well, I went to my first Solemn High Mass on Sunday at 5pm at St. Mary Mother of God church in DC. It was AMAZING. There was Gregorian chant and singing by Christendom College. It was so beautiful. There was incense and everything. The interesting thing was when, during the second half of the Mass, 6 or 7 altar servers stood with candles before the altar rail(like inside the altar rail). I haven’t really read about that and was wondering what the symbolism was of that. It was a beautiful Mass, and of course the priest reread the epistle and Gospel before he began his actual homily. With the Missal, rereading of biblical readings, etc., I don’t see why the Mass needed to be reformed, and I REALLY hope that more Tridentine Masses are offered around the world. They really capture the essence of the statement “the Mass is Heaven on Earth”, and that the church is truly a temple of God.
Also, is the Asperges(sp) part of the Mass(or before the Mass) still exist? I actually was waiting for that. Is that where they sprinkle holy water on everyone? Is that omitted now, or what? I thought it would be included in a solemn Mass.