Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ummm, why can't I hear the priest? NOW I know

I have read a few writings here or there where someone states the first time they attended a TLM mass they were so struck by the solemnity and beauty etc. Ok, I confess the first tlm I attended I was just confused and I had a missal. This was years ago and was the first or one of the first indult masses allowed in Columbus, OH. I knew it in Latin of course and I knew they priest would be facing the same direction of the congregation. I did not know or understand the difference between a high mass and a low mass and and had no clue that, since this mass would be a low mass, you would not hear what the priest was saying. Of course, since I am a post-Vatican II convert, all I knew was the of "dialog" mass. That first time I kept wondering why there were parts for a response and no one was making a response! I did attend one or may two more of those indult masses and later, attended TLM nuptual mass and a high mass (the first or one of the first offered in Phoenix- yea, Bishop Olmstead!) I had a respect and attraction for Latin and I definitely preferred chant.

So what is different now? Perhaps some is age. I think alot is recognizing how much our holy father's wishes (John Paul II and now Benedict's) have been ignored by some bishops, liturgists and music directors. Per the visitation of seminaries in 1986, all seminarians were supposed to be able to celebrate mass in the vernacular and Latin and church documents on the liturgy since the 1970's have indicated Gregorian chant was supposed to have pride of place in the music for mass. And "Gather Us In" fits into that how?

I know I have changed and that the first week we went to the EF mass this past April I wondered what had taken me so long. I notice a difference with my two year old in her attentiveness when we attend the EF vs when we go to an OF for daily mass. Don't get me wrong, she is a two year old, but I see a difference.

And for a last bit of housekeeping, I know that our Holy Father in his Motu Proprio refers to the EF- extraordinary form of the mass (Tridentine) and the OF- ordinary form of he mass (Novus Ordo). Depending on my mood and what I am discussing I may use TLM-traditional latin mass, which is how many used to and still do refer to the EF/Tridentine. Confused :) I hope not.


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