catholic churches in Cebu.
In particular, the Extraordinary Form Mass (more popularly known as the Traditional Latin Mass) is celebrated exclusively using Gregorian chant or sacred polyphony, with prayers and readings in Latin, and with the priest facing the same direction as the congregation (i.e., ad orientem, or “towards the East” or facing the altar).
People attending a Traditional Latin Mass will also experience a lot of Sacred Silence that enables them to praise, worship, and adore God through the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries.
For those who wish to know more about the things that happen at an Extraordinary Form Mass, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have published an online tutorial on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal 1962. They also have a section on frequently asked questions about the Roman Rite and the Extraordinary Form Mass. ∗∗∗