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November 11th, 2012, 06:05 PM
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I was SO EXCITED when our priest announced that he would be offering the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at the neighboring parish. My work schedule will only allow me to attend every other weekend, so I've only been able to go twice. And I'm really sorry to say, I'm struggling with it. I'm finding it very hard to follow the priest and the missal and the 2yo. I know that is something that will get better with time. I know there are a few who post here occasionally that only go to the traditional Mass, so did any of you experience similar feelings? I'm very sad to say I'm almost disappointed. Maybe when we have everything in place to celebrate the High Mass it will be better. Since I am still organist at our home parish I'm also attending the N.O. Mass weekly. Honestly it has been fascinating to experience the two Masses side by side- the few similarities and many, many differences.
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November 14th, 2012, 07:59 PM
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We pretty much only go to the Old Mass. We almost always go to the low Mass as well because the High Mass is later in the day and we go to the 9am. I have a 5 year old, a 3 year old, a 1 year old and I'm preggo - it is, and pretty much has been for 5 years, hard to follow the missal while handling little kids. There is so much about it that I love that not being able to really follow with the missal doesn't bother me too much. I'm sorry it has been disappointing for you - did you used to go the Old Mass, or is it new for you?
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November 15th, 2012, 08:16 AM
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It is completely new to me. So what is it that you love about the Latin Mass compared to the NO?

Thanks for your reply, BTW.
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November 15th, 2012, 08:23 PM
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It is completely new to me. So what is it that you love about the Latin Mass compared to the NO?

Thanks for your reply, BTW.
I love that the priest faces the altar - I love that he is leading us in prayer - that we are all facing Jesus together and it isn't like the priest is talking to us. If the priest has his back to the people it is hard 1) for the priest to fall into thinking he is an entertainer or that people are their to see him/listen to him 2) for the people to focus on the priest rather than on Jesus and the prayers and the sacrifice.
I do love the prayers and the richness and how deap it is. Even if I can't follow the missal very well, I have read it many times and so over time I have become familar with it.
I love how how abuses and distractions are basically nonexistent - EVERY thing the priest says and does is determined - there is no room for "flare" or changing things up - down to his every single hand movement, gesture, word, step. And every single thing he does has meaning. Literally every single thing except for the words the priest says during his homily.
I love the use of Communion rails and the fact that there aren't any Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and that people don't receive on the hand.
I love how powerful the homilies are - nothing feel good or watered down.
I love how there are only altar boys and much is expected of them - I love that they have to train and study and learn a great deal of latin.
I love that the music is all sacred music and that the choir is always in back.

I know there are many many wonderful NovisOrdo parishes. I think it is wonderful that both options are available in many places and I am not meaning to put down the Novis Ordo Mass at all.
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November 15th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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I also just wanted to add that I think I had quite an advantage in that I was able to attend the Old Mass and study the missal and really solely focus on the Mass for 3 whole years before any babies/kids came into the picture!
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Thanks again for sharing your experience with me. Yes, we are very blessed that our priest is orthodox and since I am in charge of the music at our parish I can be very picky about what I'll use and incorporate Latin hymns (which everyone seems to love!)

It sounds like I am right in thinking it will just take time for me to learn the Old Mass. I just expected to fall in love with it right away, and felt guilty that it didn't go that way.
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I don't think anywhere around here offers that, not that I'd go anyway, I have enough trouble understanding our priest when he speaks English.
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