What compels a growing number of Catholics to drive from all over Rhode Island (and many from Massachusetts and Connecticut) every Sunday and holy day in order to attend the traditional Mass? Why do young people - born after long after the new Mass was introduced - seek out the Mass at which their parents and grandparents worshipped? What attracts converts to the Faith as of old, and inspires apostate Catholics to return to Mass and the Sacraments? Why is this phenomenon being repeated all across the U.S.A, and in other countries as well?
Pope Benedict XVI has written extensively about the rationale for the traditional Mass, particularly in his book "The Spirit of the Liturgy". In his personal letter to the bishops which accompanied Summorum Pontificum he cited the wide appeal of the traditional Mass, first remarking that "a good number of people remained strongly attached to this usage of the Roman Rite, which had been familiar to them from childhood... Many people who clearly accepted the binding character of the Second Vatican Council, and were faithful to the Pope and the Bishops, nonetheless also desired to recover the form of the sacred liturgy that was dear to them." He went on to note that "it has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them."
Read more - the links below will help you understand a few of the compelling reasons that we make great sacrifices to attend Mass in the classical Roman rite, and why we freely give of our time and energies to educate our fellow Catholics about the "old Latin Mass" and work to make it more widely available for all: