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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:11 pm
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So I recently found out there is a Latin EF Mass in the next city, and I decided I want to attend. I was going to go to a daily Mass, because of the time (in about 3 hours, when I get off work) or I could wait and go this Sunday.

Um, besides it being in Latin (and not being able to find anything that explains the order of the EF Mass to me) and not knowing what is going on, what else should I expect? Actually, I have a feeling I will know what is going on, by seeing/doing it, but I will still be totally lost.

So, is there anything I should know?
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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:25 pm
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So I recently found out there is a Latin EF Mass in the next city, and I decided I want to attend. I was going to go to a daily Mass, because of the time (in about 3 hours, when I get off work) or I could wait and go this Sunday.

Um, besides it being in Latin (and not being able to find anything that explains the order of the EF Mass to me) and not knowing what is going on, what else should I expect? Actually, I have a feeling I will know what is going on, by seeing/doing it, but I will still be totally lost.

So, is there anything I should know?
They will have English/Latin missals available, if you don't see them you could ask someone.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:37 pm
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Awesome! That's what I was worried about most.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:50 pm
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So I recently found out there is a Latin EF Mass in the next city, and I decided I want to attend. I was going to go to a daily Mass, because of the time (in about 3 hours, when I get off work) or I could wait and go this Sunday.

Um, besides it being in Latin (and not being able to find anything that explains the order of the EF Mass to me) and not knowing what is going on, what else should I expect? Actually, I have a feeling I will know what is going on, by seeing/doing it, but I will still be totally lost.

So, is there anything I should know?
try this website....

http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/
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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:52 pm
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Default Re: First time going to EF Mass

When I went to an EF mass last sunday (for the first time) and I was kneeling in prayer before the mass begun, one of the greeters left me a missal of the latin mass. On one page there is the latin and other is the english (in the missal that was at my parish)
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However, I found it easier to just focus on being in a prayerful mindset and kneeling when I was meant to kneel. When you hear the bells, that is when the consecration is happening.
I found it easier to just worry about being in a prayerful mindset and let the priest do his job - as you won't see much as he will have his back to you (unlike OF where they are facing you).

I have to say, I found EF to be incredibly evocative for prayer and adoration, rather than worrying about when I'm supposed to say 'stuff' like in OF.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 1:56 pm
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So I recently found out there is a Latin EF Mass in the next city, and I decided I want to attend. I was going to go to a daily Mass, because of the time (in about 3 hours, when I get off work) or I could wait and go this Sunday.

Um, besides it being in Latin (and not being able to find anything that explains the order of the EF Mass to me) and not knowing what is going on, what else should I expect? Actually, I have a feeling I will know what is going on, by seeing/doing it, but I will still be totally lost.

So, is there anything I should know?
If you have the opportunity, wait and go to a Sunday High (Sung) Mass. If you are new to the Latin Mass, those tend to be quite beautiful and aren't quite as confusing as a Low Mass. The first few Latin masses, I went to, I was lost even with the missal. But with the smells and bells of the High Mass, not to mention the beauty of the liturgy, I felt at peace even though I did not quite understand the order of things.
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Do you know if it is going to be a Low Mass, High Mass (Missa cantata), or Solemn Mass?
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Old Apr 27, '12, 2:01 pm
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Do you know if it is going to be a Low Mass, High Mass (Missa cantata), or Solemn Mass?
No, I don't. I don't know much, just the mass times on the diocese website.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 2:09 pm
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My advice? Avoid trying to follow along in a missal right now. Just absorb it all and pray. If it's Sunday Mass the Epistle and Gospel will likely be read again in the vernacular before the homily. If it's anything but a Low Mass some responses will be sung by the choir and laity. You don't have to worry about that though.

Here's a simple guide for you.

When the priest and servers (or deacon and sub-deacon and MC if it's a Solemn High Mass) reach the bottom of the steps, they'll start the Mass. At this point it's all about confessing your unworthiness, your sins, etc. The Penitential part. From when the priest goes up to the altar to the Gospel this is the time when God is speaking to us through Scripture, etc. The liturgy of the Word, essentially. From the Creed to the Pater Noster, the Holy Sacrifice. Adoration, Thanksgiving, Reparation for our sins and asking for all that is necessary for ourselves and His Church. After the three bells at the Sanctus there's another lone bell at the Hanc Igitur. This is the sign to re-double your attention for the consecration. And from the Pater Noster to the Last Gospel is the priest's and people's communion.

Follow that general outline and you'll get along fine.

By the way, unless it's Low Mass, you probably wont hear the prayers at the foot of the altar. I think technically the celebrant is meant to wait until the choir is finished singing the Introit before beginning but the practice I've always witnessed is to start even if the choir is still singing. So when they get there, just start making acts of contrition, the Confiteor, etc. Keep your eyes peeled for the opening sign of the cross.
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I also recommend going to a sung mass of one sort or another, not a Low Mass for the first time. It will be enough of a culture shock as it is with a Missa Cantata or Solemn Mass. I would assume a Sunday mass would be less likely to be a Low Mass than a weekday one.

Some people love the Low Mass. It can be a very prayerful experience. But for a first time experience of the "historical" form of the Roman Rite I'd think you'd want a more "complete" version. For this the Solemn Mass (Solemn High Mass) would be best in theory, if you can find it.

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Actually, I have a feeling I will know what is going on, by seeing/doing it, but I will still be totally lost.
Yes, this was my experience the first time I went.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 2:19 pm
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The only think of is that you will be expected to kneel to receive Communion and receive on the tongue (I've seen someone stand for many puzzling seconds before getting it).

Other than that, you're in for a treat.
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Old Apr 27, '12, 2:21 pm
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I love Low Mass. But the Solemn High Mass (priest, deacon, sub-deacon and army of altar boys) is the fullest expression of the traditional liturgy. My culture shock was actually transitioning from Low Mass to High Mass. But that's because I was exposed via serving. When I actually had a chance to sit back in the pews and see it...

Then I could actually see what people meant when they said it's the most beautiful thing this side of heaven.
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A weekday Mass will most likely (99.9% unless it's a Holy Day or perhaps a funeral) be a Low Mass. A Sunday Mass may be Low Mass but may also be "High" Mass (either Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis). Many communities alternate between Low and High (which generally means Missa Cantata since Solemn Mass is a bit of a rarity in most places). In any case, it depends on the particular locale.
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If you have the opportunity, wait and go to a Sunday High (Sung) Mass. If you are new to the Latin Mass, those tend to be quite beautiful and aren't quite as confusing as a Low Mass. The first few Latin masses, I went to, I was lost even with the missal. But with the smells and bells of the High Mass, not to mention the beauty of the liturgy, I felt at peace even though I did not quite understand the order of things.
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Be ready for a definite shock. I've only been to one, and I think that the shock overwhelmed me because I wasn't used to it. I had only been to the normal mass at my parish and was still in the RCIA when I went. (I've also heard the Low Mass I attended was very sloppy in form and wasn't even approved, but that's another story.)

To be honest, I felt as if the mass was less interactive for the people and much more about the priest and his duty. As if all we were there for was to receive communion and pray. (I'm not bashing the EF mass, I think if it was done right and I had the right frame of mind it would be very beautiful.) It's definitely not what I was used to though.
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