First Latin Mass In 40 Years Held At South Miami Church

SOUTH MIAMI (CBS4) – More than a thousand people packed a South Miami church for a special mass.  The archbishop performed a traditional high mass in Latin for the first time here in 40 years.

It was a service of pomp and ceremony with priests dressed in traditional garments carrying candles. The aroma of incense and the sound of Latin songs and prayers filled the Church of the Ephiphany in South Miami.

“We’re united with our ancestors in the faith so this is another way of representing the unity of the church,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

Thursday night’s mass brought back memories for Lucy Jackson.

“When I grew up the mass was always in Latin – always,” said Jackson.

“This is not just something that is nostalgic to the older Catholics, this is something to which young people have been strongly attracted,” said Father Calvin Goodwin of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, a very traditional group of priests who was visiting.

The crowd inside the church included all ages and 18 year old Elliot Clemente noticed many differences between Thursday night’s mass and the mass he usually attends, for example “the things the priest does how he’s constantly putting on clothes.”

Through the mass, the archbishop faced away from the church and instead faced the altar.

Despite not being able to understand Latin, many attendees could follow mass.

The crowd was so large, the church ran out of booklets to help churchgoers follow along.

While the mass took place inside, a few people stood outside protesting the Pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba.  It is that visit many people that attended the mass credited with renewing the faith of a South Florida community.  Anyone that could not attend the mass could see it online.

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  1. PeterK says:

    “Through the mass, the archbishop faced away from the church and instead faced the altar.”
    this is what is known as ad orientem aka facing to the east. The priest is leading the congregation

    as for “traditional garments” use instead “traditional vestments”

    “Despite not being able to understand Latin, many attendees could follow mass.” one does not need to understand Latin because the missals aka booklets as you call them contain both the Latin and English

    1. Mariana says:

      I am galrtey humbled and thank GOD for this not only historic but appointed and long looked to day.My has always been praying for true revival and unity for the body of christ.Let this meet once more fan into flames the gospel for revival GOD reigns.

  2. Christian says:

    1.) Of course the whole point of having the Mass in Latin is so that you can walk into any church anywhere in the world and be able to follow the service (you don’t have to be a Latin scholar…you pick up the key words over the years–and for ‘drop-ins’ there are the ‘facing-page’ translations to help them. Thus you can worship ‘universally’.
    2.) I remember the first time they pulled the altar out so the priest could get behind it and face the congregation: he looked like Joe the Bartender! If he has his back to the congregation, it is because he, like them, is facing the Cross, LEADING the congregation in their prayers TO God, not directing a sideshow.
    3.) The various postures, gestures, changes in vestments HAVE A MEANING and mark different parts of the ceremony. If you don’t know the meaning, you skipped Sunday School too often…it doesn’t mean they are useless. At the least, they are cues. Putting on your ‘Sunday Best’ to attend church is a way of putting yourself in a different state of mind AND of showing respect.
    WE EPISCOPALIANS DRIVE “TOURISTS” CRAZY, BECAUSE THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THE SYMBOLISM; WE KNEEL TO PRAY, WE STAND OUT OF RESPECT WHEN THE GOSPEL IS READ AND TO SING–YOU CAN’T SING CORRECTLY SITTING, AND, CONTRARY TO CATHOLICS, WE KNOW HOW TO SING! AS A FORMER ACOLYTE (ALTAR BOY FOR CATHOLICS), I KNOW WHAT BRAND OF TAWNY PORT WINE WE USED…AND I KNOW TO WHAT DEGREE I TAKE SOME THINGS ON THE SYMBOLIC LEVEL, OTHERS ON THE LITERAL. FREE WILL MEANS SOMETHING.
    Those who think it’s all just ‘hocus-pocus’ don’t know what they are talking about….literally!
    If your style of worship is a hoot’nanny, enjoy…but don’t impose it on me! (If your style of belief–whatever your religion–is “We’re right and are going straight to heaven; if you don’t believe what and how we do, you’re going to burn in hell,” you can go there without me!)

    1. bravo says:

      sounds similar to the Catholic church or as I call it playing Simon says

    2. bravo says:

      Typical hypocrite do not impose your views on me YET you are doing just that, imposing your views on others…Very typical of a Christian tyrant

  3. JOSE0311USMC says:

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS ALL ABOUT MONEY. THE MAIN REASON THE LOVE THE LATINO’S..LATINO’S GO TO CHURCH A LOT, BIG MONEY FOR THEM…

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  4. moreorless says:

    Who is right the people that God originally gave the word too before any translations. The Bible has been translated twice since the Bible I read was given to me That is three English versions that i am aware of

    1. ep tor says:

      There were many versions. The original was a collection of notes written or dictated by by feeble old men remembering things someone said when they were young. A lot like listening to old folks ramble on about their war stories from WW2 or “The Big One” or back when they were kids and there were no cars and had to wlk barefoot 5 miles to school.

      Sure, they saw or heard something – but who knows what – 10% maybe somewhat accurate, 90% imagination or embellishment for the listeners or scribes entertainment.

  5. Hello says:

    Wonder if the pass around the little boys before or after they pass the money plate?

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