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
How else are veils used in Holy Mass?

In the Sacrifice of the Mass, it is always good to remember that holy things are veiled. Before the offertory, the chalice is veiled as well as the tabernacle and all the ciboria which are in the tabernacle. These veils remind us of the ancient Holy of Holies in the temple which was also veiled (see Heb 9:1-8). We do this because in the Mass of the Catechumens (the first half ending with the Creed), the way of salvation is still obscured. But, then at the Mass of the faithful (the second half of the Mass beginning with the Offertory), we see that our salvation takes place through Christ's sacrifice and therefore the way is unveiled.