Resources for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
(Traditional Latin Mass)

While we are saddened by the lack of charity evinced in the motu proprio "Guardians of Tradition,"
and, while our site's name may have been 'abrogated' - we are not going away.
Be assured, our mission to propagate the Mass of the Ages will continue unabated.

Text of the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass / Tridentine Mass)

- A two-column text (Latin left, English right) intended to be viewed (in landscape mode) rather than printed. (For a printed Hand Missal, see the "Hand Missals" link in the blue menu at left.)

- 14 minute soundtrack, mp3: An approximation of what the standard prayers and responses should sound like in Latin. (Those parts of the Mass that are read silently by the celebrant are not in this audio file.) It may be listened to while reading the "Text of the Extraordinary Form" above. (The use of alt/tab will be necessary to return to the audio control in order to pause it while reading the silent parts.)

Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: A very brief explanation of the more obvious differences (10) likely to be observed by someone new to the Traditional Latin Mass between the Mass of Paul VI (Ordinary Form) and the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form). When duplex printed, it may be used as a single page insert in the Sunday bulletin to prepare parishioners before the first TLM is celebrated.

A Comparison of the Two Forms of the Roman Rite

A presentation intended to be reviewed by high school sophomores in a "Sacraments" theology course BEFORE their first TLM. There are two versions below: The "Display" version is intended for viewing on mobile devices (tablets, phones); The "Print" version is intended for viewing on a PC and printing on standard letter size paper.



Why the Traditional Latin Mass?

An adaptation of an 80-minute presentation originally delivered to high school sophomores in a "Sacraments" theology course AFTER their first TLM. This version has been formatted for web viewing on mobile devices and portioned into 5 parts. NOTE: the author accepts the validity of the Novus Ordo / Mass of Paul VI / Ordinary Form, but considers it an inferior product of a committee - a flawed "work of human hands."

Part 1: The Mass through Vatican Council II (1965)

Part 2: The TLM is Banned (November, 1969)

Part 3: Ratzinger/Benedict and the Mass (1975-2007)

Part 4: Why the Text Matters

Part 5: Common Objections to the TLM


The following are links to pdf's, each containing an "Instruction" that was delivered at a Sunday TLM as part of the catechesis of the congregation. Most of these are elaborations of the 10 points of difference from the "Introduction...." The Instructions may be modified to suit delivery at any location.

The first, - History

- 3 pages, portrait, pdf: A brief recap of the history of the two forms of the Roman Rite.

The second, - Beginning

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: Why does the Traditional Latin Mass begin with Psalm 42?

The third, - Conclusion

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: Why does the Traditional Latin Mass end with the Prologue of John's Gospel?

The fourth, - Calendar, Part One

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: What is Septuagesima?

The fifth, - Latin

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: Why is the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated in Latin?

The sixth, - Ad Orientem

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: Why is the Traditional Latin Mass celebrated Ad Orientem?

The seventh, - The Dignity of the Sacred

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: How is the "dignity of the sacred" preserved in the Traditional Latin Mass?