To-day, I attended the Solemn High Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Christ the King at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
It was breathtaking. I was, for two hours, in Heaven (in figurative language). The reverence was absolutely astonishing for one who has grown up in the era of irreverence. I loved that the only point in which you saw the Eucharistic Lord was when the priest held him up, direct after the Consecration. It made it all the more sacred, all the more special.
The music was perfect- no opportunity for abuse at all. We were blessed to have three priests concelebrating at the Mass, all ery devout.
The Basilica lacks a High Altar, as the tabernacle is a bit off-centre (but still in a place of prominence). They did a beautiful job modifying the freestanding altar to the point that it really didn’t matter.
I shall attend a TLM whenever possible, and I give thanks to God that He has allowed these rites to subsist in His Church.
For the record: we have the red books as well.