[quote=AuntMartha]I have not been to a Latin Mass since childhood, and I want to go to one of these. Does anyone have suggestions as to why I might choose one over the other? I just want to see what people think might be best for a first attendance to Mass in Latin.
Which Mass you choose, I think, depends how you personally like to assist at or participate in the Mass.
If you prefer to participate in a more silent personal way, then the Tridentine Mass is your best choice.
If you remember the Tridentine Mass from childhood, then you will remember that, unlike the current order of the Mass, in this Mass the priest, altar boys, and choir will say or sing most of the prayers and the Canon of the Mass will be said silently. It will be very reverent, with ceremonies surrounding every action of the priest. Bring a missal (or look up the readings for the Sunday): the readings may or may not be read in English and unless you remember all the little signals for which prayer the priest is saying it will be difficult to follow.
If you prefer to speak or sing the prayers in dialogue with the priest, then the Missa Normativa is a better choice.
At the Missa Normativa the congregation will say (or chant, if it’s like my parish) the prayers and responses, many of which are only said/sung by the altar boys or choir in the Tridentine Mass. The prayers will be slightly altered from their form in the Tridentine Mass (no listing of saint by name in the Confiteor, for example) and the Canon of the Mass will be much shorter than in the Tridentine Mass. The order of the Mass is exactly as in English, so it will be easy to “keep one’s place in”, though you may wish to bring a missal or look up the Latin prayers so that you can say them.
Personally, I prefer the Missa Normativa, but I’ve been attending it (in Latin) all my life and I am the type of person who prefers to say the prayers.