Rorate Caeli

Silence on Holy Saturday
Amidst the solemnity, in praise of Low Mass

Sacrifice. Silence. Humility. Like the simple seven words on Golgotha. The essence, before our very eyes: the epitome of unplanned and truly organic development - Roman order and terseness displayed forever and everywhere.  

Strengthened with all might,
according to the power of his glory,
in all patience and longsuffering with joy,
giving thanks to God the Father,
who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light:
who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love,
in whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins;
who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
for in him were all things created in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by him and in him.
And he is before all, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the Church,
who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
that in all things he may hold the primacy:
because in him, it hath well pleased the Father,
that all fullness should dwell.
And through him to reconcile all things unto himself,
making peace through the blood of his cross,
both as to the things that are on earth,
and the things that are in heaven.
Colossians I



Bao D. said...

"Popule meus, quid feci tibi? Aut in quo constristavi te? Responde mihi."

Mornac said...

I have assisted at a number of Solemn Pontifical High Masses complete with classical choral works sung by first rate choirs accompanied by 25+ piece orchestras, propers sung by fifteen men scholas, ranks of ministers processing to and from the altar proceeded by 12 or more torch bearers, and many more of wonderful accouterments of our glorious Catholic Church and I have appreciated the opportunity each time it was presented to me. However, I have never felt a more intimate experience with Our Lord than the one I feel every time I assist at Low Mass.

New Catholic said...

Likewise, Mornac. This was motivated in part by the AP's hilarious assertion that "traditionalists" "miss" the "pomp and solemnity" of Benedict XVI's liturgies. If only he had celebrated just one traditional Low Mass and had made available images of it, as Blessed John XXIII above...

LeonG said...

Hear! Hear! Mornac

Deo Gratias! Similarly, I grew up on a similarly affluent Roman Catholic liturgical diet.

I scratch my head in disbelief each time I read about The Latin Mass that allegedly no one understood; that supposedly was no longer apt for an era of itching ears nor germane for contemporary postmodernist nihilism.

A very Holy & Blessed Easter to you Mornac, New Catholic and all who manage this site. The same to all who rejpoice with us at this special time of Resurrection. A special thank you to Long Skirts for his poetical prowess.

May Almighty God bless our Pope Francis I and mightily inspire him towards the restoration of all things in Our Blessed Lord, so much desired by Pope St Pius X.

Long-Skirts said...

LeonG said:

"A special thank you to Long Skirts for his poetical prowess"

"'his' poetical prowess"?!!

...oh, dear, I hope a Catholic man wouldn't sign the name "...Skirts" to his poetry ;-)
I assure you as the mother of 10 I am and always have been a woman.


March winds freeze
Warmth melts the chill
At Mass alone
On Calvary's hill.

Where from the heights
Fierce, sleety, rains
Beat down upon
Stained-window panes.

At the Mass of all times
The Faith's never frozen
"Many are called...
But few are chosen”.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

@Mornac, so true. I know churches where the High Mass is sung by a paid choir, not cheap either, on the basis that it is the music which will bring the crowds in. And this from a very good priest, who only says the Old Mass.

LeonG said...

Sorry Long Skirts it was meant ot be "this" not "his'. I am having an eye op' soon to restore the sight in one eye. Typos are quite frequent by me. Apologies!

adulescens said...

"Roman order and terseness displayed forever and everywhere."

Yes. This is what I love about Rorate Caeli. This is what is forever everywhere forgotten in these dark days of ours. We are Romans. This is the Roman Church.

If some people wanted a vernacular liturgy they ought to have petitioned for separate ritual churches for it. Like the Ukrainians and Greeks and so on. Not have taken and disfigured ours.

I too love the low Mass and have only ever been present at one. I have never seen a massive, Baroque Mass celebrated. From that day; from the Mass immediately after I was baptized at age eighteen - I have loved the direct spoken Mass iuxtam usum antiquiorem.

Having just returned from some weeks at a Serbian monastery, I cannot say I would take one properly, reverently celebrated spoken Mass in the Roman Rite to a thousand Serbian celebrations of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom beautiful [corporeally] and almost enchanting as it was.

adulescens said...

With the last paragraph of my contribution - it should read:

Having just returned from some weeks at a Serbian monastery, I can say I would take one properly, reverently celebrated spoken Mass in the Roman Rite to a thousand Serbian celebrations of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom beautiful [corporeally] and almost enchanting as it was.

"Can" and not "cannot".

Kathy said...

Our family does not get the opportunity to attend the TLM very much. The closest is two hours away and with a family the size of ours it has become difficult to get there. Because of this we regularly attend a novus ordo mass with the worst music,noise....I'm not sure what to call it. It makes my 9 year old daughter cry sometimes....not one moment of silence. When we do get a chance to attend a low mass it truly is an oasis of silence,sanity and order for us.