There will be a Latin Mass celebrated at St. Jerome Emiliani Parish in Alabang, beside Alabang Town Center, 11pm on Christmas Eve. Nope, it's not what you think it is. It's just a Novus Ordo Missae celebrated in Latin. The parist priest Fr. Grato Germaretto, an Italian priest told me that it is a "Missa Cantata" with Gregorian chants (of course it is). He also told me that his parish has been observing the tradition of celebrating (Novus Ordo) Mass on Christmas Eve, in Latin for the past 5 years. I asked him whether he would consider celebrating Latin Mass in the Tridentine Rite after all the Holy Father's Summorum Pontificum is in full-implementation, he replied, "maybe next year".
I happened to notice that there is a significant clamor for the Tridentine Mass here in the Diocese of Parañaque. Even some Misa de Gallos, as reported by friends, were celebrated in semi-Latin Novus Ordo Masses, in “Missa Cantata” with Gregorian chants using traditional melodies. In the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish (inside BF Homes), the officers there told me that there were a lot of parishioners requesting for the said mass. My girlfriend who attends a Simbang Gabi 4 am Mass, told me that at one time she woke-up realizing the Gloria being sung the way it is sang in Divine Mercy Church, plus the Credo, Pater Noster, and the Agnus Dei, all in Latin. It maybe understandable that Novus Ordo Churches are easing the transition and the implementation of Tradition, let us just hope that it wouldn't take a year(s) long, at least here in my Diocese. Let us continue the restoration of Sacred Tradition back into the Novus Ordo Churches.
Instavrare Omnia In Christo,
Monday, December 24, 2007
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