Most readers will know that for several years now my husband and I and our boys have assisted almost exclusively at the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass. We have learned a great deal about our faith over the years and we continue to grow in our love for this Mass handed down to us through the centuries by Holy Mother Church. But it is so much more than 'just' the Mass. It is so much more than the Latin. It is so many things, in fact, that I'm sure a blog post won't adequately cover them all.
Therefore, I'm not going
to get into detail about the prayers of the traditional Mass, or
following the 'old' Liturgical Calendar, or the reverence and beauty
inherent in all of the traditional Sacraments with the priestly
vestments, the incense, the bells and sacred music that go along with them.
Instead I will mention just one of the 'little' things that happened
At St. Francis deSales Oratory, after Mass there was a
very nice display of items for sale, crucifixes, nativity scenes and
other statuary made by Christians in the Holy Land. My husband and I
decided to purchase a crucifix and after doing so, hastened to find one
of the canons to bless it before we left.
We found Canon Wiener
and he was very pleased to do this for us, but he would have to do it in
the Sacristy, and could he keep the crucifix and return it to us on
Wednesday at homeschool co-op? We said of course, that would be fine.
talking with Canon Wiener my husband and I looked at each other, both
thinking the same thing: that's never happened before! Any time in the
past that we've asked a priest to bless a sacramental, he has done so on
the spot, regardless of where we were. But not this time. We learned
today that there is a right and proper place to bless Sacramentals, and I
would bet a proper vestment as well.
This is just another of so
many little things that enrich our faith. Nothing is trivial, nothing is
just by-the-way. Not that blessing Sacramentals in a crowded vestibule
after church as we've experienced before makes it necessarily trivial. But certainly
the extra care of time and place taken to fulfill our desire for a
blessed crucifix today, for us at least, carries with it a level of
importance, of reverence, that will translate into our own care for how
and where we place the blessed crucifix in our home and further venerate
This is what I mean by the little things. Our faith is so
much bigger than we are, so much richer than we even know. And we are
just overwhelmed with thanksgiving to Our Lord for His leading us to the
Traditional Latin Mass community where the small things matter enough
that a bigger deal is made of them than anywhere else that we've been.
we are blessed. But at the same time we grieve for that which has been
lost over the past nearly 50 years since Vatican II, and for all the
Catholics who have no idea what they're missing out on. These 'little' things should never have been lost. It is our Faith, that which has
been handed down over the centuries. And Lord-willing and with the help
of the Holy Angels and Saints, we will continue to learn and grow in
this faith, through the big and little things.
God bless you!