UPDATE 18 Feb 17:58 GMT:
I received this from the person whose question sparked this entry:
I’m the guy who left a question about what to expect a few days back.
Turns out, I did go to the Extraordinary Form this morning. As people suggested, the thing most different was the level of silence as the priest silently prayed. I didn’t really follow along with the book that closely, instead reminding myself that the priest was praying for all of us present, and tried just to pay attention to the actions of the priest.
Another thing I enjoyed was how much more apparent the sacrificial nature of the Mass was in this form and the extended period of private prayer while the priest washed the vessels. Certainly, both forms complement each other well in various ways and have their own purposes in the Church. I am glad to be more familiar with this way of prayer, used by countless previous generations.
I just thought you would like to know.
A reader asked:
I am thinking about attending my first EF Mass this Sunday at a church near my home. I was wondering what I can expect to be really different from OF (besides the language, of course). What can I “expect” to be surprised by? Are there any resources to prepare me for the experience?
I hope you do go.
I have several entries here already which might be helpful
- QUAERITUR: What to wear for my first TLM?
- QUAERITUR: 1st TLM… what to wear?
- A reader shares first experience of Mass in the Extraordinary Form
- A reader’s experience of the Extraordinary Form
- Account of participation for the first time at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Let the New Evangelization begin!
Anyone want to chime in?
What can our friend expect? Have some personal experiences?
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