I am very interested in the history of the transition from the old Tridentine Mass to the Novus Ordo…sorry, Ordinary Form!..in the 1960’s. I grew up entirely post-Vatican II, so never lived through that era. Those I ask have varying recollections…some put the “big change” as at 1964, others 1965, others still 1967, others 1969…admittedly the pace of change varied from place to place, parish to parish, country to country; the date on which Latin disappeared varies, the date on which Mass facing the people came in varied, etc.
For those senior enough to remember, what is your recollection of the sequence of changes? When did English come in? How long did Latin linger? When was the freestanding altar introduced? The communion rails removed/stopped being used? Mantillas disappear? The New Missal come into effect?
Also…how were these changes received? Was there a big outcry among rank-and-file Catholics or not?
Finally…to what extent, when changes came in, was there leeway for individual priests or even parishes to stick with the older ways…eg Latin after 1964, old rite after 1969, etc? The impression I get is people focus on the 1969 change, forgetting that 5 years earlier big changes were made, and also that in the early 1970’s there were lots of “holdouts” against the changes!
Any comments would be appreciated! (Especially people like JReduction, whom I know was around in the late 1960’s at high school and lived through it all!)