The Diocese of Trenton Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass

General Questions on the Extraordinary Form
The Solemn High Mass
The Solemn High Pontifical Mass
Priest Facing the Altar (Ad Orientem)
Sacred Silence and Active Participation
The Asperges Me (Sprinkling Rite)
Holy Communion
What does “Extraordinary Form” mean?

"Extraordinary Form" means the "Traditional Latin Mass." The two terms can be used interchangeably with slightly different connotations. When Pope Benedict started using the term, "Extraordinary Form" in his Motu Proprio (Latin for "on his own impulse") Summorum Pontificum (2007), he was trying to emphasize a particular theology that both the modern version and the ancient version of the Mass have a place within the Roman Rite. Other names for the Extraordinary Form include the Usus Antiquior, the Mass of Blessed John XXIII, the Tridentine Mass and the Mass of 1962. The Ordinary Form of the Mass can also be called the Novus Ordo, the Mass of 1970 or the Mass of Paul VI. The problem with using these terms is that they tie the Mass to a specific time period instead of seeing both as part of the living Tradition of the Church. As the Holy Father has stated in his Letter to the Bishops released with Summorum Pontificum, "There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal."  The Holy Father sees both forms as worthy of respect and dignity and wishes for both to flourish within the Roman Rite. Sometimes the Extraordinary Form is just called the "Latin Mass" which is inaccurate because even the Ordinary Form may be celebrated in Latin and both forms are equally part of the Latin Rite (which is also called the Roman Rite).