The Latin Mass Explained (A Movie)

25 Jan

Traditional Latin Mass filmed on Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Chicago. The film presents the ceremonies of the Missa Solemnis or Solemn High Mass in full detail with narration by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen. Celebrated by Rev. J. R. Keane of the Order of Servites (hence the white habits and cowls), the ceremonies are accompanied by a full polyphonic choir, orchestra, and fifty Gregorian Chanters.

This mass is still performed regularly under Summorum Pontificum. I’m sure there is one near most people. Many claim they do not understand what is happening, and cannot follow. That problem is solved by listening to Archbishop Fulton Sheen narrate this mass, explain every word and actions, and their meanings. He even explains the priests vestments and their significance.

The fact that it is in Latin should not be an impediment as translation books are available from the ushers, which will guide you in how to fully participate in the mass and provide english translations. Most Latin Mass groups I know also offer Latin classes which are quite popular and, self study is never out of the question.

If this video moves you, please seek out a Latin Mass and experience the Sacrifice of the Mass in this form for yourself.

Pax Christi,



4 Responses to “The Latin Mass Explained (A Movie)”

  1. neodecaussade January 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Dear Colin,
    I will pray for you. Once you attended TLM check it off your bucket list. God bless,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Colin Corcoran January 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      I attend the Latin Mass regularly under Summorum Pontificum. I have no need of liturgical dance, skits instead of homilies, and or rock music to distract me from mass. The EF offers me a refuge from such liturgical issues I deeply prefer. Thank you for your concern.



      • neodecaussade January 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

        Dear Colin,
        I apologize for my TLM comment. Please forgive me. I have prayed for you and will continue. God bless,

        Liked by 1 person

      • Colin Corcoran January 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

        No harm done. I appreciate the prayers. I am hoping many who have fallen away from the church will see a Latin Mass, feel it sing to their heart in a special way, and return to the faith. So many of us seek the sacred in stillness and ritual, not in dancing and bleating out pop music at the top of our lungs. They need to know that this option is available for them, so that they have somewhere to come home to 🙂

        Pray for all those who have fallen away – that they might find their way home 🙂



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