chasuble-in-progress. The local Latin Mass Society is busy sewing vestments for upcoming masses in the Extraordinary Form at All Saints Parish. Since 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI issued his Summorum Pontificum, an apostolic letter supporting the Traditional Latin Mass, many faithful have rejoiced. In our own parish, the Chant Schola formed and parishioners can hear them at the 7:30 a.m. mass on the first Sunday of each month. Additionally, on Ash Wednesday, the Schola will participate at the 10 a.m. mass at St. Mary's.
According to Summorum Pontificum:
Art. 5. § 1 In parishes, where there
is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical
tradition, the pastor should willingly accept their requests to
celebrate the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published
in 1962, and ensure that the welfare of these faithful harmonises with
the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the guidance of the
bishop in accordance with canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the
unity of the whole Church.
Unfortunately, there is at times, a resistance by some to the truth that both forms are eminently desired. In fact, in his letter to the bishops regarding Summorum Pontifcum, the Holy Father wrote:
In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no
rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and
great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or
even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches
which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them
their proper place. Needless to say, in order to experience full
communion, the priests of the communities adhering to the former usage
cannot, as a matter of principle, exclude celebrating according to the
new books. The total exclusion of the new rite would not in fact be
consistent with the recognition of its value and holiness.
Here the Holy Father lovingly supports a continuity with the Universal Church (past, present, and future), thus avoiding ruptures with the faithful, no matter which form of the mass is celebrated. Both are valid and to be desired as authentic expressions of Catholic worship.