I can answer a couple of these… but I am no expert in the 1962 Missal. I’m sure others will be along shortly to explain much more in depth.
[quote=dts]Greetings! I participated in my first Latin High Mass today (Solemnity of the Ephiphany of the Lord - Jan. 2)(1962 Missal) . Although I did not partake of Communion since I am RCIA, it was still an overwhelming experience. I felt like I never wanted to leave. The music was a live choir in Latin polyphony. Nine altar boys participated. It was simply awesome. The homily was also great.
Great!! I’m so happy you had a good experience… others will say that “feelings don’t matter” at any Mass, but I say that while they are correct, it is still a great good when you are both there to worship and also feel comfortable being there. Feelings shouldn’t be your guide, but they should not be condemned either!
I do have a few questions if anyone can help.
- Veils. The women were wearing veils - either white or black. Does the color signify something? If yes, why only these two colors?
These are called mantillas I believe, I do not know of any reasoning behind the color. In the old days, all women covered their head, but it was not necessarily with a mantilla – any appropriate head covering would do I think. Someone else may be able to tell you more about the history of the mantilla.
- Vestments. At every Latin mass I have been to, the priest wears the same gold vestment. Is this normal for the 1962 missal? Do the colors not change with the liturgical calendar?
I think that the older Missal still had different color requirements. However, since every Sunday has the rank of solemnity, it is possible that Sundays might always have the more solemn gold?? I don’t know. I do remember that black used to be more of a liturgical color under the old Missal, it is only used (very optionally… usually they stick with violet or white) today for funeral Masses. Have you gone to any of these Latin Masses during Lent or on the feast of a martyr?
- High versus Low mass. Are High Masses reserved for solemnity feasts only? Other than music and some additional formality, how does a high mass differ from a low mass?
I don’t know about this one for sure… I leave it to other, more wise individuals to answer
- Scripture Readings. Is the schedule of Scripture readings in the 1962 missal different than the current missal? E.g., I subscribe to Magnificat. Can I assume that its readings do not correspond to the 1962 missal?
Yes, the readings schedule is definitely different!! The celebration of feast days may also be different, as many of them were also “adjusted” by Vatican II.
For example, I believe this upcoming Sunday (Jan 9) will be celebrated in the old Missal as the Feast of the Holy Family. The new Missal celebrates this feast now on the first Sunday following Easter (or Dec 30, whichever comes first).
TAN Publishers puts out a calendar and a daily planner that includes both the Traditional and New liturgical calendars. You may wish to pick up a copy if you are going to be primarily attending a *missa normitiva *Mass but also occassionally attending a 1962 Missal Mass. That way you will be better prepared for Mass