The Latin Mass

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. There are a large group of the faithful today who prefer attending the Tridentine Rite which is celebrated in Latin.

The documents of Vatican II do not call for a complete abolishing of Latin in the Mass. Two paragraphs on this topic are as follows:

The use of the Latin language, with due respect to particular law, is to be preserved in the Latin rites. But since the use of the vernacular, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or in other parts of the liturgy, may frequently be of great advantage to the people, a wider use may be made of it, especially in readings, directives and in some prayers and chants. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36)

A suitable place may be allotted to the vernacular in Masses which are celebrated with the people, especially in the readings and “the common prayer,” and also, as local conditions may warrant, in those parts which pertain to the people…Nevertheless care must be taken to ensure the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 54)

There are several parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that offer the Tridentine Mass. Visit to learn more.