In 1966 (at the age of 10), I was eligible to join our elementary school’s choir and to thus sing at the daily and Sunday masses. The first year, 1966-1967, it was all Latin and it was beautiful. Sure, it was harder than singing “English” but after all I had been following along in my missal for 5 years by then.
The second year, 1967-1968, was a ‘hybrid’ year. We still did the Gloria, the Credo, the Agnus Dei, the Sanctus, and various collects or hymnody in Latin. . .but we also were doing some of the responses in English.
The third year, 1968-1969, was all English as I recall, but the postural ‘changeover’ had not fully occurred; thus, still had for the solemn, the sung, and even the ‘low’ Masses the ‘orientum’ posture, the incense, the prayers like the collect and the secret, even the last gospel, in place.
The final year, 1969-1970, was our 8th grade graduation. All English, the prayers changing (I KNOW that I remember the Creed, for example, as having differences in the English version from the one we said in 1967 as opposed to the one we say today; I think the Gloria changed also). We stopped saying, “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault”, we stopped, “Lord, I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed”, etc.
Our director was a wise nun. Though they themselves went from floor length habits in 1966 to knee length in 1967 to ‘suits’ by the very early 1970s (IOW, they were having their own personal issues along with liturgical ones), they downplayed any aspect of ‘this is the SPRINGTIME of the Church’ in favor of, “this is a time of change in the church, which some may find uncomfortable. We should all strive to pray for guidance to best serve God’s will.” So instead of focusing on what was ‘new’ and ‘different’ she made a conscious effort to focus on what ‘remained’. The Mass is ALWAYS the Mass, whether it ‘changes’. A sister is always a sister, even if her visible ‘attire’ changes. God is always God, even if our perception changes. The ‘changes’ may be good, bad, or indifferent, but the permanancy and stability of Mass, of sisters (and brothers and priests) being servants of God, and above all of God Himself, remain despite what external ‘changes’ may occur.
It was somewhat later, in my public high school–I had to move, no Catholic one available–and in my ‘Catholic’ college–that I experienced the full on blast of “why we HAD to change the Mass–the habits–the devotions–” --most of which appeared to center on ‘empowering women from the patriarchical tyranny’ and ‘bringing the Church into the 20th century’. Luckily, no matter how much the trumpet blasted with the ‘whys and wherefores’ that wise nun’s explanations, given to a perfectly ordinary and average, ‘little Catholic schoolgirl’, remained. . .God does not change.