Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fruits of Summorum

By Patrick Archbold

Return of Latin Mass restores faith in many Catholics
At 12:15 p.m. last Sunday, the Rev. William Whiteside Young, clad in a red-hooded gold robe, walked the aisles of Holy Rosary Chapel east of Marinwood, sprinkling holy water on a rapt congregation.

Moments later, he was at the ornate altar, changed into a green chasuble, delivering age-old Catholic prayers in formal Latin.

From a loft at the back of the church, a choir sang Gregorian chants.

The traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church - supplanted in the 1960s during the reign of Pope Paul VI - reappeared in the San Francisco archdiocese for the first time this spring, specifically at the majestic church that soars above St. Vincent's School for Boys.

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