Why the Extraordinary (video documentary project)


We at Walking In The Desert would like to let our readers know about a documentary that a friend and I are working on. This is our first documentary but we hope that this documentary will be a success and will promote the usage of the Tridentine Mass (Extraordinary Form)

A friend and I are in the process to create a documentary that will promote the usage of the Latin Mass. We want to be able to do a video documentary that will interview priests and lay people who attend or celebrate the Latin Mass. We want to ask them questions such as “Why do you attend the Latin Mass?” “When did you first starting going there?” “How did you like it?”

If they are priests or other clergy some of the questions might be “Why do you celebrate the Latin Mass?” “When did you first celebrate it and what was your experience?”

The title of this documentary is meant to be rhetorical in a good way. Most people know that the reason why the Latin Mass is called the “Extraordinary Form of the Mass” is because it is not the current norm “Ordinary Form” but rather an Indult. However as many of you may know, the word Extraordinary also has another significance, namely that it is beyond the ordinary “Beyond the Mundane”

For this reason I want this documentary not only to promote the usage of the Latin Mass but also explain the great theological and philosophical aspects which make up this form of the Mass, and furthermore the great means by which it expresses Lex Orandi Lex Credendi, “The Law of Prayer is the Law of Belief” which might not be as clearly expressed in many Novus Ordo Masses. We will also work on refuting various objections that people have to the Latin Mass.

Please do know that I want this documentary to be as faithful to the Magesterium as possible. By Faithful I mean that I would rather keep those aspects such as the people that I will interview in good standing with the Church (such as those who attend or celebrate Mass through the Diocese, FSSP, ICKSP, Religious Orders, etc). I do not want to get into trouble and I do not want anyone else who may be volunteering in trouble either.

 If anyone has any suggestions for the success of this documentary or would like to be part of it in some way or another please let us know


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  1. This is a response I posted on FreeRepublic when I first read this article in February:

    I am a 76 yr old cradle Catholic. I grew up with the Tridentine Mass. As a youngster, we often visited my mother’s family in Canada where we attended the “French Church”. Although I failed to understand the sermon and announcements, the Mass was the same and understandable. This was true throughout the world. Missels usually had both the Latin and vernacular printed side by side. What’s not to understand or be unable to follow? With the change from Latin to the venacular and the local ceremonial quirks one can become lost! As an adult I have been to Mass in Vietnam, China and Japan. Something was missing.
    Almost all societies and groups have a set of ceremonies, speech patterns and even languages set aside to separate the sacred from the profane. In the Catholic Church, that separation was the Tridentine Mass. Now that separation no longer exists.
    Hope that my, much biased, input will open some insights.

    An additional comment to the above: Some of the current hymns are wonderful, some are completely banal and many of the translations from Latin to English (and I am sure in other venaculars) really strain the music to which they are set. At the height of classical Church music some of it was banned during Mass because people were paying more attention to the beautiful music than to the Mass. Some of the music today should be banned in the same way because it distracts from the Mass in a painful way.

    Again, I hope that my, much biased, input will open some insights.

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