To a young boy, barely awake at 6:30 AM, the sounds of the Gregorian Chants, Latin and bells becomes part of you. From NCR:

The top Vatican official in charge of use of the Tridentine Mass has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI “intends to extend to the entire church the possibility of celebrating the Mass and the sacraments according to the liturgical books promulgated by Pope John XXIII in 1962.” Those books contain the last approved version of the older “Latin Mass” celebrated prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), as well as rites for sacraments such as baptism and holy orders.

I don’t think the Tridentine Mass can be fully understood by children, but it can sure be appreciated. It was for over 400 years. Many Catholic adults failed to fully, or perhaps, adequately, understand it too. But after 40 years of Mass in the vernacular I would hope that many do now understand, and could actually follow as adults, with their head, what the Tridentine is capable of saying to the heart. I would love to see it celebrated, if only occasionally.

By the way, there is a common confusion between the New Rite, which is normally done in the vernacular but may be done in Latin, and the Tridentine Rite, which is only done in Latin. To say “the Latin Mass” when one means “the old rite” is incorrect, because the Mass as it is done today was always permitted to be celebrated in Latin.

H/T to Amy Welborn.

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