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Traditional liturgy, also called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, is drawing youth and clergy alike with its sound expression of Catholic truth.
In Portland, Oregon, Abp. Alexander Sample admitted during an interview last fall that the Latin Mass has helped him understand the Ordinary Form or Novus Ordo Mass even better. "I think that every priest should learn the Extraordinary Form," said Abp. Sample. "I know when I learned the Extraordinary Form it had a tremendous impact on my understanding and appreciation of the Ordinary Form and had an impact on my own celebration of the Ordinary Form."
The archbishop said he was amazed at how the younger generation is drawn to the traditional liturgy. He also called out those who said the Latin Mass "is somehow harmful to the Church." He asked, "How can something that has nourished the Faith of the generations, that nourished the lives of the saints, that nourished the faith life of my parents and my grandparents, how can we say that this is harmful to the Church?"
Watch the panel discuss the enduring attraction of the Traditional Latin Mass in The Download—Points of Light.