“Serving My First Tridentine Mass”
In Omaha, the day following Father’s First Mass and the day following our son’s First Holy Communion, Captain had the privilege of serving Mass with other highly experienced altar boys. Captain had been serving back home since he was five, but this was a special Mass for him because 1. It was his first Mass that he could receive Our Lord as an altar boy, 2. It was the first Mass he could serve for his godfather, and 3. As the title states, it was his first opportunity to serve the Tridentine Mass.
For a seven year old serving his first Latin Mass, the position of Boat Bearer was a good starter and instructions were given by the more experienced. The beauty of the Latin Mass is that every action has a purposeful and significant spiritual meaning. Those accustomed to the Latin Mass understand the significance of each action and it was edifying to see it practiced to the detail. We are grateful to the Altar Boys of Omaha for graciously passing this on to our son.
Although a little nervous around the older more experienced crew, it was apparent to Captain that he was among the best of the best, the Navy Seals of Altar Boys.
Vestments are carefully prepared in the sacristy before the Traditional Latin High Mass.
The Latin High Mass is celebrated by a Priest, assisted by Deacon and Subdeacon (the assistant roles often are filled by other priests, in this case, they were filled by Father’s two ordained brothers).
Processing to the Altar.
The Beauty and Splendor of the Ancient Liturgy. The Latin High Mass is celebrated with all the solemnity of Gregorian chant, incense, and full ceremonial.
Pie pellicane, Iesu Domine,Me immundum munda tuo sanguine.
Cuius una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.
“My Second Holy Communion!”
“May this holy Mass keep all stain of sin from my soul. May It keep me close to Your Sacred Heart, O Jesus, as long as I live.Pray Always by Rev. Alphonse Sausen, OSB)
May It bind me to You forever in Heaven.”
The Final Blessing:
“Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus . . . “
The Altar of Sacrifice facing East towards the Heavenly Jerusalem.
At the reception, Father cuts the cake with some joyful humor.
Captain’s Aunt/Godmother with her husband and children.
(It was so nice to see them and meet our newest little Godson, who is being held by my sister-in-law!! He is such a sweet little guy!)
Enjoying quality time with cousins.
After Mass we returned to Valparaiso to visit with the Cloistered Carmelite Nuns. Sorry, no pictures to prove it.
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.