From a reader:
At home for Christmas break from the seminary where I teach, I had occasion to meet with a single mother and daughter whom I befriended when working in a parish internship long ago. The daughter is now 20 and attending___, and she normally goes to the “Newman Mass”…. While home, she and her mom attended the Extraordinary Form liturgy [read: Mass] offered at a local parish (it was her first time). Since she had just gone the day before we met, I asked her about her observations. Since I thought you and your readers might be interested in her response, I had her write it up. Here is what she said:
“As for the Latin Mass, I found it to be very conducive to praying and really feeling the presence of God. Contrary to what I thought before going, it felt very personal. Compared to a ‘regular’ mass we have today, it just seemed more religious in nature. I don’t even remember how long it was because the one hour time limit that we generally place on mass today just didn’t seem applicable. Even though I was only able to understand a few parts or pick up on a few of the written words, I still knew the basics of what was going on, and that made it more enjoyable (other than not knowing when to sit/stand/kneel). My favorite part of it was Communion because it certainly didn’t have the assembly line feel that a regular mass has. It felt like it was about connecting with God in that moment and making a conscious choice to receive Him when ready, not simply when it was your turn in line. I know we talked a bit about the prayers before the Mass, and I really liked the idea of that as well. It presented a time to prepare both individually and as a church.“
Sounds about right.
The New Evangelization continues.