a)Don’t know…it depends on the person…but they will be totally lost and confused as will you on your first visit. I love the Latin Mass and I am still learning more each time I go. I recommend you getting a St. Andrews Daily Missal and read it prior to Mass…you will know which scriptures are being read, you will learn prayers, and you will learn responses.
b)It is done entirely in Latin…in some Churches they re-read the Gospel in English, but they don’t do it at mine. The Homily will also be given in English…the rest is Latin.
c)You receive Holy Communion on the tongue and down on your knees. Dress nice. I don’t know how it is at other places, but the men always were suits, or a blazer with nice slacks and a shirt and tie. Women will be dressed in modest dresses and wearing a veil…or the majority of them will at least. There is a lot more kneeling during a latin Mass…I recommend sitting a little further back…because you will not know when to stand, sit, or kneel…it can be very confusing…Also, the Priest will have his back to you, because he will be facing the Altar, which is flipped around from the Altars you are used to seeing today.
Congrats on experiencing your first Latin Mass…you will be confused to don’t get discouraged…I loved it and I enjoy more and more each time I go…it is a wonderful experience. I hope there is another Vatican Council which will reinstate the Latin Mass as the primary Mass.
[quote=Catholic Tom]I will be attending my first one in a week (it is authorized by the local bishop) and I am thinking of bringing an Evangelical with me. First of all,
a) is it such a good idea or will it scare the person off
b) is it in English
c) is there anything I need to know prior to attending
Thanks in advance