I was born, raised, and educated in Catholic Schools through college. Then I lost my faith, and remained agnostic for almost 45 years. So my entire life I attended the Latin Mass.
I returned to HMC largely because I learned the TLM is available and that is where I am most comfortable.
I have attended mass at my local parish and was completely lost. I was confused and annoyed at being unable to concentrate on praying with all the singing, activity, and having nothing to guide me in how to respond during the service.
I felt more out of place in a Catholic Church than I did attending my wife’s Lutheran service.
I apologize if this upsets anyone, but that was my experience.
The TLM I attend is celebrated by FSSP priests and the congregation is mostly of Hungarian decent. I don’t know if that has anything to do with the fact that it seems like every Sunday is high mass or one where the congregation sings the responses. That isn’t a problem, I remembered and know the Latin responses.
My question is (finally): Have things changed in the TLM too?
I think I’ve been to two masses since November when the mass was spoken.
And every mass seems to be close to 2 hours long. It was only about an hour or hour & a quarter long (depending on communion and the sermon/homily) when I was growing up.