(photo: Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter)
God meets man and communes with him, most deeply and profoundly whenever a valid, Catholic Mass is celebrated.
While the Church provides two forms in the Latin Rite -- the Ordinary and the Extraordinary -- the Extraordinary form or "Tridentine Mass" most deeply teaches what the Roman Catholic Church believes about God in relation to Himself and Man (the revealed truths of our faith). Hence, the Church desperately needs to educate the laity about this wonderful, timeless form of the Mass and give every member of the faithful the opportunity to experience God as a tremendous, fascinating mystery (an experience fully realized only in the Extraordinary form). While the Extraordinary form of the Mass is said in Latin, an English translation of the whole Mass (which is easy to follow) is available.
The Catholic Evangelization Society offers Extraordinary form (or Tridentine Mass) instructional classes to all who wish to learn how to properly participate in the Extraordinary form (not only pray the Mass but through acquired theological knowledge profoundly experience God and commune with Him) and deeply comprehend the theology of the liturgy.
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A Key Reason Why We Need the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
By its nature, the Extraordinary form calls all who attend it to think and act reverently, to respect Sacred Space and Time, to properly perceive who they are in relation to God and their neighbor.
Consider the issue of dress. It is a fact that the faithful who attend the Extraordinary form always dress modestly, appropriately, and thereby give justice to God and their neighbor (for example, women are modestly attired and their beauty is covered, thus promoting and securing the virtue of chastity).
However, sadly, in the Novus Ordo (English) Mass, too many of the faithful feel inclined (due to the "relaxed" nature of the liturgy) to dress in a contemporary fashion, immodestly (in tight-fitting clothes, jeans, t-shirts with slogans, shorts) and thereby fail to respect Sacred Space and Time, God and their neighbor. They wouldn't dare dress in this fashion if they were invited to visit President Obama so why do they feel they should do so when they visit the King of Kings and receive communion (union and sharing) with Him?
I urge all members of the faithful to read and reflect upon these passages from Sacred Scripture (keep in mind that all of Scripture is inspired and inerrant):
1 Corinthians 14:33-34; 1Timothy 2:8-15.
"Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment (at Mass) when Christ becomes our guest."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church #1387.