Report on the Return of Traditional Latin Mass to Waterford Cathedral

┬áLaudate Dominum”

Next scheduled Traditional Latin Mass in Waterford Cathedral will be 26th February 10am and monthly thereafter on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Traditional Latin Mass in Waterford Cathedral

After a 50 year absence the Traditional Latin Mass returned to the oldest cathedral seat of the oldest city in Ireland.

With the kind permission of Very Rev. Canon Edmund Cullinan, Adm, the Traditional Roman Catholic Mass was offered in Waterford Cathedral on Sunday 22nd of January at 10pm.

The Celebrant, polish priest Fr Andrzej Komorowski processed in a rather fitting green cope through a respectably filled Cathedral of over 250 people, all eagarly awaiting the Traditional Mass.

It was a wonderful opportunity for older Mass goers in the diocese to experience once again, the beauty, solemnity, and splendour of the Traditional Latin Mass. It was also an opportunity for younger Mass goers to witness for the first time, the central and most splendid jewel of their Catholic liturgical heritage – The magnificent Mass with sacred music that formed all the great saints of the Church and nourished the faith and lives of their grandparents and ancestors.

Many older Catholics remembered their chants and took up their part in the singing of the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Angus Dei.

It was a great delight to all the servers when a young boy, without a moment of hesitation or insecurity presented himself to the serving team and requested to serve with them.

The older form of the Mass has many fixed rules concerning the gestures of the priest. These movements and gestures reflect the sacredness of the Liturgy and provide a visual orientation to the sacred for the congregation. They point towards God in all their aspects. The sacred silences in the Mass underscore the transcendent nature of the Liturgy. Heaven and Earth are joined in a way that no human words can reflect.

A great day for Waterford and a privilege for all who assisted. Fr Faber never spoke truer words when he described this Mass as

“The most beautiful thing this side of Heaven”.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam et Deo gratias