The Latin Mass – Why Is the Older Generation Not Remembering?

Now I’m dating myself but I grew up with the Latin Mass and made my sacraments in the Latin Rite. According to some acquaintances, they wonder why I would still prefer to have the Latin Mass more available. I remember one Sunday, when the pastor mentioned something about some of the Latin Mass possibly coming back in part to the Mass and a very elderly gentleman came tearing out of the church exclaiming, “Save your children! They are going to make them learn Latin!”

In the Latin Mass days, there was a lot less unnecessary chatter in the church before Mass. Children were hushed up and pointed towards the altar. When people returned from receiving Communion, they actually looked as if they had just taken Jesus into their heart and didn’t meet and greet people on their way back to the pew. Random applause didn’t happen because it was God’s House and a house of prayer.

My husband was blessed to attend a Mass at a Catholic Conference, years ago, that the priests decided to celebrate exactly as set out by Vatican II. Seems a lot has been lost in that translation as it was more on the dignified presentation/Latin Mass format than what most of us experience today.

I hear over and over that Vatican II made the Church more attractive to people and would bring back the youth. Statistics don’t prove that as before Vatican II, attendance was around 75%. Today, for every convert, we lose about six Catholics.

Speaking of Liturgical Abuse . . .

After posting the note from my friend who experienced a wild rendition of a Sunday Mass, it reminded me of one of the most infamous ones I have ever seen. The Puppet Mass is daunting in it’s extreme abuse of Mass as well as, in a way, sort of hilarious presentation as the congregation seemed to be enjoying being a part of the horrible, nightmare quality of the wrongful liturgy.

It made me think about past generations teaching the subsequent ones. Every previous generation had something to leave with us both from the world at large and from beloved grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

My mother used to tell us stories and usually ended with how nice that life mostly tends to improve with age as we learn from the world around us and learn from our mistakes.

If you can stand it, take another few minutes of viewing the YOUTube. Check out the congregation and the priest. Given the general age of those in attendance, aren’t they supposed to be part of the teaching generation for the next? Now, I’d guess that they are mostly of an age to have experienced the dignity of a Latin Mass, knew their catechism, and were raised with modesty and a respect for the church they grew up in . . . What happened?