To the editor:
I am jumping the gun in writing this, before those less than pleased with the new directive allowing the Tridentine Mass begin their complaining.
Upon reading of the Pope’s decision my heart and spirit cheered. I felt as one who had been hungry for a very long time was handed food.
When Vatican II made the changes, it was a blow to many people, more in fact than the Church realized and there were those who were hit by the changes in such a way that they either left the church altogether or became pseudo-Catholics.
Those who have stayed and borne the changes now have a chance to participate once again in what was a beautiful, elegant and very spiritual rite. When Vatican II “let go” of the old Mass, they also let go of a lot of the dignity and respect that came along with it.
Before yesterday’s Mass Father told us he had read several newspapers all with negative remarks about the Old Mass. He said these remarks were written by people who had not even bothered to read the Pope’s letter.
Read the letter for yourselves, go to a Tridentine Mass when it becomes available, search your hearts, remembering that now there is a choice. There was no choice 40 years ago when those of us who loved the Old Mass had to give it up.
Ann Toni DuBois