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
Why are there three sacred ministers at the Solemn High Mass?

The Solemn High Mass is the full form and norm of Holy Mass. The rubrics suppose that a Solemn High Mass is being celebrated. When the priest is celebrating Holy Mass alone, he is really doing the work of three people. In a way, the three sacred ministers represent the three persons of the Most Holy Trinity who each act distinctly yet always in conjunction with the other persons.