“For You are holy, our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever…” — St. John Chrysostom
I’ve been in the same location for seven years. For roughly four of those years I’ve been attending the local Roman Catholic Parish. Its still my home. I’m a baptised Roman Catholic. Today, I attended an ancient, traditional Catholic liturgy for the first time today! Its the Ukrainian Catholic Rite of St. John Chrysostom. It was a beautiful liturgy that I think I will attend more often in the future.
If you aren’t aware, there’s a crisis in the Catholic Church today. Its not a recent development. Its been the case for at least forty years. Since the interpretation of the documents of the second Vatican Council was hijacked, the Mass was altered, and everything after that point seemed to trend in the wrong direction. I’ve heard from many bloggers, podcasters, and others who have said that its important if you want to remain faithful to attend a traditional Catholic Mass (or Liturgy). For just as long a time I’ve thought that that really isn’t that necessary; that you can maintain the Faith while attending your typical Novus Ordo Catholic Church. Today, I’m not sure.
The ancient Rite of St. John Chrysostom wasn’t perfect. Nothing this side of the new Jerusalem is, but it was so reverent. Nearly the entire Liturgy is chanted. The Priest stands facing the altar with his back to the laity. The chant adds so much reverence to things. The altar is beautifully decorated with iconography of our Blessed Mother with the baby Jesus. There’s hymns that are sung at the beginning, the end, and while everyone receives the Eucharist. Other than that its all chant and its gorgeous.
Typically in the Roman rite you kneel more often than you stand. At St. Mary’s you stand more than you kneel. There’s actually places in the Missal where it says you’re supposed to kneel, but everyone stands, so I just followed along.
I guess the point of my rambling post is to say that everyone should attend a traditional Catholic liturgy if they can. I’ve only been twice, the first time was on the Anniversary of the Brother Stanislaus Assembly 1286 (I think?), but this is clearly worship, or liturgy that is Divine.
I think I understand better now why people strongly suggest and encourage others to find a traditional Catholic Parish to attend. There’s just no comparison when it comes to Liturgy. Actually, the only comparison would be to the traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Rite which I haven’t attended yet.