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  Extraordinary Form of the Mass - 1962 Missale Romanum

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History of the Mass of the Roman Rite

Tracing the development and refinement of the Sacred Liturgy according to the Roman Rite, participants will be lead to appreciate more fully the sacred tradtions of the Extraordinary Form, as celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. From the classic beauty of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar to the breathtaking Last Gospel of St. John the Evangelist, understanding why, when and how these prayers came to be incorporated into the 'Mass of the Ages' will assist the faithful to celebrate the Classical Roman Rite with a deep appreciation.

            Liturgical Ceremonies and Mystical Theology in the Mass

The Traditional Latin Mass is enriched by many liturgical ceremonies and guestures, which, when properly understood, help priest and laity alike to experience the Sacred Liturgy of the Church in a more profound way. This lecture will explain why the priest kisses the altar, genuflects, bows, makes the Sign of the Cross, and performs other significant ceremonies in the celebration of the Mass. The lecture will also consider these ceremonies by explaining their meaning according to mystical theology.

The Traditional Latin Mass in Parish Life Today

As the Classical Roman Rite begins to return to parishes, many topics arise, such as the role of the laity, who may serve at the altar, the distribution of Holy Communion, the understanding of Vatican II and the celebration of the 1962 Missale Romanum, and more. This lecture will explain how the Extraordinary Form celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum can help to provide a standard of worship, of mystery, and of catechesis which will enrich the entire liturgical life of the community.

Spirituality and Active Participation in the Liturgy

Today much confusion arises over the topic of the 'active participation' of the faithful in the Sacred Liturgy. This lecture will define different ways in which the lay faithful can fruitfully participate in the Classical Roman Rite and make great progress in the interior life. This Mass which Pope Benedict XVI says has been a spur to the spiritual life of many saints, has reinforced many peoples in the virtue of religion and fecundated their piety. (Summorum Pontificum) Today the 'Mass of the Ages' remains a spiritual powerhouse of grace for the Mystical Body of Christ.

The Splendor of Beauty and the Liturgical Arts

The sacred arts of the Church, ranging from the soul-inspiring melodies of Gregorian chant to the visual symphony of stained glass, and from the awe-inspiring works of a Michaelangelo to the genius of a Mozart, the splendor of beauty is realized in these rich traditions, which are a part of our patrimony. Our Roman Catholic tradition of liturgical art, neglected for a time, and discarded by some, is today being appreciated, as a revival of traditional vestments, altars, and artwork is realized

Additional Spiritual Talks for Retreats

Depending on the scheduling of retreats, additional spiritual talks are given. During Lenten Retreats, for example, registrants are introduced to the ancient custom, organized by St. Gregory the Great, of observing the Roman Stational Churches as a spiritual framework for this season of penance. Other topics include the classic understanding of the spiritual life as well as lectio divina, in relation to the Classical Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum).