Beautiful, majestic, reverential

Source: Herald Times Reporter

Beautiful, majestic, reverential

Roman Catholic ‘faithful’ have local opportunity to attend Latin Mass

5:19 PM, Oct 22, 2012

The Latin mass with Rev. Canon Andreas Hellmann praying at the high alter assisted by the master of ceremonies, thurifer, navicular, acolytes, candle bearers and crucifer during the service at St. Boniface Church in Manitowoc on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Sue Pischke/HTR

MANITOWOC — Sunday’s Packers football game might as well have been occurring on another planet for the 50 adults and children attending the Latin Mass inside the downtown ornate sanctuary of the former St. Boniface Catholic Church.

“Holy Mother, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death,” said teenager Ashley Reif as she prayed the rosary out loud many times with parishioners starting about 30 minutes before the beginning of the “Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite” in what is now St. Francis of Assisi’s Faith Formation Center.

The Rev. Canon Andreas Hellmann normally leads the Latin Mass, which began last October, as a liturgical ceremony encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI who in 2007 said it is a “precious treasure to be preserved.”


While Hellmann’s sermons and general announcements are in English, the 90-minute Mass and accompanying chants by the choir are in a language that few in the pews are fluent in.

“But once you get used to it, you will feel at home anywhere … Chicago, Paris or China,” Hellmann said Monday from St. Joseph Oratory in Green Bay, his “home” that is part of the global religious community Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

As Hellman opened the Mass by sprinkling the altar and “the faithful,” he proclaimed, “Gloria patri, et filio, et spiritui sancto.”

A Latin-English booklet missal offers side-by-side translation of the Mass that the priest and attendees from Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Sheboygan counties describe as filled with “beauty,” “majesty” and “reverence.”

Hellmann is cognizant of the impediments to more Catholics choosing to experience Latin Mass, especially in the United States where many people seem compelled to check their smartphones for text messages or Facebook updates seemingly every few minutes.

“People are used to a Mass that may be entertaining, makes them feel good, celebrates the community,” Hellmann said.

But the priest and several of those who attend the Latin Mass said the focus in on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and is part of a service with long stretches of silence.

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One comment on “Beautiful, majestic, reverential

  1. Absolutely beautiful altar. What uniform are the altar boys dressed in?

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