I went to Juventutem’s Latin Mass tonight – my first in the extraordinary form!
It’s much more formal than any other Friday night mass, and even most Sunday masses. There are men in suits, and women in dresses and skirts; many wearing veils. The mass itself is more solemn and ceremonial.
Because the mass was completely in Latin and mostly sung, I didn’t understand much of it, but my familiarity with the structure of the mass gave me a general idea of what was going on throughout. I found that not being able to distinguish and understand the words allowed me to connect with it on a different level. At a regular mass in English, the words are my primary focus. At the Latin mass, they were just sound without meaning to me, and faded into the background. What came to the forefront was the awareness that we were standing in the presence of Jesus. I felt like I was hearing less about him, but entering more deeply into this mystery.
The mass was followed by a nice, easygoing social time with wine and pizza in the church hall!
If you’d like to come along next time, I assume it will be on the last Friday of October, but we’ll confirm that closer to the day. St. Mary Moorfields is just around the corner from Moorgate Station. It’s easy to miss from the street – don’t walk right by it like I did! Maybe this will help: