[quote=kjvail]As I said I had attend 3 other parishes with the I guess ‘standard’ English mass, although I noticed they were not a great deal alike. They were nice and interesting, but I found my mind wandering. I felt somewhat lost of course since I am new at this - I don’t know when to sit, stand, kneel or what to say when and I found myself being self-conscious of all these things, wondering what I was going to do afterwards… etc.
But this latin mass - it was like being in a trance. I didn’t know what to do anymore than I did at the English masses but I didn’t care, it just didn’t matter. I was kind of shocked and sad when it ended, like being shaken awake.
I think the Church (and most people in these forums) is (are) very concerned with making sure that the mass is celebrated with the proper veneration and reverence. Besides not wanting to lay itself open to the usual “meaningless repetition” jibe from anti-catholics, I think the Church is also very concerned with the “familiarity breeds contempt” problem which has definitely raised its ugly head in mass.
I’ve been told that this is why the Church prescribes that one can only have communion once per day, and is probably (partially) why Latin in the mass (I have deliberately phrased it in this broad way to be all inclusive) is also still recommended by the Church. Kevin’s reactions, as quoted above, are a good example of the effectiveness of the “Latin Mass” in bringing home to those attending what the proper veneration and reverence of the body of Christ in the Eucharist is all about.
While I feel that mass in the vernacular is more meaningful to me, despite the problems with poor translations and bad grammar (see Karl Keatings latest newsletter), I have to agree that having mass celebrated differently once in a while does also have the power to increase the meaningfulness of mass to the congregation. Here I am not only speaking about “Latin Masses”, but any other approved changes that may be made to the liturgy.
In fact, this could be one of the tests that could be applied to any proposed changes to the liturgy, to determine whether it is detracting from or adding to the sacrament.