What We Do
- participate in the mission of the Catholic Church to lead all souls to heaven by drawing upon the treasures of the Church as have been handed down throughout the ages
- promote the Latin Masses offered in the Diocese of Portland, Maine
- support related traditional practices such as Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and sacred art
- help laity better understand and more fruitfully participate in Catholic liturgy as a sacred action
- support and assist laity who wish to have the Extraordinary Form of the Mass offered in their parish
- provide and clarify information about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
- provide resources and assistance to priests who wish to learn and use the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in their parish
Frequently Asked Questions about the Traditional Latin Mass
The following statements are from the Latin Mass Magazine website.
Why is the Mass prayed in Latin?
Latin is unchanging and gives the standard to which all translations are referred. It therefore greatly helps to maintain unity of worship and prayer. Latin preserves the orthodox and unchanging meaning of the Mass from the danger of re-interpretation, which is possible when changes occur too frequently. It is the official language of the Catholic Church.
Why doesn't the priest face the people?
In the Traditional Latin Mass, the priest, like the rest of the congregation, faces East ("ad orientem"). East is the direction of the rising sun, which is symbolic of the Risen Christ. This means that for much of the Mass, the priest’s back is toward the congregation. This demonstrates the unity of the priest and the parishioners in worshipping God together. Mass is not about the priest’s interaction with the congregation, but rather about interaction with God Himself.
Why don't you receive the Eucharist standing?
At the Traditional Latin Mass, Holy Communion is received by parishioners on the tongue, and kneeling. This traditional form of receiving the Eucharist stresses the awesome reality that Holy Communion is indeed the Body of Christ, and should be received with the utmost of reverence.
What kind of music is sung at the Latin Mass?
The music that one will hear at the Traditional Latin Mass will include solemn Gregorian Chant – the official music of the Church.
Overall, most Catholics who attend the Traditional Latin Mass characterize the differences noted above, along with some others, as creating a greater "sense of the sacred" at the Traditional Latin Mass.