LOL…I hear you. I sat a few rows back my first time too, so I wouldn’t look like an idiot due to not knowing when to sit, kneel, or stand…there are people at the mass I attend who stand at the wrong times…but then again, it is hard to follow your first couple of times.
[quote=cmcruz]My husband and I just found the Indult Tridentine Mass in our area, so we have gone about three times now. What a wonderful experience it has been! I have been able to make more sense of it each time we have gone. I’d like to echo a few of the posters’ suggestions and add a few of my own:
For your first time, I too would suggest that you sit at least a few rows back. Since they kneel and stand at different times during the Mass than in the Novus Ordo, I always take cues from the people in front of me.
My grandmother sent us her old missals so we have been using those, but in the back of the church there are usually ones to borrow, which I would strongly recommend doing. During the Eucharistic Prayer, I just read along in English as the priest says the prayer in Latin silently, and I usually end up finishing at around the same time that he does. The missal will have the last gospel, the final prayers, and other elements of the Mass that are not in the Novus Ordo. (If they don’t have them to borrow, you can find the Order of the Mass online, print it out, and take it with you.)
As others have mentioned, you will usually need to kneel at the altar rail to receive Communion. I had never done this before, but I just watched the people ahead of me in line and followed suit. And when you receive, don’t say “Amen” in response to the priest. (I did this, which I have since found out is a major faux pas!) Oh–actually, if you aren’t yet baptized, you probably aren’t receiving Communion yet. In that case, just remain in the pew as you usually would.
If you are bringing a female with you, I suggest that she bring a veil and dress modestly (knees and shoulders covered). Men at our Tridentine parish are usually dressed very nicely–shirt, slacks, and a tie.
That’s all I can think of now. God bless!