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Ever wondered about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Liturgy? Are you a student of the Latin language and curious as how it is used in practice? Can you imagine Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot going to church?

I currently attend Latin mass at St John the Baptist Catholic church when I am able to travel to Costa Mesa. As it can be strange to enter a religious celebration entirely foreign to one's experience, I can offer a friendly presence in the pews as I continue learn and appreciate the Extraordinary Form. Catholics can freely imitate all the pious postures prescribed by the Latin liturgy while non-Catholics are welcome to exercise just respectful postures of standing or sitting. All who come and see should observe modest dress.

The Premonstratensian Rite Mass is a Pre-Tridentine Mass that was allowed to be used by the Norbertine Fathers by Pope St. Pius V following the promulgation of the Missal of St. Pius V (The Tridentine Mass). As practiced today, some have called it the Norbertine use of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. The Norbertine Fathers of St Michael's Abbey administer and offer the Extraordinary Form at St John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, CA and SS Peter & Paul Church in Wilmington, CA.

For this group, we sincerely thank Pope Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum that clarified the tradition that is true for the Church, that "what earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too." We ask for Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to guide this group and to pray for us. We pray for the Norbertine Fathers who serve the Latin mass community. All praise and glory to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, now and forever.

- Joseph

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