Friday, March 2, 2012
THE TRIDENTINE MASS, AKA, EXTRAORDINARY FORM MASS AND PRIESTLY VOCATIONS
As I reflected upon that "second" first Mass in 2007, I thought to myself how much more oriented to the "cultic" priesthood it is compared to the Ordinary Form of the Mass and how not facing the congregation made it more profoundly prayerful for me.
I also reflected upon the "masculinity" of this form of the Mass and its appeal to men. Its ethos is more masculine while the ethos of the Ordinary Form of the Mass is more feminine.
But I also reflected on the role of the altar boy and how regimented their role is in this Mass and how much they must do and how well practiced they must be and how seriously they must take their role as they represent the laity during the Mass.
All of these experiences have led me to understand one of the many reasons why so many men, young men, would sacrifice life, career, wife and family to become a priest. The number of vocations both to the religious life and priesthood was fueled by the Tridentine Mass. Surely there were other factors such as large families and a more monolithic approach to being Catholic and a common catechism that was well taught by religious sisters and brothers. There was Catholic community too, with common religious practices and no carping at one another or disparaging of one's private prayer life or popular devotions. Their was respect for religion, spirituality and all things Catholic. Try reading more liberal oriented blogs and you will see how much that has dissipated and how ugly modern Catholics have become to one another. Heck, read some of the comments on my blog for that too!
But the Tridentine Mass was the foundation of vocations and strong Catholic families and life.
Can we recapture that in the Ordinary Form of the Mass? I'm not sure.