Though this comes a couple weeks late, I had been meaning to blog about my experiences at two of the Diocese's three early afternoon, non-English Masses.
Week one: Novus Ordo Spanish Mass, 1PM, St Francis DeSales, Geneva: 7 June 2009
The priest decided against fully dressing himself, skipping the chasuble and stole entirely, settling on a simple Alb, with Crocs as his footwear. Crikey!
This seemed to mesh perfectly with the music, a guitar-player and a tamborine player in the sanctuary. St. Francis has an absolutely beautiful Pipe Organ in the Choir Loft, which I have not seen used the past three times I have attended Mass there. Incidentally, the music was horrendous once again.
Idle chatter and irreverance abounded, even as the Sign of Peace took a great deal of time. Of course, the priest also kept a dixie cup handy about the sanctuary to sip from throughout Mass, should the idle chatter parch his throat.
There was a baptism as well. Save for the actual baptism itself, all of the dialogue/questioning with parents and Godparents was done by the nun, who apparently was also celebrating her birthday. During Mass, to show our appreciation, we had the distinct pleasure of singing Happy Birthday to her in both Spanish and English.
Finally, in the spirit of unity, the priest, nun, and all 15 others inexplicably in the sanctuary (I don't believe any were serving Mass...perhaps one) gathered and held hands. On the plus side, not one person broke out in a chorus of kumbayah.
Fast Forward One Week
Week 2: Tridentine Latin High Mass, 1 PM St. Stanislaus Kostka, Rochester 14 June 2009
The church proper was silent before and after a most beautiful liturgy.
The Choir sang incredibly, from the Asperges through Mass, to the Eucharistic Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Perhaps I am biased, as my favorite song was sung...Panis Angelicus
Reverent Altar Boys and a Liturgically Dressed Fr. Bonsignore were the only people in the Sanctuary.
There were lines for confession.
Rather than the crazy rush to leave immediately after communion, nearly the entire congregation remained through a lengthy and beautiful Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.
If only I could get to Latin Mass more often!
And in closing, with English Translation:
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis caelicus
O res mirabilis!
Pauper, servus et humilis.
Te trina Deitas
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.
The angelic bread
becomes the bread of men;
The heavenly bread
ends all prefigurations:
consumes the Lord
a poor and humble servant.
We beg of You,
that you visit us,
as we worship You.
By your ways,
lead us who seek
the light in which You dwell.
Tell me that's not more beautiful than Halle! Halle! Halle! *shudder*