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Traditiona­l Latin mass

- -Gerard Biagan

Ihave been attending the Traditiona­l Latin Mass every Sunday for over a year now. And I will share with you how it has enriched my spiritual life. For the uninitiate­d, the Traditiona­l Latin Mass is the form of Mass that was used before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council which opened in 1962.

It is properly called the Extraordin­ary Form of the Roman Rite, which differenti­ates it from the Ordinary Form (often called the Novus Ordo), the latter being the form of Mass used in all our parishes. From the moment I first attended it in 2016, what struck me most was the awe-inspiring reverence shown to Jesus who is truly present in the Eucharist.

The multitude of bows and genuflecti­ons, the copious use of incense, the beautiful (and complete) vestments of the priest, and receiving Communion kneeling-- these are some aspects of the Latin Mass that make worship truly centered on God.

Some newcomers might think that attending a Mass in Latin is intimidati­ng. But do not fear, booklets are provided so that you can follow along.

And expect to hear truly liturgical music, as the schola (choir) chants the Propers of the Mass. These are the texts assigned by the Church for each Mass and are rooted in Sacred Scripture.

Everybody is welcome to join the Latin Mass every Sunday at the Adoration Chapel of Capitol Parish in Escario, Cebu City. This is organized by the Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society. The Rosary in Latin starts at 3:15 p.m. followed shortly by the Latin Mass at 4 p.m. After the Mass, there will be the singing of Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours.

I invite everyone to come and experience this truly extraordin­ary way to worship God.

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