To a priest who learned the Traditional Mass and then quit because it was hard.

Posted February 25, 2017 3:17 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

To a priest who learned the Traditional Mass and then quit because it was hard.

I have often written about how priests are never the same after having learned how to say the older, traditional form of Holy Mass in the Roman Rite.  Many priests have related to me about how, once they learned, or relearned it, their sense of themselves as priests, as priests at the altar, as priest victim, as priest redeemed sinner has ever after exercised its influence over how they work and act, especially in their ars celebrandi.  In turn, this creates a slow but inexorable knock-on effect in their congregations.
Take note of the following from Liturgy Guy (my emphases and comments):
What Priests Learn

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