This past weekend, the Gregorian Institute of Canada held its annual colloquium in Montreal. As part of the colloquium, we celebrated an Ordinary Form Mass as it was intended, entirely in Latin with Gregorian chant propers and ordinary. The only parts in the vernacular (French) were the homily, and the intercessions (with some English for the intercessions). The rest, including the chanted readings, were entirely in Latin.
The Mass was at the regular 11 am Mass at Gesù Church in Montreal, home of the local Jesuits. We invited a guest priest from Ontario who was able to chant all of the priest's parts in Latin.
To help the 60 or so faithful who showed up, we had printed booklets with the Latin and French side-by-side, along with the music for all of the ordinary and the responses. The faithful were quite an age range, from I'd say late 20s to very elderly.
The amazing part was that everyone was able to follow along with the booklets. We got good responses from them at least from the normal responses. The Kyriale was not one of the easiest ones (Kyrie 12). Our schola was an ad-hoc schola formed from the participants in the colloquium, ranging in skill level from intermediate to expert. In addition to the ordinary we sang the entire propers for the 20th Sunday of OT from the Graduale Romanum. The Eucharistic prayer, also chanted, was the Roman Canon.
This is what the Ordinary Form was intended to be in all its glory. Interestingly, it was entirely put together and sung by amateurs, not by professionals nor by a religious community well-versed in chant. We are therefore very pleased with how this experiment turned out! Surely having OF Masses like this is not out of the reach of everyone, especially in larger centers where there should be sufficiently skilled singers available. If Traditionalists can have EF Masses in Latin, it should be within our reach to have OF Masses in Latin on a regular basis as well.
We are grateful to the Jesuits to allow us to hold our event and our Mass in Gesù church. Next year's colloquium will be in Vancouver, BC for those interested.