I might try a Tridentine Mass this Sunday

I have never been to a Tridentine mass before, and I really want to go to one. I found a church that celebrates a Latin mass. I e-mailed the church and they said it was Tridentine.

As this would be my first time, is there anything special I should know? Like I don’t know if I’m supposed to respond or anything. And do the people sing along or anything? Cause I’m not that great in my Latin pronunciation yet.

What about Communion? Am I going to kneel and receive on my tongue?

Also, since I just graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago, I have a bunch of my friend’s graduation parties to go to, and I need to plan my route/schedule. How long does a Tridentine Mass usually take?

Thank you, the wonderful community here at CAF is always so helpful

Kneel, on the tongue for Communion (you don’t say “Amen” either.) Some churches have the congregation do responses, some do not. I also suggest familiarizing yourself with the missal before hand. :slight_smile:


I pray that you have an enlightening experience.

Yes, you kneel to receive Communion - hopefully at a communion rail. I can’t kneel at my parish but in my 55 years I have never received in the hand but always on the tongue.

Singing? Hopefully you will be exposed to some of the hymns which we sang 40 years ago. If there is a hymnal, sing along.

Congregational responses: Won’t be as many as the NO but feel free to attempt the Latin.

Time: Take a look at the schedule for the parish. The longest Latin Mass would be the Solemn High Mass - an hour or a little over an hour when not on a major feast day.

My advice: Don’t try to actively participate the first time. Still yourself. Experience the silence, the awe, the reverence. It’s not about us, it is about Him - body, blood, soul and divinity. Don’t worry about the responses or acting correctly or the congregation.

Habakkuk 2:20 (something which has been forgotten):

“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.”

the Tridentine Mass where i go on sunday takes about an hour and 45 minutes. only the choir sings. not the laity. you will kneel at the communion rail and receive Holy Communion and yes, its on the tongue. usually the laity responds once or twice but that is it. when the priest says, “Dominus Vobiscum” you say,. et cum spiritu tuo". that is about it. it is very very reverent and very lovely.

oh yeah, and we also sing Amen as well. i noticed too tonight, that some parishioners will sing along with the choir. the choir sings in latin. at the end of the Mass, they sing a song in english.

Boy, you certainly get your money’s worth. In the Chicago area, most of the Tridentine Masses are about an hour long.

ours are always that long except in the evening during the week, then they are 1 hour. church was packed tonight. wow. its always packed though…

I suggest you sit closer to the back so you can follow others as to when to kneel, sit , stand. Dress appropriately, suit and tie, veils or head covering for women. Most likely you don’t have a missal, but should acquire one eventually. For now take it all in and observe, later, learn to pray the Mass.

The church where I attend TLM has a little red missal and it is easy to follow along. It doesn’t have the readings for the propers, but that could come later after you become more familiar with it. It took me a couple of weeks of daily Mass and then I got my own missal which is a great idea to follow along the readings and then like someone said, to pray the Mass.

I am going to my first Sunday Mass and can’t wait.

Good luck and just follow the others and you will love it.:slight_smile:


I agree, learn to pray the Mass. The Mass is the highest form of prayer.

If it is your first time at the TLM, by all means sit towards the back so you can just follow the actions of the others. There is no need to make any responses or sing. If you continue to attend, you will eventually pick it up and be able to participate to the extent that you wish.

Hopefully it’s indult.

Make sure to sit up frront (not even “in the middle” but up front) if you want to hear what prayers the priest says. They don’t use mircophones for some reason :shrug:

Also receiving communion while kneeling isn’t such a big deal because they’ll probably at least have a temporary altar rail assembled. You just kneel on that.


Just be sure you sit towards the back so that you may follow the congregation when they kneel, sit, stand etc. otherwise you might feel self-concious or like a “newbie”. I offer this as good, sensible advice for a first timer so that you may be allowed to feel more comfortable, after all it is new to you. And then you can observe without it being noticable.

Like Catholig said, make sure it’s indult. If you go to an SSPX church, you are going against the rules of the Catholic church. There’s nothing wrong with a Latin Mass; this is just a chance to practice obedience.


Remember it is perfectly fine to assist at the SSPX as has been expressly said by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, and the facts have been demonstrated here on this forum many times. The faithful may also contribute to the collection.

I e-mailed the office and they said it is a Tridentine. I saw that all the other masses are English and Roman Catholic. So I assume it is indult (although I have to admit I don’t know what that means, I would guess valid.)

I can not go to the Latin Mass this Sunday because it is Father’s Day, and I would like to go to mass with my father. Also, a girl from my Church died of what doctors think was meningitis just a couple of days ago. She was active in the youth group, and I want to go to pray for her and her family.

My mom was not too keen on the idea of me going to the Latin mass. She said it going to be a bunch of “old-timers.” I don’t really like the modernism that is going on at most churches, go.

If you would like to pray for her or her family, I would really appreciate that. :slight_smile:

First of all, I think it is good that you are being obedient to your parents when you are under their authority. That being said, it is also important that you continue to pursue your interest in the Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass of all the saints and popes throughout the history of the Church. Perhaps your mom will come around to being more open-minded and accepting when she sees how the Traditional Latin Mass changes you for the better - and I can guarantee that it will.

Also, it is patently untrue that the faithful may not attend the chapels of the SSPX (MariaGorettiGrl, please take note):


SSPX Bishops and Priests not Schismatics

In a much overlooked and little discussed interview published February 8, 2007, in the German Die Tagespost, Cardinal Castrillón said he rejected the term and idea of “ecumenism” from within the Church as a reasoning behind the continuing discussions and open communications with the leadership of the SSPX. Specifically, he said the following:

Please accept that I reject the term “ecumenism ad intra.” The bishops, priests and faithful of the Society of St Pius X are not schismatics. It is Archbishop Lefebrve who has undertaken an illicit Episcopal consecration and therefore performed a schismatic act. It is for this reason that the Bishops consecrated by him have been suspended and excommunicated. **The priests and faithful of the Society have not been excommunicated. They are not heretics.

Again, it bears repeating. The president of the PCED, Cardinal Castrillón has repeatedly stated in at least five separate public interviews in Catholic and secular media that the lay faithful and priests of the SSPX are not schismatics nor in formal schism.**

Catholic Laymen Incur No Penalty

Following this quote in the German interview, Cardinal Castrillón emphasized again what he said in the March 17 interview, his fearing the possibility of schism and heresy, quoting St. Jerome. However, the fact remains that the lay faithful who attend SSPX masses to fulfill their Sunday obligation are not sinning nor incurring any canonical penalty by doing so.

In a February interview for the Argentinian Panorama Católico Internacional and first appearing in El Catolicismo, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, Colombia, while explaining the mission of the PCED, Cardinal Castrillón said, “We take care of those who did not wish to follow Archbishop Lefebvre — which is not exactly a schism.”

And further, in explaining the current status of the SSPX, Cardinal Castrillón said, “The Saint Pius X associations are in a process of reinsertion with permanent visits and a correspondence which asks for the ancient rite.” He added, “They are 500 priests and 600,000 faithful, a growing number, with monasteries and seminaries, some of them full.”

The untruths about the status of the SSPX and the faithful who attend their chapels should not be tolerated on this or any Catholic website.

They dont use microphones because most the the prayers of the Priest are meant to be inaudible.

They are in my prayers, as are you (just in case you need some extras)! :slight_smile:


The SSPX are not schismatic. Going to an SSPX church does not put one in schism. However, going to an SSPX Mass is illicit (not allowed). I am not sure about cases of emergency, but choosing to go to an SSPX church instead of a Catholic church that is in union with Rome is disobedient and a sin.

Most SSPX churches do not recognize that they are no longer in union in Rome, that Lefabvre was excommunicated, and that going to an SSPX church instead of a in-union Catholic church is a sin. “The Remnant”, where the article I was directed to is from, happens to be an SSPX publication that pushes the SSPX Mass and criticizes the NO Mass and Indult Latin Mass.

No matter what your personal feelings may be on the reverance of the NO Mass or the indult Latin Mass, it is always best to follow the spiritual direction of the Pope. If God hadn’t meant for us to follow the Pope, He wouldn’t have given him the keys to the kingdom. Remember all that stuff about “Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven”? Jesus didn’t say “Unless you decide to actually loose something!” :wink:

As for the Mass of all the saints throughout history, what about Jesus (even better than a saint!) and the apostles? They used Aramaic for the original Masses. It was later changed to Latin. I bet some Catholics were upset about that, too! :stuck_out_tongue:


I guess Cardinal Hoyos doesn’t quite agree with you.