Yesterday I attended my first indult Tridentine Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Dunn, North Carolina. It was absolutely beautiful to hear the liturgy sung all the way through. I can definitely see why the Latin Mass appeals to so many people. That language seems made for singing, and there is something holy about it.
This is the only indult Latin Mass in North Carolina, and was about a two hour drive, but it was worth the trip. One thing that surprised me was how long the Mass lasted – nearly two hours. In places I found it hard to follow along (even with the English/Latin Mass-book provided by the church as we walked in) simply because the priest did most of the talking and doing, and I being new to the Latin Mass seldom knew what part he was on. I still loved it very much and I wish more parishes were able to provide this.
But I also love the Pauline Mass in the vernacular, especially when it is done in high style like the ones at my parish usually are. The Easter Vigil was just breathtaking this year, all sung from start to finish – in English, and still very beautiful.
One question I have is: Do all TLM’s last that long, or was this perhaps what is known as a “high Mass?”