On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wrote an apostolic letter, whose title in Latin is Summorum Pontificum, (in English, Of the Supreme Pontiffs) which promoted the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the liturgy promulgated by Popes St. Pius VI and St John XXIII. This liturgy is often popularly called the Tridentine Mass and was the usual way to celebrate Mass before the Second Vatican Council. It is an “Extraordinary Form” since currently the “Ordinary Form” in the Latin Church is the Mass revised by Blessed Pope Paul VI and is celebrated every Sunday in our parish.
Both in our community and in the Diocese of Phoenix there are a significant number of the faithful who continue to be attached with much love and affection to the Tridentine Mass. On several occasions, they have asked me, as their pastor, to tend to their legitimate requests of spiritual nourishment through the Mass being celebrated in this way.
After much prayer, discernment and the advice of a good number of parishioners (specifically represented in the Pastoral Council of St. Anne), I have decided, as Pope Benedict XVI asks, to willingly accede to these requests and offer, during the next pastoral year which begins in September, the Holy Mass according to the Rite of the Roman Missal revised in 1962 (Tridentine Mass). This Mass will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15 am. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the same time, we will be celebrating the mass of Paul VI in Latin, to show the unity of both forms which express the same “lex orandi” (“law of prayer”) of the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite.
I hope that the celebration of the Tridentine Mass will be a source of grace for all of us, even those who do not partake in it. I invite all of you who are a part of this community of Faith to welcome with immense joy this richness of participating in Holy Mass, here, at the parish, in three different languages: English, Spanish and Latin, and according to two different forms, Ordinary and Extraordinary.
In the future, I will clarify some possible doubts or misunderstandings that may arise in regards to this Extraordinary Form of celebrating Holy Mass and of the use of Latin language during liturgy.
May Holy Mary bless these efforts, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.