Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Detroit Catholics Acquire the Traditional Mass

The Archdiocese of Detroit, one of the last major sees in the U.S. to be without it, has after much petitioning by Una Voce and others, approved the celebration of the traditional Roman Rite Mass. The Archdiocese's announcement can be found here.

If the picture above is anything to go by, the Church of St. Josaphat appears to be an outstanding venue for the traditional Rite. Its website can be found here.

Even the Detroit Free Press has found the restoration of the old rite worthy of mention. Overall, a very favorable article. One could quibble with the fey imputation that it's for the "precious" who prefer to spend their Sunday mornings amongst antique furnishings. And the hope expressed in the final paragraph is a forlorn one; those who attend the traditional rites regularly know that the "older people in the later stages of their lives" in the congregation are a distinct minority. (The traditional congregation has to love not only Gregorian chant and Latin but roaring babies and three-year-olds with a two and a half minute attention span.) On the whole, though, this is excellent publicity for the ancient Gregorian rite.

A version with pictures can be found here.

Congratulations, Detroit.