Tuesday, December 24, 2013
POPE FRANCIS CELEBRATES THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS FOR CHRISTMAS MASS AT NIGHT
Pope Francis is not as consistent as Pope Benedict in celebrating particular parts of the Mass in Latin, such as the Preface and Canon. The Mass at Night at St. Peter's will be completely in Latin except for the Liturgy of the Word and the Universal Prayer. The Roman Canon is used as well, something that Pope Francis seldom uses. (I think he likes Masses to be brief).
At St. Peter's the people's parts that are sung are always in Latin and you will note the program for tonight's Mass at Night encourages the congregation to chant their parts. From my experience in Rome, the laity chant quite robostly at papal Masses.
THE MASS AT NIGHT IN LATIN CELEBRATED BY POPE FRANCIS CAN BE SEEN BY PRESSING HERE!
A Blessed Christmas to everyone!