TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST LATIN MASS 
 
  • At first glance the Extraordinary Form of the Mass may seem very different from the Mass you are used to attending.  But they each have a similar structure. Mass begins with prayers, moves through the readings (or lessons), the Gospel, the liturgy of the Eucharist, reception of Holy Communion, and closing prayers with a blessing.
 
  • When you arrive, you'll be given a little red Latin-English booklet (missal).  This is your roadmap to the Mass.  It gives you all the prayers in Latin on the left page and English on the right.  It also gives you helpful little tips on when to stand, sit and kneel. But don't worry too much, just follow along with everyone else and use the quiet and solitude to pray and prepare to receive our Lord in the eucharist.
 
  • Don’t worry if you can’t “keep up” with what the priest is saying, or you can’t find the right page of your missal or booklet. It may take a few times before things start to feel comfortable and you become familiar with the flow of the Mass. If you get lost, just keep giving thanks to Jesus for His sacrifice and prepare your soul to receive Him in Holy Communion.
 
  • The readings and the Gospel are first read in Latin, and then repeated again in English before the priest begins his homily, which of course is in English.  So despite what you may think, English is used during the Mass.
 
  • The daily readings and certain prayers are not included in the red Mass booklets. These readings and prayers are referred to as "Propers" which change with each mass (much like the Novus Ordo Mass).  You'll recieve a handout that has the prayers in english so you can follow along.  The prayers that change with each Mass include the Introit, the Collect, the Epistle, the Gradual, the Alleluia, the Gospel, the Offertory, the Secret, the Communion and the Post Communion.  It may seem a little confusing at first, but you'll catch on very quickly.
 
  • To receive Holy Communion, approach the altar and kneel at the next empty spot at the altar rail. The priest will place the sacred Host on your tongue while saying the words, “Corpus Dómini nostri Jesu Christi custódiat ánimam tuam in vitam æternam. Amen.” (May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.). You do not need to say “Amen”. When the person next to you has finished receiving Communion you may rise and walk back to your seat.
 
  • After the final blessing the priest will read the Last Gospel (the beginning of the Gospel of St. John). Afterwards, he will kneel before the altar and lead the congregation in the prayers after Mass. These include: Hail Mary (3 times), Hail Holy Queen, the Prayer to St. Michael, and the prayer “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us” (3 times).  These prayers were prayed after every mass up to 1965 and are commonly referred to as the Leonine prayers after Pope Leo XIII.
 
 

 

WARNING:  The first time you attend the Traditional Latin Mass, you may be confused and possibly discouraged; the second time, you'll probably be intrigued; the third time.....you'll  have fallen in love!

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