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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fort Hood Latin Mass for first time in nearly half a century

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Capt. Lito Amande, Fort Hood's Garrison Catholic Chaplain, offers Fort Hood's first High Latin Mass in 45 years inside the Old Post Chapel August 15, 2016 Capt. Lito Amande, Fort Hood's Garrison Catholic Chaplain, offers Fort Hood's first High Latin Mass in 45 years inside the Old Post Chapel August 15, 2016

A little good news from the Fort Hood Herald:

Approximately 150 people celebrated Fort Hood’s first high traditional Latin Mass on Monday at Old Post Chapel, marking the first time that the ancient Latin rite was offered on any U.S. Army installation in 45 years.

One year ago, “Extraordinary Faith” founder Alex Begin came to Fort Hood from his office in Detroit, Mich., at the invitation of III Corps Division Chaplain Sgt. Maj. John Proctor, to train Fort Hood’s Garrison Catholic Chaplain Capt. Lito Amande in offering the traditional Latin Mass.

This was an historic endeavor as the traditional Latin Mass, also known as the ancient Latin Rite since the time of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (d. 604 A.D.) until the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), had been suppressed in 1969 in favor of a more modern Catholic “New Mass” spoken in the vernacular.

The old Latin rite had essentially vanished from use across the globe in Catholic churches, including on military installations across the country.

So when Pope Benedict the XVI lifted the subjugated rite in 2007, Catholics worldwide began to ask their priests for the traditional Latin Mass.

With the support of Proctor and Fr. Amande, the first Latin Mass on an Army installation was celebrated in more than 45 years on Oct. 4, 2015, at Fort Hood’s Old Post Chapel.

That historic Mass was followed by another first; an outdoor requiem Mass on Nov. 2, 2015, on All Souls Day offered by Fr. Amande on the grounds of the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, commemorating 1st Cavalry Division’s Medal of Honor recipient Fr. Chaplain Emil Kapaun, who was taken as a prisoner of war on Nov. 2, 1950, in the Korean War.

As Fr. Amande continued to offer the weekly traditional rite at the Old Post Chapel, another Catholic chaplain, Lt. Col. Jose Herrera, Deputy Garrison Chaplain, trained to learn the old liturgy — giving Fort Hood a second priest able to offer the ancient Mass to Catholics on post.

On Monday, Begin returned to Fort Hood — this time to document the success of the traditional Latin Mass with his film crew, interviewing the priests and parishioners who participate in the 3 p.m. Sunday Mass. He also documented the Catholic community’s first High Traditional Latin Mass, which was offered on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This also was an historic first as a High Mass — with its incense, sprinkling of water, Gregorian Chant and reverent liturgy — was celebrated for the first time on a U.S. military installation in more than 45 years. READ ARTICLE HERE

: This news bit was sent to us this morning by an old friend, who writes: "Great news from Fort Hood! Mom forwarded this to me yesterday from her iPad (at 11:30 p.m. nonetheless). At 84 years old, she's still sees the glass half full! : ) She is never discouraged or disillusioned by the vicissitudes of life!" 

Indeed, and God bless her.  You know, developments like this still seem so incredible to me, especially when I think back to the days of my childhood when the old Mass had for all intents and purposes been outlawed, and our parents had to build home altars and fly in traditional priests from all around the world in order to expose us to the Traditional Latin Mass.  The revolution was still so "cool", and traditionalists such "fools"!  

Not true anymore, but back then we never thought we'd live to see the Mass return, and yet it has and it is--offering further proof that God has not abandoned His Church and that we have no reason to lose hope...ever!

Way to go, Michael Davies! Well played, Walter Matt. Thank you, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

We’ll never forget.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.