This post is not to compare TLM vs. traditional NO but only to show that proper predisposition is what our Church needs.
This past Saturday our Diocese lost three seminarians. Now we have three new priests. Thanks be to God!
One of the new priests is from my parish and I had the privilege of going through all the series of ceremonies. Friday night we had the Vespers service with the blessing of the Sacrament and Gregorian chanting (mostly in Latin). The new priest trained for years with a Gregorian Chanting group. Saturday the ordination was a little bit less formal but great.
The only thing that bothered me was with the people clapping. The Bishop told them to stop but some kept going. My 11 year old stated that it was not only rude but an act of defiant disobedience to the Bishop. Can the grown ups have the same wisdom?
On Sunday the Thanksgiving Mass was beautiful. The co-celebrants were the Emeritus Bishop, the Pastor, the first member of the Parish to become a priest, a Monsignor that has been the priest that baptized our pastor and that has also been the spiritual director of the new priest, 4 more priests, deacon, instituted acolytes, and at least 12 altar servers. Most of the Music was chanted in Latin, and the new priest chanted most of the liturgy. (He did not really have any choice, because our Pastor usually chants most of the Mass)
I realized once more how these kind of events celebrated in a traditional manner are really important for vocations. During the reception I discovered that a few young men from our parish are finishing with high school and are asking information about going to the Seminary. Two of them were servers at the Vespers service. I was also pleased that our Pastor told my son to serve at the Thanksgiving Mass, even if he already served at the Vigil Mass the night before. That will help him with his vocation.