Sacraments in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

St. Joseph Church is able to offer Sacraments in both forms of the Roman Rite, commonly referred to as the Ordinary form and the Extraordinary form.  Baptisms, Confessions, First Holy Communions, Nuptial Masses (weddings), Extreme Unction (last rites) and Requiem Masses (funerals) are all available to parishioners upon request.  The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary form may also be requested, however it may take place at another Church, depending upon various circumstances.  If you are interested in celebrating you or your family’s upcoming Sacraments in the Extraordinary form or would like to hear more information, please let us know.  


Q. My Dad wants a Latin Mass funeral but I have never been to one and am hesitant to request that. Should I bother?

A. If it is a wish of your parent, it would demonstrate great respect to honor that request and we will provide all the support you may need.


Q: What is the difference between the Low Mass and the High Mass?

A: The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) has three distinctions: Low Mass, High Mass, and Solemn High Mass.   The Low Mass and High Mass are truncated forms of the Solemn High Mass.

1)  Low Mass

    1. a) One Priest
    2. b) Two Candles
    3. c) No Chanted Prayers
    4. d) No Incense

2)   High Mass (Missa Cantata or Sung Mass)                                                                                         

    1. a) One Priest                                                                                                             
    2. b) Six Candles
    3. c) Priest Chants the Proper Prayers                   
    4. d) Schola sings the Proper Antiphons and the Ordinary Parts of the Mass
    5. e) Incense is Permitted

3)   Solemn High Mass                                                                                                               

    1. a) Three Sacred Ministers (Priest, Deacon, and Subdeacon)
    2. b) Incense is used                                                                                                               
    3. c) Schola Sings the Proper Antiphons and the Ordinary Parts of the Mass                
    4. d) Priest Chants the Proper Prayers
    5. e) Deacon Chants the Gospel and the Subdeacon Chants the Epistle.


NOTE: Our parish will alternate between the Low Mass and High Mass (Missa Cantata). Please check the bulletin and parish website to see which expression of the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) is being said.


Q. How do I follow along at Mass?

A. Consider purchasing a 1962 hand missal to pray with the readings and prayers assigned to each Mass. Biretta Books has produced an affordable 1962 hand missal: https://www.birettabooks.com/latin-mass-companion.html. Red booklets are usually provided at each Mass to follow the Ordinary parts of the Mass. The following video shows us how to follow along at Mass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB0Rt77N-9g&t=120s


Q. My daughter never learned any Latin. Can she receive her First Holy Communion in the Extraordinary Form?

A. Understanding Latin is not a prerequisite for receiving the Sacraments. Also, there are many resources available to read and understand the translations, allowing participants and the congregation to follow if they desire.


Q. What is Confession like in the Extraordinary Form?

A. The penitent enters the confessional and proceeds to ask the priest for the Extraordinary Form. As in the Ordinary Form the penitent blesses himself with the sign of the cross and begins, “Bless me Father for I have sinned….” After confessing his/her sins, the priest will give (in English) a penance.  While the penitent recites his/her Act of Contrition, the priest recites the prayers of absolution (in Latin).  The penitent blesses him/herself and returns to the Church to recite the penance. 


Q. Why is there so much Gregorian Chant?

A. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass follows the requirements of the 1962 Missal which prescribes the music appropriate for the Proper Antiphons and the Ordinary of the Mass, presenting as the Second Vatican Council acknowledged, music “specially suited to the Roman liturgy; therefore, all other things being equal, Gregorian chant should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” [Sacrosanctum Concilium, VI: 116]


Q. How do I find out more about the Extraordinary Form?

A. Please call the parish office or send an email and we will present resources for learning about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.