Latin Mass: A New Trend in the Catholic Church

Apparently it is pretty cool to be a traditionalist in the Catholic Church. I was unaware of this until a read an article on Economist the other day. They have reported that there is a Traditionalist Avant-Garde occurring in the Catholic Church. This is in regards to more people advocating a Latin Mass, something the Catholic Church moved away from about 50 years ago. The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales has seen a huge jump in membership within the last few years. The total of Latin masses in any given week is up from about 26 in 2007 to 157 in 2012. These are encouraging numbers.

So the new trend is Latin Mass, and honestly whatever is getting people to attend is cool with me. What do you think about a revival of Latin Mass?

Comments

  1. I think I’m a little late to the party since this was posted a few weeks back but I just found it now, so I’ll throw in my five cents.

    Wow, a “new” trend? Considering before Vatican II the Mass was the same for 1,500 years, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s not exactly new. We’ve been attending the Latin Mass for the past sixteen years (started going when I was 23) after growing up with the English Mass. And now my children have been raised in it and know only the Latin Mass. They range in age from 5mo. to 20yo. but the oldest was too young to remember the “old fad.” 😉

    • I appreciate your five cents very much and I am glad you were able to find the post. I suppose new was maybe a poor choice of words. A revival is a more accurate description of what I was trying to say. I just read the article linked to above about how Churches offering Latin Mass had been seeing a rise in their attendance, and figured it would be cool to let people know about it. I think it’s wonderful you have been attending Latin Mass for so long, and it is also great that you have brought your children up attending Latin Mass! Thanks for commenting and sharing your own personal story! I will try to choose my words a little more carefully next time.

      • Oh, no worries! I wasn’t offended at all and realize we’re in the minority when it comes to this Mass. I appreciate what you wrote as it gets the word out about this beautiful Mass so I thank you!