Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The St. Gregory Society - Waco, Texas

My Baylor colleague, Michael Foley, is founder of the St. Gregory Society. Those in Central Texas may be interested in finding out more about it and the Tridentine Mass the organization was instrumental in supporting at St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco, Texas. Here is what its website states:

The Pope St. Gregory the Great Society is a group of lay Catholics dedicated to the promotion and celebration of the 1962 Missal of Pope Blessed John XXIII (or, “traditional Latin Mass”) at St. Louis Catholic Church. It is named after Pope St. Gregory I (d. 604), the father of the Roman rite and the saint whose relics are in the high altar of St. Louis Church. Though the roots of the group go back to 2005, it was formally instituted on July 14, 2007, following the July 7 promulgation of the Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum.

The SGS assists in celebrations of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite by providing specially trained musicians, servers, and ushers. It also hosts occasional receptions and classes on the traditional Latin Mass.

I was baptized in the Tridentine Rite in November 1960, though forced to suffer through the "Folk Mass" of the early 1970s.

1 comment:

lojahw said...

What is driving the current movement for the Tridentine Rite?

The puzzling thing about the Latin mass in non-Latin-speaking cultures is that it seems counter to Jesus’ statement about worship in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” If those assembled do not understand Latin, how does the Tridentine Rite facilitate “worship in spirit and truth”?

It seems also to hinder “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:20), and applying Paul’s teaching on worship found in 1 Cor. 14 - it is like speaking in tongues without an interpreter.

Finally, the tradition of the Church (and the Jews centuries before Christ) was always to worship and read God’s Word in the vernacular.