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(LifeSiteNews) — Catholic priests and laity have shared why they treasure the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in a recently released promo video for upcoming film Mass of the Ages.

Flourishing parishes, “overwhelming” beauty, and the supplying of a “solid foundation” of faith are just a sample of reasons why Catholics hold the Latin Mass dear.

“Actually, my first Latin Mass was [the] third week of Lent and I just, I wept. I wept. I mean, it was, snot, tears, the whole nine yards,” shared one priest.

“I wept almost to the degree I wept when I was first ordained. It was just overwhelming to me how beautiful it was. It was so simple, so profound. And I realized that I was actually able to pray.”

“It’s not, ‘I’m rejecting something’ or ‘I’m resisting something,’” he continued. “There really is, ‘Now I’m embracing the fullness of the faith.”

Another priest pointed out that the “fruits” of faith found at Traditional Latin Masses are so abundant, that they are a testament to the “good tree” of the traditional liturgy.

“We judge a tree by its fruits. And when we look at the numbers, we don’t need to study a lot about it, and to argue about the differences,” he said. “Let’s simply look at the numbers and who the church[es] are filled with. And we see in places where the Traditional Mass is being celebrated, we see a lot of young families, lots of baptism, lots of conversions.”

Former model and internationally recognized Catholic speaker and author Leah Darrow — who has publicly shared that she initially “walked away” from the TLM because of an “unpleasant” experience she had — is now an ardent supporter of the TLM.

For me, it’s like Peter in John 6, when Jesus says, ‘Are you going to go too?’”

“Where else would we go? You have the words of eternal life. The Traditional Latin Mass is that for us. Where else would we go, Lord? We’re with you to the end,” said Darrow.

Super Bowl Champion Kicker Harrison Butker, who at times serves his local TLM (and is second in NFL history in career field goal percentage), testified, in an address to bishops, that he, like “so many,” has “fallen in love with these holy sacraments.”

“They’ve completely revitalized our faith,” said Butker. “To think of a world where my children won’t be able to experience this beautiful liturgy, a liturgy that was developed by our fathers, that was able to feed so many great saints, is absolutely heartbreaking.”

Cameron O’Hearn, director of the three-part documentary Mass of the Ages, previously explained to LifeSiteNews that the film’s personal testimonies “investigate the power of the old Mass and the profound effect it has on our spiritual lives.” 

The film is to help achieve that in part through “stunning cinematography.” The film’s website shares, “Our main priority is to showcase the beauty of the Mass — where Heaven touches earth.”

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LifeSiteNews will hand-deliver this petition to the Holy See, recording the moment traditional Catholics from around the world stood up for the Traditional Latin Mass.

Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.

Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages. 

As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard

Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.

Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.

To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away

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Finally, please pray, fast and do penance for the salvation of souls, including that of our shepherds, during this turbulent time in Church history.

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'BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abrogates-pope-benedicts-universal-permission-for-old-mass

'ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/analysis-pope-restricts-divisive-traditional-latin-mass-says-52-yr-old-novus-ordo-is-unique-expression-of-churchs-liturgy

* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):

"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"

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In an interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall, O’Hearn explained that another of the main goals of the film is to “draw the connection between worship and belief.” He drew attention to the Latin expression Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, which means, “The law of prayer is the law of belief.” In other words, how you pray affects what you believe. 

“If you don’t think Lex Orandi Lex Credendi is true, that the way we pray actually affects what we believe, listen to this statistic. And it should break your heart if you believe what the Catholic Church teaches,” said O’Hearn.

“In Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s newest book, Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright, he cites this study done by a chemist priest on receiving Communion in the hand. He took unconsecrated hosts and a black glove, and did about 100 ‘communions’ in the hand. And on average, there’s 108 particles that were discarded accidentally, out of 100 receptions,” O’Hearn continued. 

“So on average, every single reception of the Eucharist on the hand discards the Almighty God onto the carpet. It’s just vacuumed up. That’s just a fact that’s been demonstrated.

“So, if that’s not breaking your heart, you have to ask yourself a question like, maybe, is the way I’m praying on Sunday having an effect on what I actually believe?”

O’Hearn said that while “Trads are going to love” his documentary, his goal is to reach the majority of Catholics who still attend the Novus Ordo Mass, “so that millions of Catholics will start attending the Latin Mass, so that thousands of priests will start celebrating the Latin Mass.”

“The benefit [is] going to be to reach an audience like that, that we haven’t been able to do before, with a film like this. I think it’s going to be an incredible catalyst for change,” said O’Hearn.

Learn more about the Mass of the Ages documentary on the film’s website or YouTube channel.

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