[quote="FromTheAshes777, post:16, topic:242645"]
I am a soon to be convert. In belief I am a Catholic, I just have not been recieved yet into the Church and recieved the Sacraments.
The thing that initially drew me to the TLM was first the history and continuity with the history of the Church. The music was a big plus, the imagery and visuals usually associated with the celebration also helped. Reverence and a love for the Holy Eucharist was probably the biggest reason at the beginning, and still is now.
I also love the altar rail, chapel veils, the beautiful vestments, Holy Communion on the tongue from the hands of the celebrant only, incense, everyone facing liturgical East, the focus being first and foremost on worship of our Lord before anything else, altar boys, candles.
It had very little to do with the language, although I do appreciate and enjoy the Latin in the spoken and sung parts of the liturgy, as well as the musical tradition of the Church.
The thing though that has kept me interested and kept me wanting to go back to the TLM is the theology. The whole celebration is oriented twoards very sound and solid theology.
I also appreciate seeing a long line of people going to confession in the half hour before Mass, the homily of the Priest talking about sin and making a good examination of conscience, many other things I have seen and heard from this priest indicate a deep commitment to orthodoxy and to solid Church teaching.
Most of all though, the TLM is well.....VERY VERY Catholic! I mean no disrespect to the ordinary form, and I am not sure I would have initially started my inquiry into the Church without it, but there is something so richly deeply Catholic about the TLM. I come to the Catholic Church because I want Her teachings, Her liturgy, Her Sacraments, Her reverence and love twoards God, Her deep devotion that has flowerd in the lives of so many of Her Saints. I come to the Catholic Church because I want to BE Catholic. The more Catholic it is, the better!
God love you!
A hearty pre-welcome to home, FromTheAshes777!
Belong to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church; not just to the culture of belonging. All too many take the logical destination of wanting to be VERY VERY and end up being NOT AT ALL.