Howdy everyone, I went to my first Latin Mass on Christmas eve which was celebrated by the Bishop. I didnt bother trying to follow along, I just sat back and enjoyed :)
First off, it was awesome! Here area few of my thoughts from the Mass.
1) A buddy of mine who isnt Catholic yet went with me and he commented that it must have been manditory that everyone had to have at least 3 kids..he was right lol. Also, there were a large number of young people there.
2) I liked how they had confession going on during Mass, up until the collect I think? There was a pretty long line as well.
3) The reverence was also great. There was silence, no one was talking so loud that I couldnt pray.
4) It seems to leave more time for quiet personal prayer during the Mass than the OF does.
5) Ad Orientum...why do we not do that?!
6) I love receivng communion kneeling. I was high church anglican before becoming Catholic and always received this way.
7) This is minute, but the use of incense, I rarely if ever see this at the average parish I attend. I have seen it used frequently in Maronite and Melkite masses I have been to. But I think it goes a long way, for me at least.
Some other thoughts:
I have now had the opportunity to attend Mass in both the EF & OF, Maronite, and Melkite DL. And they have all made me appreciate the OF of the Mass more. I loved the EF, but I think I would prefer Latin mixed with the vernacular. Not that I have to justify anything, but I consider myself a young "traditional" Catholic,I love all things traditional about worship and about the Church. This is by no means a blanket for all OF's, but if it was given the amount of reverence that I saw at the EF, I think it could really change everything. I love both forms of the Mass, the Church proumlgates it so I trust in it no matter what. But I think a sense of sacred needs to be returned to the Mass. Any thoughts?