Lapsed, I think you totally misinterpreted my post.
And having had that experience yourself, would you really wish the same experience on those who truly love the Mass they have now? It would be a shame not to learn from the mistake that was made with the wholesale dumping of the TLM. This is why I would like to see both offered.
I said nothing about just yanking the rug out from anyone and forcing things down their throat. I merely pointed out that when Latin was unofficially purged from the American Church, no one really had much of a choice. Just pointed it out, nothing more.
Also, I wasn’t even born when the Tridentine Mass was standard. I merely broadened my horizons and got to thinking, “Why did we insist on committing cultural suicide?” I would also like to see both offered, the Tridentine Mass and the Pauline Mass with an emphasis on the Pauline Mass in a more reverent form (ad orientem, Latin, etc.).
That actually seems to me to be the worst of solutions. Making a hybrid like that to me is the worst of both worlds. I would prefer a fully Latin Mass with the exception of the readings and homily, personally. That’s my personal tastes, though. What I would really like is the NO Mass in Latin performed ad orientum. The TLM was before my time.
I didn’t say I want a hybrid Tridentine and Pauline Mass, but I would entertain the possibility of a hybrid Latin/English NO Mass. I too would like to see ad orientem.
The Germanic languages are not derived from Latin but developed simulataneously from their common IndoEuropean roots, along with Greek, the Celtic languages and many others.
Yeah, I know.
English is primarily derived from proto-Germanic. Modern English, however, as been strongly affected by its close association with Latin and the fact that French (which is a Romance language) was the language of the British court for a few generations after 1066 when William the Conqueror captured Britain.
I also know this, maybe I was unclear in my original statement. What I’m saying is that Latin is not as alien to us westerners as Chinese of Japanese would be. Our English language does have a strong influence from Latin and French and uses the same alphabet. So, it is certainly not beyond the grasp of the average man to pick up on Latin in the Mass.
Here I’m the opposite. I get much more out of the Mass by focussing all of my attention on the altar rather thand dividing it between altar and missal. Again, to each their own in such matters.
I haven’t grown up with the Tridentine Mass, so I really find myself reading it to familiarize myself with it. Once I do so, I can watch the altar with more than occaisional glances. That is one thing that is really good about the Tridentine Mass, the goings on up at the altar teach Salvation history and the Gospel just in their actions. That is what is so wonderful about the old way. I wish the NO would have kept some of these actions and that priests and catechists would teach them.