The Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the altar under the appearances of bread and wine, and offered to God for the living and the dead. When we say the “Traditional Mass”, we refer to the Sacrifice of the Mass as it is celebrated using the Missal which was codified by the Council of Trent (1570). This Mass is celebrated using the language of the Church, i.e. Latin, and facing toward the East, or what we might call the ‘liturgical East’. The Catechism of the Council of Trent says the following about the Mass: “This Sacrifice is celebrated with many solemn rites and ceremonies, none of which should be deemed useless or superfluous. On the contrary, all of them tend to display the majesty of this august Sacrifice, and to excite the faithful when beholding these saving mysteries, to contemplate the divine things which lie concealed in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.”
... most beautiful of all things outside of Heaven, the Latin rite of the Adorable Sacrifice ....
Fr. Federick Faber, The Blessed Sacrament (1855)
The Traditional Mass as celebrated today uses the Missale Romanum which was in force in 1962. Although most Catholics are accustomed to the Novus OrdoMissae instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1969, the Traditional Mass was celebrated worldwide, and its liturgy can be traced as far back as the fourth century. In response to the attacks on the Church during the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent (1570) codified and extended the Mass to the Universal Church, and as a result, it is sometimes called the Tridentine Mass. Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2007 motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum termed the Traditional Mass the “Extraordinary Form of the liturgy of the Church” and expressed his desire for its wider use. The Novus Ordo Missae is the “Ordinary Form of the liturgy.”
Saint John XXIII Parish celebrates Mass daily in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – that is, the Traditional Latin (or Tridentine) Mass. Father James W. Dolan is Pastor of the parish.
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St. Josaphat Church in Detroit, Michigan is fortunate to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to both the 1962 and post-1970 editions of the Roman Missal. The former is popularly known as the Tridentine Mass, and the latter is the form of Mass celebrated in most Roman Catholic parishes today. The Tridentine Mass, which was promulgated in 1570 by Pope St. Pius V after the Council of Trent (Tridentine means pertaining to Trent), underwent a number of minor revisions through the years. As celebrated today, the Tridentine Mass follows the edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962.
After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a much more thorough revision of the Roman Missal was completed in 1970. This revision implemented many changes in the way Mass was celebrated. While many Catholics embraced these changes enthusiastically, not all did. Those who were uncomfortable with the new rite of Mass longed for the beauty, reverence, formality, and profound expressions of holy truths of the old.
Out of pastoral concern for the faithful who preferred the older form of the Liturgy, our previous pope, Blessed John Paul II gave permission in 1984, and widened this permission in 1988, for it to be celebrated in those dioceses whose bishop permitted it. His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida (Archbishop of Detroit at that time) was among the bishops who graciously gave permission for the 1962 Latin Mass to be celebrated in our diocese.