I have been attending the TLM the last three Sundays. As previously posted, I initially attended because the practices at my usual parish were very difficult to take. Also, I was drawn to the Mass for other reasons - how it had been described to me, lovingly, by family members who remembered ‘the old days’.
Anyway - it’s been a few weeks now. The TLM I attend is served by FSSP and has a small-ish congregation - I’d say about 20-30. The music is good, the Mass is reverent and all is well. In the last few weeks I’ve been feeling more spiritual and focused on my faith than I have done in long time.
I’m struggling with one thing though - when the Mass is being sung the choir / congregation will sing one of the prayers (the Sanctus for example). Meanwhile the Priest is continuing to say the Canon of the Mass - and I find it difficult to keep track. Should I be joining in with the Sanctus (many of the congregation do) or should I be following the Canon and meditating on what is being said there. I love to follow the prayers as I think they are very beautiful - but I also love to listen to the chant.
I come from an ‘NO’ background and as the prayers are said 'out loud, there doesn’t tend to be more than one thing going on at once.
Is this just something that will come in time? Can anyone recommend a way to help me follow what’s going on?