Thursday, May 23, 2013

My first celebration of the older Mass

After spending several weeks in a class at our seminary, and many hours of practicing by myself, I finally took the plunge today: I offered Mass in the older form.

I was assisted by our seminarian from Saint Rose, home for the summer. He candidly admitted he didn't know how to serve the extraordinary form of the Mass, so I told him to do just a few things and I'd handle the rest.

So, how did it go?

I'm embarrassed to admit that, after doing rather well in my last practice--under the watchful gaze of Father Earl Fernandes, the capable instructor for the course I mentioned--I flubbed a bit more while offering the Mass for real this time. I omitted one prayer entirely, and at one point, I had to back up in order to get the prayers right.  

The seminarian said he didn't notice anything.

One funny moment: we were supposed to finish well before 4 pm, as there was a delivery expected at that hour. Alas, we weren't quite finished--so I heard a "thump, thump, thump" on the church door. It was after communion. I whispered to the seminarian, "you better go check on him," and off he went. I didn't expect him back before Mass was complete. So when, a few minutes later, I turned around for one of the "Dominus vobiscum"s--I was startled to see him back in his position. He saw me jump a little.

I wish I could say I had some great epiphany from offering the older form of the Mass, but it may be it will be a bit before I can say offer any great insights.

But afterward, the seminarian and I came back to the Doma Santa Rosa to celebrate a milestone--and to have dinner, which we are working up. (He's doing the work at the moment; I'm the "ready reserve.")


umblepie said...

Well done Father. This Mass will surely grow on you. Deo Gratias.

TerryC said...

As Fr. Z says brick-by-brick. Thank you so much father for taking the time and making the effort to learn both versions of the Latin Rite. I am sure that both your parishioners and other priests in your diocese will benefit from both your work and your prayers.

Jackie said...

Good Job Father. The first step is always the hardest. I imagine that the learning curve is the same slop for the priest and the laity (though your curve is starts higher on the effort level!).

I had a similar experience attending my first EF Mass (first that I remember the entire Mass...)

It got better - I'm sure yours will too and I'm sure your experience is very similar to your brother priests.

THANKS for giving the time and effort to learning it. You're a good Dad!!

Lynne said...

Thank you, Father for doing this!

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David Oatney said...

Keep it up, Father!

fxr2 said...

rtrurn CreeksThank You Father,
We my wife and six kids will offer our family rosary for your continued effort.


Jennifer said...

Your description of your first celebration is very sweet and touching in its modesty and simplicity. Practice and persistence will pay off!

Jen :)