It doesn’t have to be an expensive, fancy project. Just get the priest and a few devoted members of the parish who love the Latin Mass (including those Evangelical Protestant converts) together, with some eats and drinks, and spend a few hours hammering out an “Order of Show”–a one or two page description of the Latin Mass from entering the nave to leaving the nave.
The translations are already in the Missal–what the committee needs to do is put everything in an easily-comprehensible order. They could even just write out the “program” in such a way that directs the inquirer to the correct page in the current Missal–in order, and giving cues that direct the inquirer clearly when it’s time to turn the page.
At most, your description should take two pages, and one page would be better. Just a “programme,” or “order of show” or “order of worship”. Not a whole book–leave that to Scott Hahn and CA speakers! (Or as you have posted, there are are already whole books–thanks for the referral!)
Here’s what I have in mind:
Start with a few definitions.
Nave - the place where the worshippers sit. Sanctuary = the place where the altar is located. The worshippers are not permitted to enter the sanctuary.
etc. any definitions you think are important to know to understand the EF Mass.
Then write out what is happening in the EF Mass, like so:
Upon entering the nave, do the following: (list things that the worshipper should do, such as genuflect, go to confession, etc.
Upon finding a seat, open the Missal to page ____. This is called the ______.
Next, _________ will happen, and the worshiper should do ____________. This is on page ______ of the Missal.
Next, __________ will happen, and the worshiper should do ___________ This is on page _______ of the Missal.
and so on, until the Mass is completed and the worshipers are sent forth.
No big deal–just a simple guide. Pretend you are narrating the Latin Mass to a friend of yours who is visiting. Obviously, you wouldn’t be talking him through it during the Mass, but you might whisper to him/her, and also show him/her the proper page in the Missal.
Just do that, only write it out. Easy. Cheap. And so useful for newbies and people who are visiting. Slap a few beautiful illustrations onto it if you wish, but it isn’t necessary because the church already has beautiful art work to look at, and of course, the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!.
You don’t even have to print it out if you don’t wish to (save money). Just put it online and post the site at the entrance to the nave. I hope you WILL print out some copies for all of us who don’t have i-phones ,and for all of the people who feel that using a phone just doesn’t seem appropriate during Mass.
So–how about it?