I am addressing this thread to those of us who grew up before Vatican II. Ideally, I’d like to restrict the discussion to those of us who grew up before Vatican II.
Folks, some of the discussions around here have gotten downright hostile…on both sides. I’ve gotten the feeling that some have perceived me as some kind of elitist - except I don’t feel elite.
The Catholic world changed after 1965. I was 14 and a senior altar boy in my new parish which had just been split from my old parish. I was a freshman at my Catholic high school. I served the TLM with Father at 6am in the living room of his house - just he and I. Father said the TLM on the stage of our local gym because it was a new parish and the church had not been built.
In 1966 the Mass changed and we moved from the gym to the hall of a local country club as our parish church was being built. We were told that we would be eased into the new English Mass over several years. We attended a hybrid Mass with both Latin and English. The Our Father we sing in English today? Guess what? We sang it in Latin back then to virtually the same melody - at least the chant version.
We dedicated our new parish church in 1967. I was senior altar boy and knelt and kissed Abp. Hannan’s ring as was proper in those days. Still had a hybrid Mass in Latin and English.
Gosh, y’all. I’m really tired of explaining what happened back then. There was no real transition. By 1969 Latin in any way, shape, or form was thrown out as being irrelavant. Almost 40 years later I am still incensed that I had to sing Simon and Garfunkle at my Catholic high school graduation Mass.
I am a been there, done that traditonal Catholic.
I got to be a traditional TLM Catholic for the first 15 years of my life. It’s who I am. I don’t receive in the hand - it’s not a slight against you, see first 15 years. It has nothing to do with superiority…Lord have mercy…we were taught back then not to touch the Eucharist under any circumstances.
Been there, done that Catholics - that’s how we were raised.
As a been there, done that Catholic, I look at the proposed Motu Proprio as water to my roots. Father has already asked me if I would be willing to sing in a schola and I am willing to serve as an acolyte. (at 55 I can hardly be called an altar boy).
I can count on one hand the number of parishes in my local diocese who might implemetnt a TLM.
I’m not going to post any more. I want to hear from the folks of my generation.