Christ is Among Us!
Back in the day (50’s and 60’s are my recollection) an awful lot of people found the Mass to be boring. That’s why the rosary beads were out, prayerbooks too.
It was considered enough to be in the presence of the ‘event’, but it was not a participatory experience, except for the actual reception of the Eucharist at the rail.
I can still recall being admonished by my mother for looking up when the Sanctus bells were rung. I was sooo curious!! The kind of piety practiced was such that one did not even dare look at the host when the priest would elevate it. I wonder if anyone else remembers being taught that.
This is odd because the host was elevated to be adored! but that’s how far out of sync personal piety had gone.
Twenty years ago the people who wanted to bring back the old Mass were still mostly very nostalgic about it, who could blame them? Today there is a high percentage of individuals involved who were not raised with it, and appreciate the type of worship for it’s own sake.
I think that the Tridentine Mass as it is now celebrated is much improved over the garden variety Mass we had years ago, also the people that attend are just not your average Catholic, they are more committed as a group and better educated in the Faith than your average. That’s because the people who want the traditional Latin Tridentine Mass are a self-selected highly motivated type of Catholic. That type is also more likely to visit and/or join an Eastern Catholic church.