My friend Brent Stubbs has an insightful post reflecting on his first Latin Mass in which he ably walks the fine line between hyper-traditionalism and modernism. His four conclusions:
- A church can be beautiful.
- Ad Orientem makes a lot of sense.
- I still appreciate the vernacular.
- Why did we get rid of communion rails?
(My only two experiences of a Latin Mass were pretty atypical. In the first I was standing on a Vatican roof worshiping with the Pope, and in the second I was with a small handful of people in the crypt underneath St. Peter’s Basilica. So I think should hold off on forming an opinion until I attend a more “normal” Latin Mass.)
What do you think? What are the pros and cons of celebrating the traditional Mass in Latin?