So I’ve only been to a couple of Latin Masses, both at the same FSSP church and I was kind of surprised. Growing up, I’d always heard how beautiful they are and I was really looking forward to it. I knew the language would be in Latin (obviously) and that I would have to follow along on the missal, and was good with that. What I wasn’t ready for, was how quiet it was.
The priest didn’t have any kind of microphone so you couldn’t hear anything he said at all. He just kind of stood up at the altar, talking under his breath. Kind of hard to follow along if you have no idea where the priest is. Occasionally, he would say something a little louder and the altar boys would respond, but that was it. I was told later that the priest didn’t like the way the people at the church would respond in Latin so he doesn’t have anyone say any responses, just the altar boys.
Is this typical? I pretty much just knelt there and read the prayers in the missal. I ended up way ahead because I had no idea what the pace was. It just kind of seemed like a letdown. If all I do is read from a prayer book / missal, I can do that at home, it seems. Other than receiving the Eucharist and sermon (which was very good), the rest of it just seemed drab. It was holy, obviously, but I don’t get where people claim how beautiful it is, unless they just like silence.