My last day in Boston, I got to attend a Tridentine High Mass at the Cathedral. This is the old Latin Mass, with the Schola Cantorum. A ‘Schola’, for short, is a body of singers banded together for the purpose of rendering the music in church. This is also known as the Missa Cantata, or Sung Mass.
It was, well, amazing! I have attended Latin Mass here in Austin, and while I appreciate the solemness of it, I find it very boring. Every time I’ve attended, it’s been “Low Mass”. But hearing the Gregorian Chant during the High Mass was, as it should be, heavenly. That is, after all, the purpose of the Mass: to recreate what is happening in Heaven here on earth. I definitely understand now why so many people wish we would return to the Tridentine Mass. I felt uplifted, empowered. Like I truly had been standing on holy ground.
I love being Catholic, I love the ritual and the comforting sameness of the mass. I have attended many other churches, (Baptist, Assemblies of God, Methodist, Church of God, Evangelical, Non-Denominational) and while I believe they all have something very good to offer, I find my peace in Catholicism. Attending the High Tridentine Mass just reminded me of why I love being Catholic, and why it’s important to me to keep it Catholic, and not try to be non-Catholic in our liturgy. I’ve sort of “been there, done that”, and it just didn’t work out for me.
Anyway, if you’re ever in Boston, I cannot recommend highly enough the Latin Tridentine Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross! They have it every Sunday, at 11:00 a.m. in the “Lower Church”. (Which was quite lovely, but I didn’t get any pictures of it.) I did, however, get some pictures of the main church. It is beautiful!