So I convinced a friend to go with me to a TLM about an hour away on Sunday, and now that I’ve had some time to think about it I’d like to ask a few questions.
It was a ‘Low Mass’ and the only parts that we responded to were where, in the missal I borrowed from my Grandparents, the ‘S’ was marked by a ‘1’. Would this change depending on which mass you attended? Does a High vs. Low mass change this? I noticed that many more things were marked with a ‘3’ and it seemed (from what I understood in the missal) that these would be more responses in a different sort of mass. Which way would be different? How common would that ‘highly involved’ mass be?
There were long periods of time when I couldn’t hear what was going on at the altar - sometimes it was silent. (But I only lost my place once! ) is that normal? Was it just because there were no microphones? (well, they might have had mikes, I couldn’t tell).
If I attended more often I imagine I’d start to understand more…right?
All in all I think I liked it. I definitally preferred the general atmosphere of hightened reverrence I felt (the women were almost 100% veiled) and I liked that everyone recieved on the tongue. In all blunt honesty, however, I did feel a little bored sometimes because I didn’t understand what was going on (but I bet if I learned more Latin and attended more often that’d change) and as I left I thought that if they had directly translated that into English, the Mass would be amazing. I also think that the chapel it was held it played a part, because it wasn’t what I expected - a stone ‘table like’ altar and multicolored lights on the side (bright green, reds, and blues) shining on saints enclosed in plexi-glass.
Just as a side note for everyone - there was a young seminarian there training, and many families of young children (with young girls veiled) and quite a few other guys my age.