(quote) Jerry-74383 said:
With the exception of the readings, which were most often done in both Latin and the vernacular (at least on Sundays and holy days), most of the Mass is the same every time: people can reflect on the meaning of the Mass without following along word-by-word -- yes, even when praying the rosary. Granted, this is not the optimal way to pray the Mass, but it can be very effective for some people.
Every part of the traditional form of the Mass, especially those people complain about the most, have very specific meanings. Unfortunately, prior to Vatican II there were few resources avaiable for the laity to explore the significance of the Holy Mass in depth. Today, there is much material available to help us in this regard.
Having grown up with the extraordinary Form and attending and/or serving literal multiple thousands of them, never once either low week day masses or Solemn High Sunday Masses, not one Mass during my seminary years were the readings ever done in both Latin and the Vernacular.
In the Low week day Masses the readings were done in Latin in silence by the priest.
At all Sunday Masses the readings were rendered only in the vernacular in the pulpit.
Your comment that prior to Vatican II there were few resources available for the laity to explore the significance of the Holy Mass is depth is also erroneous. Although true that they were not handy like the internet, nevertheless there were books, pamphlets and movies available. The more frequent uses of missions, novenas and other public religious exercises in the parishes also served, in many instances, to explain and explore the Mass. And those things were attended by multitudes.