I am a young Catholic (19) and I love the traditional Latin Mass! I know that we can’t blame all the problems in the Church on Vatican II, and the Traditional Latin mass won’t solve all our problems. I think that as wonderful as the Pauline (Novus Ordo) Mass can be if it is celebrated reverently, like on EWTN, it still does not compare to the Tridentine Mass!
For example, in the Tridentine Mass, the priest begins with prayers at the foot of the altar. He prays Psalm 42:
. . . And I will go in unto the Altar of God: unto God, Who giveth joy to my youth . . .
This was the same thing that the Jewish priests prayed before they served at the altar in the Temple. What was wrong with it? Why fix something that isn’t broken?
Other examples of traditional Latin Mass prayers:
Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, this unspotted Host, which I, Thine unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, to atone for my countless sins, offenses, and negligences: on behalf of all here present and likewise for all faithful Christians, living and dead, that it may avail both me and them as a means of salvation, unto life everlasting. Amen.
Most Merciful Father, we humbly pray and beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ Thy Son, Our Lord, to accept and to bless these gifts, these presents, these holy unspotted sacrifices, which we offer up to Thee, in the first place, for Thy Holy Catholic Church, that it may please Thee to grant her peace, to preserve, unite, and govern her throughout the world; as also for Thy servant Benedict our Pope, and N. . . . our Bishop, and for all orthodox believers and all who profess the Catholic and Apostolic faith.
May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my inmost parts, and grant that no stain of sin remain in me; whom these pure and holy Sacraments have refreshed. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Of course, all of these prayers were prayed in Latin, a mystical, holy language which has been made holy by the blood of the martyrs.
My point is, what was wrong with these rich, holy, magnificient prayers that they had to be done away with?? At least, why couldn’t the Tridentine Mass just have been celebrated in the vernacular without doing away with all the prayers?