In the photo above, it might appear to those looking at it, that it was posed for the photographer. But it wasn’t. Here’s the story behind it, which tells us something very important about how the TLM captures the imagination of young children, boys in particular.
After greeting the faithful after Mass outside of Sacred Heart Church on Bull Street in Savannah, I re-entered the Church. As I stood by the entrance door, Dr. Felix Maher, the MC for or TLM, was speaking to a young lady and her very young son.
She said to both of us that she wanted to show us a picture of her son’s Christmas gift. That is why she is holding her cell phone to get that picture.
It was at that point that someone took the picture above. I didn’t even know someone was taking a photo of us until I received the photo via email. Following that she showed us the photo and it was of her son “celebrating Mass” with his new “Altar and Mass kit toy”. He was wearing vestments and had a beretta or is it Biretta? Just so there is no mistake about this, given the fact kids have access to guns, in this case it was definitely a hat!!!!
The Mass kit toy had a small altar/tabernacle and the traditional altar accruements.
I’ve been celebrating TLM Masses since 2007. In those years, I have seen far more young boys wanting to “pretend” celebrating Mass and fascinated by the TLM compared to the number of young boys who had and have the same kind of fascination with the Modern Roman Missal and the manner in which it is celebrated in their parishes in my entire 43 years as a priest.
Definitely the TLM captures the imagination of our young and engages them so much so they want to play act it at home and not only that, they want to play acting be a priest. I don’t think we can say that about the way the Modern Roman Missal is celebrated by priests today.