Our friend Fr. Ray Blake of Saint Mary Magdalene in Brighton has an interesting post today about his experience of saying Mass with the Extraordinary Form yesterday for All Souls.
The first Mass was simple just with the Ordinary (Kyrie etc) sung. Tonight’s Mass has been organised by some of the younger people in the Parish and has the Latin Propers.
The middle Mass, I celebrated was private, just me and a server, I offered it in the Extraordinary Form, the first time I have actually done so. It took me an hour to celebrate Low Mass, slowly reading the text and rubrics. I don’t know if at public Mass I might have disedified people, I got a bit mixed up with the ablutions, I think maybe not.
It is strange how comfortable it felt, like tool that just fits the hand. It was an incredibly prayerful experience. I offered it for my own deceased relatives, principally my mother who first received the Lord at this Mass, her parents, and all those ancestors who would have been buried with these words. I felt a strange union with those priests of ages past whose mouths uttered the same words, whose hands made the same gestures. At the back of my mind was the commandment, "Honour your father and mother, and you will live long in the land".
It makes me sound like a wet liberal but "it felt right".
Kudos to Fr. Blake.