Mar 25, 2008

Did you hear about the Boston Herald news story (click on this post's title) about altar boys this past Easter Sunday?

Here are the first two paragraphs:

"A new generation of young altar servers captivated by the solemn rituals of Latin Mass is mastering the traditional rite in growing numbers in the Boston archdiocese as the liturgy makes a comeback after a four-decade hiatus.

"'It’s really reverent. That’s why I like it,' said altar server Brendan MacKenzie, 12, of Marshfield, as he readied for the Tenebrae, or 'Spy Wednesday,' service at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton during Holy Week. 'It brings you closer to God.'"

Then, a little later in the article:

"[Altar boy Angelus] Davulis[, 13,] studies from a booklet titled 'How To Serve Low Mass and Benediction' to learn the difficult Latin. He said he prefers serving at Latin Mass to serving at the Novus Ordo, or modern Mass, because he feels more involved."

"Feels more involved!" Okay, liberals, deal with that!

True, this altar boy is in the sanctuary, not in the congregation. But no one can say the Mass of the Ages does not involve the congregation, too, in "full and active participation" in the Mass.

Anyway, don't you think it's high time the L.A. Religious Education Conference offer some real religious education by holding introductory explanatory and training sessions for Tridentine Mass altar boys every year?


Blogger Paul said...

Happy Easter, Q.

I think we'll see more of these anecdotes from around the country.

Of course the REC should offer an EF Mass as well as training for altar boys; but I don't think we'll see it over the next few years.

I still pray that the Holy Father will appoint a coadjutor archbishop soon so that the long road to recovery here in LA can commence.

Paul in Long Beach

11:33 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul in Long Beach,

Happy Easter to you, too, and Divine Mercy Sunday.

We should all pray that the next ordinary of our Archdiocese be in the mold of Archbishops Burke and Bruskewitz and their allies.

3:59 PM  

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