20, 21 December 2006 – Indult Tridentine Mass

I attended a Tridentine Mass on 21 December. It was at St Joseph’s Church Queen Street. It’s the first time going to one. Actually Norman asked me if I wanted to serve, but I didn’t want to cut my hair, so yeah, I did warden duty instead. I didn’t really do much; the parish wardens did most of the work including the collection during offertory.

A Tridentine Mass is vastly different from the new rite Masses. It is quieter than usual. There is no guitar and bongos, only voice and organ. To the uninitiated it can be quite unnerving at first, but one will get used to it after a while.

The elevation of the host

The entire Eucharistic prayer is silent to the congregation. This gives a lot of space for reflection.

Unlike what most of us do these days, Communion is administered only on the tongue while kneeling. That’s the way it should be!

21 December 2006

Truly beautiful and solemn. Everybody should attend one of these liturgies at least once in their life!

(Indult only, of course.)

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