|The Old Latin Mass:|
Following Along in Church Pre-Vatican II
By Steve Cichon, staffannouncer.com
|BUFFALO, NY (staffannouncer.com) - As the Catholic Church gets ready to make the first major changes to the mass in a few generations, we now look back at the mass before the last big change, the granddaddy of 'em all... Those made at The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, usually known as Vatican II.
Up until 1967, Catholic masses were still said in Latin, and were mostly said by a priest facing away from the congregation, and facing the tabernacle. The decisions made at the Vatican II opened up mass for more lay participation in the service, and allowed a greater number of people to take an active part by being able to listen and understand the mass.
This missal, obviously meant for children, gives some great illustrations, the basic outline and explanation of the old mass, and many of the old Latin responses that were changed to the ones that are about to be changed again now about four decades later. The book was necessary, because, again, nearly everything was said in Latin, and a young child certainly wouldn't be able to follow along.
Note that the last page is a prayer to be said for those being persecuted in Russia. These prayers were added to the mass by Pope Pius X, and it was ordered that they be said in prayer for those in Soviet Russia by Pope Pius XI in the 1920s.
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