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08 March 2006

Use of Roman Rite in Latin

While speaking with the Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Martin yesterday, I asked him if he know of anyone in Australia who had adopted the Latin Rite complete pre-1960s. He said that he had not heard of anyone. As I re-read Fr Colin Holden’s book on St. Peter’s Eastern Hill last night, I stumbled across this passage:
In Australia, Bede Frost alone was prepared to cross the rubicon of liturgical texts with the total abandon and use the Roman rite in Latin; but even in the desert fastness of Broken Hill he was subject to Episcopal censure(175)

So I was wonder, who within the wider Anglican Communion (when we could still speak of an Anglican Communion) was prepared to cross the rubicon pre-1960s? I know that a number of religious orders moved to the Roman rite in Latin, most notable among these is the Liturgical Scholar and monk, Dom Gregory Dix, but who else did? And who does it today?

I know that The Rt. Rev'd Barry Eugene Yingling, CSSS at Saint Alban Anglican Church in York, Pennsylvania, offers a 1926 Latin Mass on Saturday evenings. But is there anyone else? Does S. Clement's?


  • It's been done at S. Clement's in recent history but only privately. However, at some Masses the Roman Canon is done 'in a low tone' in Latin.

    Historically St Saviour's, Hoxton, now gone, did the Roman Mass all in Latin.

    Today about the only Church of England parish that I know of that does something remotely like that is St Silas, Kentish Town, which offers one Novus Ordo Mass a week in Latin.

    In the Continuum of course there's your confrere Fr Anthony Chadwick in France who does Missal Masses in Latin, or in English, or in French.

    By Blogger The young fogey, at Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:34:00 AM  

  • Like S. Saviour's, I believe that Holy Trinity in Reading used the Roman rite in Latin with some regularity back in the day.

    At S. Clement's there was a monthly Latin Low Mass under Fr Swain, but it had some distracting peculiarities.

    My brother-in-law was married there last autumn, however, and both the Marriage Office (save the exhortations and interrogations) and the Solemn Mass that followed were celebrated according to the Roman rite in Latin, without let or hindrance. The congregation, which was composed of a majority of (lapsed) Roman Catholics, loved it.

    By Blogger Paul Goings, at Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:53:00 AM  

  • Also, I've served Bp Yingling's Mass in York on several occasions. It's very good, and the traditional ceremonies for Pontifical Low Mass are followed as closely as possible. It's only one a month, however, on the first Saturday usually.

    By Blogger Paul Goings, at Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:56:00 AM  

  • The Latin Mass was a regular feature of St John's Holland Road, London, in living memory.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, March 11, 2006 9:44:00 AM  

  • This Bishop Yingling used to be the Senior Warden at the spikiest of all spikey places in Baltimore, Grace and St. Peter's, my parish.

    Now he's a continuing bishop! Who knew? Fascinating post, Marco. Keep up the good work.

    By Blogger Adam, at Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:39:00 AM  

  • St. Mark's, as western rite Orthodox congregation in Denver, co, celebrates a Latin Mass every Saturday using the pre-1960's Missale Romanum minus, of course, the filioque and with an inserted descending epiclisis in the Canon. The rite is according to the 1870 Missal.

    By Blogger Dale, at Thursday, February 11, 2010 6:18:00 AM  

  • The Cathedral of PEI, Canada does a Latin Mass according to the Tridentine Rite as its main celebration every Ascension Day!

    John Overton

    By Blogger John Overton, at Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:39:00 PM  

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