Take away the Mass, destroy the Church.
I first became aware of The Council of Trent when I moved to the Italian region of Trentino in the spring of 2000. The original building that housed the council still stands adjacent to the cathedral in the magnificent square of Trento. The council lasted for 18 years and was undertaken in response to the Protestant Reformation heresy where Martin Luther sought to destroy the sacred Mass. The Catholic Church’s response became known as the Counter-Reformation.
One of the ways in which Luther crippled the Mass was by the removal of ten of the twelve offertory prayers. As part of the Council’s deliberations, these were retained and codified in the Catholic Liturgy in what became known a few years later as the Tridentine Mass; the Roman rite Mass of the Catholic Church, performed entirely in Ecclesiastical Latin.
The codification was cemented by Pope Pius V in 1570 in the Quo Primum. In this he wrote: