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Lift Up Your Hearts: 10 Tips for Newcomers to the Latin Mass

I've shared before on this blog my love for the ancient Roman Rite, also known as the Latin Mass, the Tridentine Mass, or the Extraordinary Form. But whenever I write about this topic, I inevitably get emails from readers who were inspired to visit a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, only to be confused and disoriented the entire time. The...

Mass Appeal: How the Traditional Mass Engages All Five Senses

Back in the nineteenth century Father Frederick Faber famously wrote that the Mass was the “most beautiful thing this side of heaven.” As every Mass is a re-presentation of Calvary, and the altar itself the place where heaven and earth meet, one can understand why Saint Peter Julian Eymard called the Holy Sacrifice the “holiest act of religion.” Understanding all...

Masculinity and the Liturgy

Today, I want to broach a controversial topic, knowing full well that I may cause a ruckus. I want to talk about masculinity and the liturgy. (Fair warning: This is going to be long.) I will start with a few caveats. First, I do not believe the liturgy should ever be a controversial issue. It shouldn't be a matter of...

Dress Up for Mass!

Society is growing more and more casual. I have seen people shopping for groceries in their pajama pants and fuzzy slippers. I've been to world-class classical concerts where people are dressed in Hawaiian shirts and jeans.  In fact, it's hard to think of anything people will dress up for anymore. Even weddings and funerals are getting more and more casual. This...