Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes
So wise for those so young

The "learned men" who poison the well in more than one chancery and classroom in Catholic universities, could learn a thing or two about good ol' fashioned Catholicism from these youngsters.

Here's some of the article from the Boston Herald; (Emphasis mine)

Boys step up to altar, en Mass

A new generation of young altar servers captivated by the solemn rituals of Latin Mass is mastering the traditional rite in growing numbers in the Boston archdiocese as the liturgy makes a comeback after a four-decade hiatus.

It’s really reverent. That’s why I like it,” said altar server Brendan MacKenzie, 12, of Marshfield, as he readied for the Tenebrae, or “Spy Wednesday,” service at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton during Holy Week. “It brings you closer to God.”

Angelus Davulis, 13, of Dorchester was first exposed to Latin Mass at age 7 when his uncle, the Rev. Dominic Gentile, performed a High Solemn Mass. Since the 1990s, the Boston archdiocese has offered Latin Mass at Holy Trinity Church in the South End. The Mass relocated to Mary Immaculate last year.

Davulis studies from a booklet titled “How To Serve Low Mass and Benediction” to learn the difficult Latin. He said he prefers serving at Latin Mass to serving at the Novus Ordo, or modern Mass, because he feels more involved.“ I just want to learn it now before it’s too late,” said Davulis.

MacKenzie’s older brother, Cameron, 14, said he resisted when his parents urged him to serve. “I guess the first time when I served I realized I was serving God. I guess it just took me away,” he said.

[Father] Higgins said he is heartened by his new flock of servers and is training five priests to say Latin Mass. “They have an openness to the religious practice, which is very refreshing,” said Higgins. “I see it as a hopeful sign that when they come of age, that whatever stage of life they choose, that they will be strong Christian men whether as priests or family men.”
I wonder if any of these boys would be willing to take charge of some of the larger Archdiocese in America. They certainly have a better grasp of Catholicism than many of our esteemed leaders.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

"I wonder if any of these boys would be willing to take charge of some of the larger Archdiocese in America."

Count on it -- the Church is going to see more vocations springing from these altar boys at the tradional Mass than the New Mass ever hoped to get (of course, we know the Modernists behind the New Mass never intended for it to encourage vocations or they wouldn't have pushed for -- then used -- girl altar servers).

10:29 PM  
Blogger mig said...

I know that my son who serves feels the same way. He would rather be at a Latin Mass at any given time than the Nouvos Ordos. In fact if it were daily, my family might be going to daily mass.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

This is just a great article. Best news I'll read all day!

7:48 AM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

It is a wonderful sign of what is to come in the Church. We went from 48,000 men in U.S. seminaries in 1965 to just 5,000 today. That lose of so many men to the Altar of God rests on the changes in the Mass, the use of the laity in the sanctuary, the use of altar girls, and the all around feminization of the Faith.

Young men want to be involved in manly things! They want to be part of something bigger then themselves, something that goes to the heart of mystery, majesty, and magnificence.

If you ever care to see a massive difference in culture, training and mindset, watch the young men who serve at any Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (fancy name for the old Mass) anywhere in the U.S. today. Then return to your local parish and watch the boys and girls in the sanctuary attend to their duties (in sneakers and blue jeans) in the Ordinary form (the new Mass). About as different as first watching “Ben Hur,” then watching “Caddie Shack.”

8:37 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Yeps Amen!, I must say as someone who serves in the TLM, that it's much more edifying to be there, than it is at a normal NO Mass...The Truth is self attractive, that Holy Spirit :)

3:59 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Wow, Prevat2, you've seen altar servers at the "ordinary form" n blue jeans and sneakers!?!?!? YOu mean they got dressed up to serve at the altar of God? The parish I finally left had servers in shorts and flip flops (I'm not fooling!)

8:07 PM  

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