The Tridintine Mass was…gorgeous. Agree it reflected the mystery of the Mass in the Liturgy, especially Latin - a most majestic sounding and mysterious language.
The respect for the Eucharistic Presence was…enormous. I do wonder about the depth of this devotion Reen…it was certainly ‘observable phenomena’ and those I was most in awe of left attending Sunday and weekday Masses with the mass exodus post Vatican2. I often wonder about that.
The “sense of the sacred” was…palpable. This is true as I experienced it too and I dont think our new liturgies have in the main contributed to the ‘sense of the palpable sacred’ where our Tridentine Masses etc. did - intrinsic to the actual liturgy. Now and then usually at Easter something in the liturgy will make it to palpable…but brief and passing, or thus is my own experience. And all the political correctness in our current Liturgy I think as a facilitator to devotion falls flat on its boring, unpoetic and unartistic face! I have to choose between concentrating on political correctness in the responses in The Mass, or to forget such and hear Tsk! Tsk! all around me almost as I say ‘mankind’ and everyone else says ‘personkind’ and such matters. I did decide to be kind and go with the flow and concentrate on the political side of the Parish…gosh!:mad:
As I understand Liturgy, by its very nature it should strive to raise our minds and heart to God and to aspects of our Faith.
Not a piece of “felt” to be seen. [no “banners.”]
People took no food, after midnight, when receiving the Eucharist.The threat o’erhanging one if one didn’t was Hell!
“Meatless” Friday’s were mandatory. Threat of Hell again. Personally I find optional penance on Fridays far more meaningful for as soon as it dawns on me that it is indeed a Friday my next thought is “What penance today?”…not “whiting or garfish tonight?”…
Statues were covered with
purple cloth, during Lent, and were uncovered…on Easter Morning.This was abeautiful custom and meaningful to me. There was a real sadness in the air with everything covered in purple and then a sense of impending joy with the uncovered religious items Easter Morning.
The faith seemed more part of the “fabric” of life [no pun intended.]
Back in those days, I think the threats kept us in line more or less. Nowadays personal options can really enrich the fabric of our lives and we can integrate meaningful to our lives ‘rituals’ and ‘customs’. Rather than having under threat to adopt onto our lives the instructions of Church regulations well more or less. My take!
Still, there were many realities that needed to be…addressed.
[The sole, salutary change - that would have made the
greatest positive difference, IMHO - would have been the
removal of the Baltimore Catechism, as a teaching tool.]Never met the offender Reen…and methinks I dont want to.
I do not know, what people now “think”…about the Mass,
the Church…or what their individual “experience” of same
is, at this point in time. To me it is more personally meaningful since it arises out of me, not forced onto me. But I do think the Liturgy needs some artistic and creative work insighting the real meaning of Liturgy and no more worries about politcal correctness which instantly kills off artistry and creativity to my mind.
I only know my own thoughts and experience.
Perhaps I would have remained a Catholic, had it not been
for the…Baltimore Catechism. Then ditch it Reen! …
As you can see I overcame my fear and ventured again into this thread. Thank you for your kindness to me in leaving my head on:whacky: …hence dignity intact!!!
Regards Reen…and Peace!