It is the mission of Laudamus Te to bear witness to the sublime beauty of the ancient Latin liturgy, to foster renewed devotion to its merits, and to aid the faithful in entering more deeply into its sacramental mysteries.
Since the sacred liturgy is at the center of Catholic life, it seems fitting to have a devotional magazine focused on deepening our mystical participation in this sacramental experience. Laudamus Te follows the liturgical seasons of the 1962 calendar, providing daily Mass readings for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass as well as explanatory essays, commentaries by various saints and the Church Fathers, and devotional writings by priests, religious, and laity. Our aim is to draw Catholics into a better understanding of the Mass as a whole and to bring about fruitful meditation and deeper devotion, as well as to educate and inform those who are new to the Extraordinary Form.
The public prayer life of the faithful, bounded and ordered by the seasons, becomes a well-spring of praise and gratitude, and ultimately Beauty. Like St. Augustine, we cannot fail to be moved by the liturgy.
I wept at the beauty of Your hymns and canticles and was powerfully moved at the sweet sound of Your Church’s singing. Those sounds flowed into my ears, and the truth streamed into my heart; so that my feeling of devotion overflowed and the tears ran from my eyes, and I was happy in them. (Confessions 9: 6)
During Advent we keep watch with Mary the Blessed Virgin for the promised Messiah. She is our perfect partner in devotion to the Mass—she is the Mother of the Word, the first to believe. Let us wait anxiously for Him Who alone can satisfy our hearts; let us allow ourselves to be drawn into this life of beauty and holiness.
Margot Davidson, Therese Warmus
& Theodore Schluenderfritz