The Latin Mass

This is a High Mass as explained by Archbishop Sheen...

Traditional Latin Mass filmed on Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Chicago. The film presents the ceremonies of the Missa Solemnis or Solemn High Mass in full detail with narration by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen. Celebrated by Rev. J. R. Keane of the Order of Servites (hence the white habits and cowls), the ceremonies are accompanied by a full polyphonic choir, orchestra, and fifty Gregorian Chanters.

The attention to detail in the ceremonies is impressive. Notice, for example, how the servers and ministers always take great care to move in order. Notice too that the servers are all almost identical in height. The Ordinary of the Mass, composed by Rev. Edwin V. Hoover, while pleasant in places, is very much a reflection of its time. The Proper on the other hand is timeless and sung admirably by a healthy throng of Seminarians from Mundelein, Illinois.

Unfortunately due to size restrictions at Youtube around 20 mins have been cut from the original, however, I hope to upload a full version somewhere soon. In addition to the cuts I have added new captions and edited the opening credits which had deteriorated in the original. Other than this the film remains largely unchanged. Apologies for the error in the captions for the two parts of the Mass (software). The first part is of couse the Mass of the Catechumens, the second is the Mass of the Faithful.

I present this just as the Church has promulgated changes to the Mass as it will be beginning on Sunday 27 November 2011. I have not heard sung a High Mass since I was very small, yet still remember the responses in latin after all these years.


1 comment:

Peterman said...

You should attend a FSSP Mass if you have the chance and I would even attend a SSPX as I have firm faith they'll have canonical status soon. Having been born in 70 I knew nothing of my Catholic heritage which was basically stolen from us. Attending my first sung mass was really something to experience.