Celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning, the Mass was held to celebrate Pope Benedict's apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum which was published in July.
The letter, issued "motu proprio," on one's own initiative, explained new norms allowing for the use of the 1962 missal as an extraordinary form of the liturgical celebration. The norms took effect on 14 September.
The Oriens Foundation, which promotes understanding of the Tridentine rite, said the Mass "represented a significant event in the life of the local Church."
Oriens Foundation chairman Gary Scarrabelotti, said he hoped the event would provide the Church "with a splendid opportunity to draw to the attention of the Catholic people, and to the wider community, the great cultural and spiritual merits of the traditional form of Catholic worship."
Australia Celebrates Letter on 1962 Missal (Zenit, 2/11/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Open hearts to Latin Mass, Benedict says (CathNews, 09/07/07)
Cardinal confirms plans to revive Latin Mass (CathNews, 21/5/07)
"Personal parish" for French Latin Mass Catholics (CathNews, 7/2/07)
French clerics warn against return of Latin Mass traditionalists (CathNews, 24/10/06)
Benedict expected to restore wider availability of Latin Mass (CathNews, 12/10/06)
Schismatic society lobbies Australian priests on Tridentine rite (CathNews, 3/2/05)
Traditionalist leader attacks Pope's ecumenical vision (CathNews, 4/2/04)
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5 Nov 2007