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Joseph said in November 25th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

You say that quite a few of the congregation seemed completely unfamiliar with the rules for standing, kneeling or sitting at a Low Mass but postures vary from country to country and even from city to city. The French do a lot of standing during Mass and this can be annoying when they visit other countries as they insist on standing and blocking the view of those behind them. The rule has always been – “when in Rome” – in other words, follow the local custom.

stuart chessman said in November 25th, 2013 at 7:33 pm


Thanks for the informative comment – but it would have been difficult for me to follow the “Romans” here as they were all assuming different positions: some standing, some kneeling… I am not an expert in the FSSPX Low Masses in France but I have seen a great deal of Traditional liturgies in that country over the years and don’t recall encountering such diversity – and such variance from the practices of US Traditionalism.


The Rad Trad said in November 27th, 2013 at 12:23 am

France has a peculiar way of doing the old Mass, the Bordeaux region aside. The epistle is usually in French and the Gospel is usually repeated in French immediately after the Latin proclamation, even at high Mass. Italy also his its own variations, like standing for the Pater Noster at low Mass and sitting for the epistle.

I think the “dialogue” Mass can be a healthy thing, but it is interesting that it caught on (or pre-dated formal approval) in countries with languages closely descended from Latin, as opposed to English or other dreadful tongues.

Brad said in December 10th, 2013 at 6:07 am

I have attended Mass in the SSPX church in Edinburgh on a few occasions when I’ve been in the city and they sit for the epistle at low Mass and at High Mass the postures are exactly the same as at a low Mass.

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