2021-08-0118th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Sometimes, people will tell me that they prefer the Old Mass. I will reply do you mean the Tridentine Mass said in Latin which was set in 1563 or do you mean the Mass before that? For many of us history is simply the memories of our grandparents.

The Last Supper celebrated by Jesus with his apostles was celebrated in Aramaic which was the language that Jesus spoke. It was the Jewish meal of Passover with the added features of the bread offered as his own body and the wine blessed as his own blood. The apostles and their successors continued this tradition of the Lord because Jesus had asked them to do this in memory of Him. In the beginning they prayed in secrecy because what they were doing was against the law and they feared for their lives.

Later, when Christianity was tolerated and actually preferred by the Emperor Constantine in the year 3l3, Mass was celebrated in Greek throughout the Roman Empire, "Kyrie Eleison" is Greek for "Lord have mercy." Later, Mass was said in Latin which had become the language of the people.

2. The first Masses were celebrated in the homes of the early Christians. As more people embraced the faith, large buildings called basilicas were converted into Churches. As the years passed, prayers and customs or rituals for Mass were made permanent after the Protestant Reformation. These rules or rubrics for Mass were established by the Council of Trent (1545 - 1563).That is the Mass that many of us remember.

Vatican Council II (1962- 1965) went back in history as it were and tried to recapture the way that Mass was celebrated in the beginning. The early Masses were prayed by the priest facing the people in the language of the people. People responded to his prayers and sang hymns of praise.

So what seems to be new for some is actually very old.

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