There is always some talk about why not an English TLM and such changes as an audible canon, etc.
A lot of people seem to forget that there was sort of an English TLM and that was the 1965 Mass. That was the Missal that I made my first Holy Communion under. And I still have that Missal in my nightstand. The prayers at the foot of the altar were diminished and the Last Gospel was gone. But the advantages still were.
- Only one Canon “The Roman Canon” with no shortcuts
- The Mysterium Fidei was still part of the consecration
- Pro Multis was “For Many”
- The English Language translation was faithful to the Latin. (Very similar to the new translation approved last June by the USCCB)
At least in my parish growing up in the late 60’s, the Catholic culture and traditions of the parish remained relatively intact. Yes there were some changes like the altar moved out, but the rederos was supposedly falling apart anyway. The changes seemed organic. The church was not stripped of statues, communion rails, stations of the cross, kneelers, or forced to endure ugly modern art.
Mass under the 1965 Missal was solemn and reverent. The music was always organ, no bongos, tamborines, or maracas . Altar boys looked like altar boys, not like boys or girls in bathrobes. There was no parading around of the laity.
If there was legitimate change called for by VII, I believe that the 1965 Missal fit the bill. People actively participated in their own language, with none of the nonsense we see today.
When I first started attending the TLM, in response to the abuses in the Novus Ordo, I was kind of shocked how different the Mass was when I was an infant and toddler as opposed to the 1965 Missal which were my earliest Mass memories (no hymns at High Mass for example). I have since learned many of the theological bases for the 1962 Missal that I did not understand at first.
I know that there are many traditionalists that will take absolutely nothing less than the 1962 or earlier Missal, but I have very fond memories of the 1965 Missal. If somehow we could only get back there, I would be overjoyed.