Don’t worry about being nervous. If you still have an old missal, you can use it. I went to my first TLM about 4 years ago and borrowed my mother’s missal. I had never been to one previously because I was born in 1969. I had no problems following the Mass with the missal.
If you go to Low Mass, the servers answer in Latin for the congregation. If you go to High Mass, the choir sings the responses to the priest’s prayers. The congregation is silent during the Mass. But you can follow along in the Missal and pray the prayers silently. The Missal will have the English translations.
I’ve only been to one, and with regard to saying “amen”- I was prepared for communion at the rail kneeling, and I already receive on the tongue. I sat in the back so I could see how communion proceeded. I was frantically trying to figure out WHEN people were saying amen before my turn, when I realized you don’t say anything
It was certainly different but I really enjoyed the traditional mass, much more reverent.
The bread line system is very modern. Pre-Vatican II altars had rails around them, originally to keep animals away in rural parishes, but later to keep unconsecrated persons at a decent distance from the Blessed Sacrament. So to receive communion you knelt at the rail and the priest would place it on your tongue, with an altar boy holding a golden paten underneath to catch any crumbs.
I appreciate all of your help. I am going to get up the courage to go next Sunday morning. I am going to go to the local Catholic bookstore and supply store and buy a mantilla. Haven’t wore one of those in a long time.
I will let you all know how it went if I didn’t make a fool out of myself.
I recommend a mantilla, scarf, hat, beanie, whatever your choosing. And also at least a skirt. I’m just saying this because you might feel out of place. Though some women do wear pants and no head covering but I’ve noticed they don’t attend regularly.
I was nervous and excited the first time I attended after many years too. But you will feel so much joy and peace afterwards. It will be wonderful. I said to myself…I am back home.
I remember reading an interview with a Traditional Priest. I forget the question, but in responding he said that more and more “Novus Ordo” Catholics are attending his Traditional Mass. He explained that he could tell they were Novus Ordo Catholics because say “Amen” before receiving communion.
Thank you so much for the link. I attend Latin Mass from time to time but it is 35-40 miles away and only available twice a month. They do offer lace scarves for those who want them. They can either be borrowed or bought. There is no chatter in the vestibule or certainly not in the church. There is an aura of peace and wonder. Since altar rails are absent in this church, attendees kneel in the front pews and the Eucharist is given on the tongue.
Gregorian chant is used often and it was surprising how quickly I remember it. It is a beautiful experience.