[quote=mkw]As a 2004 convert to the Catholic faith, I am very interested in seeing what all the fuss is about the Latin version of the Mass. :rolleyes:
Question:? just how LOST will I be in understanding it?
Did not mean to use the word “fuss” in a bad way, it’s just being a convert I don’t understand :o
The “Fuss” is that many of us are tired of the liturgical abuses that have happened in our Novus Ordo (post Vatican II Mass) parishes. The level of obedience to rubrics, etc., seems to be more important to those who celebrate, serve and participate at the Latin Mass.
If you watch it on TV, or go to one in person, you will see a Mass that is many orders of magnitude more reverent in regards to Our Lord’s Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. For example, you kneel to receive Communion vs. standing. The element of mystery is also incredibly more profound (partially because of the language, but also with the orientation of people). The element of sacrifice (as the Mass is a re-presentation of the sacrifice of Calvary) is also presented in a much larger way in the prayers of the Mass.
It may take a few visits to be able to follow along. Most Latin Mass go-ers carry a Missal, which is a book that has the Latin on one side and English on the other, so you can follow along. As you learn it, you will be able to see the ‘clues’ that the priest/servers use to let you know where in the Mass they are relative to the Missal. (ie: you know it’s going to be time for the Consecration when the bells are rung). The congregation does participate by praying/reading along with the priest, but vocal participation is much less than in the Novus Ordo.
If you watch the Daily Mass on EWTN, you will learn some of the prayers/responses that are used in the Latin Mass as well. They may just be in a slightly different order.
Please let me know if you have more questions, either here or with a private message.