"It's not rap or rock and roll or some idiot priest with a guitar" - Latin mass returns to Phoenix

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Statua Sancti Pauli prae Basilicam Sancti Petri

Here's another article on the return of the Latin mass to local churches in Phoenix. I think this is about the fourth or fifth local newspaper article I've found in the past few months. This one has a good amount of bashing of modern masses as well with the guitars and clapping and whatnot (something else I've never liked in a church either):
"There is a migration to more traditional services, especially among the young, in part because there is a solemn art form to it, a ritualized performance," said Rodney Stark, a Baylor University professor who studies the sociology of religion. "It's not rap or rock and roll or some idiot priest with a guitar."
I've always liked how Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver had a Sunday night (Compline) Gregorian chant service around where I used to live for about two years. About half of it was in Latin, the rest in English. Gregorian chant at night is the best.

Some more from the article:

The priests' moves are practiced and precise.

The six altar boys move in choreographed perfection.

The ripe smoke of burning incense is spread across the church. Holy water is sprinkled.

In nómine Patris, et Fíllii, et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Intoíbo ad altáre Dei.

I will go unto the altar of God.


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