Burlington Catholics celebrate Latin mass

Published: Mar. 25, 2018 at 9:37 AM EDT
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Catholics at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral are reviving Latin along with other traditions that go back 1,000 years.

For the first time, there will be Latin masses available for the entire Triduum. The Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.

Father Brian O'Donnell is the Latin mass chaplain.

"That is more beautiful and more suited to the worship of God I think, than some song that was written in 1985," O'Donnell said.

In the lower chapel, they sing Gregorian chants. Some of the women choose to wear a traditional veil.

"It just makes me know that I'm in this special place. And the only time I wear it is in the chapel, so just that physical reminder about what I'm doing," parishioner Bethany Trainque said.

In a Latin mass, the priest does not face the congregation like in a typical Catholic service.

"It's not a question of the priest has turned his back to the people. But rather, the priest is leading the people in worship... The mass is focused not on the priest and not on the people, but on God," O'Donnell explained.

Catholics kneel and receive communion on the tongue instead of standing and taking it in their hands.

"It really shows that I really believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist," Trainque said.

They hope these differences will bring more young people and families back to the mass.

"When we try to water the faith down and make it more accessible and easy for people, the whole experience of the Church in the last 50 years is that that doesn't work. And In fact, people aren't interested," O'Donnell said.