A priest in St. Paul said that there are more crying babies at the Tridentine Mass than the English Mass. Therefore I am now labeling anyone who criticizes the Tridentine Mass as “anti-baby.” That’s it. You can’t stop me. I’m tired of all the insults going only one way. You’ve heard them all. “Right Wing Wacko” and “Middle Ages Freak.” Well I’m unleashing the metaphorical grenade throwing today.
I urge all you non anti-baby punks to read a nice piece in the Star Tribune about a priest who is working hard to popularize the Tridentine Mass at his parish.
The traditional Latin, or Tridentine, mass — with its incense, bells, chants and intricately choreographed gestures — is enjoying a modest revival in the Twin Cities, thanks to the efforts of one determined priest…Echert sees interest in the Tridentine mass as more than just nostalgia. After several years of growth in more-relaxed worship styles, he thinks that the pendulum is starting to swing back toward so-called “high” church with more emphasis on rituals, decorum and formality.
There’s a sense of propriety among those at the mass, he said, starting with the way people dress. “I’ve never seen any cut-offs. And many of the women wear veils, although that’s not a requirement,” Echert said.
The way mass has been celebrated over the past 40 years doesn’t fully resonate with the worshippers who are drawn to the Tridentine mass. “I think the mass is filling a void that people feel.”
What? You don’t like incense? You anti-baby jerk.