WELL! I just came back from my first ever Tridentine Mass! I was planning on attending at least once, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to wake up on Sundays for 9am(I’m in college,lol, and I’d have to take the Metro(i’m in DC) there, then walk). So, because today is a Holy Day, St. Mary Mother of God church in DC holds a Tridentine Mass at 7:30pm. So, after a trip on the shuttle bus to Dupont Circle and a ride on the Metro to Judiciary Square, and a short walk to the church, I arrived. I walked in, and it was amazing. It’s not a huge cathedral, but it’s not a small chapel. It’s moderately big. There were statues EVERYWHERE(a wonderful change from my stagnant Georgetown U. Dahlgren Chapel), and votive candles. There also was an icon of Mary. Then of course was the sanctuary. AMAZING, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!(lol) The altar was ornate, and there were two large statues of angels on each side. Of course there was an altar rail.
I genuflected and entered the pew(i forgot to use holy water, b/c I was taking everything in,lol). I sat near the back, and asked someone if there was a Missal or something with the Mass translation. He got one for me. After half an hour, it started. There was the ring of a bell, and everyone stood, and it went from there.
I did get lost at the beginning. It was a low Mass as well. Then we had communion. We processed up to the altar rail and kneeled. Then the priest put it on my tongue, and i went back(this was also my first time receiving on the tongue as well). After the Mass, I walked around and looked at the statuary and icons.
All in all, I loved the Tridentine Mass. I’d like to attend either a Sung Low Mass, or a Solemn High Mass. I think i’d like it better than just the said Low Mass. I definitely prefer the Tridentine Mass now, especially compared to the mess at some Masses at Georgetown.