An excerpt from a letter to his wife by John Adams, second President of the United States:
"This afternoon, led by curiosity and good company, I strolled away to
mother church, or rather grandmother church. I mean the Romish chapel. I
heard a good, short moral essay upon the duty of parents to their
children, founded in justice and charity, to take care of their
interests, temporal and spiritual. This afternoon’s entertainment was to
me most awful and affecting; the poor wretches fingering their beads,
chanting Latin, not a word of which they understood; their pater nosters
and ave Marias; their holy water; their crossing themselves
perpetually; their bowing to the name of Jesus, whenever they hear it;
their bowings, kneelings and genuflections before the altar. The dress
of the priest was rich white lace. His pulpit was velvet and gold. The
altar-piece was very rich, little images and crucifixes about; wax
candles lighted up. But how shall I describe the picture of our Savior
in a frame of marble over the altar, at full length, upon the cross in
the agonies, and the blood dropping and streaming from his wounds! The
music, consisting of an organ and a choir of singers, went all the
afternoon except sermon time, and the assembly chanted most sweetly and
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear, and
imagination–everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and
ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. Adieu."
"Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear, and imagination." Yes, that truly was the genius of the Old Mass! But don't worry President Adams - thanks to the aggiornamento of Vatican II and the modernist changes that followed in its wake, we have finally updated the liturgy. No more Latin mumbo-jumbo, no more pious hocus-pocus and chanting, no richly decorated altars. We have Protestantized the liturgy to accommodate people like you Mr. Adams, rather than the "simple and ignorant." Regarding that graphic portrait of the Crucified Christ, you will be pleased to know that we have downplayed the sacrificial nature of the Mass, emphasizing instead the communal meal aspect. You may rest assured that there is little chance that anyone will ever come under the "spell" of the new liturgy.
John Adams excerpt thanks to Dr. William Zambrano's "Tribulation Times." Subscribe here.