I occasionally catch video interviews that Taylor Marshall has with folks who interest me. Today I saw most of a video he did with Fr. David Nix, a good young priest in Denver whom I’ve met. They both are both smart and sincere.
In this video, they discuss issues people encounter if, after having experienced nothing other than the Novus Ordo, start attending a traditional parish and the Traditional Latin Mass. There are things which have to be explained, because they’ve dropped by the wayside since Council and its disastrous implementation.
Taylor himself is a convert and Fr. Nix is a revert. They had to make a lot of discoveries as they “came into the Church” on a new level. They cover quite a bit of territory, from their discovery that in sacristies there is something called a “sacrarium” and how altar linens are to be rinsed by a priest before they are laundered, to certain customs of the confessional.
Being a convert myself, and having been a priest now for quite a while, and having been writing and answering questions for many years on this blog and elsewhere, it was fun to listen to their conversation. They had some good insights. In a couple cases, as in why a priest might start the form of absolution before the penitent is finished saying an Act of Contrition, I might add a thing or two. That’s okay. It’s hard to get to everything in an off the cuff discussion.
There was a great point made by Marshall about how one might add prayers to one’s assigned penance for the priest in gratitude. That’s wonderful. Some priests whom I know keep track of the penances they assign and then do them themselves.
Another good point is a discussion of roles of men and women in marriage and the family. Men have headship. But that means that men have to step up and lead as a “cruciform servant”. They, too, have had the experience of hearing men say, “I’d like to go to the TLM, but my wife won’t let us.” Oh my. Spiritual headship means men make the call. BUT! BUT! Who is teaching the kids their catechism? He or she? Who is leading the family rosary? He or she? If men abdicate their leadership, there’s a problem. If he is going to say, “We’re going to the TLM”, then he had better be stepping up as “cruciform servant”. On the other hand, say a guy’s wife wants to go to the TLM but he doesn’t. Then we can get into the sacrificial love aspect and work it out.
Other good points. How to deal with the “chapel veil police” or unpleasant things at coffee and donuts after Mass. I like that: Veil Police™. Fun. And TRUE in some places.
I loved the point about sung Vespers in the parish on Sunday evening! That’s what we had in my parish in St. Paul. It was extremely formative for me. That’s why there are prayers for Vespers in hand missals, by the way.
They talk about the differences in the rites of baptism and supplying the elements of the ritual missing in the newer form, or the way that the traditional sacrament of anointing is administered. They consider how the Eucharist was moved to the place where the sick are to receive.
In any event, here’s the video. It could be helpful for people interested in getting into our Tradition.