Well, it turned out a lot better than I expected. Naturally, with all this talk about Motu Proprio, I was expecting Saint Margaret Mary Church in Oakland to be in the infant stages of forming a Tridentine Mass. When we entered the church we were greeted by an usher handing out flyers about their 18th Anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass. They will have an Anniversary Mass on Sunday, September 16th and a Reception in the parish hall afterwards.
Needless to say, that Tridentine High Mass had the precision of 18 years experience and was a work of art, to say the least. The choir (I believe it’s called a Kandor?) chanted the Gregorian Chants as well as monks in a monastery. Most of the chants were the same as the Saint Benedict chants on the Internet for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. I was surprised to hear my Filipino mother-in-law singing along with the Gregorian Chants. Both her and my wife were able to read the Latin side of the Missal, because of Latin being used during the Passion Vigil in the Philippians.
The Epistle was (1 Cor. 15: 1-10) and the Gospel was (Mk. 7:31-37) The priest gave an exceptional good homily and defined the words for us by putting emphasis on strengthening our faith. I was surprised to find that there were many large families of small children. It was almost like turning the clock back to the 50’s.
I’m the last one to give advice to the churches, but it appears to me, that there will be a lot of hard work ahead for those who dream about having a Tridentate High Mass in their Parish. Maybe, Low Mass if you can find a Priest who knows the Latin Mass, but High Mass requires an exceptional amount of precision from the volunteer laypeople. It seems like lag time in between the Priest and the Gregorian Chants it would spoil the beauty of the ritual. I would notice even a tiny lag if the priest paused for one word.
There weren’t enough 1962 Missals again, but we were handed a folded sheet of “Propers for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.”
All and all, if a person has a spark of Catholic in him, the Tridentine High Mass will set him on fire.