Here is a piece from the News Record about the application of Summorum Pontificum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
My emphases and comments.
Latin Mass fills pews
By Nancy McLaughlin
Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 3:00 am
GREENSBORO — The pews quickly filled at Our Lady of Grace on Sunday for this special worship service, with many women wearing head scarves for the first time in decades and the priest speaking in Latin, an ancient language not spoken routinely in Catholic congregations since the 1960s.
"It’s as if your grandmother celebrated Christmas a certain way and your mother never did it the same way, and this is grandmother’s way," said parishioner Janet Morrison, who was wearing a scarf for the first time since 1963, when she was a teenager. "It’s bringing something back from my childhood, and it’s wonderful." [So far, the article is focusing on the element of nostalgia. But we all know that this is just a superficial way of seeing this growing phenomenon.]
Latin was the language of the church for centuries, [And it STILL IS the language of the Church.] before the Second Vatican Council of leadership suggested the liturgy of the Catholic Church be reformed to increase the participation of the people. [There is a shallow understanding of "active participation" and a deeper, more accurate way.] Those reforms included a reduction of the number of blessings [An interesting way to put it.] and prayers that were spoken, the loss of age-old customs and that Mass be celebrated in the common language of the people. More recently, Pope Benedict XVI loosened restrictions of the Latin rite, [Grrrr] referred to as the Tridentine Mass, allowing parishes to celebrate in that way if it is the desire of the faithful. Some churches have slowly added Latin Mass [Grrr] as an option. Most remain in English and Spanish.
Fourteen priests from the Diocese of Charlotte, which includes Greensboro, recently studied the rituals of the prayers in Latin with the Rev. Robert Ferguson, who led the Mass at Our Lady of Grace — partly as a demonstration model for them.
Those in the pews came from across the state.
"Some of these people have been waiting for a long time," said Sister Sheila Richardson of Sacred Heart Mission Church in Wadesboro. She traveled the hour and a half drive with eight others. Some of those who showed up at Our Lady of Grace were too young to have witnessed a Mass in Latin, but said they were there to connect with the roots of their faith. [Okay… this goes beyond the nostalgia angle.]
"My father sent me a videotape of a Latin Mass and it was so beautiful," said 32-year-old Jennifer Carter of Huntersville, who only five years ago joined the religion of her father. "The old prayers are so beautiful, so rich."
To help those in the pews, ushers passed out programs containing the Latin and English versions of the Mass — even instruction on when to stand and when to kneel. [Let’s be clear about something. In the "old days" people had hand missals which told them the very same things.]
"I was trying to follow along," 12-year-old Chelsea Banks said.
Banks had as much success as others, judging from the waves of movement, from those slow to catch on to when a prayer was over and they were to take a seat.
Some things were more familiar for Banks and the others, ranging from contemplative worship to the use of incense as a symbol of prayers wafting to God.
The differences though, were many, such as the holy water the priest sprinkled onto the people as he made his way down the church aisle. [Another poorly researched point. The Asperges can also be done in the Novus Ordo.]
The sacred songs were in Latin but there also was Gregorian chanting. [*sigh*]
In the more modern Mass, for example, the altar is placed in a central location in the sanctuary, allowing the priest to face the congregation during Eucharistic prayers. In the Latin Mass, the altar was placed against the wall at the back of the sanctuary, which meant the priest had to have his back to the congregation. [What a mess this article is.]
Like those around her, Tina Witt of Charlotte knelt at the altar rail, which symbolized the gate to Heaven, [The altar rail symbolizes the gate of heaven?] and received communion on the tongue from the priest. Communion is given in many ways using the more modern Mass, including "by hand" to each parishioner.
"This is something we never should have gotten away from," Witt said of the customs surrounding the service.
Contact Nancy H. McLaughlin at 373-7049 or email@example.com
Okay. I think for the most part the writer was trying to be positive. However, the article doesn’t demonstrate any real understanding of the context or the issues. It seems as if rather little background work was done. Still, the article sets a positive tone.