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Holy Trinity Church Traditional Latin Mass Community of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Dear Devotees of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM),

Today Fr. Ronald W. Check, chaplain of the Holy Trinity TLM Community, celebrated the first Sunday noon TLM at Holy Trinity, an 18th-century church at 6th and Spruce Streets. This Mass, directly sponsored by the Archdiocese, now replaces the weekly TLM that had been celebrated at St. Paul Church in South Philadelphia since October 2009.

Approximately 60 people attended today (not counting the 10 serving in the sanctuary and choir loft), which is better than the average at the former worship site. The chant Mass Orbis Factor and the chant propers were sung by a men’s schola, and Michael Lawrence improvised at the organ on themes from the propers and the Salve Regina.

Instead of a sermon, Fr. Check reviewed many practical matters related to the transition to Holy Trinity Church. Windows and doors were left open and fans, large and small, circulated air through the church; this, plus the relatively low humidity and a strong breeze, kept the temperature indoors tolerable. After Mass the celebrant greeted the people in the vestibule.

Information about further developments (parking, finances) will be provided at Mass in the next few weeks.

Please pray for what Fr. Check described as a “new apostolate” in the Archdiocese, for the glory of God.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael J. Miller
Advisory Council, Philadelphia Chapter of the Latin Liturgy Association


1 Michael J. Miller { 07.07.13 at 5:24 pm }

Just noticed that this milestone event took place on the anniversary of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (dated July 7, 2007).

2 William Torchia { 07.07.13 at 6:21 pm }

Michael, thank you for pointing this out. The more I think of it, today was truly a small miracle in the Traditional Latin Mass Community of Philadelphia.

3 Allison Girone { 07.08.13 at 1:02 pm }

The Latin Mass community in Delaware sends you our heartfelt greetings and congratulations on this event. Fr. Check is VERY DEAR to us and we are so happy for you! God bless.

4 William Torchia { 07.08.13 at 1:15 pm }

Thanks to the Latin Mass community of Delaware for your kind remarks.

5 Dave Carr { 08.11.13 at 5:06 pm }

To all;

Congratulations on the website! I have been so inspired in my Catholic faith, in large measure, I’m certain, because of the beautiful and reverent liturgy presented in the Traditional Roman Rite which I have not seen since I, and members of the Schola Cantorum of the Cathederal- Basilica Collegiate Choir participated in a Gregorian Chant Symposium held at The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception- which, in my memory, goes back to the mid 1980’s! In those days, one needed special permission to offer such a Mass. I think the Church has come a long way in understanding the need for both innovation and continuity in the Holy Mass. I am hoping and praying that Our Community will flourish under the direction of Father Ronald Check and all of those who lead our new Traditional Latin Mass Community. And, as Father Check reminded us at Mass today, works of compassion and Charity define us all as Christians. So, as things get rolling, please consider me for any work of a volunteer nature which may need doing.

Thanks Again!

6 Deo volente { 10.09.13 at 11:00 am }

Congratulations on your new site! For your information, on my blog I post links to the Propers of the Mass each day for the Mass of the day to follow. The Ordo is that of the F.S.S.P. and all links are checked against the Summorum Pontificum edition of the Baronius Missal, Pope John XXIII edition with an Imprimatur from Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.

Ad multos annos!

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