(Quote) Donna-848472 said:
There are no EF/TLM in my area, therefore, I have never attended a TLM. I do not understand Latin...
(Quote) Donna-848472 said:
There are no EF/TLM in my area, therefore, I have never attended a TLM. I do not understand Latin, and if the homely is in Latin I would not receive the message that the priest is communicating, thereby missing the opportunity to reap the lessons from it. I am wondering what the elements are that are very distracting in worshipping faithfully in the OF/NO since I have no comparison with not having attended a TLM.
I hope my comments sound respectful b/c I do intend them to be. I will be attending a OF/NO mass tonight. I love the priest as he is a very kind and loving pastor. There are things in the liturgy which bother me though as I have since learned more about the topic. Even with the new Romal Missal changes, some priests still use their own words for the concecration and the hymns which are not consistent with traditional teachings. Some of the music is too "catchy pop" and the lyrics are not always in line with traditional teachings. Communion is often recieved in the hand instead of on the tongue (there is much written about why this is not the preferred form), and the congregation stands until all have recieved Communion instead of parishioners kneeling after reception. Sometimes I also find the homilies to be a big joking session and not related to the scriptural teachings presented that day. Our TLM priest can make a joke as well but the focus is still on the scripture and tradtional teachings of the church. He said that his job is to get us to heaven, not necessarily to be popular and have people like him (but people do like him). At the TLM, most people have Latin-English missals that help you follow along. The readings are first sung in Latin, then recited in English as well. The homily is in English. Sometimes the OF/NO seems too liberal and liturgically sloppy, but this by no means is the norm in most cases.
Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2002 to 2008 (not necessarly TLM), has written and spoken much about these things. Here is a start to finding some more information.
I noticed you are from Edmonton. If you are interested at some time, there is the TLM at Our Lady of Good Help (9809 - 76 Ave). I started going to the TLM about 7 years ago and have learned to really love the Mass. It did take some getting used to, and I found Latin easy to pick up (as I learned Spanish, French and Italian first). I am not a perfect Catholic, and sometimes admittedly I don't follow along with every word at the TLM (I sometimes just listen to the hymns that are sung throughout the Mass). I also appreciate the moments of silence in the TLM, and I have not seen much of this in the OF/NO. The High Mass (Sundays and Holy days of obligation) is 1 and a half hours long, the OF/NO usually finishes in less than an hour.
Like I said in my previious comment, I have learned things about Catholic traditional teachings and b/c of this I prefer the TLM. That does not mean that I am "holier" than those that attend the OF/NO, and there are many there that the Lord may find more pleasing. It's just that I do want to love our Lord, and by doing so I want to please him by following the tradtional teachings he left us with in the church.