Latin Mass Altar Cards

The Tridentine Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass (often abbreviated as TLM) or Usus Antiquior, is the Roman Rite Mass of the Catholic Church which appears in typical editions of the Roman Missal published from 1570 to 1962. Celebrated exclusively in Ecclesiastical Latin, it was the most widely used Eucharistic liturgy in the world from its issuance in 1570 until the introduction of the Mass of Paul VI (promulgated in 1969, with the revised Roman Missal appearing in 1970).


The edition promulgated by Pope John XXIII in 1962 (the last to bear the indication ex decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini restitutum) and Mass celebrated in accordance with it are described in the 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum as an authorized form of the Church's liturgy, and this form of the Tridentine Mass is often spoken of as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.


"Tridentine" is derived from the Latin Tridentinus, "related to the city of Tridentum" (modern-day Trent, Italy), where the Council of Trent was held at the height of the Counter-Reformation. In response to a decision of that council, Pope Pius V promulgated the 1570 Roman Missal, making it mandatory throughout the Latin Church, except in places and religious orders with missals from before 1370. Although the Tridentine Mass is often described as the Latin Mass, the post-Vatican II Mass published by Pope Paul VI and republished by Pope John Paul II, which replaced it as the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, has its official text in Latin and is sometimes celebrated in that language.


In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, accompanied by a letter to the world's bishops, authorizing use of the 1962 Tridentine Mass by all

Latin Rite Catholic priests in Masses celebrated without the people. These Masses "may — observing all the norms of law — also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will,

ask to be admitted".


Permission for competent priests to use the Tridentine Mass as parish liturgies may be given by the pastor or rector.

Latin Mass Altar Cards

Altar cards display prayers that are recited by a priest who celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass. They came into use in the sixteenth century as memory aids; before then, these prayers were all recited by heart. Because they did not yet exist in the Middle Ages, very few altar cards resemble illuminated manuscripts in either their decoration or their symbolism.


We offer for sale sets of 3 high quality Latin Mass Cards in either framed or unframed options. Perfectly suited to any altar for use during the Latin Mass.  

Latin Mass Card (Set 3):  LMC01

Set 3, Latin editio typica 1962 altar cards.  Extra thick, stiff card with quality printing.  1 x A3, 2 x A4 size and offered in gold frames as pictured or simply unframed so that you may opt to use your own frames.


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