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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 27, 2007

You can call it the Tridentine Mass, but that's not really accurate. Or you can call it the Latin Mass, but that's downright misleading. You can refer to the "extraordinary form," but that's clear only to those who already understand the subject. Or you can explain carefully, get things precisely right-- and spend so much time you lose readers in the process.

So how should we refer to.... the liturgical form that was the subject of Summorum Pontificum?

Father Z is conducting a poll on his blog, and we encourage CWN readers to take part.

We'll be watching the results.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 1:13 AM ET USA

    He did not include the "1962 Mass." This neutrally refers to the Missal used, shows that it was the Missal of II Vatican, and differentiates from the indult Mass in England. Still, most might be lost with "1970 Mass" or "2002 Mass," which we still do not have in English. TLM is good as a 2nd choice. It is traditional and it is mostly in Latin. Of course, the Holy Father leads the way with Extraordinary Form, but in that case one is almost forced to choose a pos or a neg connotation in English

  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2007 5:55 PM ET USA

    I like calling it the Tridentine Mass because it connects with the pre - Vatican II days in a way that is clearly identifiable and distinctive. The word Tridentine, which I only first heard a few yrs ago, evokes thoughts of an era that was virtually, or rather virtuously, FREE of so much of modernity's televised-techno-porned-talking-headed-madness, aka moral confusions. I like N.O. ala EWTN, but believe the grandeur, beauty, and quiet of Tridentine Mass will bring healing and redirect focus.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 27, 2007 5:10 PM ET USA

    Suggest "Ancient History" for vulgate persons. N.B. the Vulgate translated the elite language, Greek, into the then language of the people, Latin. Hence its nomen as "Vulgar".

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