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Awesome video meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! July 2, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Eucharist, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sanctity, SSPX, Tradition, Virtue.

Want to know what the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) really is? Want to know how it is so significantly, theologically different from the new Mass, the “Novus Ordo,” be it in English or Latin?  See this brilliant video below, which explains the symbolism of the Traditional Mass, especially all the many small prayers, movements, and gestures that were suppressed in the switch from the TLM to the Novus Ordo.  I have had several commenters of late ask just what is the difference between the TLM and the Novus Ordo Latin, and I think this video goes far to explaining, not in a detailed, verbal way, but in a symbolic, visual way, what those differences are.  I should clarify, that there are certainly elements of what is what is described below in the Novus Ordo, but many have been lost.

I pray you find this as edifying, and as moving, as I did.  Really, try to chill out, maybe darken the lights, and really focus on this video.  Truly, it is a meditation.  The video shows clearly how the Traditional Mass follows the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and other elements of His earthly life. It was truly brilliant to interpose scenes from The Passion of the Christ with the TLM:

A description of the symbolism, from the video’s creator. I should add that these descriptions of the symbolism are just ONE of the many layers of symbolism that exist in the various actions and prayers of the Mass. The Mass is such a theological feast the people can, and do, spend literally entire books describing it and still never “explain” it all. That richness stems from the fact that the Traditional Mass is not the work of human hands, but is a divine gift with many key parts, it is believed, coming straight from the Apostles down to us:

After previewing the movie for my family, they expressed concern about some of the symbolism, particularly the scene of the Kiss of Judas and the priest kissing the altar. Please know that I based everything on ancient Catholic teaching. For example:

“When the priest kisses the altar, he is kissing Christ, *faithfully,* in contradiction to the kiss of betrayal by Judas.” In a sense, the priest is making atonement for the betrayal of Judas.

“The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed.”

“The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie Eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter.”

“The priest saying the ‘Dominus vobiscum’ represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him.”

“The priest saying the ‘Orate Fratres’ represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words ‘Ecce Homo.'”

“The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon.”

“The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross.”

“The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross.”

“The priest goes to the Epistle side and prays signifying how Jesus was led before Pilate and falsely accused.”

“The priest goes to the Gospel-side, where he reads the Gospel, signifying how Christ was sent from Pilate to Herod, and was mocked and derided by the latter.”

“The priest goes from the Gospel side again to the middle of the altar – this signifies how Jesus was sent back from Herod to Pilate.”

“The priest uncovers the chalice, recalling how Christ was stripped for the scourging.”

“The priest offers bread and wine, signifying how Jesus was bound to the pillar and scourged.”

“The priest washes his hands, signifying how Pilate declared Jesus innocent by washing his hands.”

“The priest covers the chalice after the Offertory recalling how Jesus was crowned with thorns.”

“The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit.”

“The priest saying the Agnus Dei represents Christ being acknowledged on the cross as the Son of God by many bystanders.”

“The priest saying the Last Gospel, which are the first words of the beloved disciple St. John, represents sending the Apostles into all parts of the world to preach the Gospel and preserving His Holy Church for all time.”

A couple of random notes from me, TantrumFrogo:

I so love the hymn from the Good Friday Mass during the scene of Christ’s scourging at the pillar – the Miserere Mei.  When I hear it well sung like in the video @ 9:00 – 9:30, it seems like angels crying.

My favorite character in the Passion of the Christ, beyond, ummmm…….GOD!, was Abenader, the Roman centurion who converted on Golgotha.

“Ecce homo”

“Hoc est corpus meum”

“Hic est calix sanguinis mei”


1. TG - July 2, 2013

I hope you keep this up during the up during weekend when I’ll have a chance to watch it.

2. J - July 2, 2013

I wonder what would happen with Mass attendance, vocations, and general respect for the Mass if the TLM were in every parish and everyone were given the chance to regularly attend? I hate to say it it but I think only the aging hippies would stay in the Novus Ordo. Lets pray our priests and bishops develop the most zeal possible, ala Bishop Sheen… Ever since attending my first TLM, I knew what I was missing in a spiritual sense. It will be difficult to go back to my local parish (as apposed to the 1-hour drive I do now, late Sunday Afternoons).

tantamergo - July 2, 2013

I think experience shows that vocations would boom. The orthodox practice of the Catholic Faith is absolutely critical for priestly and religious vocations, while the modernist, heterodox practice we’ve seen so much in the Church in the past several decades is the death of faith, which of course means no vocations.

Which religious orders are booming? The orthodox ones. Which ones are dying? The super-liberal modernist ones. Which dioceses have the most priestly vocations? The more orthodox ones. The data is so universal and so unanimous that I don’t know how anyone could even seriously question it at this point.

3. Michael Sestak - July 2, 2013

Thanks for posting my video and writing such a positive review. I’m very glad to know how much you enjoyed it. Warm regards to you and your family.

You’re from Dallas? I’m originally from the Plano.

tantamergo - July 2, 2013

Oh, you’re welcome. I’m sorry, I meant to leave a comment on Youtube on my posting but I got distracted. Thanks very much for putting it together! It’s beautiful!

Yes, I live in the Dallas area. We go to Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving.

When did you live in Plano? I grew up there. You look familiar somehow!

4. Jana - July 2, 2013

I have never seen or been to a Latin Mass. Our parishes in and around my area do the Novus Ordo. Our Priest was telling us last year, he hopes that he never has to go back to the Latin Mass and really never told us why. I have heard the TLM takes one to a deeper understanding and spiritual connection with Christ. So glad you passed this video on. Now I have a better idea of the difference between the two. Thank you so much and may you and your family continue to be blessed and heard. Peace!

tantamergo - July 2, 2013

Well God bless you! Thanks!

5. SteveB - July 2, 2013


And as for the liturgical reformers, the rubrics that they deemed were “useless repetitions” in the Traditional Latin Mass are …. where???

Thanks for compiling the LONG list of meditations of Our Lord’s Passion during key parts of the TLM.

I’ll be taking your & Mr. Sestak’s list & adding my own elements – perhaps we can then compare/share? 😉

Pax et benedictiones tibi, per Christum Dominum nostrum,

Steve B

tantamergo - July 2, 2013

Sure! I’m glad you like!

The main portions of similarity are the Consecrations. And there is a priest.

6. skeinster - July 2, 2013

Also looking forward to getting to see this.

and.. MD’ers, I have hosts. I’ll be bagging them up in 50’s and 25’s, if anyone wants some, per Fr.’s advice.
Just let me know if you want some.

7. John - July 4, 2013

Very nice….. Pray to God (and ask your parish priest) that the Extraordinary Form is offered everywhere…. I bet this will fill the pews again and increase vocations of real men, instead of sissy, incorrectly catechized men. This is what our faith needs! Say a prayer for strenth to be vocal, yest charitable to ring the faith back. Only this will change the world…. After all, the Truth is on our side

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