Thanks, and a good observation it is.
Yes, the issue is a very contentious one and it stirs people up on both sides. Each thinks his preferences are better, or he wouldn’t prefer them in the first place.
I have a certain respect for LilyM on here, and being one of the higher profile posters (Twelve thousand and how many posts??) it is hard to not see her around the traps whenever I get online.
She can often give a clear answer to many questions raised in a variety of discussions, which shows a thorough knowledge and study of our Catholic Faith.
It is no secret that I am very much in favour of the Traditional Liturgy due to it deepening my fervour for and devotion to the Mass.
When I reverted to the Church, I had never seen a Mass celebrated in the EF. All of my experience in returning to the Church was via the OF. In fact, my first Mass that I was able to receive Communion at was at a very, very liberal parish that I would avoid like the plague these days. The priest takes liberties with huge chunks of the Liturgy and is very dissenting towards Cardinall Pell.
So I am no enemy to the OF by a long shot.I would go to a lousy liberal Parish Mass before I would go to a SSPX Mass out of submission to the Church authorities who are much wiser than me. I simply find the EF more nourishing to my soul.
I often wonder why others do not see things like I do. Most people do the same, in my opinion, or they wouldn’t be on here putting forward their p.o.v. in a discussion.
If the EF and the OF were offered next door to each other every Sunday, I would go to the EF perhaps 99 times out of 100. I love the sense of the ancient, the greater sense of mystery, the deeper connection to the countless generations who lived and died by this Mass and the more reverent atmosphere the old Liturgy naturally brings about. Further, the Priest makes more thorough intercessions for those present at the EF Mass, and there is no better opportunity to plead with the Almighty than at Holy Mass. I love the many more external, graceful actions by the Priest. Apart from their intrinsic significance and beauty they provide wonderful opportunities for me to teach my three year old son about the differnent aspects of the Mass, climaxing in the silent Canon.
I do get the wonderful and providential opportunity to go to Mass two mornings per week. It is a beautiful OF Mass by a very reverent Priest. He is Catholic to the bone and is in his late thirties. And do you know what he did on Friday the 14th of September? His weekday Mass was in the EF. He has another very reverent Priest who fills in for him when he is away. A very holy, elderly priest whose life has had many supernatural and miraculous encounters, overcoming seemingly impossible problems with supernatural ease. I was speaking to him about the EF once and he said it is a “good and holy thing to have a devotion to the old Mass”. I love and respect the OF, and if it is good and holy enough for these good and holy priests, then it is good enough for me. I think in their hearts though they would prefer the EF, but that is only a guess based on my knowing them.
Whichever form it takes, Mass is always Mass, and I suppose I just have to let people go with whichever they like and find the most nourishing for their souls. After all, we are in the Catholic, Universal Church.
Thanks for your input Kirk.