Not really the Last Gospel per say, but about the *recitation *of the Last Gospel.
I’ve heard so much about it but cannot ever recall hearing it even though I was born in the late 1950s. But now I see that it was eliminated in 1965 (at least in English language masses) so that it would have only been read at the Masses I attended prior to 1965.
I have often been puzzled by longings for Mass as it was celebrated prior to the Mass of Pope Paul VI because they did not seem to reflect my own memories. But I now realize that the Mass had already undergone substantial changes before the promulgation of the 1970 Missal so I don’t actually know how the Mass used to be said.
My first personal Missal (besides my English/Latin First Communion one) was published in 1966 so the Latin responses (in small type under the English ones) were there mostly for historical purposes.
My memories of the pre-1970 Missal are of the so-called “1965 Missal” which were never promulgated in an actual Roman Missal revision.